We're Going To London…

I'm very excited!

Before Christmas, I bought my ticket for the Britmums Live in London in June. Last year I had many lengthy discussions with other mums and bloggers on twitter about going to the equivalent conference held at the same time, but decided that it would be too much like an INSET day for me and therefore I didn't want to go. As it so happened, the closer it got to the big day, and the more twitter was completely and utterly taken over with plans surrounding Cybermummy, I became just that teensiest bit green about the hundreds of mummy bloggers going. It was made worse by the fact that I was having to attend the school Summer fayre and paint children's faces. As pink butterflies.

However, this year I am determined not to miss out again! So during a discussion with someone on twitter, they offered to sponsor me and bought my ticket for the blogging conference there and then. They offered to contribute towards my travel and hotel costs but I declined. I know! Foolishness? No, I don't think so at all. I won't be going there on my own you see, I will be accompanied by The Boy and Mr. TheBoyandMe. Friday to Sunday is a long time for me to be away from my boys and I don't honestly think I'd enjoy it as much as I should knowing that they're three hours and 150 miles away from me. Therefore we're turning it into a family weekend, hence paying for our own accommodation.

Doing it this way means that we'll be able to spend Sunday together as a family in London and show our (then) three year old son some of the sites which he will hopefully find exciting. Last Summer was filled with days out and weekend breaks away, one of which was to Cadbury World in Bourneville. I want this Summer to be filled with similar family days out and excursions, be it to the beach or our trip to London. I'm at a loss as to whether he will enjoy the London Eye or if that might be too chaotic for him? It might be better to go for a quieter (and cheaper) venue which he will enjoy, and will allow us to actually spend time relaxed in each other's company. Possibly one of the parks? I went to Kew Gardens in London on a school trip when I was a teenager and really enjoyed that, maybe it would be better as it is sited on the escape from central London back to the cooler and calmer climes of Cardiff?

It may only be January, but I'm starting to make preparations and get excited about our trip in June. I can't wait to see London again, it's been such a long time since we were last there. I'm just as excited about seeing all the other bloggers, but I'm possibly most jubilant that I won't be painting any pink butterflies that day!

And who is my sponsor? That's another blog-post.

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  1. from fun to mum says

    Miss G is younger than the Boy but well navigated in the London sites, if if is of any help here is what she loves the best:
    – London Zoo (pricey, but not if you are a member, which we have now become)
    – Tate Modern (free)
    – Camden Market (she just loves the noise, the colours etc)
    – Garden courtyard at the V&A in the summer

    also, people talk highly about the Diana Memorial. And I can't wait to take her to the V&A museum of Childhood – it's meant to be really cool

    I'll be at Britmums too, so see you there, Captain!

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      I'd love to go to London Zoo, think hubby wants to take him to the Science Museum during the Saturday. A couple of people have suggested the Tate Modern now, thanks! I'd like to take him to the Diana memorial, Hyde Park isn't it?

      Can't wait to see you there!

  2. says

    Exciting weekend for you all. I'd take the boys with me too.
    If we only had one day free I don't think I'd take Charles on the London Eye. I'd head to the Science Museum I think.
    Although great idea about London Zoo from 'from fun to mum'. I'd love that.

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      Think hubby wants to take him to the Science Museum on the Saturday, although I want to go too so might get him to delay that one!

  3. says

    I am laughing at you saying about the inset day! We teachers really don't like them do we! The conferences sound like they are great fun. They are a bit far for me to travel, but if I stick at the blogging I might try to go to one next year. Have fun!

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      INSET days are a pain in the bum, literally! You like the idea of the jolly, sit through the morning and lose the will to live, along with the feeling in your arse by 2pm! I'm sure it won't be like that though (I hope!)

  4. says

    well done on getting a sponsor! I don't think you need to go anywhere in particular…Jack just loved going on the underground really….but you will have to take him to Hamleys!

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      They're a great idea in theory, but my lunchtime they are boring as hell and you've over-eaten on mini quiches! Not great!

  5. says

    So glad you're coming! London is really fun with the kids and there are so many things you can do for free. For us, the Tate Modern is always great, because there's space in the Turbine Hall for kids to run around, then you can walk down the Southbank for food, window shopping etc.

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      Loads of people have recommended the Tate Modern in the past, might try and fit that in. Very happy to be coming!

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