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The Primary School Journey Begins.

I know up until now we’ve had the placement announcement and Mr S & I have had our parents evening and show around the school, but today marks the day of the new journey for little C. This afternoon he is having an hours induction at his new primary school ….. on his own. Without me, without his pre-school teachers.

So yes technically he has been in the school and had had a few visits with his pre-school but today is different. Today I will be dropping him off and leaving him there for an hour with everyone else on his own.

It’s big … it’s pretty huge especially for him (well and for me too!).

I think it’s been on his mind a lot this week too. Up until now he’s been really excited about his ‘big school’ (that’s what he calls it) but this past week or so he’s not been as keen on chatting about it and he said something very logical the other day:

“Mummy I can’t be going to big school yet, I’m still the same size”

Fair point! I think in his little mind he assumed he would be off to ‘big’ school once he was bigger, like his big sister. He’s also been waking up a fair bit these past few nights with nightmares – nothing to do with school but I think it’s because school is playing on his mind. He keeps asking me not to leave him there today and can I stay with him.

C’s pre-school is AMAZING – they really are. I mentioned to his main teacher there yesterday about his fears and she said she would take him and a little group of children over to the primary school (they’re next door to each other) and let them have a little look around. The primary reception classes were on their school trip yesterday so the classrooms were empty.

I picked him up from pre-school yesterday and he had a big smile on his face telling me all about his adventures over to his new school that afternoon. His pre-school teacher said that she would print the photos they took overnight and he could see them in pre-school in the morning.

I dropped him off at pre-school this morning and when we went in there was a huge poster hanging up with 5 photos of the classrooms and peg areas with a big printed sign saying ‘C had taken some pictures his his new school to show everyone’

I was bowled over by the effort she made yesterday to try and help his afternoon today go easier. All I mentioned was he was nervous about going for his visit and she did all of that for him. I will be so so so sad when it comes to him leaving them, he’s honestly had the best time ever there.

Anyway, it’s currently 11.04. I’ll stop this post here for now and I shall update this afternoon on how he found his little settling in session at his new school (I’m trying to change big school into new school for now). I’m hoping once he’s been today his second settling in session will be much easier for him and he will be able to look forward to it.

 

So it’s now a little later on and little C is tucked up in bed hopefully dreaming of his great afternoon at school!!! He LOVED it.

When we arrived he picked up his name from the table and stuck his label on. We waited by the doors and when they opened the teacher knew who he was from a previous visit into his pre-school so that broke the ice a little bit. She said to leave Mummy/Daddy/Nanny etc there and they would see us later … and just like that he gave me a big smile and walked in. Ahhh my heart swelled and broke at the same time.

He was only there for an hour so in no time I was stood back outside the door eagerly waiting on him coming out to see how he got on. The teacher called a child one by one and made sure they went to whoever was there to collect them … eventually, C come out, ran over to me with the biggest of smiles and gave him such a big cuddle. He was so excited to tell me what he had been up to – he chatted all the way back to the car skipping alongside me. I knew then he had a good time.

His next settling in session is in a few weeks and next time hopefully he’ll look forward to it rather than worry on the build up. Then that’s it … after that settling in session the next time he goes will be when he starts in September *sobs*

 

 

Pick Your Own {The Ordinary Moments}

Yesterday afternoon we took C to a local ‘pick your own’ farm. I love strawberries in the summer and although supermarket strawberries taste ok you don’t get many in a punnet, and because C thoroughly enjoyed picking his own pumpkin last October.

We’re really lucky to have a farm literally down the road. Once we arrived we collected a punnet and went off to find the strawberry patch (there were loads!)

We had SO much fun. It’s funny how a simple little half an hour doing something so simple can be so enjoyable. I loved watching C’s rummaging through the bushes and watching his little face get all excited when he found a nice big ripe strawberry.

Pick Your Own {The Ordinary Moments}

 

It didn’t take us long to fill the punnet and to be honest, I wasn’t planning on filling it all the way up but he was having so much fun.

We took our filled goods back to the little farm shop and I was expecting to pay around £6/7 for the amount we had. I didn’t mind too much seeing as it wasn’t often we did it and we really did enjoy it. But to my complete surprise, they only weighed in at £3.90!!!! I was shocked and how cheap they were – for fresh strawberries – I could even smell them they were so strong, that’s something I don’t get from shop bought ones.

I’m definitely going to get my strawberries from now on this way. They taste so much better and because the farm isn’t too far and it didn’t take us too long to pick them, I’d rather once a week pop along and pick my own. Plus it’s nice to support a local farm.

