Monday Morning Catch Up #13

Woo hoo! What a week it’s been?! We’ve been blessed with beautiful weather – some days were a bit unbearable with temperatures soaring to over 30 degree Celsius in London. A little too hot for my liking to be honest but it was great to get some nice sunshine.

Unluckily, on Friday LO came down with Hand, Foot & Mouth disease – a virus that mainly affects children and symptoms include blisters on the hands and feet, white patches/spots/lesions on the tongue and ulcers inside the mouth. After seeing the GP, they told me that as it’s a virus, nothing can really be done about it apart from trying to encourage LO to carry on eating and drinking, keeping his mouth clean by brushing regularly and to give him liquid paracetamol to help with the pain. If the ulcers become infected (secondary infection) then he’d need to see the doctor again to get antibiotics. I am hoping it doesn’t get to that stage.

So this weekend, we’ve just been indoors. LO’s been really cranky and clingy since he came down with HF&M however when he is feeling a bit better, he is playing like normal which is good news. On Thursday I took LO to the children’s playground at Greenwich Royal Park. It was brilliant and not too busy, probably because it was a Thursday evening. Here’s a few snaps from our evening that day:

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Monday Morning Catch Up #12

Hello everyone – sorry for the late post, my shifts at work have changed again so I’m working on Mondays again and it was a late one. I’ve just got home at 8:30 today, made the dinner (yes, we eat really late in our household) and finally was able to jump on the PC and do some blogging – YAY!

During the week

My volunteering days were fabulous as always. The children are doing so well with their reading and we’re having so much fun. We’ve been playing Junior Scrabble “Dora the Explorer” edition which is really fun. One side is in English and the other in Spanish which is quite cool as the children are learning some Spanish words without even trying or knowing! 🙂

LO is doing so well at nursery as well. I had a little meeting with his new key carer last week as they’re starting to move LO up to the toddlers room which is fabulous news as in our nursery it’s a little crowded and a lot of the kids around LO’s age can’t move to the toddlers room until September so we’re very lucky. I think LO will really love the new toddlers room but he’s got a massive habit of sleeping for a long time late afternoon which is a problem as he does the afternoon sessions at nursery so I’ve been told I need to make LO nap at home before he goes…. not that easy if you know how stubborn LO can be but I’ll definitely give it a try as I don’t want him to miss out on fun stuff there.

On the weekend

Saturday was a really chillout day for us – we didn’t do much. It was warm weather from what I can remember and just took LO out to the nearby locations and to the shop. We did pass by Woolwich as there was a mini festival going on; there were food stalls, face painting, make-your-own-masks for children, and even Tai Chi lessons for the public to take part in.

Sunday was a much more fun day. We had met up with a friend and went to The Greenwich Centre to test out the new swimming pool. It’s family swim from 09:00-13:00 every Sunday in the teaching pool which has just a shallow depth of 1 metre (0.7 metres at both ends of the pool). LO was having so much fun and it’s been so long since our swimming days with Water Babies. We were there from 11am til closing time which was 1pm as they need everybody out to clean and maintain the pool, getting it ready for the next sessions. There was a good number of mums and dads swimming with their little ones but not too many to cause one to feel over-crowded in the water which was great.

LO started misbehaving and tried to jump into the pool, run on the sides of the pool and have fun with the steps into the pool. Usually I wouldn’t mind his crazy behaviour but with possible dangers so close by, I felt like I was having mini panic-attacks each time he did something. I’m hoping that this ‘crazy’ phase will pass and it’s just because it’s the first time he’s been in a pool in ages so hopefully with a few more exposures he’ll be as good as gold again!

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Monday Morning Catch Up #11

… I know – it’s no longer the morning but it is still Monday so I get some points for still publishing something right?!

It’s not really been that hectic but I’ve gotten out of the swing of scheduling posts in advance – I have so much to catch up on! I hadn’t even realised that I did not even post anything during the whole week last week! (Tut Tut! *slaps wrist*) – I really need to get things going again.

