Our half term routine (it really doesn’t feel like a half term) is dog walk, craft or sport activity and then garden fun.

The weather has been incredible over the past few days and it looks set to be the same for the weekend. Lots of paddling pool #games in the garden and adventure dog walks in our nearby parks.

How does everyone feel this evening with the new lockdown rules? I’m not sure how I feel. The kiddies grandparents can come and visit, but still can’t hug or be “normal”. I’m not sure the kiddies would be able to not do this, especially if they are sitting in the garden.

Maybe I’ll wait for the guidelines to be added to the gov.uk site before I try and decide what it will mean for us. Gather the facts... make a decision... get through it with a smile. Seems to be my lockdown mantra.

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🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

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The best #view comes from the hardest climb!

Now I know this is not a mountain, it’s a collapsed tree trunk and it didn’t take hours to climb, it took 20 minutes.

The point is something can be a difficult journey mentally. This journey we are all on throughout lockdown is difficult. We are sailing along in our little boats, trying not to rock them too much.

We WILL get through it. We will see that better view. One where we can hug our family and see our friends again. Where we can go out to eat with our loved ones and splash about at a water park.

We just need to stay strong. Be patient. Be resilient.

What do you think life will look like the other side of lockdown?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?

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Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?

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A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?

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Why do kids like toy trains so much?

When we were kids our parents used to tell us that when they were kids they had to make their own fun. These days there’s no need. We’re months, at most a couple of years, away from affordable quality virtual reality. There are videogames that simulated galaxies that are literally bigger than our own galaxy. Kids are growing up in an age when they have access to every single book, comic, song movie, and TV show ever made, plus all of YouTube (well all of YouTube we haven’t slapped a parental lock, but it’s only a matter of time until they crack that).

There are hoverboards now. No, not the daft segways with no handles, I mean actually float above the ground hoverboards.

Our children are blasé about all that. But if you want to see them truly amazed, simply put them in front of a simple electric motor on some wheels moving around an electrified track. They will have their mouths hanging open in perfect “O” shapes in no seconds flat.

But why is that?

The Power is All Mine

Kids don’t get to control much – even the super tech savvy generation of six year olds we’re raising now might be able to tell their mums and dads a couple of things about programming, but they very rarely get to control something outside of the virtual realm.

Model trains give them a chance to control something real. They can lay the track out, control the speed, tell the train to go and stop. There are not many places small kids get that level of control.

Indistinguishable from Magic

Even when we were kids, trains were a technological phenomenon. If you were interested in trains you knew all about the inner workings, the motors and the wires, how the current moved through the tracks, and even how real steam engines worked.

But that has gradually changed as time as gone on. The technology we use has become more mysterious. Seriously, how many items of technology do you have that you can only describe as “A rectangle with a screen on it that does the things I tell it to somehow”? Meanwhile, older, more easily decipherable machinery has become archaic and mysterious in different ways. Tapping a piece of glass and making your weekly shopping appear at the door is commonplace. Shovelling coal into a fire to make a train go?

Well let’s just say there’s a reason why the Hogwarts Express is a train and not, say, a magical Uber driver.

shutterstock_47674348Time Together

But perhaps the best thing about model trains is that they’re an activity families can work on together.  Sure, you can get hours of fun out of making model train tracks yourself. And despite the worries of older and more serious grownups, videogames are far more social an activity than they are often given credit for. But there’s something special about crafting real world miniatures and models, and mapping out your little model town and how the train travels through it.

Maybe it’ll even go all the way to Hogwarts.

Toy train image and Platform 9 3/4 image by ShutterStock.

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2 Comments
  • Morgan
    July 7, 2016

    You’re so right. Trains are an awesome toy for little ones. It allows them with an opportunity to have control over something small, and it’s an interesting way to observe their natural leadership skills. Nice work here! Thanks for putting your thoughts out there!

  • Maria
    December 15, 2016

    so true, toy train is the best for kids because it is educational that helps enhance their imagination and creativity.i’ve seen these Brio Train Tables and Sets and i really like it.Just try to visit http://toytraincenter.com/brio-train-tables-and-sets/ these toys and play set is fun and exciting.

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