Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Last year when my sister and I talked about our Christmas Traditions we talked about booking tickets to go and see Father Christmas. It was decided by my Sister that she was going to try and see him at Harrods, as it was something that she would love to start as an annual holiday tradition for her and her family. As I hate going into London during December I didn't try to book tickets I know from previous years that Harrods at Christmas is amazing, with the whole store being themed. Last year the theme at Harrods was a Vintage Christmas in celebration of J.M.Barries Peter Pan and my sister confirmed that walking through the store was amazing.
The actual Santa visit resulted in the first family photograph of the entire family together, some gifts from Santa and lots of fun and made me just a teeny tiny bit jealous, as the whole thing cost just a £5 booking fee! That's right other than the booking fee, going to see Santa at Harrods is free (and the £5 is credited back to your rewards account to be spent in store before the end of the year).
Seeing as my Sister and I are both Harrods Rewards Account Holders we might just both book to see Santa this year. You will have to be quick to join us though, as you need to sign up for a Rewards Account and the grotto booking will be opening in just a few short days!
Monday, 29 August 2011
This weekend saw me being a bit silly. Yes, I know when doesn't a weekend see me be a bit silly? Anyway I decided that I should start a bit of a game with Caption It Monday! Every Monday I will post a picture that you get to leave a comment on, suggesting the best caption you can think of and then the following Monday I shall list the best runner ups and the winner along with a new photograph for you to caption....
Okay the first week's picture is below.
I'm saying nothing, but come on caption away!
Thursday, 25 August 2011
The Speedo Sea Squad Website was launched in January and is a good site for children to explore and has some great downloads available for keeping track of your swimming progress. This is great as it helps me to know what to encourage Big Boy to do when we go to our local pool. There are some great videos and printable guides for parents to use as a resource and you will see soon there are some mentions on my facebook page as I have linked the two up. Sorry I couldn't help it I am a Social Media Addict! Top Ender has had a play on the Kid Zone area of the Speedo website too playing the game, printing door hangers and pictures to colour in!
So what did we think of the goodies that were sent?
The Speedo sea squad armbands were Big Boys favourite as they had green on them, and anything green is a big hit! I had a bit of trouble blowing them up and deflating them initially because the Valve seemed to be stuck, but I soon discovered the knack of blowing up and deflating the armbands. They were a good size too, as they weren't too bulky on Big Boy despite being for an age range of 2-6.Daddy thought that they were a bit thin, but I think it is because the armbands are PVC free. The RRP for the armbands is £7.
The Speedo sea squad googles have been used for almost everything by Big Boy. I was chopping onions and so he used them, he had his hair washed and so used them and he was dressing up as a superhero and so used them! I take it to mean that they are comfy and as the nose band and the strap for around the head are both adjustable you can get just the right fit for just about any head. Unlike some goggles that we brought for Top Ender (they were Speedo too) they didn't seem to have anti-fog and so we were constantly cleaning them. The RRP for the googles is £5 and the frames are made of silicon with the lenses being polycarbonate.
The Speedo sea squad dive rings were jumped on by Top Ender as soon as the packaging was open. When Top Ender was having Swimming lessons to build up her confidence in the water (she could swim she just wouldn't believe us when we told her) the instructor regularly threw rings or sticks into the water for Top Ender to collect. The idea is that children dive to the bottom of the pool to retrieve the rings and this increases their confidence in the water. We invented a lot of games with the rings when we were in the pool and even Big Boy had fun hunting for them in the water. The RRP for the Rings is £12 for three.
The Speedo sea squad Minikick is a much more manageable size than other floats that we have purchased in the past, which means that it is easier for Top Ender and Big Boy to handle. I never understood the purpose of a float, but Top Ender's swimming instructor explained that they help to improve (and develop) kicking technique as with the arms not doing the work the legs have to! There was a lot of fun in the pool with the float, the only problem was trying to get Top Ender to put it down to practice using her arms too! The RRP for the Minikick is £7 and it is made from EVA.
I know that these products are available from other outlets (I saw them in Sainsbury's) and that if we keep going to our local pools that Big Boy will be swimming in no time!
