26 August 2015

Life Lately #1: A Tale Of Adventure And Exploration

With it being the summer holidays, it has been the perfect time to get out and explore our local area. Visiting places we haven't been before and learning about new things with the boys. We're now over half way through the holidays and the boys have loved getting out and about as a family and seeing new places and visiting old favourites too.

Here are just a couple of our highlights from the past few weeks...


I spoke recently about our love of Yorkshire which you can read here. We get to go places all the time but have, in the past few week, visited the Royal Armouries, which is full of historical weaponry and armour.

The boys loved visiting the hunting area and seeing all the animal armour on the horses and the huge elephant which they did think was real and a little scared of it! The Hall of Steel is a masterpiece and a great thing to look at.

We then walked back to central Leeds on the canal which was a lovely walk to take.


Although the summer has mostly consisted of mediocre weather, we have had a few nice days and we took advantage of this with a trip to the beach.

We adore Scarborough and try to get there as much as possible. The beach does get very busy though in warm weather so we jaunt off to Cayton Bay which is about a 10 minute drive from Scarborough. A lovely Bay with its unspoilt views and not busy at all. They boys can run about and paddle in the sea on the long stretch of beach.

Not everything has to cost money and long trips on the train, so during the days that we have had nothing planned, we made sure to get out as much as possible to different parks and do different things each time.


Going to the park doesn't mean just playing on the swings and getting dizzy on the roundabout. There is so much more to do to keep little ones moving and exploring.

Taking a football or Frisbee is a great way to run off some steam if the play area is busy and we even take the bikes or scooters up too as the boys love being able to ride around such a vast area. One of the parks we went to also runs by the Leeds-Liverpool Canal but unfortunately we couldn't have a walk down there as we had the park and there are about 80 steps to go down to get to the canal.

There are many other points that we can get on to the canal though so that is going on a list of things to do in the next couple of weeks.


Being from a big family, there are a lot of family occasions to go to. Last week signalled a third birthday party. This was at Monster Kidz in Leeds. We have never been there before so it was good to visit a new play gym and see how it compared to the ones we've previously been to.

Monster Kidz was huge and had loads to do for the boys and even a small play area for Joseph who loved interacting with other babies that were there.

The party was great. All set in a little party room with flickery lights and music, the birthday boy getting a huge throne to sit on and a buffet of food as far as the eyes could see. The boys loved the day eating and playing, and even more playing.

It has been an amazing few weeks, spending time as a family and exploring the area around us. I now can't wait for these next few weeks to see what adventures we go on and new places that we will be visiting.

16 comments:

  1. This looks great. My kids would love the Royal Armouries and Scarborough beach. We need to visit! These holiday weeks are flying by. :-) x

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  2. This looks like a fab place, I'm sure my little's would love it! The beach looks pretty, too! It looks and sounds like a lovely time. Great post and lovely photos :) xx

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  3. Looks like it's been a busy summer. I agree with your park comments. We love the play area but my monkeys also love to take a ball or their bikes. They also love to wander off into the woods and bushes. Boys eh! xx popping over from mummy2monkeys xx

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    1. I love going to the park just to play on the grass with the boys, so much fun!

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  4. We have spent time in the park this summer but because of bad weather Ive spent more than normal on doing stuff.

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    1. Yeah, I think the bad weather has ruined things slightly although we do like jumping in puddles also :-)

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  5. We love getting out and doing things as a family. Neither of us have a big family so we always end up with expensive adventures days out. love all your family pictures hun xx

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    1. I hate that days out are so expensive nowadays, we have had to save up so much before these holidays x

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  6. I have never been to Scarborough beach before and this looks like you guys had a lovely time, its always nice to make use of the good weather.

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    1. Definitely, the weather has played a big factor in what we've been able to do x

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  7. Mine love going on the train and we head into London often but I've not actually taken them elsewhere via train, I must remember that as they would prefer to the underground

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    1. The boys adore going on the train. Sometimes we get the train a short distance just so they get to have a ride on it :-)

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  8. It looks like you have had a great summer holidays with lots of interesting things to do!

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    1. It has been great and nice to be out a family too x

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