The weekend kicked off with Eloise and Lachlan wanting to call their favorite pirate, we chucked him up on the big screen to the amusement of everybody. Eloise and Lachlan found it hilarious watching Xavier run about confused.
The kids have not been at a serious playground for a while. We have recently signed back up to the National Trust so the epic playgrounds are back on the table. It was an hour’s drive south to the strangely pronounced Culzean Castle, refer to “the places in Scotland only Scots know how to pronounce”. We copped a lot of slack for our “Keen for Culzean” title.
Culzean Castle is only open from April to November, this did not bother the kids one bit who had one thing on their mind, one of their favorite playgrounds.
Eloise was having a blast and Lachlan was doing an exceptional job. He climbed well, had a few slips but got back up and refused any help offered. He was determined to make his way around by himself, it was Lachlan’s way or the highway.
It was even a challenge for Super Mum and Groovy Dad.
We have a spectacular suspension bridge lined up in a couple of months’ time. Although he won’t be able to walk across it himself this was the perfect practice for Lachlan who was preoccupied trying to rock the bridges from side to side with his signature chuckle.
All this running about on the big kids’ playground was tricky work, even Lachlan was starting to zone out.
Exhausted after a fun day out we headed home. Although unsurprisingly, Lachie had rapid recharged by the time we arrived.
After a much-needed slower Sunday morning after a tiring week, the sun was shining and the kids were screaming for another day trip. We headed back to the wee Calderglen Zoo, the kids always have a blast there, great value for less than £2.
The Tim Tams went down a treat. Don’t worry Emma and Jo, we have one pack left from our quick Aussie treat restock adventure, although you better be quick.
Eloise was jumping with joy when she spotted her favorite owl. Her favorite book which we borrowed from the library was Owls Are Cool, a story about a burrowing owl. She could not believe her luck when she spotted one and was quick to reel off the facts that they run really fast but cannot fly. Although this one did not seem to interested in running either.
There has been a lot of planning for our new home, which technically isn’t even ours until settlement, not to mention we are not going to move in for at least another 525 days. This is not stopping Eloise’s grand plans. She wanted to swing by IKEA to look at new beds, she has even been floating the idea of a bunk bed for her friends to stay over. Perhaps Emma one day. It turned into a longer adventure, as IKEA runs tend to do, mainly because the kids had to line up for balloons. Eloise requested a Mickey balloon wand and of course, Lachlan politely asked for a “ddddnnnaassrrrrr”, no surprises there. Lachlan’s talking has come a long way in the past month, he now loves a good chatter.
Lachlan was having the time of his life running about with his dinosaur, making sure to show everyone, “rooooaarrrrr”.
However, like a magpie, he saw some shiny things and darted off to see what he would like for his room. Eloise had to collect the cheeky dinosaur “oooohhh Lachlan, not again”. After all that hunting, there were not even any bunk bends for Eloise to look at.
Luckily we were on the other side of the city to Hampden Park where the Old Firm had kicked off and your standard run-of-the-mill six-hour football brawl had commenced. “Officers confirmed the alarm was raised at about 09:00 on Sunday, six hours before the match between Rangers and Celtic was due to kick-off. A Police Scotland spokeswoman said a “large group” was involved and inquiries were ongoing”. With the Aussies: Postecoglou, Mooy and Kewell lifting the silverware