well, it's over - I've just about survived apart from a weekend of feeling sick, sick, sick (but thankfully not something transferred over to the kids). If there is anything worse than you feeling ill it is having to deal with children being ill at the same time.
Anyway, it has been a good (but rather hectic) one! Highlights include:
A visit up to Leeds to visit Scamp in the North and the cousins and heading to the Leeds Museum's Spice Girl's Exhibition. Can't say the exhibition itself was hugely impressive - slightly like putting on show a teenagers collection of magazine covers and memorabilia from the 90's, but the interactive stuff that the kids could do made up for the lacking in the exhibit itself. Particular favourite was the dressing up and karaoke style show that was put on by the cousins at the end ... favourite outfit definitely being the Ginger Spice union jack dress!
Next stop, back in London and a promised visit/treat to the crazy ice cream world that is the Chin Chin Laboratories in Camden Lock. Concoctions are created with three base flavours, chocolate, vanilla and a differing weekly special - this week was french toast! The ice cream mix is dipped in liquid nitrogen (-190C) - creating the smoky magical crazy scientist look that you see in the photograph! - and freezes into ice-cream in four seconds in front of your eyes. It is then obviously devoured in about 4 seconds by hungry toddlers so a quick but fun part of the week off.
The wonderful and crazy musical world of Dan Zanes finished off a jam packed week. Coming over to the UK (from the US) for his fourth visit he held a four day residency at the very child friendly 11am and 2pm time slots at the Southbank Centre in London. Encouraging the audience (of mainly under 5's and their over excited parents) to get up and have a wild party and to dance in the aisles the Queen Elizabeth hall was abuzz with an air of enjoyment as he played his version of 'handmade family music'. His CD is pretty much the only 'kids' musical CD I can bare listening to on repeat!
Did you all have a nice holiday?