It was my nephew Hadley’s first birthday this week and so there was a massive party on Sunday at a local memorial hall with a big bouncy castle. I realise kid’s birthday parties are some people’s idea of hell with all the screaming and noise but I love them. I love watching kids interact with each other and seeing the massive smiles on their faces when they first spot the bouncy castle and as they bump off the end of the slide. These are the things that you’ll remember long into old age.
Hadley had an enormous cake with a big dragon which was awesome (and very yummy). None of the kids sat still for more than a minute (and neither did the adults) and I’m sure there were lots of very sleepy people heading home last night!
I wore my new Vans t-shirt and my new super tight black skinny jeans that Debenhams kindly sent me. They are actually Oasis jeans, the premium black Jade ones and they are SO comfy! (Although probably not the best jeans to wear when you’re planning on stuffing yourself with cake all day!) As you can see, I’m in desperate need of a good night’s sleep and a tan! Didn’t realise I was so pale!
T-shirt: Vans (similar) | Jeans: Oasis c/o Debenhams | Shoes: Converse
At the end of our trip to Harrogate we tagged on (a bit of a massive) detour to Chester Zoo. We’d watched the BBC show ‘Our Zoo’ and thought it sounded awesome and although it was a little out of the way, we knew we wouldn’t be that far north for a while so decided to make the most of it.
I can safely say it was well worth the detour. Huxley’s little face when he saw the elephants was the best thing I’ve ever seen. We’re talking pure joy. As a parent, it doesn’t get much better than that. Hux has been able to make an elephant noise for a very long time now and it’s one of the few animals he’s always been able to recognise with no prompts. There aren’t any elephants in any of the zoos down south so it was worth the trip just for them. They even had a baby elephant! In fact, you don’t even need a ticket into the zoo to see the elephants!
I suggested going in the butterfly house and Nick laughed at me and told me it was too boring but that he’d humour me by going in anyway. Turns out, Huxley loved it. The butterflies are free to fly around the room so you often get bashed in the head by fluttering wings and Huxley was giggling his little head off every time one of them came near him.
During our visit we also saw a lion, a bear, a baby giraffe, a baby rhino, a red panda and tons of monkeys. Nick’s already declared it the best zoo he’s ever been to and we know we’ll definitely go back one day when Huxley is older.
The zoo is massive. We were there from 11-3.30pm and there were some bits that we missed out and some bits that we rushed round so it really is a whole day out. And on top of that, in June, they’re opening a whole new section called ‘Islands‘ which looks AMAZING. It’s the biggest zoo project in history (the size of 7 football pitches!) and features a monsoon forest (the largest indoor zoo exhibit in the UK), a recreation of 6 South East Asian islands and a 15-minute boat ride. So you’ll probably need 2 days to get round the whole zoo when that opens!
We’re on a little family holiday this week. A few months ago I won a holiday to Italy and when I told them I didn’t fancy a 36-hour coach ride with a 1 year old they kindly told me to choose one of their UK-based hotels to stay in instead. So we chose Harrogate, which is where we are currently staying until the end of the week (when we might make a quick detour to the Lake District before heading home).
Harrogate is only 2 hours from Grimsby so we spent the first 3 days of our holiday visiting Nick’s family and eating a lot of fish and chips. We drove up on the Friday with the main reason being that the Pea Bung is only open for a few hours on a Saturday and Nick didn’t want to miss out. I wrote about the Pea Bung way back in 2011 and aside from a bit of a refurb, it hasn’t changed a bit (thankfully!). We got the fish special again, which is still an amazing bargain at £3. Seriously, you can barely buy chips for £3 round our way. Huxley was loving it.
We had such a lovely time hanging out with Nick’s family and Huxley definitely enjoyed all the attention! I’m always so surprised at how well he adapts to new situations (although he’s not getting off to sleep particularly well in our hotel at the moment!).
The following day we had another batch of fish and chips, this time from Becketts and ate them at Nick’s aunty’s house while Huxley made friends with a hamster (before picking it up in it’s ball and throwing it across the kitchen – oops!)
On Monday we drove to Harrogate and got settled in our hotel before having a quick wander around the town. All of our meals are included in our stay so I won’t be doing any food reviews here, although we did go to Betty’s Tearooms today which I’ll be blogging about later on.
Yesterday we went to York which was really lovely. It was a beautiful day with bright blue skies but was pretty chilly. We didn’t really ‘do’ anything in York, we just kind of walked around and looked at all the pretty buildings.