Remember, remember the 5th of November – Anonymous
This year was Emily’s first Bonfire Night so of course I wanted to document that. It was the first time she would experience fireworks and the first time in 8 years that I’ve ‘celebrated’ the occasion. I hadn’t planned to do much this year as Jordan works shifts and I can never remember when he’s working or not however, he mentioned that there was an event on not far from where we live so we decided to go.
We met up with Jordans mum and had some food before walking to the cricket club where the fireworks were going to take place. We paid £5 per adult to go in which seemed reasonable beforehand, looking back I think the price was a little steep for what it was but we had a good time nonetheless.
After paying at the gate we were let into the field and noticed a few stalls and refreshment vans. There was also a big inflatable slide for, a bungee trampoline for children and one of those bucking bronco bull rides to go on for an additional cost. Of course Emily was too small for all of those this year but I think if we go back next year she would like the slide! There was a van selling fresh donuts, one selling candyfloss and popcorn and one selling cocktails, milkshakes, hot chocolate and ice cream! As we walked along we also noticed a little tent selling sparklers and one stall selling light up toys.
We stopped at the light up stand and bought Emily a pack of glow sticks for £1. I thought we could put a few on her pushchair and let her hold some but when we opened the pack we realised it was just one of the bigger ones and not multiple glow sticks. This turned out to be better because it meant she could hold it properly and the plastic was a little thicker so when she put it in her mouth I wasn’t overly worried she would burst it. Emily thought it was the best thing ever for about 5 minutes and then she started to just throw it out of the pram. We went back to the stall and got her a light up flashing fibre optic unicorn toy for £3 which was battery operated and much more interesting! She liked to press the button repeatedly to change the settings and flash the bright lights in our eyes but at least she was happy!
We arrived at the event at about 6pm and not a lot seemed to happen until about 7/7.30pm when the fireworks started. We had originally thought that there would be a bonfire there to keep us warm but it turned out we were wrong. Emily started to get a bit restless in her pushchair and she was also hungry which is not a good combination. We went to the bar as it was inside and managed to grab a table to sit at. This meant I could feed Emily and then she was free to have a play on the floor whilst we finished our drinks. Emily took her first steps at the end of October and has been gaining confidence each day since then. She really enjoyed being free from her pushchair to practice her steps toddling between her Daddy and her Gran.
Before getting to the firework display we had popped into Primark to buy her some ear muffs to protect her ears from the loud noises. However, we were unable to find any small enough so we settled on a little pink bobble hat instead. For £2 I think it’s really good! The hat is super soft and a good size which will fit her for a while. Unfortunately she refuses to keep hats on her head so it was a battle to get it to stay on. In the end we gave up and just put her hood up instead. I did manage to get her to keep the hat on long enough for some photo’s and really that’s all that counts! I love the photo of the both of us in our hats. We had matching hats last year and I have a similar photo of us when she was about 2 months old!
I had expected Emmy to cry when the fireworks started as she sometimes gets upset when the washing machine starts its spin cycle or if there are any loud noises outside the house when we are home. However she really surprised me by not even flinching, let alone crying when they began. She seemed to be interested in them at the start of the display, she was pointing and waving at them when they were in the sky and looking shocked when they stopped. After a few minutes though she found the bright lights of the trampoline much more interesting and we had to keep reminding her to look at the actual fireworks. Typical that you take her to see something she has never seen before and she’s more bothered about a light behind her.
All in all the firework display was fine. It was lovely to do something a bit different as a family and nice to celebrate Bonfire Night properly for once! The display didn’t last too long, probably less than half an hour but it was quite cold by that point and Emily was definitely ready for bed. I only had my phone with me and it’s impossible to take good photo’s of fireworks so the ones in this post are the best I got!
What did you do to celebrate?
Love Laura xx