The Whole of Last Week…

So the whole of last week, what did I do? The thing is, my memory never lets me remember that far back! I remember last week Monday was pretty “okay”… Tuesday & Friday I was at work which was also “okay”… Wednesday and Thursday mornings were super cool as I was with my Beanstalk children. They all finished reading their first book. One of the little children who is quite shy read the whole book by herself on Thursday and I couldn’t be any more proud – I can’t believe how much progress they have already made! The other two children are good readers and read well by themselves and I can see already what kind of books excite them and what doesn’t. After my reading sessions, I usually head into town for a spot of mini shopping but last week was so broke, I had to resort to window-shopping. (sad times!)

We also had a couple days of sun so I managed to take LO to the nearby park after nursery. He loves the park – if only it weren’t for my hayfever I would be out all day at the park with him but unfortunately no matter how many hayfever tablets, sprays etc I use, I can’t get protection all day. 😦

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In the park – fascinated by the big leaf!
Saturday

Saturday was the day The Greenwich Centre was opened. It’s a new building that hosts a library, leisure centre and a council customer service section all under one roof. It’s a pretty cool place and the library is pretty cute. Take a look at my recent post on The Greenwich Centre opening to learn more… otherwise just take a look at the cool exterior below:

The new Greenwich Centre is now open
Sunday

Sunday was a lovely chillout kind-of-day… I didn’t my nephew Lil’s around this weekend so the day went by much slower which was quite nice to have a quiet Sunday for the first time again in a long time. I managed to have enough time on my hands to make a lamb roast complete with garden veggies and even a little Vietnamese dessert made with grass jelly and soya milk. I also made myself a lovely iced coffee using condensed milk, ice, and instant coffee granules…. Yum!

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Delicious roast lamb with mint stuffing & vegetables

I hope everyone’s weekend was a blast – let’s get ready for the week ahead!

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Monday Morning Catch Up #10

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Happy 1st of June everyone! 

This week is said to have good weather and today seems like it will be a lovely sunny day too. 🙂 Yay! Summer is finally on its way! Last week was a really good one, We just got some fish (3 rosy barbs which LO calls baby fish) and a friend came round on Friday for a good catch up. very chilled and the weekend was also the same.

Saturday
LO and I went to baby girl’s 1st birthday party. It was wonderful and for the first time, LO was able to have a lot of fun without having to cling to me constantly throughout the party. I was very surprised and also happy as it meant that he is now becoming more confident in himself and his surroundings. (Aawwww!) I was given the job as the party face-painter which I think I did an ‘alright’ job but everyone kept commenting how good it was so maybe I do have a little knack for it. Here’s a little photo of LO’s second face-paint as his first one (which was a cat face) had rubbed off from all the playing and another little face-paint I did for a friend.

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Pretty simple face-paints but everyone loved it and I loved doing it which was good. At the end of the party we were all given a party bag with lots of sweets and a yummy giant cupcake which I helped scoff down for LO hehe 🙂

Sunday
We woke up a little late on Sunday which then made me run late for a lunch with friends that I had. We went to Tanya’ Cafe located in Chelsea, London. It’s a raw vegan restaurant so if you fancy trying some raw vegan desserts, I would highly recommend this place. My friends had the mains but as it’s all raw food, it’s not filling at all so I wouldn’t recommend going here on an empty stomach.

As I was so late I only managed to order a drink and dessert; I have the hot chocolate and the caramel slice. Both were delicious and the caramel slice doesn’t actually have caramel in it, it a mix of coconut, banana, and possibly nuts like cashews, walnuts, and there was of course cacao powder to create the top layer of the caramel slice.

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Photo Credit: Locappy

Let’s hope the weather stays like today 🙂

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Monday Morning Catch Up #9

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A really busy week it’s been… So much so that I should have put up a “blog on vacation” sign in advance to make you all aware but I was too caught up in my situation I didn’t really think about it until yesterday hence the mini-hiatus post. I will create a “blog on vacation” page in case I’ll need it again for any future hiatus.

