This week’s Times To Treasure post is a bit of an epic one! We’ve had a whole week off work so Alfie’s been off nursery too and we’ve had lots of fun together as a family. Although we haven’t been away, or even done lots of extravagant outings, we still made sure we’ve done lots of fun activities!
On Monday we had some errands to do, including continuing our hunt for some wellies or snow boots for Alfie. I’d heard Lidl had some winter bits in, so off we went to check it out! Unfortunately they didn’t have any boots in Alfie’s size (although they did have lots of other great bits!). We did pick up a build your own gingerbread house to do in December which I’m very excited about!
We then popped into The Range and Alfie had a great time laughing at the singing Christmas decorations and playing on the giant floor keyboard (which will NOT be making its way into our house!!)
In the afternoon we took Alfie over to the local park to have a kick around. He loves his football and rugby ball at the moment so he had a great time kicking them around with Daddy.
Tuesday was a busy day, just Mummy and Alfie visiting friends. First we went to visit the lovely Mrs Lighty of All Things Spliced and the gorgeous Baby Lighty. Alfie had a lovely time playing with his mate – he loved Baby Lighty’s shopping trolley so much I think it might make an appearance on his Christmas list this year!
We then spent the afternoon with Alfie’s wonderful Sing and Sign teacher and her little boy at a local soft play. We miss our Sing and Sign lessons so much, but I’m so grateful we made such amazing friends from our class! Alfie had a fab time running round the soft play, although Mummy didn’t like getting stuck in the slide even though she was assured by her friend that she would fit down it!!
On Wednesday we decided to venture into London. Taking the trusty Connecta was a lifesaver on the train and tube so we didn’t have to battle with the buggy. We popped into Mummy’s work to say hello to my colleagues who haven’t seen Alfie since he was about 7 months old! So it was a shock for them to see him running up and down the corridor and in and out of the offices. He took a shine to one of the PA’s teddies and just had to have a little cuddle!
We then went to explore the V&A Childhood Museum. It had been recommended to me by a friend and it was great! Not too big, but just big enough to keep us occupied for a few hours. Alfie loved trying out all the toys on offer, including a great little under 3s play area and a mini sensory area. Mummy and Daddy loved looking at all the old toys and reminiscing about what we used to play with!
We then went to eat at The Diner – a lovely place in Spitalfields that does American foods. I had an amazing pulled pork burger that was so big I couldn’t finish it all. I loved the highchair they gave to Alfie – it clipped on to the side of the table and was perfect for the booth we were sitting in. I’ve since discovered it was a Phil & Ted’s creation.
After lunch, we headed over to Harrods to have a browse of their Christmas department. It’s so easy to get lost in there but we eventually found the Christmas decorations and I had fun looking at all the lovely designs. There were far too many to choose from though and I couldn’t decide what to get.
Alfie loved meeting the Harrods bears!
Alfie was a dream on the train and we had so many people comment on what a good boy he was, which made me very proud!
On Thursday we went to visit my nan. We hadn’t seen her in a while so we spent a few hours with her. She’s not very well so gets tired very quickly and Alfie being the whirlwind he is, wears people out very quickly – even if you’re just watching him.
In the afternoon we just spent some time at home as it had been a busy week. We deserved a bit of chill time! Alfie and I watched our first Christmas film of the season – Arthur Christmas – on Netflix!
Friday was another busy day visiting friends! We went to see one of our lovely Sing and Sign mummies who has just had her second baby. She was only 3 weeks old and such a cutie. I loved how good Alfie was with her – stroking her little head and patting her. He mostly wasn’t bothered by her though and got on playing with the toys and reading books so I got to have a lovely catch up with my friend!
We went back home to Daddy who had cooked us lunch and then spent the afternoon at Danbury Woods. It’s a great place to spend an hour or so. We went to the duck pond and fed the ducks and then walked through the woods, exploring and collecting leaves. Alfie got to wear his new splash suit (an early Christmas present from his auntie and uncle) which kept him clean and dry as he rolled around in the mud.
When we got home, we used our leaves to make some wonderful pictures – painting and printing leaf patterns and also doing leaf rubbings with the crayons. Mummy made a leaf hedgehog on her own because she got frustrated that Alfie wasn’t doing it properly!! We have this lovely plaque from Crafty Creations to hang Alfie’s pictures on, which I really love.
Although it’s still November, Saturday saw us having our family Christmas meal. With there being so many of us (I have 5 siblings!) it can be a nightmare to get us all together! It was a lovely lunch and full of laughs, as it always is when we all get together.
Then we went to our local light switch on. Because we had been at the family meal, we missed the actual light switch on, but there was plenty of stalls, rides and entertainment to join in! My lovely friend Lauren had a stall with her cakes Lauren Dixon Sweets, Treats and Eats, so I got some scones and took them round mums so we all enjoyed a cream tea!
Our final day of the holiday was typically busy! We met my friend at a local soft play and let the kids run loose while we enjoyed a cup of tea and a slice of cake!
The afternoon was spent finally baking my Christmas cake! I’ve been trying all week to find the time to do it so it’s really quite late but I’m glad it’s done – post up on the blog tomorrow!
All in all it’s been a wonderful week. We were busy but also found time to chill and relax before the busy Christmas season.
I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and are ready for the week ahead!