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Museums, Musicals & More: The latest adventures from Susie

Susie Verrill

30 January 2018

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Happy New Year from our family to yours - can you still say that mid-January? How was your Christmas? Ours was a write-off

Baby Rex in his Christmas baby grow

Like some sort of yucky collective, we all came down with Norovirus which we somehow passed on to the grandparents (seriously, boy that thing spreads like wildfire) and it rendered the whole family very un-Christmassy. We managed to sort ourselves out to join together for a belated batch of festivities but we were all a bit like bruised war heroes and could only manage three pigs in blankets each so, it’s safe to say we’re happy to see the back of it & kickstart a new year finally feeling healthy. Just before NYE we went for a long walk together to finally get some fresh air in our lungs after about 10 days in quarantine and we set out a chocolate coin scavenger hunt for Milo to do, so that was fun at least!

Milo doing a scavenger hunt for gold coins in the forest

We decided to go quite low key present-wise at Christmas & rather than indulge Milo in yet more plastic rubbish, purchase tickets to something we could do together. We booked the three of us (Rex will be packed off to nanny’s) in for a matinee performance of The Lion King for the end of Jan and we’re so excited! Both Greg and I have already seen it so we know what’s in store for Milo and how visually thrilling it is… we just hope that at three and a half he’s captivated enough to sit still for the entirety. We’re pretty sure he will be. He manages to stare at Blaze & His Bloomin’ Monster Machines for at least two hours a go.

We were meant to test the waters show-wise and go watch The Christmasaurus, written by the wonderful Tom Fletcher but unfortunately thanks to Noro-fun, we had to give up our tickets. But we’re definitely keen for theatre trips to be a big part of our family life so no time like the present! As a parent-only treat we’ve also bought ourselves tickets for The Book Of Mormon and then the plan is to take both boys to The Natural History Museum and The Science Museum over the next few weeks. Milo’s been learning a lot about space and dinosaurs recently so they’ll be right up his street and Rex… well, Rex comes along for the ride. 

Susie Verrill with sons Rex and Milo in the forest

Aside from trotting off to watch lions starve under Scar’s regime, we’re also putting together plans for our annual trip to America. Each year we fly over to Scottsdale (Arizona) so Greg can get his warm weather training underway (no chance of doing that in the midst of Storm Eleanor in Milton Keynes) only this time we’re headed to Laguna Beach! I’m so looking forward to us spending some time on sand and paddling in the sea… and Disneyland Anaheim’s only half an hour away so Milo will be experiencing his first trip to The Magical Kingdom! (Greg and I were never taken as kids either so yes, we’re probably more excited) We stay for around 2 months each year and while yes, it’s for work, we do also try to make sure we spend weekends being tourists and sampling what’s on offer.

Greg trains for around 4-5 hours each day so while he’s off doing that, I hunt out nearby fun for me, Milo and now Rex to get stuck in to. Neither Greg nor myself travelled as children but love doing it as adults so we’re really keen for the boys to experience it as much as they possibly can; Milo’s already embarrassingly used to jetting off to America and regularly asks to ‘go to ‘merica so I can have avocado dip’. At least there’s one reason he’ll always be happy to visit.

Susie Verrill with Greg Rutherford and their two sons at home

So, for the next couple of months we’ll be hanging out here; venturing in to London for a show or two, trundling off to museums because they’re free, fun AND most importantly indoors and then packing our summer clothes so we can go experience a bit of sunshine. Don't worry though, with all of our travels, we're bound to be back with advice for home away from home and travelling with toddlers which we can't wait to share with you!

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Susie Verrill

30 January 2018

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Susie is mum to Milo and Rex, blogging about family travels, fashion and UK based adventures. A lot of her stuff will involve surviving flights, hotel rooms & sport. Susie is one of our much loved Trusted Explorers, which means all content has been written exclusively for dayoutwiththekids.co.uk in exchange for a contribution to their family piggy bank. All posts are first hand, honest and based on real experiences.

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