Showing posts with label Family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family. Show all posts

Monday, 22 September 2014

Parkrun Parkfunday...



I am finally back on the roads and trying to improve my running..

Last week we started back doing Parkrun on a Saturday mornings.

For those who do not know, Parkrun is a free weekly 5km timed run. There is most probably an event going on near you? as there is hundreds going on all around the world.

9 a.m on a Saturday morning.

Why did we stop?

Exercise! 

Family fun! 

Timed run!

Only 5km!

Free!!

I do not know why we stopped!?!


It is a great way to spend quality time with my children, doing something we all love.

 Last week me and my 2nd oldest son took park, this week me, my 2nd oldest son and youngest son took part. 

Next week my husband may join us!?! 

Just got to get my daughter into running now...


For some reason this year I have fallen out of love with running. I am hoping that trying to do most Saturdays ( when husband is not at work in the mornings ) morning runs will help me love running again.


No more excuses, from me !?!..

Got to be in it to win it  improve my running :):)

Linking up with~

Ellie over at The Mummy Diary

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

British Athletics With Sainsbury's At Birmingham Grand Prix...


Last Sunday we got the chance to attend British Athletics with Sainsbury's  as part of the Summer Series Diamond League Athletics Event in Birmingham. My Hubby and my Boys love their Athletics and have attended Diamond League events before, for me and my daughter it was our first time.

Outside the stadium we are greeted by lots of Sainsbury's ambassadors giving out flags, wristbands and large sheets which transform when folded over into something that makes lots of noise! There are lots of food outlets and activities taking place. Everyone seems to be having fun. There is a indoor portakabin with athletic memorabilia detailing the history of British Athletics, which is very interesting. My hubby shows me where the stars of the show enter the stadium, with many waiting for autographs of their heroes. My first taste of a major athletic event, thus far very impressed.


Into the main Stadium we go, great seats, overlooking the long/triple jump area on the home straight close to the finish line brilliant. My hubby is already spotting retired elite athletes in the crowd, Lynn Davies 1964 Olympic Long Jump champion one of the names I remember, a living legend according to the other half, my Athletic knowledge is not that advanced!! 


 You are informed what is happening in each event a person with a microphone introduces the athletes, tells you what event is going on and where to move your eyes. At times you would look one way for the high jump, a split second later someone doing the triple jump, a few seconds after that a throw in the shot putt! It was certainly non stop action. Katherine Merry (again according to hubby,did all the in track intros, who is yet another Olympian.) 

One event right in front of us that I did know an athlete was the Long Jump with Greg Rutherford, Mr Gravity. Olympic European and Commonwealth Champion. The focus the athletes show was really impressive, doing their warm up jumps, just to check if they were taking off on the right foot etc. They would go through the full mental approach as if they were doing an actual jump. Live you really do get an insight in how meticulous they are. The mental concentration they must all have is off the charts, if only I can apply some of that to my own jogging, I may well improve!!




The other thing you really notice when seeing the athletes in the flesh, is how lean and fit they truly are. Obviously we know they must be fit etc, but seeing with your own eyes close up how fit, is hard to express in words. Some athletes look larger on the TV than others, yet in the flesh everyone of them is a sight to behold. In ancient Greece these athletes would have been the Hercules of the day. They do not carry an ounce of excess fat, they are sculpted to be the exact build for their particular event. Breathtaking.


The TV presenters Gabby Denise and Colin.

We got a special treat with a greet and meet session.

                     Christine Ohuruogu                                                                             Kim Collins


                Anyika Onuora                                                                                   Harry Aikines-Aryeetey


                                                                              Mo Farah on start line.

The final event of the main meeting, was the loudest and had the crowd on their feet, just when the athletes walked onto the track. It was of all because of one man the legendary Mo Farah current World Olympic and European champion. The Mo-Bot man, a perfect example of sporting perfection. Built to be the absolute best, built to win. A fine treat to finish the main program. Everyone was buzzing during his whole race,  it certainly sold watching athletics live in a big way. I'll be back...


                     Even watching the athletics is tiring!! all the children fell asleep on the way home...

Overall then a great family fun day out. Highly Recommended. It has given me a greater understanding of these elite athletes and the sacrifices they must make. It has also given me a boost in getting out running and trying my best. My little girl who normally doesn't do as much running as her elder brothers, has also been inspired. Popping on her trainers and asking to go jumping and sprinting up to our local track a few days after the event. Which is brilliant, these are the role models we should be following. People who work to the limit and deserve all their success. Without things like the National Lottery and sponsors like Sainsbury's these athletes would not be-able to perform at the level they do. It is nice for companies to sponsor sports where grass-roots get help and a future generation can be inspired, instead of just watching TV and playing games indoors.

Thanks again Sainsbury's.
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We got sent a family pass to go to this great event and all thoughts are our own honest opinion.

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Wake Up And Be Awesome...


Happy Saturday everyone... 

