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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Fifth Birthday Wishlist

So in just under nine weeks time, my big boy James turns FIVE!! I mean seriously it does not seem five minutes since he was turning one and now he’s a big school boy turning five! James is the last of his school friends to turn five with his birthday being the 26th August.

We have been asking James what he would like for his birthday and the following are things that he has asked for!


A Volcano – now this is something of an odd one, I can only assume he saw something on YouTube about volcano’s and it stuck in his mind as something he wanted to get!

This is the first one we have been looking at. This is £10.99 and available from Toys r Us.


These next two are from www.amazon.co.uk and are priced at 5.99 each. 
 





The second thing James has asked for is an orchard toys game called Crazy Chef. We bought this for one of his little school pals and well James just loves orchard toys games! He already has a few of them and they really capture his imagination!
We found this game on www.amazon.co.uk for £5.61and £7.99 at Toys r Us.

The third thing James has asked for is an ice dragon. Now we have had no luck online finding an ice dragon so I think he might be disappointed with this one!

As James is turning five mummy has been looking to see if she can find anything she wants to get him online.  Nana and Gaga are looking at getting him a bike, so mummy and daddy will be getting the safety equipment.


As James loves Spiderman I saw this set on Toys r us website and though James would love it for his new bike!




I think James would totally love this set, as its a basket, bell and bottle all Spiderman branded. This retails for £12.99 at toys r us.








We also found this Spiderman branded helmet also from toys r us retailing for £14.99










So this is our wish list for James turning five! If anyone has any other good ideas please let me know!

** All images from Amazon and Toys r Us**

Friday, 4 August 2017

Newcastle NE1 Motor Show 2017

The weekend of the 8-9th July was the weekend that Newcastle city centre came to a standstill as Grainger Street and Grey Street hosted the NE1 Motor Show.

The last time we went it was 2015 and James wasn't even three and I was pregnant with Freddie. Then last year poor James was actually ill the weekend of the show so we had to miss it, so we made sure we went this year!

James had a brilliant time! He got to sit in an old racing car and another old car, but the highlight for James was sitting in an Aston Martin V12 Vantage! He was also wearing his Aston Martin jumper that his big cousin who works for them gave him.

Check out our photos from the day! 









Wednesday, 2 August 2017

James First 100 High Frequency Words Challenge

James has just finished his Reception year at school, and one of the things he has struggled with has been his High Frequency Words.

The guidelines for Reception say that the children should know 100 words by the end of the school year, James however is only on the second set of the 100. 

He is such a stubborn boy and the words he has, he does know, its just he messes around when you are trying to go through them with him!

So mummy has found all the words he should know by now and I have printed them out and cut them out and James is going to learn these over the summer!



Check back in September to see how we did on our challenge!

We found the words on this website: http://www.highfrequencywords.org

Monday, 31 July 2017

One Week Down, FIVE to go!



So week one of the summer holidays is officially over, and I have survived having both boys with me 24/7!!!

Now people will read this and laugh as of course I had both boys with me last summer too, but last summer (2016) Freddie was not mobile! I could quite happily leave him on his baby gym and go into the kitchen to make lunch or a cup of tea!

Now this year summer 2017 Freddie is very much mobile, in fact he's running all over and pestering James something rotten!

So week one has been pretty chilled out, we have pretty much stayed at home bar a doctors appointment for mummy's dodgy knee, a trip to shop and a fun morning at our local sure start centre!

We also had Nana and Gaga drop in for a couple of hours too! 

The highlight of the week though for James was our trip to Newcastle on Friday where we went for a pub lunch with Nana and Gaga!

Week two we are going to stay with Nana and Gaga. So there will be lots of walking into the village to go to the river, maybe ice cream and of course lots of visits to the play park 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Freddie at 20 Months!

So my little menace we are only 16 weeks away from you turning two! We have no idea yet what we are doing! When your brother turned two we went to York for the day, but with your birthday being winter and also during school term we can't really do that for you.

You are now fully off formula milk and are drinking green top cows milk. The next step is to get you off your bottles! You are taking all your water from a munchkin 360 and I have bought you two beakers with silicon teats to try and get you off your bottles at least during the day! So far you have actually taken to one of them pretty well and have most of you milk in the day time from it and only have a bottle at bed time or in the night if you wake up and don't settle back down.

