Conversations with my girl – Sunday baptisms

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We’re all in the car driving out of the church car park and heading to a large conference centre for some baptisms that were planned after the service. As the baptisms were taking place in a swimming pool the church planned a family fun day at the same time so that the children could all go swimming too.

“I so excited to go swimming in the special swimming pool, Mummy.”
“I know you are, Darling. You haven’t stopped talking about it all day!” I give my husband a sideways look. We both laugh.
“Although, Sweetheart, you won’t be able to go swimming straight away.”
“Why?”
“Because there are some people that are going to be baptised…er…” I struggle to work out how to explain baptisms to a four year old so my husband interjects.
“There are some people who are going to get in the swimming pool first because they want to tell Jesus and everybody else that they love Him so much and are really thankful that He loves them too.” Gosh, I’m grateful for his straight forward way of explaining things!
“Oh.” She says. “Mummy?”
“Yes?”
“When I a grown nut I want to be bap…… er?”
“Do you mean baptised?”
“Yes.”
At this point we’re feeling so emotional that she would want to make such a public declaration like that.
“Oh Darling that’s lovely. Why do you want to be baptised?”
“Because then I get to go swimming first!”
Can’t stop laughing! ūüėÄ

What WAS I thinking?!?

1430507872716.14I love the idea of going on holiday…

I get excited when booking the holiday….

In the months and weeks leading up to our holiday I day dream about how relaxing, fun and special our holiday will be…

Then the day arrives when I have to PACK¬†for the whole family….

That’s when I think to myself, what WAS I thinking?!? :/

Wray Scarecrow Festival

I am just loving the warmer weather as Spring has finally Sprung! And it’s a great chance to get out and about as a family at the weekend.

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Last Sunday we visited the tiny quaint village of Wray for their annual Scarecrow Festival. It lasts for a full week ending on May Day for Wray Fair. It’s amazing how busy and popular such a tiny village can get so we decided to check it out at the beginning of the festival week when it was a little quieter.

The quaint little village of Wray.

The quaint little village of Wray.

The festival started in 1993 as a way of gathering more interest in the Wray Fair. The village committee couldn’t have anticipated how much interest the festival would have gathered. On the day of the fair the village was absolutely packed with no room for all the cars and running out of cups of tea!

Since then the village have now added a theme to the Scarecrow festival and have a better idea of the number of visitors to expect by adding an overflow car park and signs pointing visitors around the village.

This year’s theme was ‘Heroes and Villains’.

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Our daughter was a bit ‘shy’ of the scarecrows or as she liked to call them ‘statues’. Buzz Lightyear is one of her favourite characters so we got ¬†a photo with him. Although she now likes to call him ‘Lightning McBuzz’. I think she’s been watching a bit too much of ‘Cars’!

Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory

Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory

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Sweeny Todd

The villagers were determined to put on a proper ‘show’ for visitors with some very creative displays, although I’m not entirely sure if ‘Sweeny Todd’ is a story our three year old needs to know about any time soon!!

She was very excited to see some pirates.

She was very excited to see some pirates.

Her new favourite film 'The Spitting One' aka 'Despicable Me'

Her new favourite film ‘The Spitting One’ aka ‘Despicable Me’

Of course the day wouldn’t have been complete without a trip to the play park. Thank you Village of Wray for a lovely Sunday afternoon!

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Wibbly Wobbly!

Wibbly Wobbly!

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For more information about the festival: http://www.vrwray.com/

 

Easter Fun 2014!

It's been a smashing Easter!

It’s been a smashing Easter!

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! I do realise there is a lot more to Easter than that, but we’ve certainly had enough chocolate today to¬†last us the rest of the year!

It’s the first year that our daughter has had an idea of what to expect from Easter. She’s not quite of an age to understand the death and resurrection of Jesus but she was very excited about all her chocolate Easter eggs, making Easter Cake, going on an Easter Egg hunt and rolling some eggs she’d decorated last week!

Ready for rolling

Ready for rolling

We started¬†the day by going to church. We had a churches together open air service in town this morning. Mairi called it ‘Party Church’ because it was where we went yesterday for the ‘Easter Party’, but the party did continue in her mind¬†because she got another balloon and got to dance to more music! She was also excited to see a couple of her friends who¬†she’d made some Easter Cakes for earlier this week.

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Easter cakes ready to give to friends

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Egg rolling in action

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we got home it was time for some egg rolling. It took a few goes to get the eggs cracked, but once they were she was very excited to have them for her lunch.

Whilst the lamb was roasting in the oven, we had an Easter Egg hunt in the living room (it was beginning to get a bit cold outside!)

