Ducks, a playground & the party

July 28, 2014

Saturday was a busy day for POD. We headed to a nearby park while the car was being looked at then celebrated her Christmas Day birthday with a Summer party.

The park is not one we’ve visited before and we were thrilled to discover a pond there. It was covered in lilies and teeming with wildlife including ducks, moorhens and three of these of these little fellas. POD loved them and we stayed there for a little while just watching them waddle about. The ducks were less interested in us when the realised we didn’t have any bread!

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In the playground, POD got to do what she does best…climb! Climbing up the slide then heading back down it only to do the same again.

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There was a fair amount of hanging around too as well as sliding down this pole and attempting to climb up it. She has incredible strength for her age, I’m sure attending gymnastics has helped too.

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Although hesitant at first, POD loved the roundabout. It was even better when we were both on it although Mummy quickly remembered why she didn’t enjoy roundabouts as a child. We span round a little too much but thankfully weren’t too dizzy afterwards. After spending time with a little boy at the playground, and waiting at the garage, we headed home for the party.

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POD was three on Christmas Day and rather than have December party as we have previously we opted for a Summer one. Despite the UK’s unpredictable weather, we planned to have a BBQ with garden fun for sixteen children.

Little did we know what a superb afternoon it would be. The sun shone, the skies were blue and so much ice was needed we almost ran out. In addition to unstructured play we had a mini sports day with sack, egg and spoon and beanbag races. Having insisted on wearing her christening dress and a New York Yankees hat (now too small for her head), POD showed great determination when she won the first sack race.

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The children sat together for jelly and ice-cream looking utterly adorable while they chatted away to each other. Although there’s a lovely photograph of them all, you’ll have to imagine that scene.

The bubbles disappeared quickly so POD was thrilled to discover there were more just for her (although she did share). Bubble wands are quite possibly the best thing ever!

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Given POD was tired before the party started, she did brilliantly and had a great afternoon. This photograph was taken when everyone had left. POD had taken time out to examine her loot bag – bubbles and the stretchy man being the favourites.

We typically celebrate POD’s birthday on the morning of 25th December, she was born at 10.46am, with Christmas in the afternoon. It was great to do a Summer party for her, it meant she could have an (un)birthday celebration with all the focus on her.

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Linking up with #whatsthestory here on PODcast.

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  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) July 28, 2014 at 4:50 am

    So glad she had such a wonderful day. She looks so happy in the photos, both at the park and the party. We LOVE bubble wands, they are the best thing ever 🙂 Stretchy men and quite good too! You will see from my post that I was also reminded why I don’t like spinny things, sadly I did feel very dizzy and sick after my experience!

  • Mummy Says July 28, 2014 at 6:19 am

    What a wonderful day it looks like. Milin is born in New Year’s Eve and I might do something similar for him next year. Thanks for the idea! X

  • Sarah MumofThree World July 28, 2014 at 6:47 am

    What a lovely idea! My niece was born on 27th December and this is something we’ve considered for her too, although 27th June happens to be my son’s birthday!

  • YouBabyMeMummy July 28, 2014 at 8:18 am

    What a fabulous idea for her. My husband was born on Christmas day and always think he must have missed out on so much, getting one present for Christmas and birthday and the like.
    Wonderful pictures x

  • Karen Bell July 28, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Aw, lovely way to give her some individual birthday focus. It sounds lie she had a lovely time.

  • The Reading Residence July 28, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Ah, this is such a lovely idea for POD, and it looks and sounds like she had a wonderful time! x

  • Iona@redpeffer July 28, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I do love that last picture. And what a lovely idea to have a summer celebration 🙂

  • Beth July 28, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I LOVE that last photo. Its adorable! I love her clothes!
    Looks like she had a brill time! xxx

  • LauraCYMFT July 28, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Aww such a lovely idea to have a Summer Party for her. It looks like she had a brilliant time.

  • sustainablemum July 28, 2014 at 11:29 am

    What a lovely way to celebrate a birthday, I wonder whether she will carry on the tradition when she is older?

  • brummymummyof2 July 28, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Ah how beautiful! I love that last picture. My bday is Dec, and my girls, and my wedding anniversary then my boys is the start of Jan! It’s a nightmare! This year we have kept back some money from the festive season to get them some mid year presents or they have to wait a whole year to get anything. So we are off to buy a bike soon! xxx

  • Jenny July 29, 2014 at 6:28 am

    I love this. First because as always your photography is stunning and I am jealous and inspired and in awe of them all, all the time. I only wish I could take great photos of my kids like this all the time. Secondly because my birthday is boxing day so I have celebrated my “half” birthday june 26 all my life. It just seems more fair to have a whole day where there isn’t other festivities going on. So glad pod got the same. That last photo of her is a framer for sure too! It’s pure beauty at it’s best. Lovely post. Thanks for hosting.

  • Dean July 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

    That’s a great idea – to have a summer party instead of a winter one. It’s just so much more fun the summer, right? And looks like POD and her guests had a grand time too! 🙂 #whatsthestory.

  • Sam @ And then the fun began... July 29, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Great idea Charly. I think I’d want a summer party too if I was born on Christmas Day – doesn’t seem fair having to share your special day with Jesus somehow 🙂 X

  • Hannah @anewaddition July 29, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    That little fluffy baby duck photo may be the best cutest photo of a baby duck I have ever seen. In love 🙂

  • Helen C July 31, 2014 at 10:18 am

    That’s a lovely idea to have a summer party – beautiful photos. Love the duckling photo too!

  • Nikki Fraser (@nikoteen87) August 1, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Love the idea 🙂 I always feel a little sorry for for kids born on Christmas because they have to share their day about them with Christmas and don’t often have school friend parties due to it being holidays and most things are closed until 27th. Looks like she had a great day 🙂 glad the weather was so nice for you x

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