Your sleep can be a little hit and miss, but most nights you sleep from between 7 and half past till at least 6 in the morning. We still do have the odd night where you like to have a rave between 1 and 4am! Generally this happens when you are teething or mummy has noticed if you get disturbed at bed time by your big brother acting up, then you are normally up and down during the night.

You are such a little menace, and accident prone! You just don't know when to stop! You gave yourself two bruises on opposite sides of your head when we were at James school for the singing picnic all because you wanted to run! You do not like to hear the word 'No' if we have to say no Freddie you generally answer with either yea or me.

You are in more 18-24 clothes and take a 5F in shoes. You wear a 5+ nappy at night and a size 4 pull up during the day! You haven't worn a sleep suit at night in a few months as mummy and daddy found trying to get you into one too much of a challenge as you definitely do not like having clothes put on! I think you would be quite happy running around wearing only a nappy.  

You love playing games with your big brother, oddly you seem to love him pulling you around the lounge by your ankles. When he does this you are normally laughing hysterically at him. You have also started to climb up onto the sofa next to James if  he is watching his favour YouTube video Scary Flying Shark!

You absolutely love going to our sure start group and I know you will miss going weekly over the summer as it changes to every other week so we only have three groups on over the holidays! But I think you will definitely enjoy the summer groups as you will have your big brother there to play with you! 

The next time I write to you Freddie you will be 21 months old and the summer holidays will be all bout over! 

Love you always my cheeky boy
Mummy
xxx 



Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Summer Reading 2017

James is not the best reader for his age. He loves having stories read to him, but ask him to read to you and he gets grumpy!

This year at school, he has brought home books but most have lasted a few weeks before he has had them changed as he kept refusing to do his reading with us.

Now he is on holiday for six weeks and Mummy is determined to get him reading more so when he goes back he will want to do his reading.

So with that in mind I have designed him his own summer 2017 reading record book!

I thought that the school might have sent something like that home for the kids over the summer, but they didn't so I sat down on the first Saturday night of the holidays while James and Freddie were in bed and designed one myself! 

I designed both the cover and the inserts in Jasc Paint Shop Pro 7, Which is quite an old soft wear, but its one that I love! And even when I have tried new ones I always end up coming back to this one!

Below is what I came up with! The only difference between the cover below and the one I have printed out is that the printed copy has James' name on!

 


I inserted the cover onto the right hand side of a landscape Microsoft Word document to make a cover. I then inserted two of the record pages onto a landscape Word document, then printed them out, I then worked out which way to put the paper up in my printer to print on the other side to make the record sheets double sided!

I'm really hoping this encourages James with his reading over the summer, so when he goes back to school in September he makes a good impression on his new teacher and also that his old teacher and his old TAs are proud of him!  

Friday, 21 July 2017

End Of Reception - First Year at School!

So it's James last day of school today and I really can't believe my baby boy has finished his first year in school.

This time last year he was finishing nursery and I was all i cant believe he's finishing nursery for big boy school and now he's finished his first year in school. Year one in September sounds so grown up.

I know James is really going to miss the TA they have in the afternoon as she was his TA in nursery so he has had her for the last two years.

So it's not been an easy year for James. He has had his struggles, mostly with his stubbornness. You ask him to do his keywords or his reading and he just mucks about.

He has some lovely friends most are from his class at nursery, but he has made friends with some of the kids that were new in the school.

I have loved going up to pick him up and hearing all about his day. I have been going up that little bit earlier so I can see him play outside with his friends. Its so cute hearing his little friends shouting "James there's your mummy and baby!"

Since James started school, his relationship with Freddie has got so much better. He comes out of school telling him he's missed him.

We had the end of term project outcome last week and mummy, daddy, nana, gaga and Freddie went into have school dinner with James and to collect our cook books that the kids had made this term.

Although it's the end of school, James is still not yet five and wont be five till the second last weekend of the summer holidays.

I'm so proud of everything James has achieved in reception and I'm looking forward to him continuing to flourish in year one.


 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Improving Fine Motor Skills.

Fine motor skills is something we have found this year James has struggled with, This is why he seems to hate writing so much! 

Mummy is on a mission this summer holiday to improve James fine motor skills so when he goes back to school come September he will hopefully not struggle to hold his pencil!

Pintrest has a lot of posts on fine motor skills and how to improve them. I have started spending free time on an evening searching for little things that will help James and so far I have made him two little games.

The first game is threading straw beads onto pipe cleaners. The bits of straws have been cut into beads of different sizes to be threaded onto pipe cleaners. 

The second game is similar but instead of using pipe cleaners, its a piece of wool. I'm hoping that these games will help James.