Saturday
This wonderful day was lovely but very long. We had another family communion that we needed to attend. As the previous outfit we had bought for LO didn’t fit we had to skip the church and go looking for an outfit. We managed to find a really cute pair of jeans from George by Asda which was cheap and cheerful. It also went really well with his denim shirt and brown moccasins shoes. I also did finger coils in his hair which lasted all day, which I am very surprised about.

Sunday
We actually didn’t get home from the communion party until 1:30am as it was our family gathering we had to stay behind to help out and both daddy and I don’t drive so we had to wait for a lift from the family. LO was still full of beans – probably from the can of fizzy pop he drank at the party.

Our Sunday was a lie-in for us and time to recover. Daddy had to leave early for Manchester to watch the live game between Man. United vs Arsenal which was a “good game” (daddy’s words). For LO and I, we stayed in all day and Lils came round – LO was thrilled to see him. We had a late dinner as no-one got up until 10/11am and had couscous with broccoli and some of the leftover fried chicken and goat meat from the party. It was delish! 🙂

Monday Morning Catch Up #8

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Okay so I’ve been slacking a bit with my Monday morning posts for the past two weeks – I really need to get back into the swing of writing up posts in advance and scheduling them but just haven’t been able to find time. I know this post will be on Tuesday but please think of it as Monday’s for me (pretty please!) 🙂

The weekend that has just gone has been packed full of interesting things but silly me I forgot to take photos of the days so I am afraid it’s text-only for this week’s catch-up.

Friday
LO had a lovely time seeing grandma and going out for a little walk in Eltham. We was with my nephew Lils who then decided it would be fun to throw a massive uncontrollable tantrum on a busy bus and LO decided to join him in the howling. It was cringey and I wanted to world to swallow me at that moment but then I realised this is normal and was bound to happen sooner or later so I had to just embrace it along with the evil disapproving looks and tutting and remarks like “this bus [journey] is a nightmare” however as I was so tired, the comments and looks didn’t bother me. 5-10mins later it turned out that Lils was simply restless and tired and all he needed was a cuddle to go to sleep which he eventually did, bless him.

Saturday
We stayed indoors and the boys played to their hearts’ content and I was able to have a little rest. Looking after these two can be a proper workout physically, mentally and emotionally. They had a lovely splash together for bath time and looked at sort books together. It seems a little monkey/jungle book LO has was the most interesting one to read which I did read to them before they went off to play again.

Sunday
Sunday’s weather was much better and Lils went home Saturday night so LO was a little sad. I decided to take him out to a little park at a nearby estate. It was lovely and as it’s not a park one would travel out to visit, he was the only child there. He didn’t mind, he actually loved it more because it meant he had the slide all to himself which is what he loves! 🙂

After a fun 30mins on the slide we went home and had a nap. That evening we went to see our other grandma (daddy’s mum) and LO’s aunt and uncles. He loved it and had a brilliant time seeing the family and I had the chance to proper catch up with my in-laws which is always nice!

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Monday Morning Catch Up #7

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I know this was supposed to be a morning post so please accept my apologies that it’s been a bit late as I’ve been having trouble with uploading photos from my iPhone to the PC. So last week was pretty good and the weekend was a lovely chilled out one.

On Friday, 1st May we had my nephew Lils around and LO had a great time playing with him. We didn’t go out but I did take them out for a bit of fresh air which was nice for all of us. From Wednesday to Friday I have just been baking like crazy making all sorts of different cupcakes with different flavours; vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, and matcha green tea. It was so therapeutic and eating them all was even more heavenly! 🙂

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There’s something really therapeutic about baking
Saturday

On Saturday, Lils had left us earlier in the afternoon so I took LO with me to have a good catch up with an old workmate over a soya matcha latte. Yum. Then LO’s daddy and I thought about taking him to the funfair and thought why not do it that evening as we already had plans for Sunday.  When we got there, we only had 30 mins of rides but that was enough for us. It was £7.99 per person to get in (including LO) so that was £24 for the three of us and to be honest, that’s a lot for just 30 mins of rides.

