Secret Stones…

This keeps Amber occupied for literally hours! 

The latest craze in Eastbourne is a cute activity that is amusing children and adults, Secret Stones is a treasure hunt everyone can get involved in. 

So first off you decorate your rocks, we painted ours with old nail varnish and then drew on them with sharpies. The concentration here! Other people have used crayons, acrylic paints or pasting collages onto the stones with modge podge.  

I may have had just as much fun as Amber did making these little monsters…

This ‘rainbow’ stone is Amber’s favourite, it took a little convincing to hide it, hopefully we will find out where it ends up. She’s also become a bit of an expert at writing her name, so most stones have this written somewhere. Here’s the first batch we went out with… 

Some text is popped on the back so anyone can understand the game if they’ve not come across it before and to encourage more participants. Apparently some of Eastbourne’s stones have gone from parks and the harbour and ended up in Sainsbury’s, LEGOLAND, France and Switzerland! 

Then you go for a walk and hide them, posting a pic or a post on the Facebook group with a clue or the area you’ve hidden them. 

While you’re on your walk keep your eyes out for other people’s works of art… 

I love this activity as it’s something that can be done in stages over different days, e.g. collecting stones to paint one day, painting another day, hiding stones the next day. This is also the perfect activity to get children out and about. 

We are so excited to see our stones starting to be found, I wonder where they will end up, here’s the first ones we found hidden in new locations…

6 weeks… 

These 6 weeks have gone by in a flash! Well Jaspers first 5 weeks did, then he gave us all the fright of our lives last Sunday when he stopped breathing and turned blue! It was the longest week, but he is on the mend now after a couple of nasty bouts of bronchiolitis and we’re all just thankful a neonatal nurse was on hand when it happened! 

Our 6 week old is now 10lb11, despite being so poorly is still gaining weight well, our little milk monster Amber loves to call him! 

Amber is loving her new role as big sister, possibly a little too much, her hugs are often a tad enthusiastic! 

I’ll have to do a separate blog post about Jasper’s clothing etc as I have some gorgeous independent and handmade bits for him. But a special mention has to go to this blanket from Hunter and Rose, it’s a double sided jersey in fabric exclusive to and designed by the company. Jasper has a romper in the marble fabric I can’t wait for him to wear… 

Everyone has been great with helping the transition to big sister, even strangers out and about make sure they ask about her baby and comment on how helpful she is, it’s too cute to see her proud little face! Making sure we still get mother daughter time is hard at times with all the feeding and lack of sleep but so needed… 

Spoiling Amber a little was needed and I love this image, these gorgeous tees are from my equally beautiful friend Hollie over at Mini Me Boutique. We’ve got a Prince t-shirt for when Jasper is bigger also, love a bit of twinning! 

Jasper was born chattering, both my children were actually, they didn’t cry they made these cute squeaky chattering noises. Amber hasn’t stopped talking since to be fair! Jasper has begun to smile a whole lot more also, this video isn’t the best but it’s the first time I managed to get it on camera, I think he was happy he was being discharged from hospital! 

I cannot believe how much Jasper has changed already, this picture was from our first walk at 3 days old, he’s so tiny compared! We sat down for a cuddle on the beach while Amber collected shells and stones, it was so much warmer 6 weeks ago too!