Last Sunday was Rememberance Sunday. We decided to mark the occasion by placing a Poppy Cross and planting some daffodil bulbs at Thomas' Grandad ashes site (my Father in Law) who died earlier this year. Niall was in army (Mechanical Emgineers) and served during the late 1950's/60's in places such as Germany, Singapore, Cyprus and Burma.
Niall's ashes are buried on the edge of the local cricket ground where he was an umpire for many years. It was a lovely sunny day and Thomas was very keen to get involved helping his Nan (my Mother in Law) and Daddy plant the bulbs. He enjoyed putting the bulbs in the holes and putting the soil back over them. Thomas helped his Nanny push the cross into the ground too. Afterwards, we went back to the clubhouse for a drink and then took Thomas to the park next door for a play in the playground.
Thomas loved playing on the park. He is getting a lot more confident and coming out of his shell now he is two years old. Everything on the park was the perfect size for him and I am sure we will be back again soon. I look forward to going back in the spring when the daffodils are in bloom and show Thomas' little brother where his Grandad is.
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This morning we went to one of our favourite places, Whitlenge Gardens in Hartlebury, north Worcestershire. Unfortunately, the weather was not fantastic today so our walk round the gardens got rained off halfway round. However, we did get to see some chickens and Thomas and his friend's (we went with our local NCT coffee group) did get to play in the play area and run round the garden a bit.
Fortunately, Whitlenge Gardens has a lovely tea room with lots of homemade cakes and local produce. There is a small indoor play area too. We retreated there and I may have had a *small* piece of chocolate cake. It was gorgeous!!
I have put a few photos below of when we went to Whitlenge Gardens earlier in the summer. It is a lovely place and very cheap to get in. I highly recommend it for a day out on a dry day!!
Thomas is 18 months old next week and this is the first real taste of spring he has had. Today we have taken full advantage of the weather and have had fun doing lots of new things. We have climbed on ropes, been on the big slide in the park, been on a big boy scooter and written with a stick in the dirt. Thomas enjoyed every second of it. He really wants to be a big kid and tries to copy everything they do. I cannot wait for the other first adventures we are going to have this summer!!
On Easter Bank Holiday, Thomas, my dad and I went to Bewdley and saw the charity duck race, raising funds for the Lions Club. We brought Thomas a duck which he had a picture with
Then I left Thomas with my dad to take photos of the ducks being thrown in the river
The ducks in the river
Afterwards, we went to the park nearby and Thomas climbed through a tunnel
And went down a slide! It was a lovely but cold day and we hope to go again sometime soon!
This morning, Thomas, Stuart and I went to Beckett's Farm to see the baby animals and the chicks hatching. We saw sheep, calves, pigs, goats, donkeys and chickens. Thomas was not sure what to make of the pigs, chickens and donkeys. The chicks were very sweet and Thomas enjoyed seeing them. He liked the sheep as they did not move round so much. I think next year will be even better as Thomas will understand more. The farm was very busy so we did not stay quite as long as we would of liked but will definitely be back soon
On Sunday, we went to the canal in Rowley Regis and fed the ducks and the geese. We taught Thomas how to throw bread and feed the ducks. We had a fantastic time and really enjoyed being outside as a family
On Monday, Thomas and I did not feel so good so we spent the day at home. Thomas thought it would be fun to put the Lego box on his head
On Tuesday, Thomas was feeling tired after nursery so we had cuddles on the sofa
On Wednesday, after another tiring nursery and work, Thomas played with his favourite toy, Scout
On Thursday, it was World Book Day and Thomas went to nursery dressed as a lion. One of the characters in his favourite book 'How Big Is My Bear'. He looked super cute in his fancy dress
On Friday, Thomas found another box to put on his head!
Today, the lion costume came out again as Thomas was invited to a 3rd birthday fancy dress party. At the party he decorated a crown so he became 'King of the jungle'
Last Sunday, Thomas, my dad and I went to Bewdley in Worcestershire to visit my Nan. Despite the weather being cold (again!!), I was determined that we would go outside and have some fun!!
We saw a train on the Severn Valley Railway which passes at the end of my Nan's garden. Thomas played football with his Grandad in the garden. Then has we were starting our walk, we saw some sheep crossing the road. Further along, our walk we saw some ducks in a pond which got Thomas excited, especially since he has now started saying 'quack quack', whenever he sees a duck! After our walk, we went back to my Nan's for a rest and a massive Sunday lunch. A very good day had by all
Yesterday, we went to the Birmingham Nature Centre for the first time. The nature centre is a small zoo located near Cannon Hill Park, just off the Pershore Road in Birmingham. It was very cold and quite a few of the animals were hiding but we did get to see lots of monkeys, meerkats, birds, sheep, goats, and otters. It was a lovely way to pass a morning. Thomas enjoyed it as I took him on his trike, meaning he could see and interact more with the animals. I am hoping we can return to the nature centre in the summer when the weather is warmer!
Yesterday as I am sure most of you are aware, parts of the country were gridlocked by the white stuff and the words 'snow day' were shouted from the roof tops. As it was Thomas' first proper chance to see snow, we were eager to get outside and show him how much fun snow is. After a quick walk to our local supermarket to buy Thomas some boots and a sledge, we were off for some fun!
Thomas and I were joined by Daddy (Stuart) and my dad (Grandad Mick) for a trip to our local park. Thomas was a bit unsure at first until he saw the other children in the park enjoying the snow. I put him on the sledge with me and down the hill we went. Thomas loved it. After sledging, we took a walk through the snow and had a mini snowball fight which made Thomas laugh!!! It was a great first snow day for a nearly 15 month old!
Today Thomas, my Dad and I went squirrel spotting in our local church yard. The weather was dry and relatively mild so we took Thomas out on his trike. It took a couple of minutes to find some squirrels. However once we did, this one was pretty obliging and even came up on said hello to Thomas. I am 100% sure Thomas completely understood what a squirrel was. He did enjoy seeing them though. Lets hope the mild weather continues so we can have fun outdoors next week!
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