We took LO onto the cars and on to the hot air balloons (similar to the teacup ride but it also goes up and down in the air) and that was it as it was cold and LO didn’t seem to sure about all of the other rides which seemed to big for his age. We left about 15 minutes after as there wasn’t much for us to do with LO – a bit disappointing after we had paid a lot to get in however I’m sure it would’ve probably been much more enjoyable and fun if we had gone when the weather was warmer, and not in the evening.

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This was LO’s favourite ride
Sunday

Today was one of my best friend’s birthday so I thought why not pay her a visit as it’s one of the days that she had free in her busy schedule. She is a pastry chef and always baking away for her clients so I thought why not buy her a beautiful cake as a present this year. I knew she loved the Chinese/Vietnamese celebration cakes from when she tried it at LO’s 1st birthday so I ordered one for her. I get the Chinese cake from a bakery in Canning Town, London from a company called City Cakes Ltd. I ordered the smallest square size (you can choose from square-, circle-, or heart-shaped) which was 8 inches and cost me a decent £28.00. This cake should give out about 10 servings – probably more if you hand out smaller slices but I am sure people would want seconds as it’s so light and fluffy and simply delicious.

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Monday Morning Catch Up #6

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Like last week, I haven’t taken LO out to anywhere this week either – I feel really guilty now as it’s been two weeks (possibly more) in a row but I just haven’t seem to find the energy to do anything with him. Next Monday’s update should be a little more exciting as there’s a funfair that is going on at the moment in Woolwich Common which I’m hoping will still be around next Friday and hopefully the weather will be more sunny so I can take him to the park again.

Saturday
On Saturday we stayed in and chilled. We now have my nephew over every weekend so it’s not been too bad for LO staying indoors. Usually we’re up early in the morning for rhyme time but we haven’t gone for ages as LO’s sleeping patterns have gone AWOL and he’s being staying up much later at night and therefore not awake until 10-11am which is when the last session of rhyme time starts. It’s okay though but I am going to make it my mission to attend next week with both LO and my nephew in tow.

LO loves playing with his nephew so much and they have so much fun just running around the house chasing each other. In the evening after writing up a new post about boys and pretend play, I decided that I had a lot of stuff in the house that I could easily give to the boys as props for dressing up and doing pretend play at home. I had dummy glasses, a pilot hat, a sun hat, dummy sunglasses, toy mobiles; the boys picked their favourite props and I turned on the music and we all had a good boogie… including myself! – it was a good workout for me and super fun for all of us. 🙂

Sunday
We woke up to the faint sounds of clapping. Luckily I have very sound-proof windows so around 80% of noise is blocked out. We had woken up just in time for the Virgin London Marathon 2015 mass entries to start. We had missed the wheelchair races and the women’s race as they started around 09:00 but we were in time for the men’s and the mass entries at 10:10. Luckily for us, my lovely little flat lays right on the main road so we got to see all of the action live from my balcony window. It was a spectacular moment and I felt really empowered seeing all those runners and the public cheering them on. The roads also didn’t have too many people so it meant that passers-by could stand and watch without having to be squashed together due to over-crowding.

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After the race had passed by and moved on, the roads were quiet again. I checked my Twitter feed and found out that Uli from Found Some Paper had nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! I really couldn’t believe it! The only other time I was nominated (well, I nominated myself as the blogger had made it an open-nomination for any newbie blogger) was the Liebster Award but this time, it was for real and I was very grateful of receiving the nomination. The post will be up shortly so make sure you check back to see who I’ve nominated for the award in return.