I hope you remember to...

Wake Up And Be Awesome...














Saturday, 2 August 2014

Sandcastles In The Sand...



We have all had a good start to the holidays, with great weather, yummy food and lots of laughter. 

Followed by fun days out, a pointless surprise bus journey and my eldest son being in hospital with tonsillitis so bad his temperature wouldn't go down. You would think at 20 it was time to stop worrying as much!?! 

So many thing we will remember from this week, for sure!!

I think the best day so far is a day out to Skegness. 

Sunshine, children, grandma and granddad ( my mum and dad) 
sandcastles, freshly made doughnuts, chips and ice cream at the seaside.

Sunday was defiantly the best day to go.

 We went by train and nearly had our own private carriage there and back on the train, it was perfect!!


Linking up our fun day out at the beach with-


Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Football Crazy...


You can imagine having 3 boys and a husband who love their football, I have no control of the TV over the next few weeks!!

Did I mention my boy's love their football?. When they are not outside playing football they are inside watching it. 

 Even a few weeks ago when we were on holiday at Butlins, every given chance my 2 youngest sons were sneaking off for a game.


My daughter loves to play too, that is when she is not sneaking off with the ball!!




They will be glued to the TV cheering England on tonight.

Even I might watch...



Linking up our outdoor over at ~

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


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We are proud to be part of the Butlins Ambassador program where we got to choose a 4 night stay in the Wave hotel and review our time here...

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Wave Hotel : Butlins Bognor Regis...



Last year in the Summer Holidays we had a family a break to Butlins in Bognor Regis. We stayed in the apartments, which were opposite the Wave Hotel. When we left the apartment, we often remarked how lovely the Hotel looked. We mentioned to each other how nice it would be to stay there. Little did I know, months after our break, I would become a Butlins Ambassador, having the chance to stay in the hotel.

How lucky are we!?!


Here is a video I made of the Wave Hotel...


A bit about the Wave Hotel From The Official Guide

The Wave Hotel is perfect for families with older children where you can choose from rooms with sea views and balconies to get the most out of your stay.

There’s an interactive games port and kindle & DVD library as well as a café and lounge area so lots of space for independence in a safe and secure environment.

A stay in our Wave Hotel is excellent value for money and guests can also enjoy a few exclusive perks such as extra live show performances and Splash Waterworld sessions.


Our Journey To Butlins

We started our journey down to Bognor Regis by Train from Nottingham. This way we all got to enjoy our break from the moment we left home. No having to drive for my Husband. He could sit back and enjoy his journey too. From Bognor Train Station it is only a 5 to 10 minutes walk to Butlins. Although we had to walk fast as it was raining when we arrived.


Arrival time

Bank Holiday Monday 2pm in the rain was not the best time to arrive. It was really busy for the check in, taking 40 minutes to get the keys. The staff however were very friendly and helpful. They explained the main attractions on site. Giving us tickets for some exclusive performances of the best shows. Once we got the keys we rushed up to the third floor to our room. Phew 5 minutes rest, before the kids wanted to explore..


Opening the door I first noticed how nice and bright everything was. Everything lovingly arranged, Elephant towels, bright yellow wardrobes, and a super cool underwater themed children's room. Wow.

Having a party of 5, 3 adults 2 children (my 2nd eldest son is now 17) we had interlocking rooms. Plenty of space was lovely. My youngest 2 had their pick of beds. Rather than fighting over their favourite. A nice change.!


The children's room are amazing. With an underwater theme, cool bunk beds TVs at the bottom of each bed. 


They really are so much fun, even mum had to try the bunk beds out!!



What's included
  • Kindles available at reception to hire.
  • The Games Port, a light and airy 21st Century games room where you and your family can play each other at all the latest interactive games.
  • iPod input available at front of TVs.
  • Free WiFi.
  • Priority booking for our newest Premium Dining restaurant – the Deck
  • Light and airy Soho Coffee Co. café.
  • 24 hour dedicated reception team.
  • Hotel parking with overflow car park if full.
  • Accessible rooms available.

The lift is cool, carrying on the underwater theme. A fun tune plays, such as the Jaws theme and the song Octopus's Garden.




The children really loved the Game port room. Which is full of interactive and fun games. Such as 3DS Wii PS3 etc. They also had four Apple Macs perfect for checking my blog!!


The beautiful view from our balcony. Over looking the apartment we stayed in last year too, how ironic!?! A perfect view to see when the dining rooms are open. The iconic Skyline pavilion too.  


Thins I Liked In The Wave Hotel
  • The Hotel is of a high standard. 
  • Daily maid service.
  • 24 hours reception.
  • Free WiFi.
  • Nice bar area.
Everything you would imagine from a top city centre Hotel, in a location you would not expect...

Butlins

About this post-

We are proud to be part of the Butlins Ambassador program where we got to choose a 4 night stay in the Wave hotel and review our time here...



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