I'm also looking into making him some threading games, where he has to thread a piece of wool through holes to make patterns on shapes.

I have also made him some writing practice sheets, I'm really hoping to get him wanting to write over the summer but I'm literally not holding my breath due to his stubbornness!

This is a link to my board on Pintrest https://www.pinterest.co.uk/victoriahockley/fine-motor-skills/ so if you have any more ideas of ways I can help James leave a comment below!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Review - Summer Infant Cushystraps

When we bought our second pushchair last year, the only thing we didn't get with it was the chest pads as we had bought it second hand but virtually brand new.


Freddie loves our Armadillo, but I had noticed when he went to sleep in the pushchair, the straps would often rub on his cheek or neck.

When the lovely people at Summer Infant got in touch and asked if we would like to review their Cushystraps we jumped at the chance.

We had used their Ivory Terry Snuzzler insert when Freddie was newborn in our Mamas and Papas Sola as we used the lie flat seat rather than buy a carry cot. So we were already fans of the Summer Infant products.

The Cushystraps arrived and I put them straight onto the Armadillo Straps. They were so soft and the teddy bear heads made them look adorable. 

When Freddie first went into the seat, I actually had to adjust the straps as they Cushystraps did what I was hoping they would do! They stopped my little menace doing his Houdini impression and trying to escape!


The Summer Infant website says "Soft-cushioned shoulder strap covers designed to help protect your little one from strap irritation and provide extra neck support and comfort. The cute characters easily attach to most harness systems with hook and loop fasteners."

Freddie has slept in the pushchair a few times now with the Cushystraps and when he has woken up there has been no irritation from the straps on his face and his neck. The Cushystraps are made from 100% Polyester and are machine washable. With a child like Freddie who likes to eat and drink in his pushchair this is a brilliant thing!



We found the Cushystraps easy to attach and easy to swap between our two pushchairs. I love the fact there is so much padding on them, as it means Freddie is comfortable when he is asleep in the pushchair. Freddie is one of these kids who will only nap in his pushchair, which for me is actually a good thing it means if we are out and about or visiting family he has a familiar place to sleep and will go over pretty quickly.

If you are looking for some chest pads for your pushchair, I can highly recommend the Cushystraps! Freddie loves them and so does mummy!

Disclaimer: We were sent the Cushystraps free of charge in exchange for this review. All words and photographs are our own. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Intu Metrocentre Baby Brunch

When the invite arrived in our email inbox inviting mummy and Freddie to a baby brunch at Intu Metrocentre to celebrate independent retailers week we were thrilled.

We dropped James off at school and jumped on the number 7 bus and off we went to Intu Metrocentre. Originally we were going to have to leave the event a bit early for sports day, but the school cancelled that due to a soggy school field that morning.  

Intu Metrocentre has loads of independent retailers and I was so looking forward to browsing them without James! 


There was loads of activities for the kids like duplo, megabloks and Freddie's current favourite - cars! He had great fun going brum brum on the AstroTurf especially with a Blaze monster truck! 


They way the area was set out was fantastic! It was right in the centre of the village area meaning people could walk round it on either side, causing no disruption to the actual retailers.


There was a brilliant flower arranging demonstration from the lovely little florist that's in the village which mummy really enjoyed and there was even a visit from Rusty and Maggot two of the Metro Gnomes! Freddie was a bit unsure of them at first but then he had great fun grabbing their noses! We even got a fab photo with Rusty! 


We had an absolutely fantastic morning out at Intu Metrocentre and looking forward to our next visit soon! We are really lucky having this shopping centre on our doorstep and I'm planning on making more of it and visiting over the summer holidays with the boys.

Disclaimer: We were invited to this event by Intu Metrocentre. All words and pictures are our own

Monday, 26 June 2017

James is Turning Five - The Invites!

So James is turning five and he asked for a Spiderman Soft Play party at our local sports centre!

So the first thing mummy did was jump on the internet and start looking at spiderman party invitations and to be honest none of the ones I looked at jumped out at me.

So I decided to take the plunge and design something myself!

By doing this I could put all the important information on in the design process saving myself time writing it all out!

When you have a class of 30 children plus friends with children its an awful lot of invites to write giving yourself a very sore hand!! So by putting all the main information on in the design process, all I actually needed to do once they were printed and cut out was put each child's name onto the invite.