Pick Your Own {The Ordinary Moments}

Pick Your Own {The Ordinary Moments}

Pick Your Own {The Ordinary Moments}

Pick Your Own {The Ordinary Moments}

Pick Your Own {The Ordinary Moments}

Pick Your Own {The Ordinary Moments}

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve linked up with Katie and Donna on ‘The Ordinary Moments’ link up.

 

 

 

Things I’m Most Looking Forward To This Summer

We are now in June … the start of the Summer has begun (well according to the gorgeous sunny weather we currently have it’s arrived) I love where we live especially during the Summer – there is so much to do and seeing as it’s the Summer before C starts school I intend on having a much fun as possible.

Here are some of the things i’m most looking forward to getting up to in our local area (in no particular order and there are far too many to list)

  1. Crab Fishing – There’s a Quay literally a few minutes drive away. We tend to go of an evening when it’s a bit cooler and the scenery is beautiful, especially when the sun is setting. We catch the crabs with crab lines and nets (using fish as bait) and then pop them back into the water when we’re finished. It’s such good fun and over the years as C has got older he’s been able to take part more and more rather than relying on us to help, so he finds it more exciting.

Things I'm Most Looking Forward To This Summer

Things I'm Most Looking Forward To This Summer

Things I'm Most Looking Forward To This Summer

Things I'm Most Looking Forward To This Summer

Things I'm Most Looking Forward To This Summer

2. The Beach – Living on the South coast we are surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches. We have over  seven miles of award winning beaches, so we have plenty to choose from. Both kids adore being by the sea and i’m so pleased to have been able to bring them back home to grow up by the sea. We’ll quite often pack up the car for a day down at the beach and this year for the first week of the summer holidays a friend and I have rented a beach hut for the week! I can’t wait. Some nights we just even pop along to our nearest beach for a walk along the promenade whilst C has his bike or scooter & we stop for an ice-cream on the way back. It’s times like this, that make me feel really happy and content.

Things I'm Most Looking Forward To This Summer

Things I'm Most Looking Forward To This Summer

Things I'm Most Looking Forward To This Summer

Things I'm Most Looking Forward To This Summer

Things I'm Most Looking Forward To This Summer

3. Paultons Park. I did a whole post just on Paultons Park the other day so go and check it out. C & I are season ticket holders now so we can go as often as we like. We’ve been going almost weekly recently whilst the weather has been lovely. During the Summer we will go as a family some weekends (especially to see the Paw Patrol special weekend) and with only having to pay for Mr S & L it doesn’t make it an expensive day out.

4. Hoburne Holidays. We have three Hoburne Holiday parks near to us and we have local summer membership to one of them. We have access to all areas on the holiday site including the indoor and outdoor pools. On a super hot day there’s nothing better than popping along, grabbing a lounger and diving in for a swim. Their outside pool is even heated to it makes it so much better. I hate cold swimming pools. Whilst you’re there you tend to forget your everyday life and it feels like you’re actually on holiday somewhere. It’s bliss!

Things I'm Most Looking Forward To This Summer\Things I'm Most Looking Forward To This Summer

 

5. Our Garden & BBQ’s – It quite literally has to be the best garden I have ever had. I love it when the sun is shining and all the gorgeous summer flowers are in bloom splashing colour all over the place. Sometimes I like nothing more than a day at home spent in the garden. I get C’s pool and water slide out, he’s got his trampoline and an array of garden toys to keep him occupied. Finishing off the day with a BBQ just tops it all off nicely.

Things I'm Most Looking Forward To This Summer

Things I'm Most Looking Forward To This Summer

Things I'm Most Looking Forward To This Summer

Things I'm Most Looking Forward To This SummerThings I'm Most Looking Forward To This Summer6. Hiring a boat. This is something we’ve done few times now and it’s a nice way to sit back and relax for a little cruise along the river (well for me anyway whilst Mr S does the driving!!) You can hire the boats out for either half an hour or a full hour.Things I'm Most Looking Forward To This SummerThings I'm Most Looking Forward To This SummerThings I'm Most Looking Forward To This SummerAs I said these are just some off the things i’m looking forward to this summer. There are so many different places we enjoy going to and lots of different activities we like. There’s always plenty to do nearby and i’m so very pleased and lucky to be able call this my home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paultons Park Family Theme Park – Review

We are so lucky only living 30 minutes drive away from the UK’s number one family theme park. Paultons Park family theme park is situated near Romsey in Hampshire. With 0ver 70 attractions it is also the home of the Worlds only Peppa Pig World.

