My Sunday Photo 17:27: Sky Delight! 


I have spoken before about how lucky we are to live in a village where we literally have the countryside on our doorstep and the above photo is proof and a reminder of how lucky we are.

During the week I took Leo for a drive to try and get him to take a nap and I decided to drive around the country lanes near our village, driving along one of the more narrow roads (literally the width of the car) I could see this sky sitting above the recently ploughed field just off to our right and decided it was a perfect snap to play around with on my new phone that I got this week as well.

The sky was amazing to see and I could clearly see the divides in the clouds and that was something I was hoping I would be able to capture in the photo.

I am really pleased with how it turned out.

Photalife

Top Tips for Travelling with Kids 

As most parents know there is nothing more scary then planning a long trip with young children involved, invariably there is some sort of melt down from someone due to the time spent cooped up in whatever form of transport you are using at that time. 


Since Oliver has been born we’ve had three trips to Greece to see family with him and then Leo as well as long car journeys and even an hour boat ride. 

As a result we have had to plan how we are going to keep the kids amused for the journey and, this applies to a plane, how are we going to make sure we aren’t the family with the screaming kid. To that end we have come up with five top tips for travelling with two young kids. 

1. Number one is simple, and to be honest obvious, but plan your journey. 

This is a natural when you are travelling by plane but also essential when travelling a long distance by car. It is important to know which roads you will be on and for how long.


2. When travelling a long distance by car babies shouldn’t be in a car seat more then two hours so you will need to make regular stops, so therefore not is it only essential to know the roads you are going to be travelling on but also where any stops or services are to give your children and you a much needed rest. 

3. When travelling by plane or boat make sure you have packed everything you can think your children will need. When we flew a couple of years ago we got Oliver a little Thomas carry on case that he then filled with a few toys and we put snacks and a few bits for Leo and also a tablet computer with some downloaded videos for them to watch. That way we knew we wouldn’t be those dreaded parents with those kids that scream all the way.


4. One of the main things about travelling with kids is making sure you stay calm and collected. If you seem in control (even if underneath you feel stressed) you’re kids will stay calm and not stress out about having to be cooped up for hours on end. 

5. And finally….. The most important piece of advice we can give is have fun. Make the journey as fun as possible and it will feel like it went a lot quicker. 

If all else fails take ear plugs so you can’t hear your kids playing up.

Plutonium Sox

Hamster Madness! 

  
Oliver has been asking for a Hamster for over a year, there is something about these crazy critters that he just loves. 

  
When he first asked Keighley and I agreed that he was too young and with two cats, a dog, four fish, a toddler and a baby to look after we really didn’t want the extra workload either, so have been putting him off all this time. 

 

Helping to set up the cage
 
In the last couple of months we have seen some changes in Oliver in the fact that he has started to help feed the animals (mainly the fish) and is telling us when Molly wants to go for a walk etc, so we have started to reconsider the fact he still after over a year of asking wanted a Hamster. 

  
Earlier this week we took a trip to our local Pets at Home to again have a look at the Hamsters and he was again asking if he could have one. As Keighley and I had been discussing this recently anyway we let him choose one that he wanted to take home, to which he was overjoyed. 

We now have a little boy Hamster going by the name of Car who Oliver adores. We have already got Oliver into the routine of feeding and watering Car (as Oliver puts it) basically every evening just before bed Oliver makes sure that Car has food and that the water in his bottle is refreshed with a little help from either Mummy or Daddy. 

We are hoping that as well as being a great addition to the family that Car is also a great way for Oliver to develop the skills needed to take care of something or someone else and gives him the confidence to embrace all sorts of animals as he grows. 

We would love to hear what animals either you or your kids grew up with.  

Our Five Top Tips for Travelling with Kids

image taken from google images to illustrate a car journey

This past year we have had a couple of long journeys that have encompassed using a car, plane and even a boat. As a result we have had to plan how we are going to keep the kids amused for the journey and, this applies to a plane, how are we going to make sure we aren’t the family with the screaming kid. To that end we have come up with five top tips for travelling with a two year old and a baby. 
  

  1. Number one is simple, and to be honest obvious, but plan your journey. This is a natural when you are travelling by plane but also escential when travelling a long distance by car. It is important to know which roads you will be on and for how long.
  2. When travelling a long distance by car babies shouldn’t be in a car seat more then two hours so you will need to make regular stops, so therefore not is it only essential to know the roads you are going to be travelling on but also where any stops or services are to give your children and you a much needed rest. 
  3. When travelling by plane or boat make sure you have packed everything you can think your children will need. When we flew earlier this year we got Oliver a little Thomas carry on case that he then filled with a few toys and we put snacks and a few bits for Leo and also a tablet computer with some downloaded videos for them to watch. That way we knew we wouldn’t be those dreaded parents with those kids that scream all the way.  
    image from Google Images
     
  4. One of the main things about travelling with kids is making sure you stay calm and collected. If you seem in control (even if underneath you feel stressed) you’re kids will stay calm and not stress out about having to be cooped up for hours on end. 
  5. And finally….. The most important piece of advice we can give is have fun. Make the journey as fun as possible and it will feel like it went a lot quicker. Or if all else fails take ear plugs so you can’t hear your kids playing up.