Center Parcs Monthly Challenge – The Rivengre

Each month for the next 10 months Center Parcs will be setting a challenge and by taking part you could be chosen to be a Center Parcs Family blogger. For full details please see the Tots100 page. This months challenge is asking for you and your family to paint a picture or make a model of your dream water ride.

This is what my daughters came up with.
First I showed them the new water ride at Center Parcs Elvedon Forest, the Tropical Cyclone.

Star decided to call our water ride The Rivengre. The ride would be all the colours of the rainbow and have lots of twists and turns. You can choose which colour you wish to ride down, but the colours will change on the way down to the pool. Each person would ride on an inflatable animal, from a crocodile to an elephant. Boo added that she would like the ride to be very very fast, little daredevil that she is. The ride would be like a helter skelter, but with several lanes. At the end it would be like a bumpy slide, the kind you get at fairgrounds, before you plunge into the pool, hopefully still on your inflatable animal.

Here is a picture board we put together of The Rivengre, and the original drawing by Star.

Polly the Polo, My Very First Car

I was a late starter into the world of motoring. I decided to learn to drive when I reached 29 years (and my personal taxi  husband had run off with the car another woman)
It took just five months and I was ready for my test. My lovely instructor assured me I’d be fine so long as I didn’t get Mr Brain as my tester. Guess who I got? Yes, Mr Brain! Apparently he was the worst in the centre and barely passed anyone, especially first time.
I think he liked me. While I was sobbing after he gave me the results he was saying ‘did you hear me properly, I said you Passed!’ (I had heard him, it was just too emotional)

So it was time for my first car. The advice was, get a banger, your first car never lasts long no point in wasting any money. So I got a banger, a 1982 Volkswagon Polo in dark blue. She looked a little like this:

I called her Polly and she was with me for two years. I loved her dearly and she served me well. We did have a couple of little bumps, like the time I forgot someone was in front of me at a junction, and the little argument we had with a concrete post in a car park. (stupid place to put a concrete post!)
When she finally gave up on me, I traded her in for…..another VW Polo!

Do you remember your first car?
This post is an entry into Carcrafts First Car competition

I Wish I Could Skate

I’d love to be able to ice skate, to glide along the ice with poise and grace, twirling, balancing, jumping feeling like my feet belonged to someone else. Ah, my feet would have to belong to someone else! Grace and poise are two things I really don’t possess, and I have no sense of balance. I’ve been skating twice and both times I built very strong relationship with the bar around the edge, which when I attempted to break free gave my bottom the chance to resume it’s relationship with the ice. And I’m not exaggerating. I do love to watch skating though and I was thrilled when my daughter brought home tickets to see Disney On Ice, Passport to Adventure home from school.
I took my three girls with me, Eldest Daughter, Star and Boo. We had to go practically straight from school which meant dinner was had at a fast food restaurant. We managed to arrive at the NIA Birmingham with half hour to spare, which gave us chance to browse the incredibly over priced goodies on offer. I have been before so I knew before hand that I’d need to pawn the jewellery for this ‘free’ night out. Popcorn £8, candyfloss £7 and Slushie £8, I know they came with souvenir mugs and hats, which made them slightly  more worth the price, but it was sad that you couldn’t buy them separately. The hot chocolate was only £1.70, I’m cheap and easily pleased.

So goodies bought we made our way to our seats for the show featuring Micky, Minne, Donald and Goofy as they went on a magical journey to meet the Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Lilo and Stitch and Peter Pan. The girls loved it, Boo clapped so hard she made her hands red. They enjoyed the interaction and were old enough not to be too scared by the scary bits (The giant Ursula and the giant Crocodile) Star was a little freaked by the fireworks, but there wasn’t many.
So we had a fantastic evening and would definitely go again.

Competition Winners

I’ve now closed the three competitions that were running on this blog and would like to announce the winners.

The Solar Mobile Charger was won by Emma Shilton

The Kiddicare Baby things were won by Marsha Taylor-Daniel

The Tickets to Sid’s Show were won by Esther James

Congratulations to all winners 🙂

Commiserations if you didn’t win but there will be more competitions coming soon.

Meet The Family

I think it’s time I introduced you to my family.
First up here are my older two, Son no1 and Eldest Daughter

Ok, I’ll admit it, this photo was taken 20 years ago 🙂 No1 son is now studying for his Accountancy degree despite having Asperger’s Syndrome. Eldest Daughter is learning Japanese.
Now here is big girl, who from now on wants to be known as Star!
Of course she is my star, with a 16 year gap she was long awaited. Last year she was diagnosed as having high functioning autism and although things are going well now we have no idea what the future will hold for her.
I’d like you to meet Boo! so named even before she was born.
She’s my cheeky five year old who never fails to entertain. She doesn’t seem to hear things the way everyone else does which causes much amusement. Especially the time she was dancing around with a stick pretending to be a Biscuit Ear!! (musketeer) 
And here is baby no 5, most often referred to as The Little Man
He might look like an angel, but believe me, he’s a little devil 🙂
So there you go. I do have a photo of me and the Other Half, but that will have too wait because I can’t find it (???)
Here’s some family facts:
Each of my children has a grade of lighter hair, starting with no1 Son’s almost black hair, to Little Man’s blonde locks!
I started with a boy who was born by Caesarian Section, and finished with a boy born by Caesarian Section, the three girls in between were all natural births.
No1 son and Boo have brown eyes, the rest have blue. I have brown eyes, dad has blue.
My first three children are all really tall and lanky, the youngest two are shorties!
My lightest birth weight was Eldest Daughter at 7lb 2oz, the heaviest was Boo! at 9lb. 
No1 Son was 10 days late, Eldest Daughter was born 2 hours after her due date, Star was 2 weeks early, Boo! was born 2 1/2 hours after her due date, Little Man was born on his due date. So only one of the five went past their due date!!
My longest labour was 18 hours for no1 son which resulted in an emergency section. My shortest labour was Little Man because he was elective section (i.e. no labour) the others averaged 5 hours!
Eldest daughter was breech up until her due date, she turned and I went straight into labour. Little Man was breech and refused to turn.
Linking this up to 3children and It ‘Oldies but Goldies‘ because even though I’m biased I think my family is beautiful 🙂
(unfortunately I can’t get the button to work but the link above will take you to linky)

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.