29 January 2014

the birthday

This year we had multiple celebrations for Theo's third birthday, trying to fit in as many people as possible and without having a big party. He had two cakes, sang Happy Birthday numerous times, had three days of present unwrapping and was generally lavished lots of attention. Like it should be!

On Saturday we visited Puxton Park with his little friends so that they could all enjoy having fun together and running around without having to invade our house or fork out money hiring somewhere. There is soft play, animals, a mini train, adventure playgrounds and a few little rides all of which kept them pretty entertained despite it being pretty hectic and very windy! We stopped by the restaurant to warm ourselves with coffee and hot chocolate (and made a mental note just to steer clear of the other cafe and visit the restaurant instead next time for a much quieter and relaxed atmosphere!) and gave Theo his cake!

Sunday arrived and we had plans to meet with my Dad and family and also Rob's parents. We went for a lovely Sunday Roast at a pub nearby, where Theo opened a few small presents and returned home for cake number two (which I'd made that morning!) We enjoyed a cup of tea, ate the cake and then ventured out again to go bowling!

As usual the weekend flew by, and we spent Sunday evening wrapping presents and putting up a few decorations ready for his actual birthday on Monday. We all got up in the morning and went downstairs to open presents, and with Theo being a seasoned present opener he'd demolished the small pile in a few minutes! He'd already seen his main present, a bike, as he was there to test it out when I went to look at it and got a bargain through gumtree. The rest of his presents were puzzles picked up in charity shops and a Mr. and Mrs Potato head bought on ebay before Christmas!

We got dressed and headed out early to meet Yaya and Andy for an Ikea breakfast and a play before going into the centre to visit the SS Great Britain. The weather was pretty terrible so it was good to plan something that was mainly indoors, and we'd been wanting to visit for a long time. The great thing about the SS Great Britain is that once you've paid to go once then you can visit as many times as you like in the following year!

Theo went to nursery for a few hours in the afternoon before we headed home for more cake and presents. I'm pretty sure he had a very fun couple of days, seeing his friends and lots of family! He certainly seems to get the concept of birthdays, and whats not to love...cake, presents, attention and fun days out!

ps Theo's amazing jumper is from Tootsa MacGinty and is in the sale! (I want them all!)

28 January 2014

style lust

There hasn't been a brand, designer or collection that has completely stolen my heart for a long while; one where I would definitely wear pretty much every piece of clothing they've made, until I saw the new White Pepper Spring '14 collection. I'm in love. I know it's a bit silly to be in love with clothes, but everything about them is perfect! The colours; the soft pinks and blues, navy's and creams, greys and corals. The patterns, fabrics and the cuts. If money were no object, and I had no conscience about being greedy I would buy all of it!

 It's not just the dressed that are making me swoon, the shoes are a little bit to die for too...

I'm not the best at wearing heels, seeing as I'm quite tall I haven't really had the practice, but these do look super comfy, even so I would probably need to invest in some gel heel inserts to relieve heel pressure  and maybe even some gel socks to soothe my tired, dry feet after stomping around all day! 

So yeh, thanks in advance to the person who buys me the whole collection! 

All images from the White Pepper Spring '14 Lookbook 

27 January 2014

A family walk: me and him

In a bid to get out the house a little more Theo and I took a little adventure of our own to spend a proper day together. We had a busy weekend planned with visiting family and friends that we didn't have time to go on a proper walk together then so this was our little walk together! Often on the days he doesn't attend preschool we meet up with friends, and mostly it's good to let them play together whilst we all have a bit of a rest and a catch up. When it's just Theo and I at home we play puzzles, trains, cook, read do stickers or paint etc, but it's not too often that we will go out for a whole day, just us two.

So even though the weather was pretty miserable we took the bus into the centre to meet Rob for lunch. I am still a little apprehensive about leaving the pushchair at home for a whole days outing, as it has become a sort of safety net, but I really needn't have bothered bringing it as Theo walked happily for the whole day and I felt a little silly pushing round an empty pushchair all day.

Anyway I digress, we met Rob and went to see the new location of our friends cafe, Bagel Boy. It's amazing to see how far they've come, from when we first tried their delicious bagels when they had a little corner in The Elbow Room on Park Street. It's even nicer knowing that they are young and local guys working hard and being successful! I always intend to take photos of our food before I shove it in my face, but when it arrives I fully forget about any previous plans or the future and just go right ahead and start devouring the food. But rest assured it was delicious!

Rob returned to work and we started out on our little adventure. We walked back to the centre and along the harbour side looking at the boats and chasing pigeons. Theo ran along the lines of the cobbled streets imagining them to be train tracks, and trying to spot the Cranky cranes along the docks.

We crossed the bridge and ran along the real train tracks by the Mshed museum, under the towering cranes, jumping from one track to the other. It started to rain so we took shelter in the museum and went to visit the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. We had fun spotting the animals, but he obviously doesn't have the patience to look at each photograph properly, and was a lot more entertained by looking at the insects through a magnifying glass, dressing up and pressing buttons to produce some animal sounds, all of which were great features added to the exhibition (which makes me not feel so annoyed at having to pay £3 when it used to be free!)

After we'd had our fill of photographs and animal noises we had a little look around the museum once more before finally resting with cup of tea and a biscuit.

 We made our way back to the bus as dusk was creeping in, and with himself snuggled into my lap Theo fell asleep almost instantly. It was a fun little day out with my little friend and is something I know we need to do more often, get out of the house, away from things that 'need' doing and just enjoy our time together, because before long he'll be at school and I'll wish we had back the time where we could fill our days with little adventures, just me and him.

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