We have had the twins staying on their own since Saturday evening and we have had so much fun. They had planned a trip to London especially to visit the toy shop, Hamleys. I usually dread going there but actually today wasn't so busy. We met Uncle Ben which was an added bonus, Grandpa made his way to the coffee shop on the top floor with his book and the four of us began on the ground floor and scoured the shelves to be sure that what we had planned to buy really was what we wanted.
I'm not sure how many of you will have experienced 'Build a Bear' but it was much more fun than I thought it would be. The girls chose a little pony each, a skirt for each pony and with Uncle Ben's help managed to choose the cheapest 'sound' to go in the pony, he also pointed out to me that to buy the roller skates at the girls wanted would mean I had to buy two pair each as the ponies have four legs! That was helpful as I would have easily fallen into that trap.
The girls got to help fill their pony by pressing the foot pedal which enabled the filling to go into the pony, they then had to choose a fabric heart to place into the pony after they had first rubbed it to make it warm :) the girls then went over to the computer to make a birth certificate for their ponies. They girls are delighted with their ponies and are happy with the fact at they are an early birthday gift too. The Build A Bear staff were great with the children, talking through everything that they were doing and getting the girls to enter into all of it.
We then had a picnic in St James' Park which was lovely, before getting the bus back to the station and home....two very tired little girls and two very tired Grandparents!