So mummy sat down one morning while Freddie was having a nap, jumped onto the internet and found some great Spiderman images and imported them into Paint Shop Pro and away I went and this is what I came up with:






Not bad for a morning nap times work!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Freddie at 19 months

So another month closer to you turning two my little man.

You are such a little character. You have the cheekiest smile and your eyes light up when you see your mummy!

You are definitely at mummy's boy, but as soon as daddy gets home from work you stop whatever you are doing and run to the door shouting dada dada! 

Your sleeping has got much better lately. You are sleeping from around 7pm till 11pm having 6oz of milk and then sleeping till half 6am

You are wearing a size 4 pull up and size 5+ nappy. Your clothes are a mixture of 12-18 and 18-24. You are very nearly onto cow's milk. We have been swapping you over very slowly and so far there has been no reaction!

You had your first trip to Warkworth beach on father's day. You loved digging in the sand. You were not keen on the sea as it was quite cold but you kept running towards the sea hwhen mummy and daddy went in. You even threw your hat in!

You have started getting very upset when we take James to school. You scream and cry but when we go to pick him up you have the biggest smile. 

You still love your baby group at sure start. You have discovered the taps in the toilets and you and your little pals are always running in and turning them off and on!

You are definitely mischievous, and your eyes light up with mischief when you see something you shouldn't!

You have been to your second hoppings at Newcastle town moor, last year you were little and couldn't go on anything. This year you went on a ride with James and you loved it! 

Love you so much my little dude
Mummy 
xxx



Wednesday, 21 June 2017

5th Birthday Plans for James!

So my baby is turning five! Like seriously it does not seem five minutes since he was this tiny helpless puking newborn and now he's this handsome, grown up little boy about to turn five!

James birthday is actually bank holiday Saturday in August so we knew trying to have a party then would be a no go. 

Last year we had his party the week before his birthday and to be honest it was not too good as hardly any of his pals were there due to holidays. I think there was about ten kids there including James and Freddie!

So this year we have decided to have the party the weekend after his birthday, so that will be the first Sunday in September right before he goes back to school. So hopefully more of his friends will be able to come! 

So what sort of party are we planning? First off we have a lovely little sports centre five minutes walk from our house with a fantastic soft play that all his pals love, so for second year running we booked it!

James is absolutely Spiderman daft at the moment so I think most of the table wear will be Spiderman themed! 

So Pinterest has become my best friend! I have a whole board dedicated to Spiderman parties! 

First off mummy has designed some cool Spiderman invites! I had been looking online for weeks for some Spiderman invitations but none of the ones we saw were all that nice, so I decided to take the plunge and design some myself on Paint Shop Pro. By doing this I have been able to put all the information for the party i.e. date, time, venue and of course the all important RSVP information on so all I will need to do once we have them printed is actually put them into envelopes and put the names on!

James has had one request - a Spiderman Pinata! EEK mummy is going to have to embrace the inner hidden artist to make it haha!

I cannot wait to post more nearer the time about things we have done for his party and what we do on the actual day!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Zip and Zoe what's in your backpack

We have been working with Zip and Zoe as brand ambassadors for a few months now and James totally loves his bag! 

Zip and Zoe are running a fantastic competition and all you need to do is show them "what's in your backpack!"

So this is what is in our Zip and Zoe Dino's bag!

First off this is our bag! Isn't it awesome we love the bright colours and well who doesn't love a dinosaur!


James uses his bag for school, so inside we have his reading book and his reading record book. He also has his water bottle on the front pocket and his suntan lotion, which lives n the small front pocket. 

We also have random little bits which he throws in his bag, for example the plastic jewels are from his swashbuckle magazine and the string and rubber bands is a 'necklace' he made at school.

So to enter this fantastic competition share what is in your backpack to Instagram tagging @zipandzoe using the hashtag #whatsinmybackpack you could win an Amazon voucher and a Zip and Zoe backpack and lunch set.

Disclaimer we have not been paid to publish this post, this is part of our ambassadorship with Zip and Zoe.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Pacif-I The Bluetooth Thermometer and Soother in One

One of the most common things to hit a child is a temperature and with Freddie teething he gets them often. As a mum of two boys aged 4 and 1, you would think I would know all the tricks when it came to taking temperatures when illness struck! 

Sadly with one child who hates anything near his ears (James)! And a wriggling toddler who won't let us near him to use an in ear thermometer or a non contact thermometer it's tricky getting an accurate reading!

Step in Pacif-i to help parents, grandparents, childminders, basically any childcare provider! 

