Thursday, 21 August 2014

A Visit To The Tate Modern...

Friday Ebi-kun and I headed back into London to the Tate Modern. I discovered there are free apps to download and use as you go round. We would have liked to see the Matisse Exhibit but it was way too busy so we decided to take advantage of the free exhibits instead and there are plenty of amazing pieces of work to check out.

Ebi-kun is getting really quite good at recognising various artists and styles and it was really interesting listening to his views on various pieces of work. If you think art galleries and kids don't mix, then you need to get your hands on THIS BOOK, quick read with lots of great ideas!


The app we downloaded was Tate Top Trumps, each piece of work has a code, if you think it will be a strong top trump card you tap in the code then at the end you get to have a game of top trumps. Although the idea was really cool, it didn't actually work too well as we couldn't find many pieces of art work that were registered in the game. There is, however an option to play using the artwork stored in the app which works well.


Ebi-kun can also say he has had his work displayed at the Tate Modern, they had some tablets set up when you can create some work of your own then they project it on the wall.


This is about as close as we got to St Pauls, and we had a wander down the South bank...


We met up with some of my mastermind friends, first time I have met them in the flesh, it was great to meet them and have a good chat and erm a couple of bottle of bubbly...



After all that Ebi-kun and I had a 'date' dinner at Giraffe before heading back to Brighton...




Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Football and working lunches...

Blimey, I have fallen behind a bit with the blogging! Thursday we put the boys into football school for 4 hours which was great for them and us! They were absolutely shattered by the time they had finished - it was great!


Me and Di took our mac books and heading off to a cute little cafe. Good to chat and plan and write over a lovely cuppa.


Then we had a bit of shopping to do and then it was time for a pub lunch - hard work this life as an entrepreneur! Pulled pork sandwich was delish, washed down with a pint of cider. Must say, that although it is lovely to hang out like this I couldn't do it everyday, it would be fab to be able to meet up and do it once a week.



This trip has been much easier this year, partly because I got a lot of my work organized before I left so it could basically just tick over whilst I am here and partly because I I'm not stressed out about money or the lack of this time. 

After the lovely lunch we meandered back down to pick the boys up. They had had a whale of a time and were suitably shattered and very mucky. A relatively subdued day compared to some of the others we have had!



Sunday, 17 August 2014

A Truly Horrible Treat

Another fabulous day, started with meeting our old uni friend at London Bridge station then we had a meander down the Thames to Tower Bridge...


Over the bridge then a look at the amazing poppy display, brilliant installation, very clever and very efective. I think the poppies are up until November then they will sell them off.


We kept spotting these benches along the way which were promoting the new Julia Donaldson book...


We caught the bus down to the West End...


Di had won vouchers for TFI Fridays, so we had a nice lunch there and hung out with Spidy...


We then popped down to Trafalgar Square for a bit of entertainment before heading up to the Garrick theatre...


For the Horrible Histories show, which was Brilliant! Great for adults and kids, very funny, very 'orrible. Oh how I miss going to the theatre!


After the show we headed back down to Trafalgar Square to watch a guy lie on a bed of nails and juggle knives...


Of course we had to do the Lions...


Another brilliant day, we decided to leave before the boys totally crashed, great to see The Brogster again and she was looking rather colourful! 





Friday, 15 August 2014

A full on day at Brighton

Our first day in Brighton we met up with my uncle and his family, when we first got to his house it was peeing down, but after a cup of tea the sun came out. We walked into town and headed for the Pavilion for a picnic...


Then we had a whirlwind visit to the museum in the Dome (excuse to use the toilets!)


Then it was time to hit the pier, not until Darth Vader had been defeated


Comedy photo moment of course...


We tried the Horror Hotel first but Ebi-kun announced it was rubbish! Next up was the log flume, Ebi-kun LOVED it (it was his first time) and went on again with my uncle Si, Charlo and C.


Then it was time for the bumper cars...


It was a windy day so some of the rides were closed, Zoltar was on top form though....




By this time were ready for a drink...


So we took a ride on the oldest electric train in the world...


To the Yellow Wave, barefoot cafe which has a sandpit for the kids to play in.




Uncle Si went to get the car since the kids were tired and it is a bit of a yomp up a big hill back to theirs, so we went to throw rocks in the sea, it was rather choppy!