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Monday, 22 August 2011
This coming school year is the last year that I will have Big Boy at home with me, as in September 2012 he will be starting school. I asked on my facebook profile what people thought I should do in this last year with Big Boy at home and had some emotional responses about how this time will fly by and some great suggestions about things we might enjoy doing together. I already knew that this time was going to pass in what seemed a heartbeat, as it doesn't seem like five minutes has past since I realised that Top Ender would be going to school and now she is getting ready to start year three.
Having read some of my friends responses from my facebook question, I knew that there was so much that I wanted for Big Boy to learn and to experience before he goes to school. Big Boy and I talked together about things that he might like to do and we talked again with Daddy and Top Ender about things that we think that someone should experience and created a bit of a to do list for Big Boy to achieve before he starts School in roughly a years time. We thought we would share the list here as we know that we will be sharing our adventures here too! And here is our list;
- Learn to Swim
- Learn to Read
- Learn to Write (own name at least)
- Learn to tie shoe laces
- Make sure BB can get dressed on his own
- Watch all episodes of Dora
- Go to a theme park and go on all the rides
- Walk to the top of a really small mountain (or a really big hill)
- See the sunrise
- Watch the sunset
- Laugh so hard that we cry
- Feed Animals at a Farm
- Drive a Car (BB want's to not me! I can do it any time I want!)
- Spend the day on the beach
- Swim in the sea
- Stay in a hotel
- Go fishing
- Find Frog Spawn
- Have his own library card
- Learn his address
- Learn his home phone number
- Be a superhero for the day
- Have a day of eating food of one colour
- Learn about mixing colours
- Read as many books as we can
- Stick, paste and draw as many pictures as we can
- Finger paint and run bare foot through paint
- Make as many cakes or cookies as we can eat
- Swing on the swings and make your feet touch the sky
- Visit Father Christmas
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Friday, 19 August 2011
I like to try to keep the house clean (if not tidy) for the family and making the various chores fun isn't just for the benefit of Top Ender and Big Boy but for my benefit too! I am sure if I worked out just how long I spent cleaning, doing the dishes or shopping I may pass out from shock as I am sure the number of hours would be longer than I spend asleep. Then again that might just be a reflection on how much sleep I get! Cleaning the bathroom is one of my most satisfying chores and using the e-cloths (that I reviewed as part of my Green Clean Challenge) means that the chore doesn't take long.
Every morning whilst I am in the bathroom I give the bathroom a quick wipe over to keep things looking fresh. I find that this only takes a few moments but seeing as I am in the bathroom anyway it makes good sense and keeps the bathroom looking clean. I know that with an e-cloth that you don't need to use bathroom cleaner, but I like the smell of bleach and so once a week I use my "old methods" of cleaning the bathroom whilst Top Ender and Big Boy are in the bath. I get to clean the toilet and the sink (I do the floor once a week when I do the kitchen floor) whilst supervising bath time and we normally have a little giggle singing daft songs too.
Top Ender and Big Boy help out by using bath crayons and drawing all over the bath and the tiled wall around the bath. This gives them something to do before I can help them wash their hair and also means that when they have finished in the bath and they have to wipe away all the crayon the bath and the wall will be all washed down too!
Having fun whilst cleaning the smallest room of the house has built a lot of memories for Top Ender and Big Boy and I am sure that it will continue to do so for many more years to come!
Growing up I remember having Afternoon Tea at my Grandparents on a Saturday afternoon with my family. There were always sandwiches with the crusts cut off and fondant fancies and other small slices of cakes and of course a pot of tea for the grown ups and orange squash for us children. It was something that we looked forward to, the weekly Saturday Afternoon visits and the treat of cakes and being allowed to sit in the living room instead of the dining table. As a child I didn't understand the comfort of the routine, I just liked the cakes but I was being taught the family Afternoon Tea tradition without knowing it.
Top Ender and Big Boy often play tea party, and this Summer they have so much fun together pouring water from their teapot and orange squash from a milk jug into little cups and pretending to eat sandwiches and cake. I have joined in on several occasions and I have been teaching them the unwritten rules of an English Afternoon Tea as opposed to High Tea, which is something very different. Top Ender and Big Boy had been so well behaved (with a couple of goals having been reached) that I decided that they deserved a treat of a proper afternoon tea on our formal dinnerware. We don't often use our formal dinner set so Top Ender and Big Boy were very excited about seeing the posh tableware coming out of the cupboards.
