Sunday, May 31, 2009

Race for Life

Ruth was feeling energetic (or crazy, or both!) in the last few months, and signed up for the Race for Life with Jacqui, one of her friends from Lighthouse Nursery. After a rigorous training routine, involving clearing up after three children and a husband(!), today was the big day of the race, as Ruth joined thousands of other women to run the 3 mile distance at Bute Park in Cardiff.


Ruth and Jacqui finished in the very respectable time of 41 minutes. Ruth even said that she could go round again!


And here's Ruth with her support and coaching team! It looks like Will's been enjoying his ice-cream!


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Making a splash

The weather has actually been warm enough today to have the paddling pool out in the garden. So, while Daddy slaved away trying to clean the tent to put away ready for next time, Hannah and Thomas took it easy in the pool.


In a few years time, they'll be the ones cleaning the tent, while Daddy takes it easy in the pool!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The need for speed...

No trip to West Wales would be complete without a visit to Oakwood, and it turns out that we have at least two rollercoaster-fanatic children (and we're pretty sure that the third is going to turn out that way, too!

We started with the nice gentle rides...


...before moving onto the 'coasters! Hannah and Thomas started off just by going on the Treetops rollercoaster with Mum or Dad, but before long they were riding on their own, at the front, at the back, in the middle, screaming for more all the way around! They must have ridden it about 7 or 8 times in all!


Next time we go, we'll let them try Megaphobia... and see if they're still smiling then!


Monday, May 25, 2009

Monks & Monkeys

Caldey Island is such a peaceful place to visit, with a monastery that looks like something straight out of a Harry Potter movie! A Monk's life seemed quite appealing!


I just hope that our monkeys didn't disturb everyone else's peace and quiet!


Sail away...

Actually, there were no sails on the boat that we were floating in, as we headed to Caldey Island to visit the Monastery. It was diesel-power that took us on the journey, but everyone loved the trip.


Tenby looked beautiful as we left it behind...


Sunday, May 24, 2009


The Sunday of the Bank Holiday Weekend was really a 'Sun'-day. The weather was gorgeous, but a quick trip to Tenby showed that everyone else thought that the beach was the place to head, so we quickly left and headed along the coast to Saundersfoot. The weather there was just as nice, the beach just as beautiful, and the parking spaces much easier to find!

We started with a quick trip to a restaurant for a proper Sunday dinner (we were missing Nanny & Grumpy's Sunday dinner!)


And then, to the beach, where Hannah, Thomas and Will would have happily spent the whole day having adventures in the sea. Mermaids and Mermen they must be!


Saturday, May 23, 2009

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside...

We headed off on our camping holiday this week - the first time we'd been camping as a family on our own!

The campsite was really good, with a fantastic playpark that the children would have happily spent their whole holiday at! And, it was within walking distance (just!) of a beautiful private beach. We went there on the first night to check it out.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sweet teeth

Hannah and Thomas had a fantastic afternoon playing with one of Ruth's birthday presents from a couple of years ago: a candy floss machine!


It might not always make the biggest candy floss in the world, but what it lacks in size it makes up for with delicious sugary goodness!


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Very lickable!

No prizes for guessing what Will had for afters...

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Spring flowers

We took a trip to Cefn Onn Park today to have a look at the rhododendron flowers that were out in full bloom at the moment. Some beautiful sights, even if our children did spoil the peace and quiet!

You can see some more of the photos that we took, including the flowers this time(!), in our web album.