Broom Broom {The Ordinary Moments 15} #5

Arthur has started “broom broom brooming!!!!”

One of his first words was car and for a long time he has been obsessed with wheels, and can often be seen with one of his cars or trucks upside down spinning the wheels!

Broom Broom

So we for a little while now have been telling Arthur “the car goes broom broom broom” and now he does it too!  It’s so cute!  He will say it as he pushes his little cars around, if we push him around in a box or when he sees our car!  

But what he REALLY loves is driving the car…..
Not actually driving it, obviously!  But he loves to stand in the drivers seat, play with the steering wheel, beep the horn and play with all the other buttons and leavers (which luckily, with our car being an old Barbie jeep doesn’t have too many that he can cause any damage with!!!)

Broom Broom
I’ve been a bit of a bad blogger and not yet taken a pic of this, but here’s an old one from the summer when he got his first taste of car driving with my mum and dad!!

This is our first little glimpse of Arthur’s imagination coming to life!  It’s so cute and magic to watch!!  I think like most parents, seeing your kids making up stories and games all from their imagination is something that we definitely look forward too!!!

 

 

 

 

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How to watch TV like a toddler {The Ordinary Moments 15} #4

This week we are back inside for the ordinary moments.

Despite living in the Seychelles, we still have days where we slob around being lazy, snuggle up on the sofa and watch TV.

I’ve gone through cycles of beating myself over Arthur watching TV.  I’m feeling comfortable with it these days (for now anyway).  I know we do lots of other stuff and we spend lots of time outside so watching some TV isn’t the end of the world.

Anyway, I am starting to notice that there something different in how a toddler watches TV to how we watch TV.

So if you fancy giving it a go, I have a little guide for you
How to watch TV like a toddler

  1. 1st of all you have to shove the remote in Mummy or Daddy’s face, if they don’t respond straight away whack them with it*
  2. If you’re not allowed to watch TV, have a tantrum and throw yourself to the ground in rage.
  3. Sit in the least comfy place on the sofaHow to watch TV like a toddler
  4. Pull all the cushions off the sofa and sit in the middle How to watch TV like a toddler
  5. Stack cushions and sit precariously close to the TV How to watch TV like a toddler
  6. Empty a wash basket and insist that you watch TV whilst being sat in it How to watch TV like a toddler
  7. Watch while being upside down, preferably in downward dog yoga pose! How to watch TV like a toddler

* I am currently sporting a bruise or two from this!

What do you think? Anyone got any to add to this list?
 

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Sandcastles {The Ordinary Moments 15} #3

This weekend, as we often do, we took a trip to the beach. Just a couple of hours sat under a tree in the shade. Enjoying watching people go by and the waves crashing.

It wasn’t a day that Arthur could swim really, so instead we played in the sand.

We built sandcastles.
Well I say we built sandcastles. What I mean is Mark built sandcastles, Arthur took unbelievable delight in smashing them down and demanding more, and I sat there laughing at them both!!

Sandcastles Anse Lazio

Sandcastles Anse Lazio

Sandcastles Anse Lazio

Sandcastles Anse Lazio

This was the first time Arthur has shown such an interest in sandcastles (well, at least the destruction of them!). He’s smashed a couple before but this time he was literally squealing with delight about it! I think he would have had Mark build sandcastles for the rest of the day if he could!!

To me, playing in the sand and building sandcastles is one of the best childhood memories for a kid! Such simple, yet endless fun!!

The beach we were at is called Anse Lazio, it’s actually the furthest beach for us to drive to on our island (takes about 30 mins) but I love the fact that you can sit under the shade there at any time of day. It makes it perfect for Arthur to run around without the worry of him burning!

This is how our ‘Seychelles time’ looks with an 18 month old! I know it’s super cheesy, but, it was one of those ‘ordinary’ moments that was exactly how I dreamed our life would be as expat parents!
 

 

 

 

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Our new cloth nappies {The Ordinary Moments 15} #2

So I wrote a post a little while ago about wanting to switch to Cloth nappies.   After lots of research and recommends from some lovely bloggers, we took the plunge! We ordered our nappies with Baba & Boo and they arrived this week!

It has been a few days of using them now and I am honestly so happy we have switched to cloth…I don’t know why we didn’t do it sooner!  In a way, it already feels like we have been using them forever!

First of all, and of course most importantly, Arthur seems really really comfy and happy in them. This was the main reason we wanted them. We’ve has problems with disposables for a while now due to the heat, so we are so happy that the switch seems to be helping!  We went down to the beach to have a little run around, they even appear to be splash proof!!!!

Baba&Boo Cloth Nappies

Baba&Boo cloth nappies

Baba&Boo cloth nappies

Baba&Boo cloth nappies

Second of all, he looks ridiculously cute in them!

Baba&Boo cloth nappies

Thirdly, we don’t need to worry about whether or not we will be able to get the disposables we want (it has been an issue for us here!)

And lastly, they are not scary, at all!! They are super easy to use and to wash. I was honestly a bit scared about dealing with a dirty one but it’s totally fine, really!! We’ve even done over night, and no leaks (phew!).