The important part of an afternoon tea for any child is the cakes and Tops and BB were lucky to have a large selection of cakes to choose from. We had to have fondant fancies as a tribute to the afternoon tea's of my past, and Big Boy and Top Ender both choose their favourite cakes too so we ended up with small chocolate topped cakes and a selection of differently topped Chocolate fairy cakes. They had to obey the unwritten afternoon tea rule of eating all the sandwiches before having any of the cakes, but they were allowed to be over indulgent on the cakes and did manage to consume more than they probably should have!
The last part of afternoon tea is probably the least important part for non tea drinkers like Top Ender, Big Boy and I but we did know that we had to use the teapot and tea cups for our Orange squash to keep up the formal afternoon tea image!
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
We were sent a copy of Barbie Princess Charm School on DVD.
Top Ender is very much a Barbie girl and was waiting for the Barbie Princess Charm School DVD to be released at the end of August, so that she could use her Summer Holidays savings to purchase it. When on Saturday the postman delivered a parcel to me containing a preview copy of Barbie Princess Charm School I was suddenly propelled to superstar status with the promise that we would watch the film together that afternoon.
Barbie Princess Charm school is about a young girl called Blair Willows, who is a kind but slightly clumsy young girl and is chosen via a lottery to attend Princess Charm School. You see even in Gardinia (where this is set) before you can become a Princess or Lady Royal you have to have some training to build character and to learn the proper etiquette for being a princess!
Blair attends the school with several young ladies of her age and shares a room with Princess Hadley and Princess Isla (The Princess Charm school is a boarding school). They tell Blair the legends of the royal family of Gardinia including the tale of how some believe that the Baby Princess Sophia somehow survived the terrible accident that killed the rest of the royal family leaving the Queen's niece (Princess Delancy) next in line to the throne. As long as she passes the tests at Princess Charm School that is!
There are two evil villians, the soon to be crowned Princess Delancy and her mother Dame Devin (who is an etiquette teacher at the Princess Charm School) both of whom take an instant dislike to Blair and try their hardest to have her expelled. Blair doesn't let anything get her down however and keeps trying her best as she is doing this for her younger sister to have a better life.
The film is bright and colourful and easy enough to watch even is the story is predictable. The good thing about predictability though is that it is easy to understand and has the important happy ending and a confirmation that everyone is a princess even if they haven't been brought up in a castle or have a Queen or King for a Mum and Dad. The DVD is a must have for any Barbie fan and watch out for the merchandise to go with this latest film.
Barbie Princess Charm School is released on DVD on the 29th August 2011 and has an RRP of £14.99
Monday, 15 August 2011
It had been one of those days where everything was wrong and the only way to make it better was cake. Big Boy seemed to misunderstand the purpose of the cake as he wanted candles on the Birthday Cake, even thought it wasn't anybody's birthday. So I started plotting an Unbirthday treat for the next day just because like with our fake Christmas we celebrated last year we could! Luckily Daddy understood that out of the 365 days of the year that 361 of them were our joint Unbirthday's and the next day just happened to be one and that was an Unbirthday worth celebrating!
Top Ender and Big Boy loved these cards and enjoyed the thrill of getting to celebrate something which normally passes without recognition. Dinner was eaten with high spirits, even more so as we had some new napkins which made it look like we were super rich and using bank notes to gently dab our mouths as we were eating!
|They look real don't you think?|
Sunday, 14 August 2011
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Last week we went to a local woods for a walk. We spent time dodging puddles (Goblin ponds) and smiling at Dog Walkers and other families out for an afternoon stroll all whilst having a giggle together and enjoying the sunshine. It was a really lovely afternoon and one that made me think in more detail that night about what a good family life we lead and how Daddy and I are lucky to have the sort of marriage and family that many people spend years trying to find and we just stumbled into.
Then I got thinking a bit more. Did we really just stumble into this happy life, or were there some rules that we followed that meant we actually worked at this fun family life? I came up with the following;
The Family That Eat Together Stay Together
Admittedly we might not sit at the dining table every night but we do share a family meal together every night. We are pretty certain that having time together to talk as part of a family and to share our thoughts, ideas and discuss what has happened and what is coming up is important in making us the family that we are. Plus there is so much research in the lifestyle and health benefits of people who eat together (higher academic results, better health etc) that it makes sense to eat together as often as you can!