Pacif-i is a Bluetooth thermometer built into a soother! It attaches to your phone and/or tablet via Bluetooth and an app records the child's temperature!

When the lovely people at Blue Maestro offed us a Pacif-i to review we were thrilled. Trying to use either an in ear thermometer or a none contact thermometer on a wriggling 18 month old is a nightmare! 

When Freddie was first offered the Pacif-i he kept taking it out and looking at it, then putting it back in. Just the same as he does with his normal MAM dummy.

Freddie is recovering from his third ear infection in the last three months so having this option for taking his temperature was an utter godsend as he's taken a big dislike to our non contact thermometer and since it was an ear infection he hated anything near his ears. He's also been teething badly so has been having high temperatures 

So being able to give him this and it be soother and thermometer in one we have been able to keep him happy and check his temperature without him getting distressed has been brilliant! Now if only I could use it on the four year old as well! 

Disclaimer: we were sent the pacif-I free of charge in exchange for this review

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Freddie at 18 months old

Freddie how can you be 18 months old! It feels like I have blinked and you have gone from this tiny newborn to this grown up cheeky rascal!

At 18 months old you are wearing a mixture of 12-18 and 18-24 clothes, a size 5+ nappy at night and a size 4 pull up in the day. 

You hate having your bum changed or having your clothes put on or taken off! Trying to dress you in a morning is like dressing a moving target! The only time I try and lie you down to change you is if there is poop! Rest of the time your have to stand up!

You absolutely adore your big brother! And the feeling is actually mutual now! James comes rushing over to see you after school when we pick him up, and then once we are home you follow him around like a little shadow! You actually play together pretty well now, you love it when James tickles you and you actually let him pick you up!

You are very much a mummy's boy and if I go out your sight for more than twenty seconds you are screaming blue murder! Unless of course nana and gaga are visiting then you glue yourself to gaga!

We have started going to a new toddler group on a Tuesday morning at a local church hall which you love! We still go to sure start on a Thursday morning and you have been having ball there lately in the nice weather playing in the garden and going on the slide! Although you did get soaking wet playing in the water the one day mummy forgot to bring spare clothes! 

You are learning lots of new words, but your favourite words have to be mama and J! As soon as you see your brother you start shouting J! J!

You have a real love for Iggle Piggle after our trip to CBeebies Land and you cuddle up to your little Iggle Piggle every night, so I think we might need to invest in a bigger one for you!

I can't believe we are now on the count down to your second birthday! But of course first we have your big brother turning five!

Love you always my little bear
Mummy xxx 


Saturday, 20 May 2017

SnoozeShade #NotJustForSummer

Last summer we were sent a SnoozeShade Original to review and to say we fell in love with it, is an understatement! We absolutely adore it! So when we were asked to take part in the Not Just For Summer campaign we were thrilled!

Even before we got involved we were already using the SnoozeShade over the winter. Freddie was in a forwards facing Mamas and Papas Armadillo pushchair and even though it has a big hood and a pull out sunshade. It just doesn't stop the winter sun from getting in his eyes.

We live in the north east where the winter wind can be bitterly cold. I have not only been using the SnoozeShade to keep the sun out of Freddie's eyes, but also to keep the bitterly cold wind off him.
 
This has been so good for the school run as a few times Freddie has fallen asleep in his pushchair before I can get a coat onto him for going to pick up James so I have had to wrap blankets around him then done up the footmuff and put the SnoozeShade over to keep the wind off him. A few times I have even added the rain cover on top of the SnoozeShade just to keep any drizzle off and give him an extra layer. 

When we were away at Alton Towers in Easter holidays the SnoozeShade was first thing I packed into changing bag! This ensured Freddie got a decent nap in the park. For this trip we were using our Sola pram as we needed the seat for on the coach. 

The SnoozeShade has got to be my favourite product I have used with Freddie. It it permanently in the basket so it's there when ever we need it!

I would recommend the SnoozeShade to anyone and a few people have even stopped and asked me where it's from and what it is!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Ten things that make me happy



I've been tagged by the lovely Chelle at http://www.chellemccann.com to write a post on ten things that make me happy. 

1. Hearing James read his school book. James is the youngest in his class at school and does struggle with his reading and writing, so hearing him sounding out letters and blending them into words makes me happy.

2. Hearing Freddie snoring on a night. My good sleeper has turned into a rubbish sleeper so I value anytime he's actually asleep.

