Sunday, February 24, 2008

Musical Youth

Coby is having a musical day...first he tickled the ivories...

then he went a bit ANIMAL!!!! on his drums...

Rock on son, rock on!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Tractor Race

Woodside Farm

On this gloriously sunny day, we headed to Woodside Animal Farm near Luton. We met up with Michaela & Lola, Maddy, Justin & Louis and Paula, Mark & Jasmine. And we had a wonderful time showing the kids all the different animals. Coby was introduced to llamas, chipmunks, capybaras and otters, but only seemed interested in rabbits and kept shouting "oh rabbits - where are you?".

We took the kids on the Helter Skelter slide, trampolines, tractor ride and the indoor adventure playground too and they all sat down nicely to munch on their sandwiches at lunch time.

A capybara - the largest living rodent in the world

A cute squirrel monkey

A chipmunk fills his cheeks

Hungry goats

Even hungrier llamas

Mark & Jasmine admire the chipmunks

Jasmine waves from the merry-go-round

Lola & Coby take their turn

Lola on her tractor

Louis liked the red one

Coby decided he liked the red one too

Lola & Coby huddled together against the cold

Some tired toddlers at the end of our visit

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Hurry Up Spring

We are patiently awaiting the arrival of spring and to be honest we're starting to get a little disheartened. The sun has been out in force recently, which is wonderful, but the temperature has really dropped again. We can only stay indoors and watch Cars, Madagascar and Toy Story for so long before we get cabin fever. Even so, we managed a quick half hour in the fields where we live on Tuesday and Coby, in his usual friendly manner, greeted everyone that walked passed us. He also signed hi autograph in the mud, with some help from mummy of course!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

It's A Boy

CONGRATULATIONS to Rob and Jo on the birth of their baby boy. Heath Scott was born today at 12.36pm weighing 8lbs and 6oz. Rob recently worked on the Batman film, The Dark Knight with the late actor Heath Ledger. Rob & Jo have named their son after him.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Pop Up Pirates

Louis takes the helm

Ship Ahoy!

"Where's Coby off to?"

Reading The Hungry Caterpilla

Thursday, February 07, 2008

More Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems

We recently unlocked some lovely photographs of Coby from Teresa's mobile phone....

Monday, February 04, 2008

The Gruffalo

One of Coby's favourite reads at bedtime is The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. I think it gets an airing at least twice a week:

"He has terrible tusks and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws"
"Where are you meeting him?"
"Here, by these rocks, and his favourite food is roasted fox"
"Roasted fox!! I'm off!" Fox said
"Goodbye little mouse" and away he sped
"Silly old fox! Doesn't he know, there's no such thing as a gruffalo?"

Julia's other books include The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom, Charlie Cook's Favourite Book and A Squash And A Squeeze.

A Very Vertical Drop

On a recent outing to Coby's favourite, Jungle Mania, he and Adam took a turn on the vertical slide. This is the only place where Coby displays a fearless disposition, except on the rope bridge, which he clearly has issues with.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Big Cook, Little Cooks

Today, Maddy popped over with Louis and made Chocolate Rice Crispy Cakes with the boys. Aside from oats all over the hob and sticky lumps on the floor, it was a job well done!

Preparation is very important!

The boys weigh out the ingredients

Most of the oats made it in....

Mix it up and make it nice

"Hmmm, slimey, yet satisfying"

"One for me and one for me and...."

Chocolate coated Coby