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Monday 21 May 2012

Backstage with Harry Potter

Alex's birthday treat was a trip to the newly opened WB Studios and boy was it a great experience...

From the moment we arrived to the moment we drove away Alex had such a smile on his face it was worth the money!

It was one of his birthday gifts so the whole day was a complete surprise and it's just so well done that ANY Harry Potter fan has to visit.

You have to book tickets in advance and it's all timed to perfection, so no major queues or pushing and shoving which was great.  I'd ordered two of the additional audio kits, but these really weren't needed.

I don't know whether it was the the HP top that he was wearing (bought from The Wizarding World of HP in Florida) but Alex was chosen to open the doors to the Great Hall - he was so excited he was jumping up and down!

The detail in everything is just amazing - could can almost imagine the scenes in the films...  The HUGE Hogwarts entrance gates were very imposing..

All 3 kids got to fly on a broomstick against a green screen which they loved!

From the TriWizard Cup, to the Death Eaters, from The Ministry of Magic to rather large Chess - it was all just amazing..

It was good to see Priviet Drive, but I loved the Night Bus, although Harry's own house was kind of ereiee...

Lee and Alex loved the Special Effects area - although Cassie didn't so she and I went ahead a little..

Diagon Ally was one of my favourite areas, it just seemed "smaller" than I thought it would, but the model of Hogwarts, used for all the outside shots was just breathtaking..

Towards the end of the tour in Ollivanders, there are thousands of wands with the name of everyone that worked on the films - I just happend to find Robert Pattinson's - terrible tragedy ole Cedric...

It took us a good couple of hours to go around, and to be honest, it Lee and I hadn't of had the kids with it, it would of taken longer!

If you are an HP fan, then this is one experience that you shouldn't miss!


Sunday 6 May 2012

8?!?!?! How did that happen?!!??!

So not only was Cassandra 3 last week, but Alexander turned 8.  Just doesn't seem possible...

But it was possible, and on his birthday on Friday we had the usual family "tea party" with Nannie, Tony and Christine in attendance to help share his birthday cake.

Late afternoon, two of his good friends Oliver Knight and Nathan Gray came over for a Pokemon themed sleepover...  Lots of pizza, popcorn and chocolate was the order of the evening and by 10.30pm they had all crashed out in the Den.

Saturday morning saw Alex off to his friend James' (from Karate) party but then the BIG POOL PARTY was the main event in the afternoon.  Alex had never had the "class party" so this year I'd hired Belfairs swim pool with a HUGE inflatable in it and 33 odd kids had been invited.

They all said they had a good time and as long as mine did that was the main thing.

Getting ready for the off..

Alexander and Nicholas were first

Alex and Rebecca George (the girlfriend)!

Thomas Goff

Kerys, Jasmine and Amy

???, Calum and Oliver
Nathan, Hugh and Dylan


 Alex, Liam and Sam






 The gang..

Many many thanks to Rachel Harkes and Michelle Gray for being my "Mum's in the pool" and to Mum, Dawn and Tara for sorting the cake out.

Thanks also to EVERYONE that came along and for all of Alexander's lovely gifts.


A big 3

I can't believe that our baby girl is now a big 3.  How the hell did that happen!??!!?

As we were travelling back from Nottingham on Cassandra's actual birthday on Monday, her birthday this year was on the Tuesday.  Lee and I had bought her a big girl's bike which she's doing very well on (riding to school of an afternoon).

She also enjoyed her birthday "tea" when Mum, Tony & Christine popped round too.

Sunday was her birthday party - and in my usual themed event - a Fairies and Elves themed one as Cassie LOVES Tinkerbell.

There were 13 "little people" here who all enjoyed fairy based activities such as wand making, decorating fair cakes, musical toadstools and of course no party is complete without fairy dust and a fairy treasure hunt!

 Love you baby girl!


Robin Hood....

The year before last the kids (well, lee really) decided that they wanted to go and stay in the woods in a tree house, so we went to The Forest of Dean for a long weekend - albeit not to stay in a tree house (far too expensive).  I thought they would be totally bored, but they loved it, so this year when they mentioned it again, I booked for us to go to Sherwood Forest up in Nottingham for a long weekend.

The kids loved it and considering Cassie was only 2, we didn't get the buggy out once and she did very well walking the routes and in the April showers too.  Jumping in muddy puddles just like Peppa Pig was most fun..

There was lots of mapped out walks, with lots of activity play/climbing areas on route - the boys were in their element (Lee too)!

Nicholas did like the fact he had wellie boots on!

We walked and we built a den - had to be done in the middle of the woods!!

We also took part in a Ranger led Activity and the kids had to go out into the woods and identify trees, bugs, leaves and search for animal footprints too.  On route they had to collect stuff that they then brought back and used to make stuff.  We all had a great craft time, Lee on the other hand prefered to sit with his cup of Costa Coffee and chill...!

After a hard days' walking, it was back to our lovely cabin and into the HOT TUB!!!!   Oh yes... That will be a purchase for home when we win the lottery!

Lee of course, being a keen photographer was ever on the lookout for that "perfect wildlife shot" and got a rather good one, or two, or a few dozen of our friendly squirrel...

We even went to see the "Major Oak" which is supposedly a rather large hollow tree that Robin Hood hid in back in his day.

Of course, we all had to have a turn at shooting a few arrows, the kids loved it, but I was on top form and hit the deer!

A few tree climbing events and it was time to come home...  Despite the constant rain, it was a good long weekend holiday for us all :)

Sharon xx