While there are a number of parks in our immediate area, none of them can compare to Beddington in terms of smooth, flat pathways. Which is exactly what a young man practicing his balance bike needed!
So we made the short drive with to Beddington park and then Mum, Dad, and Grandma went for a walk while Flynn flew around the park on his bike.
I have to say, these balance bikes are an amazing tool. Kids learn all about needing a bit of speed so that they can lift their feet and the bike stays vertical. I suspect it’s going to be a very easy jump to riding a real bike when we make that step.
Flynn was fortunate enough to receive a very cool balance bike from his Auntie Lee-Ann who was visiting from Canada for a few days while touring Europe. They were kind enough to stay in our area while visiting the UK so we got to spend a bit of time with them before (and after) they jetted off (or trained off as the case may be) to see the continent.
Our little man was a huge fan from the get go, but still has a lot of practicing to do.
It was a perfect autumn day for learning to ride though. Beats getting a bike for Christmas and having to learn to ride it through 2 feet of snow (or so I hear)!
On top of learning to push a bike, he’s also learning to propel himself on the big-kids swing. The learning never stops!
Our local shopping centre has installed a small skating rink in one of their closed down shops for the festive season. Flynn and I watched a few skaters on Saturday and he continually asked if we could go for the rest of the day, so I knew what our plans were going to be on Sunday.
We booked the tickets and headed over there early on to avoid the crowds we saw in the late afternoon. We both picked up our skates along with our “dolphin-sleigh” for Flynn to ride on. Once our allotted time began we headed out onto the ice. I started by just holding his had as he was pretty excited about trying to stake, but I think when the slippery reality set in he simply wanted to be pushed around on the dolphin.
We had a lot of fun and as I discovered years and years ago, the UK is not big on ice skating so it’s one of the few times that my meager skills (by Canadian standards) on the ice can really shine.
And a quick video of us skating together as well.
We skated for the full hour and the first question the little man asked post skate was “why we have to stop?”, so we’re clearly going again next weekend!
Our nightly ritual has me reading Flynn stories until he falls asleep. There’s nothing earth shattering here, just a sweet photo of our little cherub.
On the first Saturday of every month Flynn and I go to a local church where they host a monthly “dads and kids” day. It’s a play group like any other, and despite being in a church there are no religious overtones or hymns that are sung or anything like that. It’s just a collection of dads taking their kids out (and presumably giving mom at home a rest).
We’ve gone to a few now, and on warm days in the summer they actually have a decent outdoor play area. Flynn was enamored with construction vehicles and the patch of dirt in the back corner. While everyone else was having snacks, I couldn’t get him to leave his dirt. The boy loves his construction vehicles…
Just a day in the park kicking the ball around with our little man…
Flynn loves his scooter, but beyond zipping around inside our house there aren’t a lot of smooth, level places for him to really get moving so we drove to one of the larger nearby parks for the day. Beddington park has some great paths for the avid scooter boy to stretch his legs and really build up some speed.
He’s getting really confident these days and is starting to work out how to turn and use the break (thankfully!). It won’t be long now before we pick up a push bike for him, then a pedal bike and before we know it he’ll be trying to borrow our car…
Danni had a jewelry event to attend to so I took the day off and Flynn and I drove out to Hobbledown Farm for the day. It’s a typical children’s farm affair, but this one has sort of a Fairy and Goblins theme which is a nice change. The day we went had incredible weather and it was mid-week so the place was practically empty which is always a bonus. The one downside was that the actors playing the goblins etc. weren’t out that day so that defeated some of the purpose in going to this particular farm. It didn’t seem to bother Flynn though, who had a great day seeing all of the different animals and playing in their soft-play area and massive sand pit.
The sand pit was even themed as a bit of a goblin mine and the kids were tasked with “digging up gems” that they could turn in for a lollipop if they got enough. The gems were little glass beads and they were largely just strewn around on top of the sand, and given that we headed straight there when the farm opened we found more than enough to claim our sweet, plus bring a few “treasures” home.
All in all, it was a pretty nice day out. I think he would get more out of the day if he were a bit older and able to play on more of the playground equipment, zip lines, etc., but we had fun regardless. The fact that the farm was largely empty helped a lot though!
I got a new phone recently and it takes some pretty nice photos, or rather, it does some automatic processing on the photos it takes to make then look nice. Either way, I’ve been taking a lot of photos with it and none of them really warrant their own post so I’m just going to drop them all here.
I’ll likely do this a few in the foreseeable future as I play around with the new toy. Hope you don’t mind a lack of context!
We’ve kept daily sweets out of Flynn’s life for the most part, but every now and then he gets a treat. Today, Danni picked up a huge ice cream cone at his request and the little man ate the whole thing.
This isn’t a life altering post or anything, it’s just hard to deny the joy on the little man’s face as he eats an ice cream roughly the size of his head.