Saturday, 5 May 2012

Muddy Puddle fun!

We love being outside as a family, and I must confess I've found the dismal wet weather a challenge to say the least! Boo is very active, he loves to run about as a pirate or a knight and imagine tigers have escaped or that there is a dragon living in a tree!  Playtime outside seems to have been limited for several weeks, often resulting in us running for cover with only a clap of thunder for warning!

In between the rain there was some glorious sunshine this week, and the boys and I ventured out to play making the most of being outside while it was dry. Boo decided we should play car recovery, a game which basically  involved driving a toy car into the mud and then recovering it with his digger! Inevitably this was a very muddy game..

Yes he has made a trench in the garden..

Getting absolutely caked in mud and soaked through wasn't exactly my aim for the afternoon, but I have to confess it brought back many memories of making 'mud pies' as a youngster! I remember my own Mother was never terribly impressed by how muddy I used to come in from the garden! Elvis decided sitting in puddles was a more exciting adventure, resulting in at least two changes of trousers and some very soggy welly boots! A load of washing and a warm bath later, the only evidence (apart from this photo) of this muddy outdoor adventure is E's soggy boots still trying to dry in the airing cupboard! 

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Water Babies!

One of my earliest memories is being referred to as a 'real water baby' while we were on a day trip to the beach. I loved being dipped in and out of the waves! My Mum loved swimming, and would take me weekly from a young a age. I distinctly remember being in a big rubber ring with arm bands on, and talking to a an old lady who I remember seemed very large, wearing a pink floral swim cap. I don't think we knew this lady, but she would look after me while my Mum swam a length or two. Summer holidays were always spent at the beach with me begging to be taken swimming!

Even though I had an early start swimming, and love of the water, I confess I didn't learn to swim until I was 11 and after developing my first crush I insisted I needed to learn to swim so I could visit the pool with my crush happened to be a lifeguard! 

After that, summers were spent with long days at the beach (we lived a few minutes walk away) and where possible I'd swim in the morning and after lunch, swimming in the sea made me a stronger swimmer although I still lack any sort of style! As I got older, swimming became part of my social life, and I'd meet friends after work to swim while we caught up on gossip and planned our weekend of fun. 

I'm ashamed to confess, I don't swim for myself at all at the moment, but as I sit typing this I realise how much I miss it. Elvis loves the water, we joke and say it was because he was born in water, but he has been swimming from a young age and loves it! Boo asks every week if I'll take him swimming, and I constantly make an excuse..I'm already focused on getting fit in 2012, and I think swimming needs to become part of my weekly schedule! Next week I'll be brave and take Boo, I'll forgot about my fear of being seen in my swimming costume (and being mistaken for a jelly baby!) and just get on with enjoying some precious time in the water with my water babies!

This post is written as my entry into the BritMums Competition "Joy of Swimming" Sponsored by British Gas.

Monday, 30 April 2012

Rowntrees Fruit Bottles!

The boys were delighted to receive a parcel from Rowntree's, containing their new Fruit Bottles which contain 25% fruit juice! Boo was impressed with the way the sweets arrived (and this packaging is being played with as I type!).

Fruit Bottles have a distinctly retro feel to them, but with a modern twist - they have a really fruity flavour instead of the old school articifical twang, in fact these contain no articifical colouring or preservatives! 

The sweets are a gummy jelly sweet, and Boo took great pleasure in enjoying stretching them as far as he could! Mr G remarked that the sweets were really fruity and he preferred them to other jelly sweets, as he really liked the fruity flavour! E is too young for sweets but loved rustling the bright red packet!

I loved the expressions on the bottles, there are 5 different flavours but I had to photograph just these 3 as their faces made me laugh - especially the one in the middle! I think these are really tasty and as an after meal treat we enjoyed sharing a packet as a family - the small bag can easily be shared as the sweets are very satisfying! Each small bag contains 149 calories, so  we've made sure we enjoyed them as a treat and as part of Boo's very active day! You can catch up with Rowntree's on their Facebook page and enter their competition which is celebrating all things retro in honour of the Fruit Bottles arrival! 

Disclaimer: Thank you to Rowntree's for sending us a sample of their new Fruit Bottles, all views expressed are my own.