Kyler Goes To Work In The Big Smoke!

So it’s Christmas Eve and the office in the big smoke is closing early, so I thought it might be a good opportunity for Kyler to come along with me to see what Dad does all day and introduce him to the world of work!!

So it was an early start, for Kyler when he’s on holiday anyway, I woke him up and he was pretty bleary eyed (He loves his sleep), but once he got going he was fine, I just needed to give him instructions one by one, ‘get up’, ‘put your clothes on’ (with a little help), ‘brush your teeth’, do your hair (OK I did that bit) etc.

We head straight to Stevenage to park the car up before walking the 1.5 miles to the station, (I do that every day after a session in the gym, great cardio), I think that’s when it started to dawn on Kyler that this working lark isn’t so easy as it seems, and we hadn’t even really started the journey yet!!

So we got to the station, bought our tickets to London, I gave Kyler his own ticket and after a bit of a fumble at the gate to go through to the trains we made it through and went down to the platform to wait for our train, being as efficient as I am we were actually at the station about half an hour earlier than I was aiming for and the train was at the station pretty much as we hit the platform, so we took a chance on it being the right one, fortunately it was otherwise the journey could have been a MUCH longer affair!! Kyler certainly seemed to love the train trip and I think maybe had awoken a little more and it dawned on him what was happening today, by the end of the journey we were chatting away about all sorts of things.

Next up was the tube, now seeing as it was Christmas Eve, bot the train and the tube journeys were significantly different to the usual rat race madness that I am conventionally used to, so rarely we got seats on both of them, Kyler was equally impressed if not a little more so with the tube experience.

Once we hit our station (Moorgate) off we got and headed up to the street level, so my plan was as a treat we would go to a little cafe on the way to the office and stop for a bacon sarnie, Kyler does love a bacon sarnie, not only did he get a sarnie he was also given a free hot chocolate to wash it down with, nice!!

So eventually we reached the office, which is right next to the bank of England, Kyler’s all time favourite place because like Mr Crabs, he likes money, and there’s an AWFUL lot of money in there!!

Inside the office Kyler was suitably impressed with how BIG it is and very cool, also he loved the Christmas tree and how big it was, he looked tiny next to it as you can see.

So I set Kyler up on my laptop and I gave him a long list of horrendously mind numbingly boring and important tasks that urgently needed to be completed before he was allowed to leave, tasks including Hungry Shark, Pixel Gun and other equally tough tasks, this was whilst Daddy sat around and did not a great deal and did all the fun things.

So once we had finished doing all our jobs I thought I would treat Kyler with a quick tour around some of the cooler areas of London, like Oxford Street to see the lights, Carnaby Street for the themed decoration, and of course most importantly the infamous huge toy store Hamleys on Bond Street which he was particularly mesmerised with and wants to go back next year to spend his birthday money.

All of that working, walking and taking in the cool sites, not to mention battling the tourists and crowds was pretty hungry work, so as Kyler does love his Pizza we hit a lovely Italian restaurant just off Argyle Street where we ate chicken strips, pizza, lasagne and chocolate dip with pizza and pistachios, washed down with a cool refreshing beer, I had the same too :)

We were going to head to Winter Wonderland in Hyde park but time was fleeting and the hours in the day were running out with so much to do it was time to head back to Kings Cross, so another tube ride, our train was pretty much ready to leave as soon as we got to Kings Cross so on we hopped and back to Stevenage and to the car we went, ready to start Christmas festive celebrations!!

So all in all a great day’s work, and now Kyler’s ambitions are to go to work in London, and one day there’s no doubt he will do, job done!!

A Sunny October Day At The Stables

Today it was a lovely sunny October afternoon so after collecting Daizee-Mai from Nursery we decided to go and spend some time with the horses we share.

So off we went Millie the little lovely is poorly she has laminitus so is on stable rest and feeling quite sorry for herself!

So that just left Sienna, we got her in gave her a groom and took her in the school so we could both ride, Daizee-Mai wanted to go first so I lifted her all the way up and she sat on very happy

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Daizee-Mai loved being so high up as we walked about well until Mummy got tired legs and it was her turn to be carried about! 

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Sienna liked being made a fuss of and Daizee-Mai made good friends with her! 

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – Daizee-Mai’s Pre-Birthday Trip

With it being so perilously close to Daizee-Mai turning 4 we all decided to celebrate her last day of being 3 by heading over to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to see all of the animals in this fantastic huge open zoo.

So before heading out Jaycee wanted me to plait her hair so I gave her the three plaits plaited into one option which isn’t the fastest of all things to do, especially when the head keeps wiggling around, of course Daizee-Mai wanted the same once she saw Jaycee with it.