As regular readers of my blog will know, Arthur pretty much lives in just a nappy and so I’m so happy that now he will be in these little beauties instead of just normal disposables! I love our new cloth nappies!!!

This is definitely a very ordinary moment, because let’s be honest, we are talking about nappies here!!! But, at the same time I think it is going to make a huge difference to us!!

 

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Getting back to ordinary {The Ordinary Moments 15} #1

After almost 3 weeks in Sri Lanka, Christmas, and Mark being off work for 4 weeks for Christmas holidays (yay for international school term times!). We are starting to get back to ‘ordinary’ day to day life!

We have not been back a week yet, but it’s amazing how you just slip back into things as they were. What has amazed me even more is how well Arthur has dealt with this.

Okay, the first night back home was a bit rough (due to a 3 am then 5am wake up call courtesy of Arthur!) but apart from that he’s just got straight back on with it!

Aside from that first night though, his sleep has been amazing, his little head is probably filled with lovely dreams from all the wonderful things he’s seen!

He’s loved having all of his toys again, being back in his own lovely comfy bed with all his bed time buddies in there (we only took his bestie combo bunny & blanket with us!)
Getting back to ordinary

We are so lucky that as a teacher, Mark gets fantastic holiday time. It’s always so lovely to have him home for extended periods of time! He goes back to work on Monday and so it will be just Arthur and I again during the day! It will be nice getting back into a proper routine again but we will definitely miss having him home!!

So my first ordinary moments post of 2015, I guess, is more of a transition of getting back to ordinary, but I think it still counts!!

I absolutely loved joining in with the ordinary moments link up last year. It’s so wonderful to celebrate those beautiful little ordinary moments. They can pass by and change so quickly. I know these are the posts I will enjoy looking back on the most.

So here is to 2015 and all the beautiful ordinary yet magic moments it will contain!

 

 

 

 

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Lunch at Constance Lemuria Hotel {The Ordinary Moments} #32

This afternoon to celebrate the end of the school term and the start of the Christmas Holidays we went down to have lunch at Constance Lemuria hotel, along with some of our friends who also work with Mark.

We love the Takamaka bar! A simple menu with lovely sandwiches and salads!

Of course the best bit is that you’re on the beach!!

Lunch at Constance Lemuria Hotel
We all had a delicious lunch and Arthur had loads of fun running about playing on the beach and on the sun loungers!
Lunch at Constance Lemuria Hotel

Lunch at Constance Lemuria Hotel
He even wandered into the bar area and the lovely staff were showing him around in there!! They said that they think he wants to be a chef…..we know that he was probably just hoping for some more food haha!

He also had lots of fun checking out the Guinea Fowl that live in the hotel grounds!!
Lunch at Constance Lemuria Hotel with the Guinnea Fowl

Lunch at Constance lemuria Hotel with the Guinnea Fowl
After lunch we made use of the fabulous pool and had a little swim! We had just received these swimming Bands in the post from my mum! We had hoped that because they had George from Peppa Pig on them, Arthur would love them. This wasn’t really the case!!
Constance Lemuria swimming pool

Swimming pool Constance Lemuria Hotel
Arthur is so confident in the water, he really does need these now so he can be more independent, which he’s desperate to do! I’m thinking it won’t be too long before he learns to love his swim bands!!

A lovely afternoon! We are so lucky to have places like this on our door step!! Totally spoiled that we can even contemplate considering calling this an ordinary moment!! Every time we are there though, we tell ourselves just how lucky we are!

*FYI this isn’t a paid review or anything we just like this place!!!
 

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5 more minutes {The Ordinary Moments} #31

I’ve accidentally created a new ordinary moment in our day.

5 more minutes

We’ve always been rigid fairly rigid with Arthur’s nap time and bed time. I know it’s not something everyone agrees with but it works for us and more importantly it works for Arthur!

Anyway, ever since I did Arthur’s first hair cut (Well around this time, I’m pretty sure the haircut hasn’t caused this!!) a new little routine has kind of sneaked in. Arthur was starting to be really grumpy when he first woke up and so I think it’s evolved from that really.

When it’s time to go get Arthur from his nap. I go I to his room, stick the air con back on get him out of his cot and we have a cuddle. A lovely sleepy cuddle.

There is something so perfect about a sleeping baby, sorry, toddler (I still can’t believe that’s the case!) I think to myself:

“Just 5 more minutes!”

Sometimes Arthur will wake up for cuddles but mostly he’s somewhere in between asleep and awake.

It’s not a long time, maybe 5-15 mins but it’s such a lovely time. Just me and my boy. I get transported back to time spent like this when he was a newborn and I realise just how fast he’s grown! So I spend this time just enjoying our little snuggles knowing that there will come a day where he won’t want sleepy cuddles with Mama any more!
It’s not totally self-indulgent though, Arthur does seem to be a lot happier after this (most days) as opposed to him just being woken up or waking up himself.

I have to say that my picture this week was actually taken on a day when Arthur refused to go to sleep except on me, I think he was over tired from playing at nursery which is why I had the iPad, I don’t normally take it in with me for our ‘Just 5 more minutes’ cuddles!

 

 

 

 

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