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

The Greenwich Mummy | Monday Morning Catch Up

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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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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Monday Morning Catch Up #1

The Greenwich Mummy | Monday Morning Catch Up

This is the first Monday post of a series that I will be creating called “Monday Morning Catch Up”. As the name suggests, it will be a quick post about what’s happened last weekend, basically like the #ManicMonday posts.

So last week, LO had massive fun at his toddler sensory class and had a teddy bear’s picnic which was really fun and the class had opened my eyes to LO’s excellent interactive skills during imaginative play. I was a very proud mummy that day, seeing LO exchange paper money for cupcakes to feed teddy and give teddy lots of hugs and kisses.

Over the weekend, we chilled out in the morning and went to the local library to socialise with other mums and toddlers. Later on in the evening, we went to eat at Sticks & Sushi in Greenwich. It’s a restaurant that has just opened up in the high street and we decided to go with a friend to eat there. The food was delicious and surprisingly decent-priced for its quality. You can check out my review for Sticks & Sushi here.

For Mother’s day, we stayed in as LO was sick the night before and I didn’t want to take him out so our planned museum trip had to be postponed. LO is slightly better now but I’ve still got to keep an eye on him as he also had a bout of diarrhea which means he’ll have to stay away from nursery until he’s clear of it for at least 48hrs.

On a happier note, we have more planned this week so hopefully we’ll be able to do the things we missed out on last week too!

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