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Easter Fun and Brogdale

Oops. Forgot about the clocks going forward until about mid morning. Consequently we did not get out of the house until gone 12:00.

As everywhere else was closed we decided to go to Brogdale farm. Had never been there before despite it being just down the road. It’s much better than I thought – there some very interesting shops there.  Proper butchers and bakers. We also got some organic beer. Nice. Drinking some now.

The restaurant was another story – very very slow service. Not enough staff working.

Alexander petted some animal including some rabbits mice and a ferret. He also feed some lambs with a bottle. He made some friends again and it was difficult to drag him away as they were going the opposite way around.

When we went to the butchers and brought some lamb Alexander began to put two and two together. We were honest and told him (not all the gory details but that meat came from animals) but he couldn’t accept that in his mind. He wasn’t upset he just decided that the lamb in the butchers was from pretend lambs not real. We didn’t press it any further.

We bumped into Marie, John and Rhys who had by coincidence gone there, they had intended to go to Leeds Castle but couldn’t find their tickets.

There was also a miniature train there which Rachel and Alexander had a ride on.

We came home and after a quick nap on the sofa (and some chocolate) Alexander and I set up the fish tank. He was very good and helpful with that. Just got to let it cycle now and add some treatments over the next few days. Looking forward to going out and choosing the fish with him.

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Flying Kites in the Snow

Being determined to make the most of the four days off 🙂 we got up early. This was lucky as my mum and dad popped around with Easter eggs. This was a good start to the day! Chocolate!

We then went over to the Preston Easter Fair. This turned out to be a couple of stalls in a village hall and a bouncy castle that could have fitted in our back garden. And our back garden is tiny. Let’s put it this way, three three years olds was too much for it.

But don’t get me wrong – it was great – we actually really liked it. And Alexander befriended three older boys playing football who let him join in really nicely and gave him loads of encouragement. He was in heaven. Then we got his kite out – despite the fact it had started to snow. Two other boys about his age came out to join with that and he played really nicely with – all taking turns to fly the kite – which flew very well considering it was very cheap.

After a quick hot dog and burger we headed over to Westwood cross to look at his birthday present. This was a week early but we needed to get it this weekend. It is a fish tank and we need to set it up and let it settle before we get the fish on his birthday.

As we are probably tied up that weekend he also had another part of his present early – which was his first ever trip to the cinema. We saw the Croods -he loved it – even though he was hiding behind the seats for some bits. We treated ourselves to dinner out and when we got back to the car he excitedly told the car the full plot of the film in minute detail. He’s never spoken to the car before  – I think he was just so excited he had to tell somebody.

By the time we got home he was one tired but happy little boy.

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Whitstable shopping trip

Alexander had woken up with a big idea of doing some sticking and gluing to make some Easter decorations.

So we went to Whitstable to get supplies. However after popping into a shop that sold all manner of odd things (but mostly toys) Alexander became totally fixated on a plastic £1.50 crab. So all up and down the high street he just wanted to go back and get the crab! We eventually got the supplies and had to go back and get the crab.

We returned home to spend the afternoon all making Easter decorations. That was the plan – Alexander was not al all interested in what had been his idea. He played with his crab instead, Rachel cooked dinner so Daddy was left doing the decorations.

Somehow this was quite exhausting so called for an early night all round.

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New blog live.

Moved from blogger to WordPress. Trying this but may move to self hosted so I can use the timeline plugin. Weighing up the pros and done.

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Starting to Blog again.

Just starting out blogging again. Moving to WordPress on order to add more functionality and tools.

Part of the motivation is to keep track of our Adoption Progress

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Bright Son

Well despite being naughty all evening my son has impressed at least three times tonight.

Firstly: He repeated an advert he had seen explaining that poachers capture snow leopards for quote, their coats for fur, and their blood and bones for medicine. He then said that we should go out and capture the poachers, put them in prison and make them wear ladies clothes! Could be a good deterrent.

Secondly: On the spot he made up a story about “Owl Heart Beetles.” They apparently get inside you and eat your heart! But we don’t need to worry as we can get a tiny tiny kitten that has lasers that can shoot them – except the little ones that don’t eat your heart but stroke it and kiss it.

Thirdly: I agreed he could play four games on my Nexus. After playing two he turned around to me and said “We have two games to go Daddy!” Very impressed with the maths there!

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Snow storm

40 minute drive turned into 4 hours! All due to no gritting being done despite everyone knowing it was going to snow!

All roads from Folkestone to Hawkinge were blocked by traffic that couldn’t move. My boss had to abandon his car – I picked him up on the way but then we had to give up trying to get past the traffic. We tried a back route but that was also blocked, In the end I dropped Tim off at his friend’s house. I then tracked back into Folkestone and went along the M20  towards Ashford. This was clear of traffic but so covered with snow I could not see the road at all. However once I got to Ashford it was all clear. Eventually got home at 9:30.

Alexander was convinced I was stuck in a “whirl” with some pirates and a shark!

We were supposed to go the SANDS tonight but of course never made it.