Then it was back to Si's for dinner, great day with great company. The kids were absolutely shattered and were asleep in record time.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Chaos with the cousins

Sunday my brother, his fiancee and his 3 kids came over to my moms and chaos reined for the day! Unfortunately the weather was against us and so the kids were stuck in almost all of the day. Needless to say they were bouncing off the walls and driving us all nuts!

Activities included cousin torture ...getting your hair done!



Silly darts, not sure what the rules were for this but there was a lot of silly giggling going on! Plus numerous rolling around, tackling and play fights! The quote of the day had to be from Ebi-kun who shouted to me... "Mommy, M has knocked my tooth out" In her defence the tooth was really loose anyway.


J is a darling, quiet as a mouse and was quite happy posting scrabble pieces and straws into a box or sorting things into piles,  I love it when they are at this stage!

 

We had a lovely Sunday dinner and mom requested a photo with all the kids before they left, impossible to get all of them looking the right way at the same time and there is always one pulling a silly face!


It's a shame the weather was so crap, it would have been fun if we could have taken them all down to the park or to the monkey park which was our initial plan.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

94 today

Friday was my nana's birthday, a mere 94 years old! She is still going strong although her mind gets a bit forgetful these days - happens to us all and I'm only half her age.

Some fo the family got together for a wee surprise party and we were lucky with weather agin, if fact it was a bit too hot so no-one wanted to stay outside for long.


Ebi-kun was actually due to be born around Cocky's birthday but he arrived a week early.


The cake, no birthday is complete without a cake.


Freaky cat made an appearance, my oldest uncle had bought this for my aunty Jan when she was born, there has been a mystery on how freaky cat got a wonky eye for year - I hate this bloody thing, gives me the heebie-jeebies.


But the truth was revield, my Uncle Si swapped something with is friend to get an air pistol (my Nana knew nothing of this too) and Si used to use Freaky Cat as target practice and that is how Freaky cat got a gammy eye. Jan was not amused...the rest of us were though.


And this is my littlest cousin, there are only 4 years between me and uncle Si and he was a late starter with the kids, so there are 40 years between me and this cheeky chap! If you ask him to smile, this is what he does....


He is absolute cutie, his big sister wouldn't let me get a pic, so it's just the boys...




Monday, 11 August 2014

A trip to The National Adventure Farm

The other day we met up with my cousin and her two kiddies at the National Adventure Farm and what a great day out we had! The weather was lovely and the kids got straight down to business of playing hard!

It's a big place and you can easily stay all day and not get bored, my cousin lives just down the road and has a season pass, so they know all the good bits to do! We went last time we were in the UK and Ebi-kun couldn't wait to go on the vertical drop slide again.

First up was a ride on the barrels being pulled by a tractor...


Then we decided to go and do the 10 acre maize maze, which meant walking past the scarecrows, they are attempting a world record and had 1500 on display the day we went, you can take your own to put on display or build one there but we ran out of time....


 My mom very sensible decided to wait for us whilst we did the maize, the kids took it in turn to decide which way to go, which as you can imagine, got us lost in a matter of minutes. You do get provided with a flag incase you need help. At one point M decided he'd had enough and just wanted us to wave the flag but we stuck at it and managed to find out way out, we were in there for an hour.


It's the first time I have been in one of this mazes too and it's quite disorientating once you are in there. Luckily there are some look out posts on the way, you can also buy a sealed map, if you don't open it then you get your money back, we told the kids that if we didn't open it we would be able to buy ice-cream, so they were all for doing it the hard way.


After the maze we had some lunch and a play on the big slides inside then the boys decided they wanted to play in the splash area, of course I hadn't taken a change a clothes for Ebi-kun so he borrowed a pair of joggies from M then had to go commando for the rest of the day! This was great, a pile of hose pipes and some barriers to hide behind, the kids were having a whale of a time!


Then it was time for some more bouncing and the assault course, we also did the go-carts and saw the animals somewhere along the line! I was shattered just watching them.


We had arrived just after 10am and left at 5pm, so we got our moneys worth out of it all. The kids can't wait to get together again, hopefully after our trip to Brighton we can have another playdate.




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