I hold my hands up and can honestly say that I am the worst ice skater you are ever likely to see! Every christmas I head out with the kids and try my hardest to soak up the festive atmosphere whilst clinging onto the side of the rink for dear life!
With this in mind when an email hit my inbox inviting me along to Queens Ice Rink to skate with some of the stars from Disney On Ice and Frankie Bridge I knew that Izzy would be over the moon at the thought of this and I would have to face my fears!
We arrived at the rink and Izzy’s face lit up as we were handed a pair of beautiful white skates in preparation for our session and while Izzy was itching to get out onto the vastness of the huge rink I was coming out in a cold sweat.
Everyone took to the ice and after a few stumbles seemed to take to it pretty well. Izzy was off within minutes and left me to fumble along behind her.
The experts then joined us and I was guided round the ice by an extremely patient instructor who gave me a little more confidence but still didn’t manage to stop me falling spectacularly on more than one occasion…much to the embarrassment of my daughter.
The real stars of the show then showed us all how it was really done and span, twirled and lifted in a way that I could only ever dream of.
I definitely think the highlight of the afternoon though was getting the chance to meet and skate with the lovely Frankie Bridge. Izzy has been a fan of hers since her Saturdays days so getting the chance to meet her whilst skating was just the best treat.
She was warm and welcoming and fantastic with the little ones, even if she did take the mickey out of my skills!
Her talents are going to make a very welcome addition to the new Disney On Ice show – Worlds Of Enchantment that is set to start this April and we can’t wait to get along to see and tell you all about.
I came away from the afternoon with a little more confidence on the ice and a daughter who now has her heart set on being the next Disney princess on ice and left the rink clutching her boots exclaiming she is going to cherish them forever.
My eldest daughter will be turning eighteen this year and my biggest regret is that I did not find my passion for photography years ago. I will never forget all those special milestones that we have been through, but over time the little things get lost in our memory bank and photos and videos are the only thing we have to remind us of these special times.
It is actually only in these past couple of years that I have got into taking photos and I now see what a valuable thing they are to take a look back on fondly when time has moved on.
It is the older ones that I struggle to get pictures of now as they like to be out and about doing their own thing, or are to shy to have their picture taken. Number two is especially hard work but we were having a good day today as he agreed to let me take some photos at the skatepark.
We had an issue when we arrived though as there were other people there so I was limited to one position, behind a board so that I couldn’t be seen by anybody. This was still a big move for him as just breathing seems to embarrass him at the moment!!
He has a massive passion for scooting and I really wanted to photograph it as it may be a phase that passes and then as I said we will have nothing to look back on.
After I had annoyed him for a while I joined the others in the playground area to get a few snaps. The others are younger and always more than happy to be in the lime light.
I am new to blogging and photography but have found a real love for it. I am enjoying reading and getting inspiration from other people’s blogs and am going to enrol on a photography course as I’m just guessing at what I’m doing at the moment.
Hopefully with time I will be able to compile a beautiful look book of our lives that we can sit down and look back on together in years to come and my children will be able to pass down to their children.
Number three has recently found a real love for photography and looking through fashion vlogs and blogs online. I often catch her making her own vlogs and writing blogs in her notepad.
Because of her passion for this I have told her that every Sunday she can write and take pictures of anything she likes and I will add it to my blog.
I hope you all enjoy seeing the world through her eyes.
Hi this is my weekend with a sleepover at my Aunties.
First I had to go to Italia Conti, but I had to leave 15mins early this week because my Auntie was taking me to see the new Cinderella movie, it was great. After that we went to Ask Italian where I had a lovely spaghetti carbonara and a plateful of olives. If you don’t know I love olives.
The next morning I went for a two mile run. I go to a place called South London Harriers so this was good for my training. When we finally got back I had a nice bubble bath then watched the London Marathon with some pancakes and maple syrup yum yum yum.
Then we met the rest of the family in Priory Park. We didn’t stay in the playground very long. We went to see my older brother in the skatepark. He was not very happy we were there, he didn’t speak to us. I think he was pretending we were not his family. Teenagers!!!!
Next we went round to the duck pond and a nice man gave us some bread to feed the ducks. After that we went through the woods And my little bro was pretending to be a dinosaur, silly him!!
I took some nature pictures and found some animals made out of willow.
Finally we had a stroll down the High Street and I was eager to get into Acsessorize where I bought some mini notes and a pen.
I hope you enjoyed a bit of my weekend.
With so many children interested in different things I am ‘Mum’s Taxi’ all day on a Saturday.
Number two has massive passion for scooting so he is dropped off first thing to our local indoor skatepark Skaterham where he spends the whole day trying to perfect his tricks.
We then have a short drive to drop our drama queen number three off to Italia Conti in Reigate to hone her skills in singing, dancing and acting.
I have found that as they grow they try out a variety of different activities which I actively encourage. Some of them they love and others they quickly lose interest in. It is just good for them to get as many life experiences in to turn them into well rounded confident adults.
After my last drop this leaves me a couple of hours to occupy number four and five. Our favourite port of call come rain or shine is Priory Park in Reigate. This beautiful park in Reigate town centre has a plethora of activities to occupy all ages.
Some of the benefits are the large lake which is perfect to take a stroll around and feed the ducks or stop for a picnic, beautiful formal gardens with a grand fountain as a centre piece, tennis and ball courts, a croquet lawn, football pitches, an outstanding skatepark, a children’s play area with water features in the summer and lastly a superb cafe that has recently been taken over by Pistachio’s In The Park.
We popped in there today for a spot of lunch and were overwhelmed by the attentiveness of the new owner. As you know we have to be picky where we eat out due to number fours allergies, but he made a consertive effort to come over and make sure all our needs were catered for and even asked how he could make future visits a good experience.
We a had a great experience at the cafe. Friendly, attentive staff, plenty of room to manoeuvre the buggy, vast menu with a variety of freshly prepared food and my top requirement which is a great cup of coffee.
From there we wondered down to feed the very hungry ducks and had a wet and windy walk around the lake. Then finally topped off our trip with run around the playground and a spot of sandcastle building.