Robots and Spaceships and Aliens oh my!

It’s been a while! So, what have I been up to. I made another baby quilt, this one for my lovely friend Harriet’s teeny weeny new boy, the very gorgeous William.

Isn’t he scrummy? Also how gorgeous is this picture. You can completely see the total adoration, and it still doesn’t quite capture it. That house is bursting with love.
Here’s the blanket – I’m very pleased with this one, the fabric was such a good find, boys are difficult to shop for!

 The two materials came as a set too, perfect for a matching front and back piece. There was also a third pattern, like the front with the squares, but the pattern was much larger and so would have been great for a big blanket, but not a baby one. I’m very fussy about fabric. Even though the blankets are (so far) all for babies, I don’t like picking a fabric that’s too babyish, as my way, the babies don’t out grow the patterns too quickly! My boys each have one, Ethan’s was made by his auntie Sheri, and has dinosaur patterns, and Sam’s was made by my mum and has animals and palm trees and stuff.

Last weekend we took Ethan for a treat day – I read an article recently about how sometimes we can get so caught up on telling off our kids, that they don’t hear as many I love yous, and recommended treat days where the child gets to make the decisions and you get to just have a good time with them. I’m making it sound hippyish, but that’s basically the gist, and really, it’s about quality time together, with the focus on one child (the article recommended taking the child out without siblings if possible). It’s supposed to also help ‘reset’ the child’s behaviour and your responses to it, sort of a clean slate.

 So Ethan chose Sundown Adventureland, a children’s theme park about an hour away. We’ve been before with school so he was very excited to go, and asked if Daddy and Sam could come too, and off we went.

 First came the Santa ride. It’s open all year round and Rich was very excited, as he is a massive Christmas lover. The boys were excited too, and we went on it twice. There are actually two Santa rides there, but the second one only opens at the beginning of November. The boys were not impressed.

 Santa’s sleigh crossing the moon! The whole park is (dated) animatronics, so it all moves.
 Santa’s map. I’m not sure he’s getting the best time with this route.
 
 On the tractor ride, and apparently not impressed with my photography skills.

 Getting onto the Robin Hood ride. There aren’t any pictures of the ride in progress as I was too gobsmacked by the animatronics. At one point you’re practically flashed by Maid Marion!

Attempting to release King Arthur’s sword. There were lots of other rides and play areas, but I’m terrible in that I always forget to take pictures and end up with random insights to the day 🙂

So here’s the skinny – I’d definitely recommend it, it was perfect for the kids, the rides were not in the slightest scary or fast, and it’s not too expensive. £11 for adults and kids, and under 2’s are free. There are 2 indoor play areas with food available, again, fairly cheap, and really good. Best of all, once you’re in, the only things you pay for are food (although you can bring your own) and the gift shop, assuming you want to stop there. That too is reasonable.

All in all it was a brilliant day, we had loads of fun, there was no tellings off from us, and his behaviour was brilliant, with no whining, which recently had become pretty epic. A win I think!

Next time – an update Sam’s Loki jacket for Halloween, it’s going well so far!

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