Our family adventures – October

Our family adventures – October

I’m sure I say it every month but how is it November on Wednesday? October includes both mine and my husband’s birthday. We have also just returned from a weeks holiday in the lakes during half term. So it’s been busy but fun.

We started October with a trip to forest school. After enjoying the mums and tots sessions so much over the spring and summer I was thrilled to discover there is a monthly Sunday session for families. F had lots of fun doing science experiments, crafts and making chocolate orange muffins to cook on the campfire. E was ill with a stomach bug the next weekend but the following one we enjoyed lots of family time with a trip to the library, park and the forest. F has continued to enjoy school this month. We’ve really noticed how many letters she can recognise now and how much more confident she is with counting. You can read more about her first half term here.

E is now 16 months and confidently walking. She is more and more like a toddler each day. Sometimes she surprises us by just how much she understands. She loves waving, blowing kisses and saying “hiya”. Her latest word this weekend was Peppa (when Peppa pig came on).

We’ve just spent half term in the Lake District with my parents. E was ill again for the first few days so we didn’t explore as many places as we had planned. She ended up at the out of hours GP at 1 am Monday. The GP thought it was a bad viral throat infection or hand, foot and mouth. Luckily she was a lot better a couple of days later and we were able to enjoy our holiday more. The weather also improved a lot around the same time. We enjoyed walking and Gruffalo spotting in Grizedale forest, exploring Ambleside & Keswick, Sizergh castle, Wray castle, Brockhole, cruising lake Windermere and a lovely walk around Derwent water. We had lots of outdoor fun and the girls have enjoyed lots of playgrounds. We also enjoyed a couple of meals out too.

We drove home on Saturday and I took the girls straight to my friends Halloween party. The girls were dressed as two pumpkins and they had lots of fun playing games and exploring messy play activities with their friends. We all had a fantastic time. Yesterday we finished half term with a trip to our local National trust who had some Halloween events on. We saw some owls, decorated owl masks, listened to stories and made bird feeders.  As well as days out we have also had quiet days at home doing activities together. We’ve ticked off lots of things from our Autumn family bucket list this month.

November is a quieter month for us but we have a few things planned and I’m sure we’ll plan more.

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  1. October 30, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    What a great half-term, I love the wellie shot, you can’t beat splashing in muddy puddles. Thanks so much for joining in to #MyFamilyAdventures again x

    • October 30, 2017 / 7:36 pm

      It was lovely. You certainly can’t. F loves puddle jumping.

    • Claire
      November 2, 2017 / 7:04 am

      Half term was grwar except for E being ill.

  2. October 31, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    Forest school sundays sound amazing, i really wish we had something like that as it looks so much fun. Apart from the illnesses it seems like a lovely month. Thank you for joining us #MyFamilyAdventures

    • Claire
      November 2, 2017 / 7:03 am

      It really is. I’m hoping we are going this Sunday.

  3. November 2, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    Fab post, my boys love nothing more than to hunt for Gruffalos!

  4. November 4, 2017 / 12:40 am

    Gorgeous photographs. I love the lake district, and I would love to take my little one’s Gruffalo spotting, it looks fab. Owls are one of my favourite animals 🙂 I hope E is feeling much better now xx

    • Claire
      November 6, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      It’s gorgeous up there isn’t it? Gruffalo spotting is always fun

  5. November 4, 2017 / 8:53 am

    Love the wellies ! Forest school sounds like a great family activity too 🙂 #countrykids

    • Claire
      November 6, 2017 / 9:20 pm

      It’s fantastic. I can’t wait for E to be a little older so she can come along too.

  6. November 4, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Glad you got to enjoy some of my beautiful county! Looks like a lovely month of outdoor fun.

    • Claire
      November 6, 2017 / 9:19 pm

      You are very lucky to live in the lakes although the traffic getting in & out of the small towns must get frustrating.

  7. November 4, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Goodness that was a busy month. Forest school is such a great outdoor experience for little ones and your trip away tot he lake district sounds wonderful – minus the illness. Lovely photos from all your Halloween activities and trails, I should think you are ready for a quieter month now.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • Claire
      November 6, 2017 / 9:18 pm

      I’m ready for no one to be poorly! A quiter month would be nice as December wil be busy.

  8. November 4, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    Sounds such a wonderful month, and we used to adore our forest school too when we lived in the UK. Your photos are beautiful #countrykids

    • Claire
      November 6, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      Thank you. It was a lovely month.

  9. November 5, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    It looks like you had a great half term. The Forest School looked particularly good. There is one near us which I’m hoping to take TJ to soon. #countrykids

    • Claire
      November 6, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      We did enjoy the majority of it. I’m sure you’d all enjoy forest school.

  10. November 6, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    It looks like you had a wonderful half term. It’s been a while since we’ve been on a Gruffalo trail and it’s reminded me that we must go again! x

    • Claire
      November 6, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      The gruffalo trails are great. We always enjoy them.

  11. November 6, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    We’d love to go to a forest school, especially at this time of year! Cant beat a good trail in the woods x Popping over from #CountryKids x

    • Claire
      November 6, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      You really can’t beat it. I love spending time in the woods.

  12. November 7, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    You certainly crammed a lot in. Forest School is a fantastic thing to do if you can get to it. #CountryKids

  13. November 8, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    Sounds like it’s been a good October. Roll on November

  14. November 10, 2017 / 11:55 am

    Oh I’m sorry your little one was poorly but it sounds like you had a lovely month anyway. The Lake District is a gorgeous place to explore and your photos are fabulous. Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips

  15. November 12, 2017 / 8:05 am

    Ooh now she is walking confidently, you’ll be zooming around! It looks like you had a busy outdoorsy October complete with a Gruffalo Trail. Love those! Have a fab November and thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips

  16. November 20, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    Despite the bug, it sounds like you had a busy October. The Forest School sounds great and the Lake District is an area of the UK I’d love to visit but haven’t had the chance yet! Thanks for linking up to #wanderlustkids

    • Claire
      November 20, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      It certainly was busy but fun (apart from the bugs!). The lakes are a beautiful area of the country.

  17. November 22, 2017 / 6:48 am

    It looks like you get up to all the sorts of things we did when our boys were toddlers, namely getting out and about whatever the weather! It is one of the reasons we moved to France so we could buy somewhere in the countryside. #wanderlustkids

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