Saturday, 19 April 2014

Clacton - An Unexpected Daddy Day!

This week Ethan's nursery has been closed for the Easter holidays and Ethan has been all out of sorts. It is obvious our little boy loves his routine more than we are aware of. Add that to the fact that Ethan no longer likes playing on his iPad and has more energy than the Duracell Bunny, I have been desperately trying to find things to do to fill our days. 

So Darren surprised us and took a day off of work so we could take Ethan into Clacton for a few hours. We have lived in this house for over two years and always visit the sea but have never taken Ethan on any of the rides, and he loves his rides. I had already done my research to make sure that we could go on the rides with him as we could not let Ethan ride on his own. 

After finding a parking space for the car, making our way to the rides and debating what rides Darren would be able to take Etan on we purchased the tokens required. 

Ethan's first ride was a spinning ride, always a firm favourite. Darren span them really fast and Ethan loved it!





It was clear Ethan wanted to ride in the bumper cars, he even said 'Car', so Darren squeezed them both into a car. There was no one else on the ride at the time so Darren was able to spin them all over the place. All you could hear was Ethan screaming in delight. 










Next they went for a ride on the horses Ethan said 'Hello' to everyone they passed and I was actually able to capture him saying this word on video. I love it when he says Hello, it's even better if people actually respond to him. My heart melts every time, even when Ethan wakes up in the middle of the night and says Hello as Darren goes into his room to calm him down.    



There was also a mini roller coaster which Ethan was big enough to ride on.  




All the other rides would have required Ethan to have gone on on his own and that isn't possible for him to do yet so we made our way to the pier to take a look around. 

Tipping Point is something that we watch together so we took some change for Ethan to have a go on the penny machines in the amusements. Ethan loves the amusements, a place filled with lots of flashing lights and buttons to press, he is in his element. 



As we left the pier we got Ethan a balloon, he loves balloons and we haven't got him one for quite a while. We decided a minion was the best choice for him as he did like to watch the film Despicable Me. Ethan was very excited about our balloon purchase, he actually held it by its hand and walked with it. Such a sweet moment as he has never connected with anything like that before.   



We had a fantastic day and it was much needed family time!

I'm linking this post to Country Kids over at Coombe Mill.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Friday, 18 April 2014

Spending Time With Our Australian Family - Disneyland Paris Day 2

What a difference a day makes! After our first morning was full of rain and we got soaked feet very quickly, our second morning blessed us with a bright and clear day.

We were up early for breakfast in the hotel, Ethan was still refusing to eat anything offered to him so Darren went in search of a banana but there was none to be found! We even stopped in the train station when we got off of the bus but they didn't have any for sale either. Ethan would again have to eat the snacks we had brought with us.

Disneyland Paris ChristmasDisneyland Paris Christmas

I made everyone stop for some dryer group photos, we have no idea when we will all be in the same country again! Ethan had already decided that it was too cold to be walking and was warm and toasty in his buggy. 

Disneyland Paris Christmas

Disneyland Paris Christmas

I loved the details on the Christmas tree, Darren made sure I had a photo taken under it. 

Disneyland Paris ChristmasDisneyland Paris Christmas

Then we made our way up Main Street taking photos of the castle along the way and stopping for the must have group castle shot!

Disneyland Paris Christmas

Disneyland Paris Christmas

With the sun rising it lit up the castle and left the hub in shadow, I love the way these photos turned out, we even remembered to have a family photo taken. 

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Disneyland Paris ChristmasDisneyland Paris Christmas

Our first stop of the day was Discoveryland for Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast as that was H's favourite. 

Disneyland Paris Christmas DiscoverylandDisneyland Paris Christmas - Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast

It somehow turned into a boys against girls ride and I'm very pleased to say that we thrashed the boys. I have no idea how we did it but we both hit a target that made our scores rocket. I had to take a photo of our scores just to rub it in remember our achievement! 

Disneyland Paris Christmas - Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast

Disneyland Paris Christmas - Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast

Next it was time for the boys to go on Orbitron, this was a first for both us and Ethan. We never went on this in Florida as it is up quite high and we have never really worked out how to join the queue. 

Disneyland Paris Christmas Orbitron

Disneyland Paris Christmas Orbitron

Our next stop was It's A Small World, this is an either you love it or you hate it ride and I was pleasantly surprised at the Christmas touches added. There were dolls dressed up for Christmas and even the ride music was changed for the season.  

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Disneyland Paris Christmas Its A Small World

Disneyland Paris Christmas Its A Small World

Disneyland Paris Christmas Its A Small World

Disneyland Paris Christmas Its A Small World

Disneyland Paris Christmas Its A Small World

Disneyland Paris Christmas Its A Small World

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Disneyland Paris Christmas Its A Small WorldDisneyland Paris Christmas Its A Small World 

Disneyland Paris Christmas Its A Small WorldDisneyland Paris Christmas Its A Small World

Disneyland Paris Christmas Its A Small World

We took another spin on Dumbo and the mums took the boys for a flight on Peter Pan before finding a place to warm up and wait for the other areas of the park to open. 


It wasn't long before we could make our way to Adventureland, I love this part of the park it's a shame they haven't made an area like this in Walt Disney World.  

Disneyland Paris Christmas Adventureland

Disneyland Paris Christmas Adventureland

The boys all headed off to ride Pirates of the Caribbean whilst the girls had a gossip!

Disneyland Paris Christmas Pirates of the Caribbean

We had picked up fast passes for Space Mountain earlier that morning so the guys could ride it and it was their time slot so we sent them off whilst we took a slow walk with the children to meet them at the exit. 

We stopped along the way to treat ourselves to some popcorn. I have to smile now because Ethan wouldn't even try it and now, six months later, we fight to get the popcorn from Ethan. I actually have to hide the bags we buy because its now Ethan's favourite snack. 

Next the boys wanted to take H on Star Tours, Ethan is too small for this so we took a look around the shop and then waited in the exit to keep warm.  

Disneyland Paris Christmas Star Tours

We even found WAll-E and EVE on the way. 

Disneyland Paris Christmas WALL-E

Disneyland Paris Christmas WALL-E

The morning had flown past and we had to make our way to Cafe Mickey as we had a lunch reservation booked so it was time to leave the park.
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