Elf On The Shelf 2016

Elf On The Shelf 2016

I’ve struggled to blog for a year now as playing Mum to 4 smalls seems to be taking up all my time. I’ve realised that I miss sharing my ramblings and dodgy photos.

I’ve decided to start posting again with a pretty photo post to ease me back in! 

This is the first year we’ve welcomed an Elf (which is still nameless) and sometimes it can be hard to come up with a quick idea at 11pm when you’ve forgotten all about it! I’m not the most imaginative but my 4 have loved finding their elf in these places. Hope these help someone.

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Not the easiest to photograph but the naughty Elf set up a string treasure hunt around the downstairs using 75m of string! 

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Taking to his sick bed after a rather dramatic fall from the light the day before!

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A shoe train down the hall. Nobody wants to see my messy hall so we’ll save that photo!

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You can keep up to date with the Elf ideas on my Instagram page (4under4madness). I’d love to see your Elf ideas – share them in the comments. 

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary!

Six years ago today, I married my childhood sweetheart and it was one of the best days of my life.

After meeting on the first day of secondary school we became friends but we didn’t actually become a couple until the last year of school. Thirteen years and four children later, we’re still going strong.

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We’re heading off out for a grown up night in London to celebrate. I can’t wait!

Heritage Day – Ramsey, Cambridgeshire

Heritage Day – Ramsey, Cambridgeshire

This weekend has been Heritage Day and our local town has been participating. It gave us an opportunity to wander around our local area, discover some of the history and visit some sites that aren’t usually open.

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We started our adventure at this beautiful church which just happens to be where we were married and all our children have been christened. I love the fact that we have so many happy memories here.

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We then headed on to the beautiful Abbey Gatehouse. It’s a surviving part of a Benedictine Abbey and shows the wealth the local area used to have. We got to have a look inside and when the boys were asked by the National Trust volunteer if they liked it they responded with “boring”!

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The Gatehouse is now an entrance to the secondary school so we carried on through the school grounds to the main part of the Abbey and the ‘Lady Chapel’. Accordingly to the boys this was like a Wacky Warehouse! Not too sure which Wacky Warehouse they’ve been visiting!

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The boys loved the apple tunnels in the Walled Garden. They make amazing jams from the fruit grown here.

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We had a wander around the Rural Museum with all the farm equipment which fascinated the children. We never really knew what they had here but will be visiting again as the boys loved it You know you live in the sticks when there’s a Rural Museum!

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We also did quick visits to the 1940s camp and the cemetery as we were running out of time and the boys were desperate to get to the final site.

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After jumping in the car we headed out to the Fenland Light Railway. We love it here and it’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

The walk around town was about 3 miles and we had a great time. There was something for everyone and it was very pushchair friendly. We will definitely be visiting again next year.

Outdoor Crafts – Photos Of Summer

Outdoor Crafts – Photos Of Summer

We spent some time in the beautiful sunshine today. After a few games of hide and seek plus, some climbing of trees, we decided to collect some leaves to do some craft with.

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We did some leaf rubbing. This totally blew the boys minds! They were amazed that I created a copy of the leaf with a crayon. It’s been absolutely years since I’ve done this but it was still excellent fun.

We also drew around the outline of the leaf with every intention of making a colourful picture but B decided to let Spiderman in on the action!

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The boys loved searching for the best leaves and I think a scavenger hunt may be a great idea for them in the next few weeks.