The adventures of Jack Jack

The adventures of a first time Mummy and my son Jack.

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Release the stress this Christmas with fun at the fair.

With all the trouble and strife happening in our lives at the moment, festivities haven’t really been thought about.

Daddy works four days a week and stays at his parents house to save on petrol, so our time together as a family is precious. So when we saw that the local Christmas fair was in town on one of Daddy’s days off, we jumped at the chance to let away worries float away for some good old fashioned family fun.

We told Jack we were going to see Santa and all the way into town he sat in the back of the car chanting “Santa, Santa!”.

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That was of course until we had parked up, queued for 20 minutes and paid our donation to the Rutland fire service, then came the tears and “Mummy don’t leave me” (even though we all went to see Santa together). Still I guess this years picture with Santa is an improvement on last years.

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 Grumpy Christmas photo 2013.

 After his terrifying experience with Saint Nick, the very next thing Jack saw lifted his mood straight away, a merry go round with a big shiny red car. Jack has never been able to go on any rides as he has always been to small for the ones at Grantham’s fun fair, but this time he was a perfect fit.

Naturally he chose the shiny red sports car over the bus, taxi’s and strangely ducks (a man of taste in my book) and with Mummy crouched beside him off we went, brum brum!!
Now from my point of view it was a pretty boring 5 minutes of going round and round and trying to look excited as we raced past Daddy for the 17th time, but for little Jack it was heaven. He whooped and zoomed and beeped the horn, and the smile on his face was a picture.

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As you can imagine he took a little coaxing to climb off and explore the rest of the fair but soon he realised it wasn’t the only ride there.

Soon J was zooming down the helter skelter, once with Mummy and then with Daddy, scanning all the goodies on the stalls and enjoying freshly baked cakes with gingerbread latte.

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A little further up was a shooting game, you know the sort ‘knock all the targets down to win a prize’. Usually we walk straight past but Jack spotted the Spider man stuffed toy they had and that was that.

“Daddy, Daddy, Spider man!!”

Spider man cost 10 tickets so that meant Daddy had to have 2 goes and hit every single target, the challenge was on.
With Jack and I cheering him on Daddy hit the first 5 targets without a single miss, on his second turn a crowd was starting to form with Jack reminding them all,

“That’s my Daddy!”

5 more targets down and one happy boy clutching his brand new Spider man stuffy, Daddy was most certainly the hero of the day.

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Next we rode the Disney express and Spider man and Brewer were treated to their own seats while we chugged round and round. We were lucky enough to sit right at the front, so Jack was able to ‘drive’.

By now all this excitement and new experiences had left us all a little hungry and J quite tired, so off we went in search of some food. Jack and I shared a hot dog and Daddy had a massive burger, they had reindeer burgers but it just didn’t feel right eating Rudolf in front of now very festive toddler.

At every 10 minute interval we would pass stands selling light up swords and light sabres but one set up next to the burger stand caught Jacks eye, a stand selling a light up Mickey mouse, fibre optic, noise making object that cost 5 whole pounds! Naturally she sold it the moment she handed it to him when she noticed him staring, clever move lady.

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With our pockets feeling considerably lighter and a very tired boy we set off back to the car, with a small break to dance with a giant Brewer we found.

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As we trudged back past Santa, we noticed that he had now been joined by some real life reindeer, which captivated J. Having just given Jack a few lessons in Christmas 101 (Who is Santa, what does he do and who are his reindeer), he looked the reindeer straight in the eye and said “Hello Blitzen!”
Cue many awww’s and adoring looks from the crowd surrounding the reindeer.

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Back home we had to peel a sleeping toddler out of his car seat and straight into his pyjamas and up to bed, not forgetting spider man of course.

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I suppose this post is just a small reminder that no matter how stressful life may be, try to make some family time, believe me its worth it.magicmoments150x150_zps58f60c40 PODcast-WhatsthestorybadgeFINAL125x125_zpsb1967f96 LoudnProudButton2_zps0ae1c4ea kidslinkbadgesmall_zps05dc13fb

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Its time for an adventure…..

Feeling pressured and lacking enthusiasm it was definitely time for a break and an adventure.

Jack had never been to the seaside so we decided on a weekend trip to Great Yarmouth. My mum joined us for the trip and on the morning of the 4th we were off. I slept most of the journey as I get car sick but Jack was quite happy listening to his Thomas the tank engine story cd and cuddling his bear Brewer. Once we arrived and checked into the b&b we didn’t know where to go first, but as it was a gorgeous day we decided to hit the beach but first we had to buy Jack a bucket and spade.