While I was scouring my list of bloggers for who I can nominate, I remember that a fellow blogger, Emma from Emma Inks had been creating some video blogs (vlogs) and she is such a natural at it I know I’m not going to be as good as I get really nervous about videoing myself but nevertheless thought it’s best to conquer my fears and give it a try… and it wasn’t too bad! I also had a ‘light-bulb moment’ and thought if everything goes well and I can build more confidence doing it, it may also be really cool for my readers as it’ll give my blog another dimension which I thought would be really cool. You can take a look at the Youtube video here and let me know what you think of it as I really want to get me readers (that’s you!) involved. 🙂

I hope you’ve had a great weekend. Let me know what you guys have been getting up to below.

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Monday Morning Catch Up #5

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This a going to be a relatively short post compared to my usual Monday morning catch up because this weekend we haven’t really been doing as much as last week which was a nice change from the hectic schedule last weekend.

Friday
Today was the only day that LO and I actually did something. We went out to our local park (East Greenwich Pleasuance) for a bit of fun in the sun. Despite the not-so-warm weather we still ventured outside because it’s nice to get out. We went to the park with LO’s daddy and my nephew in tow. It was a fun afternoon out and the boys had a lot of fun on the slide and swings. I actually forgot to take photos because I was having so much fun myself! I did get some photos though of the boys at the end when we put them in the tree for a bit of fun. 🙂

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Saturday
Saturday was a pretty much chilled-out day; we all stayed in and had a Disney marathon. We watched it all on our NowTV device from Bolt to Despicable Me, The Incredibles, Snow White and many more films I can’t really remember because it’s all a blur now.

Sunday
Another chill-out day today – yay! So we all stayed indoors today. A good friend came over to visit and she made us dinner which was amaaaazing (she’s a really really good cook). I was very grateful as it’s looking after these two toddlers this weekend has been a bit much for me. As much as I love it, it’s exhausting work. I’ve just about found time to write up my blog posts and do the laundry and washing up. I also accidentally scheduled this post for Sunday which I noticed an hour later and had to rescheduled it again for Monday. Oopsie – sorry folks! *embarrassed face*

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Monday Morning Catch Up #4

It’s been flipping hectic this weekend that is all I can say. I guess the saying “no rest for the wicked” is correct then :)… I’m sitting on the bus to work typing this up so please accept my advance apologies for typos, bad spelling, incorrect grammar and what else have you as I won’t be able to edit this until tonight but need to get it out for today!

The weekend has been filled with fun! If anything, the “fun” didn’t really happen until Sunday but I’ll get on to that in a little bit. Friday… Hmm I can’t really recall what happened so I need to just consult with my diary… [takes out diary and looks]

Oh yes – we were supposed to have a family meal out with LO, my siblings and I but due to some ongoing family problems we had our nephew come to stay for the weekend (everyone seems to be staying at mine!) which I don’t mind as LO loves it and I love my nephew even though he can be a bit “too much” sometimes. It’s double-trouble when these two boys are together. So we just ordered a take-out instead which was just as nice to be honest.

Saturday
Saturday was more of a “me” day as I didn’t really do anything with the kids. I met up with my fellow bridesmaids (I’m a bridesmaid for my best friend’s wedding in October – eek!) to discuss our progress on the wedding so far and what we’ve been getting up to with our assigned duties.

Today’s meeting was to also discuss our bridesmaid dress choices. The bride-to-be has been really flexible in letting us choose what we’d like to wear. Obviously the chosen dress would need the nod-of-approval from the bride but no forced designs so woop woop! We all unanimously (I think that’s how it is spelt – why is there no spell check button on the WP mobile app??) chosen a dress that fit the colour scheme – fuchsia – and the design compliments the dress perfectly. Happy bride, happy bridesmaids.

Sunday
After reading Mummy In The City‘s post on the new play area at London Transport Museum, I couldn’t give up the chance of taking LO to go and see it and with my nephew around too I thought it’d be great for them both. I also invited my friend to bring her little girl to make it a proper day out for all of us as they hadn’t been either.

The London Transport Museum is in Covent Garden so the easiest way to get there is by Jubilee line to Waterloo then any bus towards Aldwych. The journey is quick and Waterloo has a lift for prams and buggies. The other option is to travel via National Rail to Charing Cross station and walk from there to Covent Garden. Now, with directions done, here’s photos of our day out.