Do Your Part
We all have a part to play in our family. It can be as simple as cleaning up the house, or cooking meals or even any of the other chores that we do but there can also be more to it than that. Each of us has a role in our family we compliment each other, we look out for each other and with everyone doing their part our family works well.
Talk To Each Other
Everyday Daddy and I make a point of talking about how our day has gone, what we enjoyed or what went wrong. We do the same with both Top Ender and Big Boy with each of us spending one on one time together even if it's just for five minutes. We try to have the sort of family that can talk about anything with each other and because we have such trust with each other it strengthens our family.
Enjoy Each Other
This is actually quite hard to do, enjoying each other when you have chores to do or bills to worry about or other places to be means that you aren't always in the moment. We try really hard to make time to spend with our family that is quality time where we aren't distracted. We treasure these moments because we know that Top Ender and Big Boy are going to grow up and not want to spend as much time with us but also because it's great to just spend time together.
Friday, 12 August 2011
So Top Ender, Big Boy and I sat down in the living room and started threading shapes and letters on to the threading laces. We decided that we would each create just a string of beads that was in a pattern pleasing to us and we had a good giggle looking at the different shapes and getting Big Boy to read the letters out as he has just learnt the alphabet.
There is a negative to this packet and that is when you take the plastic off that holds the beads into the box there is no lid to put on the box. Even with Top Ender, Big Boy and I all threading beads on to two laces each there were shapes and letters left over. This means that there is no where for us to store it without losing pieces. At the moment we are hoping that it won't be knocked for a third time off the dining room table as picking up the little beads is really annoying! It was a really great afternoon but I think that out of all the laces that we threaded mine was the best. Don't you?
Thursday, 11 August 2011
Splitting up all chores in to parts and giving everyone a specific role when doing the chores works well for us as a family. This way Top Ender and Big Boy both get to learn how to do a chore without being overwhelmed with having too much to do and it can be made age appropriate. Just liking mowing the lawn, if you get into a routine of sharing the work it helps speed things up and encourages co-operation from everyone! When we go shopping we work off a shopping list that I create. I have a basics shopping list of things that we need every week (and month) and will check what we need as I go along creating the list. I check out the prices on the website My Supermarket and go through the products that we use most regularly to see if they are on special offer. Then the fun part starts.
When just Big Boy and I go shopping I will create a list for him, complete with drawings (as he can't read yet) for him to see what we need and for him to be in charge of putting into the trolley. I used to do this for Top Ender too and I think that like Flash cards the drawings help associate that all objects have a written representation and help encourage reading!
Giving children something to focus on whilst shopping really helps them to find the chore more fun and normally means that you don't spend the time rushing round the supermarket throwing in various items that your child has asked for and you have agreed to get to keep the peace!
If everyone is going shopping we normally change what we are doing slightly and work from just one list. Sometimes it will be Top Ender carries the list and calls out what we need from the list with Big Boy finding the item and putting it into the trolley with the help of Daddy and I or we might split into teams to race to do the shopping.
Racing to do the shopping is great fun because you choose items that are close together in the supermarket and give one or two items to each team to get. One team has to take the trolley with them and the other team has to rush off and return to the trolley before the team with the trolley gets their items! We find that this works well as the shopping takes about half the time and anything that speeds up the shopping is fun in my book!
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
It is well known in my family that I can't travel in a car for any considerable distance unless I am sitting in the front, because I get terrible motion sickness. And even then, unless I am driving, there are times when I am more aware of feeling car sick than I really want to be. I was hoping that both Top Ender and Big Boy would be less prone to car sickness than I was, but it turns out that they both suffer too. It seemed great timing that I was asked if I would like to review Sea-bands just before a couple of long car journeys and so I eagerly agreed.
Top Ender and I slipped on our bands and spent the journey comfortably not feeling sick. About thirty minutes from our last stop Top Ender decided to remove her bands and quickly discovered that this was a bad move as she then started feeling really sick. The bands were quickly added back and I think she learnt her lesson! The bands for me worked really well, and it has turned into I am wearing them for any length journey just to make sure that I don't feel car sick!
The sea bands are £7.99 and can be purchased from major supermarkets and pharmacies but I have two pairs of children's bands and one pair of adult bands to give away to a UK reader! All you have to do is leave a comment below letting me know if you would like an adult set or a child set. All entries must be received before 1pm on the 16th August 2011.
