We’ve had a really good week although its been very busy and I’m starting to learn the hard way about social media!! If this is the first time you have come across the Happy Days Linky it’s hosted by WhatKatySaid and Jenna at TinyFootSteps, please check out their blogs when you get a minute for some inspiration. And if you want to join in then please do, you can find more details here.
Out & About – We’ve been squeezing lots in this week, the extra day off work definitely helped. Saturday morning we went to visit some piggies owned by a friend of mine , they are now 9weeks old and like nibbling shoes. Monkey wasn’t sure, he was really excited about visiting them but once standing in the pen, he hid behind his Daddy for most of the time. I must admit I was smitten, we have often talked about having pigs of our own and this visit has just made us want them even more. One day… Saturday afternoon we went to the theatre with some friends to see ‘How the Koala Learnt to Hug’, its a warm uplifting show with a great story and message for little ears. I was so impressed I have written a post here.
We had 60th birthday celebrations over the rest of the weekend for Monkey’s Bumps, he got to play with cousins in the garden for most of the afternoon and throughly enjoyed himself. Monday we hired a small local pool for a swim, the pool is normally available to hire during the school holidays as the normal swim lessons are not on. It works out about the same if we were all going to go to a local pool and Monkey really benefits from spending time in the water with his Daddy. He always seems to learn a lot more with him.
Friday we headed out early (8am!) to a new local park called Dinosaur Island. We had initially visited Monday morning but it was manic! Monkey loves the park and at that time in the morning there was only one other family, with the added bonus we enjoyed the only hour of sun of the day. I wrote a post on it here, and it was this post which has taught me a valuable lesson on social media! We then went onto the garden centre and Monkey planted his own veggie box, although he opted to fill it with strawberry plants, for £5 it was money well spent.
Fun at Home – We have had great fun with water beads this week – so much so I have not been aloud to put them away yet! Froggy small world play.
He has also had a visit from the dummy fairy which went surprisingly well, I have realised that most of the concerns were in my head and we probably could have had a visit a few months before!
Monkey turns three in a months time so I have decided to start ‘trying’ to introduce letters to him this week we have been doing letter ‘A’ activities. I will be writing more about this in the coming days, but at the moment Monkey’s favourite activity to date is an ant we made from the letter ‘a’, pipe cleaners and paint.
We have also been eagerly awaiting the first stage in our caterpillar’s journey towards butterflies as they turn into chrysalides, three were fully formed yesterday, two hanging as J shapes so I expect by the end of the weekend we will be able to transfer them into the net. Whereas the caterpillars were pretty robust, as chrysalides they are much more delicate which will be another new learning experience for Monkey! Our butterfly experience.
Time for me – This hasn’t really happened this week – although I have enjoyed planning all our letter A activities.
My Happiest Moment – Spending time in bed on Saturday morning pretending to celloptape broken eggs back together before placing them in the cave… Monkey was full of beans and his imagination is coming on so well made me feel very proud of our parenting journey.
On the other hand I had a bittersweet moment when a post on Facebook (fully admit I am not good with this form of social media) resulted in 2800+ page views on to the blog. Truely amazed but then very disappointed that it did not result in one new follower. I wanted to add a pop up box to follow (as think it’s a bit hidden) but as I am not self hosted I can not do it in WordPress :(. Knowing how my brain works I suspect I will be looking into going self hosted shortly, not something I was really expecting only 3 (almost) months in.
Next week I would like to – research into being self hosted – if any one has any suggestions/experience it would be great to hear about it.
Hope you all have truly amazing weekends with you little families