So once everyone had their hair done and got their coats and warm clothes together we all headed out, although not cold there was still a lot of fog in the air, it was sunny most of the way but as we got nearer the fog got heavier and heavier which was a little worrying obviously, when we arrived the fog had lifted a little but not much and the air was a little chilly to say the least, so we all got wrapped up warm ready to get walking, this place is HUGE so there was definitely plenty of that ahead!

It’s been years since either Paula or myself have been to Whipsnade and it was the first time any of the kids have been so we were all quite excited, we head through the maize of cages, doors and walkways ready to head into the zoo,

Once we had paid we were straight in, it’s so vast though it’s difficult to know where to start or where to go, we did, with the help of the map and a little deviation, get our bearings and soon found ourselves stumbling across loose monkjacks (something that we eventually realised were absolutely rife throughout the whole of the park) and and solitary moose that didn’t look desperately amused, it was just sitting around looking rather unimpressed about the whole situation, but that’s hardly surprising to see on a foggy winter’s morning, there was nothing wrong with the habitat that was particularly spacious!

There were lots of animals that Daizee-Mai wanted to see but none more so than the Giraffes’s and of course her absolute favourite as they have always been since “Happy Feet” were the penguins, fortunately by the time we reached both of those the fog had lifted the blue skys were prevalent and the sun was shining, even if there was still a little chill in the air, that made it all the better!

The views across the park are simply breath taking a s you can see from this panoramic shot.

Here’s a selection from the rest of the animals that we met around the park.

We even saw Santa’s reindeer’s looking rather relaxed hanging with the monkjacks, perhaps they are conserving all of their energy ready for Christmas eve’s activities.

Even the steam train from the Polar Express is getting ready for Christmas.

It was a top day out in the end and certainly a memorable way to see out your first 3 years of being alive, sleep tight princess for tomorrow you will be “This big”.

Winners At The School Christmas Fair – November 2014

Today was the the day of the school Christmas fair at Millfield, Daizee-Mai was wanting to go since I collected her from Nursery at 11.45am so keeping her waiting till 4.30pm was hard work, once the others had got home they all got changed and ready for the Fair!!

Off we went armed with our money ready to get some goody’s, firsty we headed to the Chocolate tombola where Jaycee won 1 chocolate Santa and kyler and Daizee-Mai won 2 each!, after that we waited at the cracker tombola where they all did very well and came back 6 crackers, on to the cake stall and the Daizee-Mai found a Loom band tombola (like we need any more loom bands!) but they all had a go each and Jaycee won a big bag of loom bands and Daizee-Mai a big box!!

Autumn Fun In The Park

So the clocks went back an hour last night which means two things, firstly it’s an extra hour in bed… yay! and secondly it’s the start of not just dark morning (for me) but early dark nights too… boo!

So with the extra hour in bed we probably didn’t actually have the extra hour in bed at all, we went out early to check out the car boot sale which on arrival had shut down so we carried on through to Harlow and we were out so early that nothing was open!

Eventually everything opened and we had a mooch around, picked up some Christmas stuff, and various bits and pieces including a dart board of all items, grabbed a Subway for a bite to eat before heading back home, Paula had to get to the stables for some glorious “poo picking” yum, I can’t think of anything more fun to do… well actually I can, take the kids to the park for some fun!!

So we all jumped in our cars and went our separate ways, poo picking for Paula (that has a ring about it) while the kids and me headed for the local park for a jolly good time armed with our coats and a football.

Once we got there there was plenty of horsing around (pardon the pun) and no picking or poo as a matter of fact, in site as everyone jumped on the rocking horse, all seats were taken up with either children or their new teddies and the rocking began, looked great fun.

Then it was a was a round robin of all the other play things, from the slide (teddies an’ all) to the swings to the climbing and platforms along with lots of laughing, screaming and fun fun fun!!

After all that everyone wanted to have a kick about with the football, so we all stood in a big circle and played passing to each other, even the girls had an impressive kick on them!

Once we all had enough of football, it was starting to get dark and the temperature was dropping, there was one final round robin of the park equipment and I decided it was time to go home, Daizee-Mai was a little stubborn and wanted me to push her on the swing a little longer, which I did but said once she stops swinging we were going, and I would treat everyone to hot chocolate, I thought that would be temptation enough but the little monkey insisted on staying on her swing to the last!!

So we did eventually get home and as promised I made the hot chocolate which EVERYONE enjoyed very much, and who doesn’t love a bit of hot chocolate to warm the cockles eh!

Here’s a video round-up of today’s events!