Showing posts with label Family days out. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family days out. 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, 20 September 2014

Victoria Embankment ..

There are lots of beautiful parks in Nottinghamshire and one of our favourite places is at The Victoria Embankment. The first time I seen it, I wanted to move here!! I phoned my husband up and said, pack up we are moving.

Nothing ever materialized from that conversation but we love to visit when possible. They also hold lots of great events held here too, so lots of things to look out for. Last year I ran the Nottingham half marathon, we also had a great time at the Arm Forces Day where we watched the Red Arrows fly by and a bike race event was on not to long ago...

How cool is the park for the children!?!











Now if you can get up, you can get down!! "I'm not getting down until someone helps me" *rushes over to help* wow it looks a long way up there!!

Linking up our park fun over at-

  Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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.
About this post-

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, 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, 19 July 2014

A Walk In Regent's Park..


So much fun finding new parks to explore.


These photo were taken at Regents park in London. 


I took them when we all last went to visit...

And all looking forward to going again in the summer holiday...


We all had lots of fun here ..

How cool are these fun wooden sculptures?


Not as big as this one, even when jumping!!


Something must be wrong, they are being nice to each other !?!


So relaxing..


A quick look back, until we visit again...

Linking up our outside fun over at~

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

A Visit To Holland Park...


You know when you see something beautiful, dresses up amazing in the most wonderful colours?

You just have to film it!!

No not me, haha

The stunning peacocks...


Last week me and my husband had a rare day 'us time' and 'no children' in London. Thanks to my oldest son coming home from uni and taking his youngest brother and sister to and from school. 

First we went to find Holland Park. 

A park my husband had read about how lovely it is and wanted to see for himself.


They were right!!

Stunning..

Lots of wonderful things to see.

The waterfall and Peacocks being my favourite...


Can you see this fish?

Amazing how big they are!!


We had an amazing day walking around the parks and riding around London on the hire bikes...

What I wore~

Necklace ~ my old shop
Jacket~ Matalan
Shirt ~ New look
Jeans ~ Selfridges
Trainer ~ Pimped up Reeboks
Bag ~ Cath Kidston

Double denim eh, what do you think?

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Saturday, 5 July 2014

A Walk In The Peak District : Bakewell..


We love to take the children out for a walk in the Peak District. 

It take some planning though. 

Whenever we have a free day off with no school, work or jobs to be done and the weather is fine, a day out exploring is great. 

One of our favourite places we visit time and time again is Bakewell.

And it is only around a hour drive away.

At the weekend there is often some fun things happening on the show-ground and we always get distracted. This time we made plans not to shop for long!! (even though there was a cool vintage market on) and head for the hills.



No moaning about all the walking from the children. 

Just me!!

Wow I felt so unfit...



Lots of fun climbing the hill and seeing the amazing views..



My son took his bag but we forgot to take supplies of water and sweets, for energy!!


This little lamb was soooooo sweet..


Everyone found extra energy when we was near the bottom 
as a visit to the chip shop was promised..


After some energy drink, battered sausage and chips me and my daughter 
was ready for a another walk up the hill selfie...

Linking up our outside fun over at ~

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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