Morphy Richards sent a Shirtmaster Ironing Board to me but seeing as how I hate ironing I let my sister have it.
My Sister and I are like Chalk and Cheese. Growing up I was blonde and she was a brunette, she is slender and apart from a brief period in 1996 I wasn't, I liked school and she didn't, she would have to wear dresses and the latest fashions and I would wear what I liked, I hate ironing and my sister doesn't...
When Morphy Richards let me know that this month, as part of the Morphy Richards House Proud Innovator scheme, that they were sending a Shirtmaster Ironing Board out I panicked a little I mean I really hate ironing and it really isn't something that I could really review properly unless I were to review it as a fake surfboard, or a high coffee table. And even though it was excellent as both and made a really cool padded shop counter in a game of shop with Top Ender and Big Boy I thought a proper review of the actual ironing benefits would be needed. Luckily my crazy sister (crazy because she likes ironing) told me that her ironing board was on it's way out and so I was able to make a deal with her that she could have the new Shirtmaster Ironing Board in return for a review!
The Shirtmaster is bigger than the average ironing board (well mine and my sisters old one) and this is apparently really good as my sister started to jabber on about how it would mean she could iron the whole of a T-shirt in one go and went upstairs to get one of hers to demonstrate. She was still harping on about the benefits of the Shirtmaster when she came back downstairs, but by this point my eyes had glazed over and I just nodded a few times at her and started taking photos as she started preparing the T-shirt on the ironing board. As she is a skinny madam it was too narrow to fit on the square end so she put it up the other end.
|Yes, my sister wears white clothes despite having three children under four. Told you she is Crazy!|
The narrower neck of the ironing board is good for children's clothes (of which there are plenty at my Sisters house) and for waistbands and as I pointed out for her to stand closer to the ironing board with her pregnant belly. She gave me an odd looking grin and sighed "Yes Pippa that's right" at this point so I don't think that is a benefit.
Monday, 8 August 2011
Over the last couple of weeks, the children and I have got our day out Essentials down to the most needed and essential items for a successful day trip. We have by trial and error come up with the Top Ten Items that you need for a successful fun family day out, that will hopefully save you the trouble that we have had on past day trips.
Just something small and not messy, so no chocolate or chocolate covered biscuits. Ours tends to be cereal bars or bread sticks as they are small and compact and have a longer shelf life. This will save a lot of moaning about being hungry, will help if someone is starting to feel the effects of low blood sugar and maybe most importantly will distract some children from doing something they shouldn't!
We have several water bottles and will take them filled with cold water when we go out on a trip. This means we don't have to buy a drink whilst we are out and we don't have to worry about stains from accidental spills! The other great thing is that water is of course good for you.
Sunday, 7 August 2011
We received two Create-a-Set £1 editions from The Royal Mint in order to try them out, but they no longer make them.
Daddy has a book in the bathroom full of little titbits of information that I will often read whilst I am brushing my teeth or supervising the bathing of Top Ender and Big Boy. I was interested to read a section which talked about British currency and in particular what each coin is made of. I didn't know that £1 coins are made of a nickel brass alloy for example; Nor did I know that since it's introduction in 1993 that there have been 19 different designs. Anyway a while ago The Royal Mint sent us two Create-a-Set £1 collectors packs for Top Ender and Big Boy to go treasure hunting with.
|Image from The Royal Mint website|
Create a set collectors pack is available from The Royal Mint and costs £1.80 +P&P
Saturday, 6 August 2011
It's no secret that I love Milton Keynes. There is a lot going on here for families to have fun doing and despite what a lot of people think there are a lot of green spaces, (many of which have featured in posts of family days out or family activities here at A Mothers Ramblings) and a lot of those green spaces are managed by The Parks Trust. The Parks Trust are a fantastic organisation and put on regular events through the year at various Green spaces, but it is the Open Air Film Festival at Campbell Park in August that gets us here excited the most.
Every year a cinema screen is set up, in Campbell Park (near the Shopping Centre) and over the weekend six films are played out to the gathered audience. A few years back we went to see Grease with Top Ender and Big Boy and this year if the weather stays fine we are hoping to pop along to a few films over the weekend. We are really looking forward to introducing Top Ender and Big Boy to Back to the Future and hope that they will love the film as much as Daddy and I do!