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park is opened from February through to the middle of November. Paultons Park then operates their Christmas themed event from the middle of November until the end of December. All of their opening times can be found on their website.

On arrival, you will notice there is plenty of parking and after a short walk, you will come to the main entrance where you will find toilets, the tickets booths and the turnstiles to enter Paultons.

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

Once you’re through the turnstiles you will be in the main entrance to the park. On the right is their main restaurant ‘The Wild Forest’ and to your right is the Big Toy Shop (which also leads to the exit and the car-parks)

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

After you walk through the entrance you enter the courtyard and to the left if the information centre where you can purchase season tickets, hire strollers and have any questions answered if you have any. It’s also a good idea to ask here where the ‘lost and found’ is situated. They offer labels for you to stick to your child with a contact number should you become in the unfortunate position of loosing a little one during the day.

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

The Courtyard then leads you off to different parts of the park for your day of fun.

Paultons is a family focused park allowing family members as small as pre-walkers right through to teens and above to enjoy the day out. I have L who is 14 and C who is 4 and both of them really enjoy having a day out here. There is plenty to do for all ages and we can easily be in the park from opening until closing and sometimes still never get round to see everything – there’s so much to do.

There are three main areas to Paultons Park – there, of course, is the most famous Peppa Pig World, then there is the Lost Kingdom and lastly Critters Creek.

Lost Kingdom was only opened in 2016 and I can honestly say being regular visitors over the past few years we were really blown away when we visited the Lost Kingdom for the first time. This dinosaur themed land has amazing 3d theming and animatronics with music playing to suit the theme. We were really impressed with ‘Alive’ which was home to a rather scary looking friend!

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

Paultons Park Family Theme Park

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Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

C’s favourite ride in the Lost Kingdom is by far The Flight of the Pterosaur. It’s the only leg suspended coaster in the park. He’s such a daredevil.

One thing I noticed was how many toilets were positioned around the park. You don’t have to ever walk very far to find one and also the same for food huts. Perfect for a drink, snack or an ice-cream on the go.

Critter Creek is a really colourful themed area with plenty to do for all ages. There is the family roller coaster ‘Cat-O-Pillar or for the smaller members of the family they can always jump on Professor Blasts Expedition Express. I went on this recently with my nephew and I couldn’t help but admire how well the gardens are kept and how pretty all the colours of the flowers are that are planted. All over the park the gardens everywhere are really well looked after making the walk round to each area a really pleasant one.

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

I was there today and since my last visit, they have welcomed some new Japanese Gardens. It makes a lovely edition to the park and somewhere to have a little stroll though on the way to seek out our next adventure.

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

 

Peppa Pig World is a whole entire section over one side of the park and for that reason I have decided to do a separate post on this.

Other than the three main themed areas there are lots of other rides in the park. They have a beautiful traditional carousel, the wave runner (featuring a dingy boat and water), a pirate ship, the raging river log flume …. this will most definitely leave you wet, the edge, the Cobra, Sky Swinger and many many more. You can check out all the rides and attractions on their website.

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

 

If you happen to be visiting the park during the summer they currently have a live beach themed show running every day and different intervals. It’ll be worth checking the website or at the information points in the park to check out the times when you visit.

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

We found it a perfect time to lay out the picnic blanket to haver some lunch whilst we watched the show. The kids loved having a bit of entertainment keeping them occupied whilst they ate. It’s very interactive with characters, lots of music and dancing. It’s fun for everyone.

Here is C today having a photo with Manta.

https://paultonspark.co.uk/attractions/rides

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

If you are interested in the history begins Paultons Park there are several posters around the park with lots ion history information – certain dates and photos are all added. Also if you have time take a walk to the Paultons water mill. It’s worth the lovely walk across the lake.

https://paultonspark.co.uk/attractions/rides

https://paultonspark.co.uk/attractions/rides

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

 

It’s not only just rides and attractions Paultons have to offer – there are lots of bird aviaries, home to many different types of birds and prey, penguins where at certain times of the day you can sit and watch them being fed, giant tortoises .. just to name a few.

I could literally go on all day about Paultons Park – we have loved visiting here yearly and C & I now have season tickets so we’re making the most of going as often as we can before he starts school. We’re making the most of the low term time queues. I highly recommend a day out here. You won’t be disappointed I’m sure.

Even on the way out through the shop, the theming doesn’t disappoint.

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review

Paultons Park Family Theme Park - Review