3. My friends. My best friends may not be local to me, but I know they are always at the other end of the phone.

4. Andy. My wonderful husband is probably my best friend and he's always been there for me in good times and bad.

5. My iPad. I'm such a geek and love technology. I tend to do most of my blogging work on my iPad as Freddie tries to slam the laptop shut on my fingers or climb up the chair or even try and tip me off the chair!

6. Tea! I love a good cup of tea and generally drink about 6 cups during the day! 

7. Photography. I actually have an a/s level in photography and I love the work of Ansel Adams.

8. Spending one on one time with James. Since Freddie came along I don't really get much time with just James, so when I get that time I love it!

9. Freddie giving a big smile as you know he's either done something mischievous or is about too. He's way more mischievous than James was at the same age!

10. Having a day out as a family. Andy used to work every other Saturday, so now he's off every weekend we try and do something as a family. 

I'm tagging the lovely Lucy at http://mrshsfavouritethings.com/

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

James and Freddie do CBeebies Land!

The day was finally here and boy was it an early start! Mummy and daddy had their alarm set for 0545am! 

We got the boys up at 0615am and got them dressed. We had layed out all the boys clothes the night before on the sofa. Both boys had breakfast which was great as we were planning on feeding them on the coach.

We had a taxi booked for 0715 to take us into town as our national holidays coach went from Bewick Street, across the road from Newcastle Central Station and we did not want to chance public transport early in the morning!

Mummy and daddy had prepared for the trip by downloading lots of programmes and films onto our tablets for the boys to watch.

Our coach left at 0750am. We had to swap coaches at Wetherby, The boys were so good on the first coach, in fact Freddie slept for a good chunk of the time! We had plenty for them to do and keep them occupied plus they each had a new toy Teletubby! We left Wetherby at ten to eleven. Freddie started to lose his patients a bit, but lucky when that happened, we were close to the park! 



We arrived at the park just after 1pm. James was so excited! After getting the pram we headed straight into CBeebies Land! 

The first ride we went on was the Go Jetters Vroomster. We had a short wait but James loved it! We then did the Octonauts ride with quite a long wait but again James loved it.

After the Octonauts it was time for lunch! Sandwiches, tea and coffee for mummy and daddy. Jacket potatoes, beans and fruit for the boys!

Then it was Postman Pat which we could all go on! Freddie absolutely adored this ride! He sat on the seat hitting the horn! We got a great photo on this ride! We then went into Nina's science lab which James was running round trying everything! 


We then went into the photo studio n got a photo with Go Jetters! 

We were back on the coach to the hotel just after 5 but left coach park at half 5. Our hotel was about an hour away from the park and Freddie slept the whole way!

We got into our hotel room at 7pm, then went down for our meal which was lovely. Both boys were asleep by half nine!

Day two was another early start with having breakfast at just after 7am! 



We left the hotel at 9am and got to park at 10am for opening! James wanted to go on the Octonauts first, so daddy took him on that! Then they went on the Go Jetters ride! 


We then did the In The Night Garden boat ride. Freddie absolutely loved this one! His face lit up when he saw Iggle Piggle!

 
We then left Cbeebies land and went over to Mutiny Bay to go to Sharkbait Reef, both boys absolutely loved this! James was very excited to find Nemo and Dory!

We then got a cable car up to cloud cuckoo land. We had lunch at the burger kitchen which was lovely and hot! Both the boys loved their food! Mummy and James then went on a carousel! 

Jame did the driving school and got his driving license! While daddy and James queued up, mummy went and changed Freddie's bum, I put the snoozeshade over the pram to see if Freddie would get some sleep which he did - two hours! 


After the driving we went back down to the cable cars and went back down to Tower Street and had a look in the shop before heading back into CBeebies Land to go into the Something Special Sensory Garden. We then went into the shop where James got a grandmaster glitch toy and Freddie an Iggle Piggle! 

We then went out into Tower street to let James have a run on the grass while mummy nipped into the shop and bought keyrings and a pen. 

Freddie woke up and we went into a coffee shop. We needed a chill out before we did toilets and bum change before getting back on the coach. 

The coach left just after 4pm. After a half hour break at Wetherby services we finally got into Newcastle just before 10pm! 

It was a brilliant couple of days but a very long trip home! Freddie did lose his patients a few times and need out of his seat for cuddles, but James was brilliant!

We would love to go back, but maybe try a different way of getting there and back!

Disclaimer: We paid for this trip ourselves and are writing about it to show how much fun we had!