A Hen do with a difference: Rolling in Mud

Tft! Tft! Tft! Tft! Pop! Pop! Pop!

The noise is deafening. I crouch down, shielding myself behind the wooden log wall. I can hear people shouting out orders but I can’t see them! Green smoke is all around, I cough as it hits the back of my throat. My mask is filling up and I am struggling to breath, the goggles are getting steamed up and I am struggling to see what is in front of me. The smell is strong. I can hear footsteps nearby, rustling of the leaves, they are getting closer. I am ankle-deep in thick mud, my hands are shaking, Ā my heart is beating faster and faster, they are getting close. I go to make a run for it, I slip in the mud Tft! Tft! Ouch! something has hit me! I look to my arm, Nothing. No sign. Tft! Pop! Again. This time something has hit my head, lucky I have my helmet on. I roll on the floor, rolling in mud, rolling to cover. Too late! Not only am I covered in mud but I now have a green slime all over my leg. I’ve been hit!

Saturday was my future sister in-laws Hen do and she had arranged a half day for us all at Extreme Paintballing.

We all met in the car park and was taken to a big shed to sign our lives over and get kitted out with some overalls and a padded ambush hood. It was a mild day but I heard that when you get hit it stings so I had layered myself up with my clothing. Even though I had 4 layers of tops on and 2 pairs of trousers, the overalls that was given to me were HUGE. The crotch came down to my knee!

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We was all given a lift down to the main arena field in a trailer led by a 4×4.

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We was taken to a waiting area where we was served tea and coffee whilst we waited for the first half of the days paintballers to finish their game. Our games were to start at 12:30 as we was only booked in for half a day (I’m not sure we could have managed a full day!) As the first half of the day people exited the battle area, we looked on, wondering who we would be up against. After a quick bite to eat we was ready to battle.

We was given our safety talk on how to use the gun, given our helmets, belts, coloured arm band, paint pellets and ammo hopper. There were extras that we could have bought like smoke grenades and baseball grenades but we decided on waiting to see what it was like out there first before we bought any.

Goggles on. We was taken through to the gun area, we attached our hopper that was filled with the pellets to the gun and off we was led to our part of the battle field. The aim of the game was for us to protect our coloured flag. We didn’t stand a chance! We was talking to the Marshall so we didn’t hear the count down. We was told to run so I did, I took shelter behind a tree. Someone was shooting at me so I shot back. I had no idea if my pellets were going in the right direction but i was shooting towards the other team. As i peered from behind the tree, a pellet hit my gun. I was out! Actually our whole team were out! Heads hanging in shame was led back to the waiting area to de-gun and wait for the next game.

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We had 5 games in total and lost all bar the last one as we got help from the marshalls šŸ˜‰

It was a fun day, with lots of laughter, giggles, chat and bonding. I rolled in mud, ran through water, crouched down behind barriers, got scratched by brambles, fell face first into thick oozy mud and got shot lots.

It was the first time that I had fallen over, not under the influence of drink on a Hen do.

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Cooking with Children

Move over Jamie Oliver! Jak Wright is cooking up a storm in the kitchen!

Ever since I can remember my eldest, Jak, has enjoyed baking cakes with me and just recently, as he his 10,Ā I have allowed him to do his own baking. He has come up with some lovely tasty ideas and I must admit they have all been really nice.

Whenever I am in the kitchen and the boys can hear the scales coming out from the cupboard and the bowl being placed on the side they come running in to offer theirĀ help, Joseph enjoys doing the mixing and JakĀ cracks the eggs and does the measuring. Once the mixture is all mixed up, they attempt to place it into the cake cases (I say attempt as the side gets more of the mixture than the cases do lol) Once all in the cases I take over and place them into the oven and when they are done I take them out, then the fun begins! As the cakes cool the boys come up with ideas on how to decorate them, some of their ideas have been almond buttercream, greenĀ peppermint icing, Squirty cream with bananas andĀ coffee cream. Once they have done their topping they then have lots of fun putting hundreds and thousands or sweets on top.

I really enjoy the time that we spend together in the kitchen, I used to worry the fact that I had all boys that they wouldn’t want to bake with me saying that its too girly, but not my boys, they love it!

Jak enjoys baking that much that I have bought him his own cook book ‘Annabel’s kitchen’ which has simple step by step instructions on how to cook food from around the world in a fun and easy way.

Cooking with your children should be fun and enjoyable and it should be a skill that all children should learn. I remember the days when I used to help my mum in the kitchen and how much I enjoyed spending time with her teaching me the basics of baking a banana cake or helping her prepare the dinner, I remember feeling close to my mum and enjoying that special time we had together, this is something that I want my children to remember about our time together too!

So far JakĀ has cooked a Fruity Chicken Korma served with Naan Bread with Sultanas

Cooking his Korma
Cooking his Korma

 

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KrispieĀ Chicken Nuggets – Marinated chicken coated in crushed rice krispies.

Coating the chicken with Rice Krispies
Coating the chicken with Rice Krispies

 

The end result
The end result

 

I love how Jak just grabs his cookbook and heads to the kitchen, he does all the preparation himself (This may take him a long time but its worth it) but he needs help with the oven for obvious reasons!

 

Do your children like to cook/bake? What’s their favourite recipe to do?

 

Thank you for reading my post šŸ™‚

 

 

 

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Rundown of our active month

Last month, May, was a busy month for the boys as they along with Dad and I have been participating in the Mark Warner’s Family Active Challenge! The boys are very active already attending weekly football, gymnastics, badminton and running clubs but these are clubs that they attend on their own with their friends and not with the family.

This month we have enjoyed being active as a family, spending time together and enjoying each others company.

I have tried a game of Tennis, which i really enjoyed doing, i got a little out of breath running around the court but it was enjoyable and fun and a fabulous way of bonding with the boys. Joseph has been learning how to catch a ball properly, we have enjoyed bike rides, days out at the parks, a visit to Hyde Park and a trip in an amphibious vehicle down the River Thames. Oliver got wet in the garden when the waterbomb burst in his face and Jak has been learning how to play Badminton.

Here is a video clip of what Jak thought of our Active month

 

Find out more about Mark Warner holidays visit their website www.markwarner.co.uk

 

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