Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Review - Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Scrapyard Escape Set

Parker loves to play with all kinds of toys, he will play with dolls, teddies, cars, books but some of his favourites are trains.We were recently sent the Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Scrapyard Escape Set to review which is inspired by the new film Thomas & Friends Journey Beyond Sodor which is in cinemas from Friday 25th August, you can buy tickets HERE. It will also be available on DVD on the 16th October. The film sees new faces help Thomas on his action-packed journey, as he travels away from Sodor and across to the mainland. One of the places he visits is the Steelworks and with the Thomas & Friends track set your little one can join in the fun!

Setting up the track was fairly easy and didn't take too long. Thomas does need batteries so make sure you have some to hand. The instructions were clear and the track is even labelled to make it super easy, I only found this out half way through though. Included in the set is a motorised Steelworks Thomas Engine, which Parker loves. He does keep saying he's dirty though and wants to wash him, Thomas has some plants and dirt on him. There is also a cargo car, two cargo pieces and a full track with a really cool cable bridge crossing.

Thomas drives around the track and transports cogs. The cable bridge drops down and once Thomas enters the shack a cog drops down into Thomas' cargo car. Thomas then drives round and as Thomas passes the cargo holder, the arm grabs the cog and drops it in the holder. The track is very simple and can be attached to other TrackMaster sets and expansion sets to create bigger tracks which is a great idea.

I love the cable bridge idea and I think it adds a different element of fun, Parker has quite a few train tracks and this is the first time we've seen this idea.

He does love to turn the motor off at times and push Thomas around the track. He keeps saying that Thomas is taking the cogs home and then he needs a bath!

The set is for ages 3 years and up. Parker is 3 and really loves playing with it. We've even had some other toys/characters riding in Thomas' cargo car and joining in the fun.

A great track set for train and Thomas fans. Paige also really enjoys playing with the set and loves running around putting the cogs back in place, it is quite satisfying watching it all work.

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - We were sent the above item for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*

Monday, 21 August 2017

Harleigh - 9 Months Old

I honestly can't believe that Harleigh is 9 months old. She has been on the outside for as long as she was growing inside me. In a way it feels like she was always here, she has fitted into our family so wonderfully but on the other hand I feel like she was only just born. 

The past month she has gotten so strong. She started crawling backwards and the day before she turned 9 months she finally crawled forwards. She still isn't very fast and still has to work at it but it is so cute. She has also learnt to give kisses which is the cutest thing. She will also wave but isn't very consistent yet. 

Still no new teeth although she has started teething again so maybe we will see another two pop up this month. Weaning is still going really well and she loves everything! She is still having two meals a day and 4 bottles but over this next month I think we will introduce another meal.

She isn't pulling up or cruising yet but will stand and hold on. I must admit that i am loving that she is taking her time. Both Paige and Parker were in such a hurry to grow up and Paige even took her first steps at 9 months old. Parker was standing and balancing unaided too.

We are still yet to hear mama/dada. She gets very close to saying mama when she cries, like shes calling out for me but hasn't said it properly yet.

Sleep was very up and down, In fact it was rubbish. She would wake up multiple times a nights and most times be up for 2 hours. She is settling down again now and also having two naps a day.

She also got chicken pox in the last month and had quite a rough time. She is feeling much better now though.

She is just such a happy, cheeky little baby and we love her so much. Only three more months until she is one!

Nicola Xx

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Summer Holidays 2017 - Weeks 1&2

Before the summer began I wanted to do a little post each week about the fun things we had gotten up to. The week before the holidays started Parker got chicken pox so for the first two weeks of the holidays the girls then had chicken pox. Needless to say this has meant that we haven't really done anything.

It kind of worked out well though. The weather was rubbish so because we were house bound we spent our time snuggling, watching films and just enjoying lazy days.

There was one day when the girls weren't contagious and we managed to go get Paiges hair cut. She had an amazing 8.5 inches cut off. That was something on our summer bucket list that we managed to get ticked off very quickly.

Parker has now finished nursery so I will have all three babies at home with me for the rest of the school holidays which I am so excited for.

We also managed to get most of Paige's new uniform for year 1 as well which is great to already have that all done and dusted!

Have you had a good start to the holidays?

Nicola Xx

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Siblings - August 2017

Since last month we have started the summer holidays, Parker got chicken pox and then the girls after two weeks which meant we were contagious for about a month. Luckily the weather was awful so we enjoyed some lazy days, films and snuggles. 

They are all now getting better and we've managed a day out at Blackpool and the weather was amazing!! I had hoped to take some lovely pictures on the beach but it was closed due to the air show, which was actually really cool. 

The kids this months have loved all been together and playing. Harleigh is loving having her big brother and big sister at home. She loves playing with them and watching them. She is so close to crawling and they are loving helping her. 

My pictures this month are just of them all in normal everyday life, capturing their relationships and how they interact with each other and I love them. They are getting harder and harder to capture pictures of them, Harleigh wants to crawl away, Parker doesn't want to entertain pictures at all and Paige is loving pulling silly faces! 

We have a few weeks left of the holidays and I'm hoping for more days out, picnics and visiting family. Come on sunshine! 

Nicola Xx 
The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful
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