A pirate party and a walk in the woods

One of our early September highlights was my brother’s annual party – every year he gathers friends and family, gets in a big bouncy castle and throws a lovely party.  This year’s theme was pirates!  Alex and Sophie were so excited about spending an afternoon with their cousins – and turned up decked in pirate hat and sword (which they immediately lost).  Here they are getting into the theme!

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Their cousins, Rose and Lucy had brilliant costumes on, and had an amazing time on the bouncy castle – not minding at all how much smaller they were compared to the other children bouncing away!  Grandma stayed close to make sure they weren’t squashed!
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Rose in particular was so content bouncing away – giggling when her older cousins made her bounce higher!

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As a break for bouncing, we took a break to make treasure maps – Alex took ages designing his route, coming up with a dangerous path to the treasure chest involving sharks, volcanoes and crocodiles!

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Best of all was the dancing.  Alex showed quite a talent for musical statues, and all the little cousins had a brilliant time bopping around to their Auntie Sarah’s disco!

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I just love this video my brother took of Rose dancing with her big cousins Alex and Sophie – check out those moves!

We had such a lovely time – and left stuffed full of barbecue and sweets!  Cue two hyper children in the car!  Thankfully we didn’t go straight home, and had a run around an old childhood haunt, beautiful Simon’s Woods on the Finchampstead Ridges.

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It was the perfect place to burn off a little energy before dropping in at Matt’s dad’s for some playtime with their dogs and a bath!  Here they are looking innocent in their garden – I’m amazed we got this photo at all as they rarely stop running around and being slightly crazy when they are in Crowthorne.

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Just before signing off – here are a few quick pics of my duo at The Look Out, where we stopped for a play on our way to the pirate party!  Here’s Sophie exploring what she described as “The Gruffalo’s Cave”:

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And our keen cyclists ready for the mountain bike trails!  We’re starting them young!  Alex went cycling with his Daddy and Grandad while Sophie and I had a go with her balance bike.

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