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The Improbabilities Told By Topsy and Tim

The Improbabilities Told By Topsy and TimWe love Topsy and Tim in our household.

I say “We love Topsy and Tim”, I mean, our little one loves Topsy and Tim. If we ever have left CBeebies on in the background at home, the opening moments of the Topsy and Tim theme tune is enough to get her running to the TV.

Have I ever mentioned her “friends”, Topsy and Tim?

During a recent Topsy and Tim marathon on BBC iPlayer, it occurred to me that there seemed to be a number of….  improbabilities in the world of Topsy and Tim that just wouldn’t happen in this world.

Here are a number of examples I found.

  1. Kids can break Mummy’s vase.. and she’s THAT OK WITH IT!!
  2. Somehow, when you have 4 preschoolers kicking off, Mummy has found the time to put a well timed pizza in.
  3. Selling / moving house is JUST THAT EASY – AND QUICK!
  4. Having nursery school at home is a GREAT IDEA!! (Seriously, they have room for that? Mummy had time for that?)
  5. That a Mummy and Daddy can put up an outside playhouse the night before a twins 5th birthday, look fresh and awake the next morning, AND still smile at each other.
  6. Loads of cakes (which probably cost a fortune) get chucked on the floor… Mummy is NOT SCREAMING MAD!!!
  7. Christmas Eve evening is just that fun and relaxing! (No last minute wrapping from Mummy and Daddy?)
  8. You’ve moved house, you’re trying to unpack, you’re living out of boxes, a new friend is invited to play, and Mummy is smiling about all of this?
  9. When you’re building a new drive, you really want two 4 year olds around you.
  10. Its possible to build a marble run, so big, and amazing – THAT NO marbles will fly off – and break Mummys vase…

Are there any more that you would add?

*These might be invisible friends… and therefore probably dont count.

“Getting Her To Sleep” #MySundayPhoto

“Poorly Little Santa wanted her friend to look after her while she was sleeping.
Lego Santa asked her friend to come and look after her…”

Check out the Tales From The Toyshelf Instagram page for more from Lego Santa and his family.

 

Photalife

2016. What Are Your Highlights?

Congratulations! You’ve reached the end of 2016! Blogs all around the internet are looking at 2016, and summing up the highlights from what has been an interesting year. Well Dads Sofa is no stranger to jumping on bandwagons, and as such here is the Sofas attempt to look at highlighting the good news from 2016.

Here is The Dads Sofa list of top moments from 2016…

  1. Well…
  2. Err…
  3. Emm….
  4.  2016 could have been worse…
  5. Rogue One was released, and managed to sum up 2016 in the space of two hours?
  6. The Doctor Who Special was good..?
  7. And….
  8. Thats it?

Help me out here! Theres got to be some top moments right? 

Or.

 

When all is said and done.

Is it all summed up by this?

When Christmas Meets Star Wars… In The Snow…

Conversations With A Tiny Person #4

Conversations with a Tiny Person #2

A nugget of a conversation with a 4 year old about Autumn… and why she doesn’t like it*.

*Opinion may have changed at least 3 times since the above conversation took place.

Where To Go In Exeter When Its Raining?

There you are, visiting Exeter, arguably the capital of Devon, and its raining – not just raining, but really wet.  If its just you and possibly other adults, I’d suggest  hanging out in one of the pubs in town. If you’ve got small children with you, then its a different matter.

Heres the Dads Sofa list of where to go in Exeter, when its raining.

The Twisted OakThe Twisted Oak

The Twisted Oak pub, can be found in Ide, just by Exeter. The Twisted Oak is a combination of a pub, restaurant, tuck shop, and a indoor play area. We have a lot more about this playful pub here.

Café Connect at Riverside Church

Spacious cafe with nice food, good tea, and a box of toys. There is also good disabled access if needed. It found by the river, between the city centre, and St Thomas.

The Welcome Inn

Wonder down the quay – keep to the right hand side, and you’ll come across The Welcome Inn. Serving tea, cake, and a very warm welcome. It looks like The Welcome Inn will be closing soon, so make sure you can check it out when you can!

Stormtrooper-Lego2Thomas Moore

Because who doesn’t love a Toy Shop? That has lego and train play tables? It has loads of Legos, and this guy…

Work out the route from the City Centre down to the river, and you’ll find it.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Exeter’s, Royal Albert Memorial Museum is found in the town centre, minutes away from the High Street. There are many things to do, walk through / around, eat, and look at.

Its not open on Mondays or Banks Holidays, but feels like its open the rest of the time. Its free entry, and a great rainy day activity.

Just don’t bring in helium balloons. The staff get nervous.

Exeter Cathedral.

The Cathedral in Exeter is quite simply gorgeous.  While adults are charged, children can visit the cathedral for free, and use one of the “Explorer Backpacks” to explore the cathedral for themselves*! You can also help build a Lego Exeter Cathedral.

If you live within EX1 – 4 areas of Exeter / Devon, ask about their Resident Cards for free access. (Just remember to donate!) Theres also loads of events on, check out their website for more information.

Soft Play!

If you’re feeling brave, you could let yourself be dragged to one of the Soft Play centres in or near Exeter.  You could try…

Bear Feet

Riverside

Waie Inn (If you can get out there – give this a go!)

 

That’s a few ideas.

Are there any rainy day places to go in Exeter, that I’ve missed out, and should be included?

*Parental supervision is probably expected.

 

 

Conversations With A Small Child #13

During a conversation with  the Little One, about her upcoming birthday, I asked about the type of cake she wanted…

LO: A 4 cake! 

Me: We can do that, no problems (I think).

LO: A 4 cake, with peas, carrots, and sausage!

I think she got a little confused.

I hope she got a little confused…

She got confused right?

#MySundayPhoto – Scaling The Heights 

A random trip to pick up a toy box in Honiton, turned into a random trip to see friends of ours… which turned into a random trip to the local play park… On a gloriously hot and Sunny Devon day.

Photalife

Conversations with a toddler* Number 11 

I’m being a bad parent, and letting the Little One watch cbeebies programs on iPlayer while she eats her tea… and the “Twirlywoos” have just finished…

LO: “I’d like another one”
Me: “Which one would you like on”
LO: Walks to @BBCiPlayer screen and points. “That 1”

*Twirlywoos start*

LO: “Which one is it”
Me: “The one you asked for”
LO: “Well done!!!

Me: To busy trying to work out if I was just patronised by a 3 year old or not, to say anything.

*Not really a toddler anymore… but anyway…

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