Elf on the Shelf: Day 6: All Aboard the Shoe Shoe Train!

Our naughty elves got the boys shoes out last night and lined them up like a train and then sat in them with some of the boys toys.

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Where have we been?

Its been almost a year since we last published a post on 2 Bottles of Milk, so where have we been? 

Last Christmas I was so ill that I spent most of Christmas Day in bed asleep and it got me thinking about how hectic our lives were and how we needed to relax and let something rest for a while and that was unfortunately the blog! With everything that Leo had gone through and a new baby, as well as life in general it was the easiest thing to let go and allow more time for all the other stuff that was going on at that point. 

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First Trip!

Yesterday Oliver went on his first ever school trip to a local Farm and it’s got me thinking at how he is now growing up. 


The thing is I don’t know if I’m ready for it. I can vividly remember him being born and bringing him home from the hospital and now he is venturing off on adventures with his pre-prep school. 

When I went to pick him up from the school yesterday afternoon he was full of the excitement of spending the day with his teachers and friends and everything they had done at the farm, including seeing a Sheep race, and I am pleased that he is growing up and becoming independent. However inside there is a part of me that realises that this is the start of a long journey that eventually leads to him moving out and getting a place of his own. 


Now I realise that, that is a long way off but it did dawn on me, as he was telling me all about his day, that he was starting to move away from being almost completely dependant on myself or Keighley. 

Oliver starts Primary School in September and so I know that during his time there he will be having more day trips out and also trips out to friends houses and also trips out with friends. I also know that this is part of growing up and that every child and parent go through it. There is part of me though that has been taken by surprise by the speed it’s happened. As I said at the beginning of this post I can vividly remember Oliver being born and bringing him home from the hospital and also those first few days however over the last few months he has grown in confidence and character and now in experiences beyond Mum and Dad. 


There is a huge part of me that is looking forward to what the next few months brings in terms of Oliver’s development but there is also a small part that is sad to see that development. 

Picking Our Own Pumpkins. 


A couple of weekends back Keighley was away on a Girlie weekend so I had the boys all to myself for two days. On the Saturday morning I decided I wanted to do something with them to keep them busy. 

I had read on a local Facebook Group about a farm that allowed you to go and pick your own pumpkins and thought the kids would love it. Last year we had taken them Potato Digging  and they loved it so thought this would be a fantastic idea. 

When we arrived we parked in a field near the entrance and were greeted by two huge round hay stacks with pumpkins painted on. Oliver loved them and ran up to them asking for his photo to be taken. 

We entered the place which was obviously a great big field to be greeted by a very friendly person who explained what we had to do and what else there was to do once we’d finished picking our pumpkins. This included things like Pumpkin Bowling and other games. 

We grabbed a wheelbarrow and headed off into the field. Oliver and Leo immediately started picking up pumpkins they wanted so Daddy had to step in and sort out what was actually useable for us. 

We ended up with six pumpkins and Oliver also picked some corn on the cob to take home and eat, which in total came to £9 so a lovely cheap trip out.  The kids had a lovely time and Oliver has asked if we can go again. 

A Review of Dreamland Margate

Earlier this year we were invited to join Dreamland at Margate to celebrate their First Birthday. 

Talking to my parents and grandparents we were saying how nice it is that they are reinvesting in the seaside towns and it was what was needed especially in these troubling times when going aboard is getting more worrying for people with young children. 
Richard was working so myself and the boys met my Nan and Grandad from their caravan and travelled up with my mum and dad. The park has a simple band system or you can pay per rides. I love this way of paying because it means the grandparents who wouldn’t normally go on rides can still come along and enjoy the day without having to pay for the privilege. 


There were some great rides along with some of the old funfair stalls like “hook a duck” but not so much for the younger kids. They had a small area outside just for the toddlers, which has about 3 paying rides and also some buses/boats that are free to play in. Oliver loved the kids rides and if we go back I would just buy him a few tokens to go on thoserides until his a bit older to enjoy the bigger rides. 


Leo really enjoyed seeing the animals which were at the park for the party. He spent ages stroking the snakes and rabbits and really enjoyed watching the spiders among all the other animals. 
I loved the feel of the food court and the seating areas that are dotted around the place, we didn’t eat but my grandparents got chips and really enjoyed them. 


My parents commented that they thought it looked a bit run down with peeling paint etcs, but to me I thought it added to the charm of the place especially since everyone was dressed up in 60’s outfits. The staff all looked amazing and were very friendly stopping to chat to the boys. 


Inside there was loads more to do with a roller disco, a old fashion selection of video games, Modern video games and an inside children play area called “The Octopus’s Garden” we didn’t have time to check it all out this visit but if we were in the area we would make a return visit.  
If you’re in the area or surrounding area I would recommend a visit to Dreamland for a fun afternoon out. I would suggest having a look round first to see if you would benefit for a band or just buying tokens for a selection of rides.
Happy Birthday Dreamland!
Written by Keighley Miles

Sealife Adventure Southend on Sea

  

We recently took a trip to our local Aquarium for Leo’s birthday and to be honest I was pleasantly surprised. I personally haven’t been there since I was in school and from what I remember it wasn’t that great. However since then it has been taken over by a local to Southend business who also run Adventute Island (a local theme park). 

 

Leo enjoying his birthday treat

 
Since we went on a week day during term time we were lucky enough for the place to be almost empty so we were able to enjoy the displays without any bother. 

  
We entered the Aquarium and first came across the seafront display which housed local fish including some starfish which were extremely interesting to look at. As we moved round we came across the reptile tanks including a baby Crocodile, frogs and turtles. The kids spent a lot of time watching the turtles and enjoyed seeing them slide into the water and swim around. 

  
Following on from the turtles we came across a huge Ray tank. Where we spent quite a lot of time spotting Rays and watching them swim. The finally of the Aquarium was the underwater tunnel that they have. This tank contained all sorts of fish and also included some small sharks which our Nephew loved. 

   
 If you are ever in Southend we would thoroughly recommend Sealife Adventure, the entrance price is reasonable and there is a lot there for every age group. 

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Freedom! 

  

 Just over two weeks ago my wife and I invested in a second car. It had been decided a while back that we needed one as I need our only car for work and due to where we live my wife was essentially trapped with two kids at home whenever I went to work. 

As soon as we had taxed and insured the car we my wife and kids were out having fun with Oliver telling me what they have done on that day when I get it from work and saying that Mummy’s car is cool because it meant he could go to soft play. 

I for one am so happy that they now have the freedom to go and do what they want when they want and aren’t trapped at home just because of the need for me to have the car due to work. The car was an expensive purchase for us but has made such a difference that it was money well spent. I dare say that some of the ‘Little Fellas Fun Days Out’ in the future, will be because of the days out my wife and kids have due to this car.