We all had an amazing time. There’s an upstairs play area where the kids can enjoy dress-up play and imaginative play. They can drive the bus, be a passenger, be a tube conductor or even a staff member at lost property or an engineer. Downstairs was a larger play area with a double decker bus, black taxi, and thames clipper for the kids to enjoy and carry out their imaginative play. There was a chance for dressing-up in the large play area too.

If you are looking for a day out that would be educational and fun for the kids, the London Transport Museum is a great place to go. It’s fun for everyone, easily accessible with or with buggies and the staff are very helpful. Baby changing facilities accommodate  babies and even toddlers who are potty-training.

Tickets to the museum is £16.00 per adult and free for children (under 10). A ticket is an annual pass (they don’t offer one day tickets) and you’ll need to add your name to your ticket but it means you have 12 months of free access after your first visit to the museum which is perfect and works out cheap.

For more info on the new family zone play are, click here

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Monday Morning Catch Up #3

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This Friday I had my nephew staying over so it’s been a super busy week, not to mention a very tired one. Friday’s weather wasn’t too good either. The sky had a horrible glum look about it that did not make me want to take the boys out to the park which I was gutted about but as I had so much planned for the rest of the weekend, it didn’t bother me too much.

Saturday
It was our special day out to Greenwich Theatre today to see ‘Adventures With Sam: Outer Space’. On our way, the boys enjoyed a short bus ride followed by a walk to the venue. LO is now 1,5 years old and my nephew is 2,5 years old so they are both fully competent at walking but my god! It was still a struggle to get there. When we arrived, the boys were so excited they couldn’t contain themselves and possibly looked like children who had never been outside before.

I had also forgotten to pack snacks and drinks so I started to worry about how these two wild people would act without anything to keep them ‘sustained’. However, once the show started they were fully fixed on the characters and the play had captured their whole attention for 45 mins – amazing! (You can see the full review of the show here) Upon leaving the theatre, the boys were so full of energy so I decided to take them through Greenwich Park to wind down and have a chilled out walk but boy was I wrong! They were full of beans and in the end, it was ME that was exhausted. When we finally got back home, the boys went straight down for their nap and I got my quiet time. Result!

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LO and his cousin with Sam after the show

The evening was more chilled. It was an old friend’s birthday and we decided to go for dinner at a pretty little restaurant in Blackheath Village called “Chapters”. I’ve been wanting to go there for a while so was very surprised when we were able to get a table at such short notice. We were sat downstairs, the upstairs looked pretty and quirky but the area downstairs was really sophisticated and intimate but not in an intruding or intimidating way. Everything was spot on – our waiter was extremely knowledgeable and even able to give us recommendations on what to eat as well as which wine would go well with the meal.

The service was excellent – from the welcome greeting to the service and quality of the food.

The food was extremely well presented but not served on hot plates but who’s nit-picking right?! We chose the Easter menu which was roasted leg and shoulder of lamb with asparagus and boulangere potatoes (like potato gratin but with a red wine gravy) and we finished off our meal with a white chocolate and vanilla cheesecake with mango sorbet. A beautiful meal for a beautiful night out.

Sunday
Easter Sunday meant another day that we were able to laze however as we had a family baptism to attend, we had to be up early. We all got ready and arrived at the church (late) for the holy communion and baptism of the extended family. After the communion we went home, got changed, then was out again for the family meal. My in-laws hired a hall for the meal/party and it was a fabulous event. The boys had loads of fun and were dancing all night. When they weren’t dancing they were either busy playing in the garden on the slides or running about, or eating and drinking gallons of fruit shoot bottles inside the hall. I never really let LO have juice at home so I let him go ‘all out’ when it’s a special occasion. The food was amazing as well as the entertainment. There was even a little dance-off between the adults and children which was cute. A great weekend overall and we all thoroughly enjoyed our Easter weekend!

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Happy Easter everyone! 🙂

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