Tuesday, 20 March 2012

A Poem For My Grandads Funeral

RIP Grandad
Ralph William McLoughlin
24th October 1917 - 19th March 2012

It is with a very sad heart that I have to tell you all that my Grandad passed away yesterday. He was 94 years old but in all honesty it has come as a massive shock. Until last year he was still driving and he worked until the grand old age of 84.

It is his funeral on Friday and I have been asked if Id like to do a reading. I had a look at various verses and poems but none seemed quite 'him' so this morrning I wrote this poem. I'm just hoping I can read it through my tears. 

Although his chair is empty
His mug of tea no more
We mustn’t think of him as gone
We mustn’t close the door

Our Grandad is still here you see
He’s watching from the sky
Protecting us from here on in
As each day passes by

He would not want this sadness
He’d want us just to smile
Because he had the greatest life
Every minute was worthwhile

We shared so many good times 
And we had so many years
We must remember those today
And wipe away our tears 

He made each day so special
But its time for him to rest 
We thank you for just everything
Grandad you were the best.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

WIN 3 x Adventures In Lalaloopsy Land: The Search for Pillow DVD

Over the past couple of weeks there has been a new 'favourite DVD' in our house - no it's not Ben 10, Peppa Pig or any of the usual suspects - it's Adventure In Lalaloopsy Land: The Search For Pillow.

I have to admit, I hadn't really heard of Lalaloopsy until we were offered this for review, I had seen an ad for the dolls over Christmas but I hadn't paid much attention. We decided to watch the DVD together. Mister A screwed his nose up at the suggestion - he's 5 and if it hasn't got aliens in it, he generally isn't interested. Little E however, loves anything pink and girly so I was certain it would go down well with her.

For those of you that don't know, Lalaloopsy dolls are rag dolls that come to life the moment that they receive their final stitch. They each have their own personalities reflecting the materials they are made from.

In this DVD, one of the Lalaloopsy dolls, Peanut, has a big surprise to share and no one can wait to see what it is. Unfortunately, before the surprise is revealed the friends realise that one of the dolls is missing. Pillow has sneaked off for a nap with her friend sheep and the gang are worried that she'll miss out on the surprise.

The Lalaloopsy girls set off to find their missing friend but it seems everyone has their own ideas on how to search for Pillow - and it’s not until they work together that their plans start to work.

As expected their is a happy ending and to celebrate finding her friends Pillow decides to have another nap! (She's very much a girl after my own heart that Pillow!)

It's a great little DVD movie adventure and suprisingly Mister A rather enjoyed it. In fact he seems engrossed everytime we watch it! Little E loves it and even has her own dance when she hears the theme tune! We think it's fab and would certainly recommend it for any young families.

You can check out a clip here if and see for yourself..

To celebrate the special launch of this DVD on 26th March, a limited edition of the DVD is also available as an exclusive toy-pack which includes a double-sided colouring poster and your very own Pillow Lalaloopsy Doll! RRP £15.99

But if you're feeling lucky, then why not enter my comp to win 1 of 3 copies of Adventures In Lalaloopsy Land: The Search for Pillow. All you have to do to enter is enter via Rafflecopter below...