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Adding the finishing touches to the Easter Cake

Our yummy Easter Cake

Our yummy Easter Cake

We finished off the day with a surprise visit from Aunty Bethany, Uncle Andy and Jacob  and sharing our Easter Cake with them.

 

Easter Hope Festival

We had a fantastic time in Lancaster today celebrating Easter at the Hope Festival in Dalton Square. We drove past the square before finding somewhere to park and our daughter was so excited to see all the tents and balloons and asked if we could go to the ‘Easter Party’!

Mark Stevens Band

Mark Stevens Band

It was a perfect day to be out in the sun shine and there was so much to see and do. As soon as we arrived Mairi was offered a balloon (to be honest I think that was the only reason she wanted to go!) and as it was lunchtime we queued up for the barbecue listening to the live band as we waited.

Singing along to the band as we waited for our burgers.

Singing along to the band as we waited for our burgers.

There was a puppet show for the children as well as face painting and Henna Tattoos. ¬†Mairi wasn’t interested in face painting but enjoyed the puppet show and the chocolate cake!

Enjoying the puppet show (even if the sun is in her eyes!)

Enjoying the puppet show (even if the sun is in her eyes!)

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Thank you to all the Lancaster churches for putting on such a fantastic event yet again – we’re looking forward to next year already!

 

Daddy’s Sport Relief Challenge

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Since yesterday’s post about my husband’s Military Obstacle Course challenge, I realised I hadn’t written about his mini triathlon from a couple of weeks ago. I like to write about things like this¬†more for our own personal family record, but I’m more than happy for others to read too!

Ordinarily when thinking about a triathlon you would think: swim, bike and run – all day; but for some reason this triathlon was: swim, rowing machine and run – and just a mini version. Jonathan wasn’t quite as keen on the rowing machine as he would have been on a bike, but nevertheless he knew that it would be a good challenge leading up to ‘Born Survivor’ and it was all for a good cause too – Sport Relief 2014.

Come on, Daddy! Faster! Faster

Come on, Daddy! Faster! Faster

Mairi was excited about seeing Daddy in a race. We had to pre-warn her that she wouldn’t be doing any swimming. She recognises the local University Sport’s Centre as ‘The Swimming House’ and she absolutely LOVES swimming! So I was continually saying to her at home before leaving that we were going to ‘The Swimming House’ but it’s Daddy’s turn to go swimming and that she would get her turn another day – it seemed to do the trick!

The challenge started with a 400 metre swim. He got ready on the starting line with 5 of his other friends that he trains with every week. He didn’t get the best start but looked strong in the water. I tried to get a video of Mairi cheering him on. She kept saying, “Come on, Daddy!!! Faster! Faster!!” She was so cute and excited about seeing Daddy swim, but as soon as I turned the video on, typically she became camera shy!

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Jonathan was third out of the pool, narrowly beaten by one of his friends who does open water swimming and another who is a PE teacher. He wasn’t looking forward to the 2000 metre row, but I think he did really well keeping to his third place position when he’d finished the row to start the 1500 metre run.

Yay! Second place!

Yay! Second place!

He’s been doing a lot of running lately and managed to overtake the open water swimmer taking second place and finishing strongly with a sprint finish. Mairi and I were very proud of him and celebrated by buying some cakes from the Sport Relief cake stall – ironically!!

Well done, Daddy!

Well done, Daddy!

 

 

Daddy’s Muddy Show – aka ‘Born Survivor 2014’

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He’s been working towards it since the new year and for ONCE, I wasn’t nervous about him entering some massive fitness challenge – he’d actually trained for this one and there wasn’t a broken collar bone in sight!!! ūüôā

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Feeling nervous guys?!

Mairi was very excited about watching Daddy in another race (we watched him come second in a mini triathlon a couple of weeks ago for Sport’s Relief), but the best part about today’s race was that Daddy was going to be getting really muddy! That’s why she called it ‘Daddy’s Muddy Show’ (she likes to put all sorts of ‘shows’ on for us!)

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One of four river crossings!

 

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I actually struggled to recognise him at this point and nearly missed the shot!

 

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I wanna come, Daddy!!!

I was really feeling for him and his mates at the beginning of the morning as they seemed a bit nervous about¬†what they’d let themselves in for! However, about halfway through the morning after I’d spent ¬†several hours traipsing through mud from one part of the course to the other chasing after and attempting to entertain a three year old whilst being 33 weeks pregnant, I came to the conclusion that my husband had picked the easier job running the 10K military course and I’d rather switch places!!!

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Team effort

A few of the other wives/mums said the same thing as me¬†– so look out for our ‘Girlie’Team next year Born Survivor 2015!!!!! (I’d best get this baby out so I can start training!! :/)

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Well done guys!!