Just in case you are in the area come and join in, the event is free and it is great fun to watch a film in the outdoors. Just remember to bring a picnic blanket and a picnic to make sure everyone is comfortable and happy!
Friday, 5 August 2011
I was given a copy of The Art of Roughhousing to review.
As you may have read over at Curly and Candid when I gave birth to Big Boy I wasn't sure if I would be able to look after a boy. I'm a girl who whist not pink dress and lace type girl wasn't really a tomboy either, I didn't know if I would be able to give Big Boy the things that he as a boy needed. As time went on, I began to understand that I knew more about raising boys than I realised. The only thing that was missing in our house was a bit of rough and tumble or roughhousing with Daddy. Daddy is a great Daddy and loves playing with Top Ender and Big Boy, but he never really did the whole throwing the children about thing. All the rough stuff was left up to me and whilst not taking things to extremes Daddy did worry that there is a little too much rough at times.I hoped that if he read The Art of Roughhousing that he might play a little more like me at times.
The Art of Roughhousing is a book with play ideas, for a bit of rough and tumble with your children. It is written by two doctors ( Drs. Anthony T. DeBenedet and Lawrence Cohen) who specialise in children and play therapy. The benefits of this type of play are numerous, they can help nurture confidence, help develop relationships, help improve sporting skills and in my opinion it helps develop an understanding of the world and their place in it. It's easier to understand anything when you are upside down, trust me on this! So how could I convince Daddy of this?
I read The Art of Roughhousing quietly and without pointing it out to Daddy, just leaving it on the sofa when I had dipped in to it at the weekend or leaving it on our bed if I had been reading it in the early morning. Eventually it worked and Daddy picked up the book and read a few pages and enjoyed what he was reading. Daddy read a few of the games out to me and without me even suggesting it, he started to play them with Big Boy who loved this new way of playing with is Daddy.
The book is a great gift for anybody not just Dad's and even if you already know how to play in a rough and tumble sort of way, this book has a lot of ideas that you probably hadn't thought of and also helps keep the rough and tumble to be safe.
The RRP of the book is £8.99 and is published by Quirk Books.
Thursday, 4 August 2011
When I was sent the Xbox at Christmas to help with increasing the amount of exercise that I do I was full of great plans about getting up early, going to bed a bit late, having time to myself during the day to exercise and I was really fired up. I got over the wire not being long enough and even worked out how to position my furniture so that I could have the needed amount of space to exercise in and even managed to get up before Big Boy a couple of times to get a bit of early morning exercise in. And then life started getting in the way. I stopped exercising, I stopped trying my hardest to fit it in and I put on more weight.
There are so many fantastic features on the game, extra downloadable content and ways for me to see my goals but if you haven't got the time to exercise then it doesn't matter how great the content is, how amazing the graphics are or how amazing it is to see you in the game instead of an avatar because you aren't using it for anything other than collecting dust.
So what to do? How can I make sure that I keep to my goals? Well, with Emma's wedding less than a year away and the Vic looking amazing it has helped me focus on my goals again.
I don't want to be fat, I want to be healthy.
I want to try on clothes with a size that starts with a 1. I would quite happily settle for 18 at this point (I want to get to a 12 or 14 ideally)
I want to set a positive example for my children.
I can do this, I know I can but I need help to do it. I need some cheerleaders shouting me on. Anyone up for the job?
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
The team at Dairylea arranged for tickets for us to go to Camp Bestival, which was very kind of them indeed.
Early on Friday morning Top Ender, Daddy, Big Boy and I piled in to our stuffed car to travel down to Dorset for Camp Bestival. We were excited to be going to a Festival together as a family, to be camping together as a family for the first time (instead of just Top Ender and Daddy) and also we quite like Dorset thinking it to be a very pretty area. The whole journey and setting up camp area could be described as easy with only one minor melt down when I couldn't set up the supplies tent because I had forgotten which way the poles went!
The whole event was amazing from start to finish. Like Emily from Baby Rambles, I haven't got the words to describe how awesome it was but lets just say having 10,000 adults and 5,000 children altogether in one place is quite an achievement. Everyone was so friendly, there were a few people that I must mention though;