2019: Tuesday 1st January 

A very disturbed night of fireworks, drunk stumbling people walking past, barking Toby and Ryan up and down every half hour or so made for very tired everyone this morning! 

Ryan did some stamping then watched a man put cornflakes and milk in his washing machine (thanks YouTube, he better not copy this one!) and I got Ryan a handful of cornflakes to show him what they were (the laundry was locked, just in case he got any ideas lol) He used to eat them but today he just crushed them. 

We also had some very tired kittens from being up all night, and they slept all day. 

I decided some fresh air would be a really good idea, as we were getting grumpy with each other, so we went outside for a while. 

Our January family challenge is to find at least 1 Geocache each day. If you haven’t heard of geocaching, it’s basically an online treasure hunt using a smart phone or GPS. Check out http://www.geocaching.com for more info. 

We used to do geocaching all the time but we ran out of local ones and Ryan went through a stage of very difficult transitions getting in and out of the car. Now he is a bit older we are trying again. 

Today Alex chose 2 and we headed out in the car. Ryan was happy since we said we would find a swing at one of our stops. First stop was a small reserve and the cache was called “Groups Of Trees” We hunted for a while but no success. Ryan found a seat and looked at the colourful trees before we got back in the car. 

A short stop at Hutton Park for a swing, and silly Ryan pretended to get stuck in the baby swing and laughed his head off lol. Next stop was about 3 minutes drive to a cache called “Sugar Mill”. Ryan didn’t want to get out of the car so David and Alex shot off to hunt but came back not having found it. Alex waited with Ryan, so David and I had a look and I found it! Log signed and replaced, and off for a Frozen Coke on the way home. It’s a great way to go places you haven’t been (our first time driving out Mill Road!) and a bit of fun too. 

Ryan watched some Mr Bean on YouTube then headed outside for some water play. 

Inside for a shower, then bath, then another shower (water is Ryan’s favourite sensory calming activity) before dinner and bed. Stefan read him ‘Cat in the Hat’ and ‘The Very Cranky Bear’ and Ryan was happily tucked in bed early. It will be an early night for us all hopefully. A fantastic New Years Day 🙂


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