Christmas Games: Kids Edition

Each year at Christmas, the family used to play game with small gifts.  You’d roll the dice and depending on the #, you would either open a present, take a present from someone, etc.  Of course, this is hard if you are very young – it’s hard to get a present taken away from you.

As the game has lost appeal to many of the adults, it was passed along to the kids.  We knew our kids would enjoy it.  In fact, Maebh asked if it can be played again at the Easter Break when their cousins are in from Los Angeles.

In the end they all ended up with a number of presents, some enjoyed their presents more than others. Though there was not a single toy which they all wanted so that was positive, there was some unknown tears. Was it successful not sure all would agree.  Our kids requested to play this game each year even if it was just with us four – as they find it super fun!

Also each child received a couple gifts from Santa, as he delivered their gifts to Dublin. First our kids opened their stockings and found some small things.

Astroid & Pixie left…

Between courses they opened their gifts.

Big success with gifts Santa!  A drone, Feyernoord hat and Mercedes Benz model, 3d art, painting kit and some sewing kits.

Board Game: Operation

The kids’ school had a cake sale yesterday to raise money for their Harvest event and selected charity and during the sale, Soren won a new board game Operation.

They were so excited to play it but after some time realised it was not as easy as it seems.  One thing I’ll say is the quality is so poor – compared to the game we had in the 80’s.  The quality of the pieces, plastic and game iteself was just so different. If I can get my hands on a vintage Operation game, I’d love to show the kids.  I felt the same with Hungry Hungry Hippos game a few years back.
All in all the fun lasted about 10 minutes max with some fights about who set off the buzzer or not. Not sure when we’ll play it again… don’t think it was the best game from their collection.  Pie Face is the game they are hoping Santa brings them.

Backyard Water Play & Pannenkoek

Yesterday the kids spent some time playing in the Crazy Daisy and the blow-up, kiddie pool.   A friend’s son came over then so did Nils’ sister and crew came over too!

Then boys loved it and the photos say it all.  The girls played school, house & doctor in the house.

Later Lise made pannenkoeken which was a nice treat for all of us.

Speaking of water play, last week on a hot day the kids played with Tom our neighbor in his two pools.



National Trust: Tracker Pack Fun at Sheringham Park

We took the kids to Sheringham Park, the place where I work.  We first had a quick lunch in the cafe and then set off on a nice long walk.


Before we headed out on the walk, we picked up two tracker packs for the kids at the Visitors Center. These are little fanny packs, which clip around your waist and are full with a set  of binoculars, bug hunting stuff, bird boxes, slinky and so much more to do when you are around the park.  In fact, I think there is way too much stuff in them.

So with the tracker packs on and full tummies, we headed out.  The binoculars alone are enough to keep the kids busy, but at the same time, were a bit of a hindrance as they had trouble walking as they wanted to look through them as they walk.
We took the blue route – which is the Repton Walk – 2.5 miles.  There were so many cows on the parklands with babies… I just had to get up close at one mama & her baby.  They had such personalities… the mom checked me out and then with her whole body she got between me and the baby and the nudged the baby off to the left away from me.

Down the main path, where I found the most delicious blackberries, but surprisingly I was also the only one who wanted to eat them.  Other families were on the other side of the fence, near the cows, picking buckets full to be made into a crumble.

After some gate climbing, we past the house, by the park lands up to the Temple where they played a bit and then through the woods.

One thing that I found in England and especially on National Trust land, is that there are some amazing trees here.  Most people just walk on by, but I love taking photos of trees! And what child can resist climbing a few, or better yet, going inside a hollow one?!

Between the two packs, there was only one slinky, so they had to take turns.  As you can imagine, it was is not always the easiest as slinkies are great fun & both wanted it.  Perhaps a stocking stuffer this year.  And if we take out the tracker packs again, we’ll be sure that we take out two with the same things.

I know that was a LOT of slinky photos, but I loved them all and wanted to keep them here for future viewing – so much fun was had by Soren.

A last stop in the Bower section for some bug hunting and playing with the environmental stick art before we left.
It was a great time and while I do work there, the kids love going and there is so many choices in terms of walks.  Next time we go as a family, I think we’ll take out the Geocaches, now that Rob gave me a one-on-one training, I’m confident I can find them with the devices guiding us.

Pictionary Night – Chalkboard Wall

I posted yesterday how much fun we were having with the chalkboard wall, but tonight was hilariously funny!  After dinner, the kids & Nils sat down while I drew something on the board and they had to guess it.

Within seconds, we were in stitches.. Nils drew a “dode vogel” which was the dead pigeon on the path to the kids’ school, which Maebh pointed out to & from school for a few days when suddenly it was gone.  Then Maebh drew funny pictures, which you knew she had no idea what she was drawing but had a lot of fun with it.  Soren was great, with his love of school things. He started off with the A & B board which his teacher uses each day to keep track of Year 1 & Year 2 kids.  He insisted we didn’t shout out the answers, but instead raised our hands.   Then he did a meat tenderizer!!

Nils then attempted to do a game of hangman, but with it set up like this  “_  _  _      _ _ _ _”.
I whispered to the kids and then at the time they replied “BED TIME”!

I took a few photos of it with my iPhone and took a video of each kid to just have this funny memory on record.

I can see many many nights of this in our future. In fact, at bed time, when asked what they wanted to tomorrow, both said Pictionary and hangman on the blackboard.  Rainy & short Winter days stuck inside won’t be so bad – let’s hope this fun doesn’t wear off too soon!





Nils make my large chalkboard look rather small – or is it just me?

Speaking of chalkboard and small – in looking through some old photos today, I found some of Soren & Maebh. He was the same age as Maebh now (3 years old) and Maebh was just under one.  While she didn’t crawl or scoot, she got around by rolling everywhere – not wanting to miss a bit!

The clever little guy took some chalk and drew some tracks and then drove his train down the tracks.





Tonight was a lot of fun!  When I logged into my Facebook account, a friend posted a photo & I thought it was so true, I just had to share it & put it here.