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Once we let little legs loose he was off with Daddy hot on his tail. Stupidly I decided to push the pram down to beach to follow the action forgetting the wheels would sink into the sand, I ended up dragging it behind me but it saved me becoming buckaroo.

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Jack didn’t know what to do first, he kicked and stamped in the sand for a while then grabbed a handful and threw it into the wind. I am very surprised he didn’t try to eat it once but I think the rest of his senses were working so hard he was in overload. To begin with he didn’t quite understand what to do with his bucket and spade and just wandered around holding them, until Grandma showed him how to shovel sand into the bucket. Once he had gotten the hang of it there was no stopping him and he spent a while just filling and emptying the bucket.

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We enjoyed a bag of chips on the pier, while Jack enjoyed his Mighty 4 pouches from Plum and Goodies new croc snacks, as well as the odd sneaky chip. Jack spied a “choo choo” ride so had to have a go.

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Sea world had kindly given me tickets to review their attraction so we decided to head down to the centre. I was very impressed with how little of a wait we had to get in considering it was a gorgeous day and a saturday. Jack was amazed by all the different kinds of fish and was especially fond of the sharks as we walked through the tunnel. I myself was mesmerized by the sea turtle as it cruised gracefully around the tank. We found Dory and Nemo and Jack stroked a crab then decided to lick his hands, ewww.

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We spent a while just watching the occupants of the various tanks until little man started to become restless and moan he was tired, we decided headed back to the hotel room so he could have forty winks in something more comfortable than the buggy. Secretly I was glad of catching a little snooze myself and emptying my shoes of sand and even Daddy was struggling to stay awake. After some warm milk and a couple of stories from his new TipTop books Jack was soon fast asleep.

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A while later we were all starving and Grandma offered to buy us dinner so we headed off in search of a restaurant and had only turned the corner when we found the perfect one. There were only two other families enjoying their meals so it was a nice relaxing end to the day, until Jack arrived of course. Daddy and I had steak and chips while Grandma had steak chasseur, Jack loves spaghetti so had a lovely big bowl of it with plenty of cheese. He is at the age where he wants to feed himself so I let him, within reason but I hadn’t bargained on him getting a little cheese happy. Luckily the waitress was too busy cooing over him to notice by which time he had finished the cheese hunt and tidied up after my little monkey.

What better after a big meal then a wander on the beach in the moonlight and hitting the arcades. We took all the 2p and 1p’s we had laying around the house and Jack had saved a few pounds from being helpful for Mummy. Soon we had won him a few little cars and plenty of tickets which we used on the play-doh pack they had.

The next morning its was chucking it down with rain so we decided to buy a few souvenirs and head home, halfway home my mum told me about a project she had started for work and how she needed my help to set up her own blog. After a little rejigging of the luggage when we got home Jack and I were on our way to Grandma’s house for the week. Daddy couldnt join us as he had a few meetings to go to but a little of your own space never hurt anyone.

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Jack and I spent the week helping Grandma in the garden and the evenings trying to explain blogging and Jack ‘helping’ design Grandma’s blog badge. We went for walks down the lane to the farm at the end, we played tag  and relaxed in the sun.

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Back home a week later we took advantage of the good weather with a trip to the park and getting Daddy involved in the fun.

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We spent Easter weekend at Nanny’s house for a roast and an alternative Easter basket. The planned egg hunt had to be held indoors due to the rain but didn’t stop the fun. When we came home Jack had his first haircut, we had tried many times before but failing duct taping his head to the chair we couldn’t get him to stay still. However with his brand new Tractor Ted dvd he was so engrossed we managed to chop off his curls.

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During the week that followed I discovered to my horror the amount of weeds taking over my garden, so with my little helper in tow we got to work. Daddy cut the grass while I tackled the weeds, Jack emptied bucketfuls on the compost and bought the bucket back for me to fill up again. Occasionally he did disappear to the front gate to watch the cars on the road or to fuss next doors cat but had great fun putting food out for the birds once we had finished.

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After such a busy but relaxing break from the stresses of blogging and admin duties we topped it off with a bank holiday bbq, again at Nanny’s house. Jack enjoyed playing football with his cousins, Brewer the bear in tow and chasing bubbles around the garden.

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Concentration :)

Concentration 🙂

 

Jack you are learning so much everyday and it makes me extremely proud to watch you grow. To hear you repeat a brand new word when I speak to you or to watch you playing football reminds me of just how far you have come in just under two years of life. You make me the happiest mother in the world every time you call my name, keep learning about the world and you will go far but please dont forget to be my little boy for just a little longer.

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