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Saturday, 5 November 2016

Paperfight! A day out in London with Epson

We went up to London for the Epson #PaperFightHunt. And survived.

I'm writing this at 8.30pm on a Friday night. 

I know, right? No rest for the wicked. Or, like, parents in general. I have walked miles, in the rain, hunched over a toddler clinging on to a buggy board for dear life. I am a shadow of my former self but at least my Fitbit is happy with me.

The Whingelets have taken way too long to go to sleep. WAY TOO LONG. There was protesting, I thought I had it, there was a big poo (there's always a big poo). But now they are down, I have wine, and all is right with the world once again (apart from the threat of Donald Trump becoming President of the United States, that's very wrong) so I thought I'd fill you in on today's exploits.

With two out of the three of us mainly recovered from our colds, we took our second two-on-one trip up to the big smoke (this is the story of the first time), and jumped on the train to London to take part in Epson's Paperfight Hunt*.
Just commuting...
The train was (obviously) delayed. 

To add massive insult there were NO WORKING LIFTS at either our departure or destination train station so I had to rely on the kindness of strangers to help me. Thank god I didn't have the double buggy but instead my garish yet very light bright pink buggy because, obviously, as we all know there are no kind strangers in London which resulted in a rather interesting bum-against-the-buggy-so-it-won't-fall-on-the-escalator situation at Waterloo East.

We just about held it together on the way-longer-than-it-was-meant-to-be train ride by eating ever snack I had packed for the day on the way there, but eventually we made it into London and to the venue alive, albeit after everyone else (including blogging pals Mumzilla and KatyKicker) had already started hunting for their paper animals. Yes, you heard me right. We had clues, and we went out into the wilderness (well, not quite, but a nature garden in London) to locate papertoy animals.

The kids had a great time. The big one even made a new friend in Mumzilla's gorgeous little boy, who is now known to her as Lion (he wasn't too pleased about this).
When we'd finished the Paperfight Hunt we popped to the Imperial War Museum, which the kids loved because 'rockets! Big rockets!' (sorry kids, they're bombs, to kill people with. This was a terrible idea).
With one of the little ships of Dunkirk.
After a lot of playing in lifts and a lot of noise, we said our fond farewells and walking an hour in the aforementioned rain to meet daddy from work (where we waited in the pub, please don't judge).
*If you're wondering, the #PaperFightHunt was an event to celebrate the launch of Epson's new Eco-Tank printer, the ET-3600. Nothing to do with ET, sorry. The Epson Paperfight is a crafty competition to win an ET-3600 goodie bundle, and if you want to enter you can do so here.

Thank you Epson for inviting us along, we had a great day.

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  1. Late train, broken lifts - they're the kinds of things that wouldn't be a big deal if you were travelling on your own, but are the worst when you're with kids. I'm glad your kids had a good time at least. #KCACOLS

  2. Despite all the frustrations of the day (which I'm sure drove you nuts)!! The kids seemed to have a great time! What a cute idea, to look for paper animals! I'm definitely going to steal this idea! Thanks for the sanity savior! #KCACOLS

  3. Aw, the paper animal hunt looks so cute! I bet it was a great day too - to look back on, at any rate. ;) #KCACOLS

  4. I can imagine the struggle you had with the buggy. But it looks like you had a lovely time once you had got there. It's so sweet she called him lion.

  5. aww this sounds like a lovely day out and fab you got to mee Mumzilla there too. but it sounds wayyyyy to stressful to get there! delayed trains and no lift. arghhh. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday!

  6. Well done you for braving the trip into London on your own with 2 kids! I'm still working up the nerve to take my 2 to Cardiff (I'm 40 mins away in Swansea)! x #KCACOLS

  7. What a cute day out. That commuting pic... priceless! #kcacols

    ps. Donald Trump in.... world screwed!


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