Apr 8, 2015

Shaun, Sugar and George, In No Particular Order.

Ugh.  The weather.  It's caught me by a rather unpleasant surprise.

Toddler SSG's supply of flannel PJs is currently at a critical low and the racks in Target's boys sleepwear were looking pretty sparse yesterday.  They were down to two rows of odds and ends tacked on the end of  licensed T-shirts none of which were in Toddler SSG's size.

In a stream of consciousness kind of comment, I'll just say for the record at this point that I'm a lover of merchandised children's wear.  Fashionista mamas may cringe at the sight of it and start a simmering family feud with the poor grandparent who gave their grandchild Giggle this or Hoot that but I stand firmly apart from them in my hiking shoes and 'it's my day off so damn straight I'm wearing these in public' mum jeans.


It's amazing what a difference to bath time a familiar face on a set of pyjamas make.  A wide grin appears on the face that was previously contorted in indignation at having been forced into the bath, the legs that were running bare and damp out of the bathroom and straight for the sofa pause for thought and somehow, together, they both decide that perhaps putting on something with George's or Hoot's face on it wouldn't be such a bad idea after all.

To cut a long debrief short, I got onto Target online after bath time and managed to find these George flannels in Toddler SSG's size.  There wasn't much else left but I'm pretty sure we'll be fine with what I did find.

Emergency online shopping seems to be the story of my life these days.  Only they really are emergencies, relatively speaking.  My other frantic online shop was at the ABC store for more DVDs.  I've been playing my current library on such high rotation that the Red Wiggle has been caught with his mouth open in a menacing leer one too many times and Madame Giselle has faltered just a little too long halfway through her United Nations discussion with Peppa's play group.

The Guardian Shaun at Guildhall, Aldermanbury.

So a new collection of DVDs was hastily ordered (again at bed time... why do these problems always need solving at the witching hour!?!?) with a new favourite added to the hit parade.  Shaun the Sheep.  Toddler SSG and I love him to bits.  He's currently on ABC Kids just before 7pm each night and he's ever so quiet as he goes about his adventures in lush claymation.  He's a national treasure in my book, right up there with Prince George and his soon to be born little brother or sister.

Shaun's feature length film has just been released and friends who've seen it have loved the way the two levels of humour in the film keep everyone in the family happy.

One of my lovely friends who lives in London kindly arranged for this photo of The Guardian Shaun to be taken and then posted to my Facebook wall. S has been a long time supporter / enabler of some of my crazier obsessions with the current affairs of the streets of London.  I'm hoping she'll be on board with some eye witness photos of the media scrum that will surround the new baby Cambridge's arrival.

 The Shaun in the City project is a delightful initiative of the Aardman Group.  120 different Shauns have been created for display around London and Bristol.  The idea is that you can go on tours looking out for each different Shaun in either city and fundraise along the way.  Each Shawn will also be available for auction at the end of the event.  Proceeds from events and merchandise relating to the exhibitions will go to children's hospitals across the UK.

I'm going to end with a clip from The Voice USA.  It's of Maroon 5 singing 'Sugar', one of my current favourite songs.  I won't lie, the video clip of the band crashing wedding receptions across the US makes me a little teary.  'Sugar' was the first song I downloaded from iTunes this year.  And it's April already.  Then I went for a bit of Meaghan Trainor and some Taylor.  You're only as young as the iTunes you download, says a person that I'm pretty sure was me.

Have a good one.


  1. I'm totally toddler pj shopping this weekend. I managed to pick up some rather lovely striped ones in Aldi last week...the one and only pair in his size. Such a good price, can't go wrong! Can't wait to see Baby Cambridge...no doubt 'Kate watch' will be happening on the news very soon. I wonder how many shawls will sell out in record time this time round? I hope the media are not so unkind about her post-natal tum when they present the baby to the world this time round. So unfair of them!

  2. This post is freakin' adorable.

  3. Hi, just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog. I too have been toddler pj shopping as I have a little boy the same age as you. Coles have Paul Frank pjs for $12. They have been a hit with the little man of the house.


    1. Thank you Clarissa and yes, I got myself into Coles today and managed to find the last sets of Paul Frank PJs in Toddler SSG's size!

      SSG xxx

  4. A wedding I went to last summer had Shaun centrepieces, each uniquely decorated. The couple getting married had gone on the walks you mention around Bristol and I think had seen all (?) the Shauns possible. The centrepieces were proper collectors items as well! It was pretty cool. P.S. I wear mum jeans unashamedly on my days off, and I'm not even a mum!

  5. Love that shawn/shaun!
    Hey ... I gave your blog a plug in my interview over at Agent Mystery Case today :)
    Happy Saturday!
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

    1. Thanks Leanne! It was a great interview! Really enjoyed reading about your creative process.

      SSG xxx


Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I'm having trouble importing comments from Blogger right now so using Disqus or sending a tweet would be your best bet. X


Related Posts with Thumbnails