Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Me & Mine Project {September 2014}

This month we have loved:-

* Visiting family for the weekend.
* Mummy getting to see Wicked! after years and years of waiting.
* Getting some structure back into our days after the chaos of the summer holidays.
* Eli being at preschool and Mummy getting to work in her new study.
* Daddy getting a new job and getting to work in his beloved home city of Liverpool.

This has been a month of big adjustments as our stage of life has changed and moved on.  I feel like I spend most of my time driving backwards and forwards to school and nursery and then back for pick up and then out again for after school clubs.  It has certainly meant I've needed to be a lot more organised!

The extra demands on us all mean that everyone has been tired and as usual with going back to school everyone has been full of cold which means we've mostly spent the month of September being grumpy.

We have managed to garner some precious time together though as a family, and have really been trying to make the most of our weekends now that both children are out of the house for the majority of the week.

It has made me realise how lucky I have been to have time at home with both Meg and Eli as I know not every parent gets that opportunity.  I also have a great appreciation for the time that we can spend together as a family and want to make sure that we use it wisely to have fun and enjoy each other's company (in other words...less time doing housework and other, boring things!) 

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Monday, 29 September 2014

Our Day As Tourists

One of the things we are really guilty of is not making the most of the area around us for days out.  It seems strange but we are much more likely to travel further afield to visit an 'attraction' than to make use of what is right on our doorstep.

When we moved to the North West we were so excited at the thought of being able to visit the seaside whenever we wanted and being able to take the kids to the amusements and the fair every summer, and whilst we do go to the beach an awful lot, despite numerous promises to the contrary we haven't once been to the amusements and we've only walked along the pier at Southport once, in January when we first arrived!

As it was the last weekend before everything closes up for the season I was determined that we were going to join the crowds and act like tourists; taking in everything that Southport has to offer.

The thing about visiting Funland, really, is that it doesn't take much to please kids.  A tub full of 2 pence coins and they were happily occupied for ages.  Unfortunately Meg didn't have much luck with the 2p machines but Eli hit the jackpot quite a few times.

Meg and Eli really enjoyed themselves and were more focused on how many tickets they could collect with the money they were given.  They were very determined to win themselves some ice cream bubbles.

After we had exhausted the delights of the amusements we walked along the pier and bought ourselves some doughnuts to enjoy.  The sun had come out by this point and it was just lovely to walk along at our own pace and take in the view.

Eli was desperate to catch the tram, as it's something we see often when we are driving past the sea front so we caught the tram back up the pier, which he loved.  

I think in total, the entire day cost us about £10 which is nothing when measured against the excitement of Meg and Eli.  I really need to try and remember that simple days out can be just as effective as costly ones!