Monthly Archives: June 2008

Fathers Day

Sunday was Fathers Day so Caitlin and Noah gave their presents as soon as Richard got up!  The presents were very very boring!  We got him socks and sweets!  Most of his socks have holes so he did need them!  Besides with birthdays and anniversary coming up I’d run out of ideas!!!

Then it was no rest for the wicked!!!!!!  We sent him up to do some more work on the bathroom!  It is so close to finished now, just the gloss paint left to do then we can get some valuations done and hopefully a sale!!
After that we went out for a meal to Chiquitos and for a few drinks… 

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This little piggy went to market….

And so did all the others!!!!

Yesterday we went to Wythenshawe Park. The whole trip was a very strange experience… First of all we went to the swings were we met up with E. The mother next to Caitlin in this picture, and another mother not in shot, had each brought with them a carrier bag with cleaning products and cloths!! Look how unfeasibly clean the slide looks bearing in mind it was a muddy rainy day!!!!!!!!

After a while playing in the park and having our picnic…

We headed over to the “community farm”. This was most definitely THE strangest farm I have ever been to! Aside from the huge number of staff, all either on community service or a few sandwiches short of a picnic, the views of the animals left a lot to be desired!!! As Noah was taking a peek at the pigs……(through the tiny viewing hole)

We were informed by a nice man that these pigs were going to be sausage or bacon barms….Yep this little piggy was most definitely going to market on a one way ticket!! Good job the kids weren’t old enough to get upset by this thought…. Here are Noah and E looking at the animals on the other side, not sure where they were headed..we didn’t ask!

So after spying in the farm, we set off and found ourselves some more free range animals… As you can see from the first picture Noah ate more of his bread than he gave away….

Once the bread ran out we went into the greenhouses where they all ran around and scared us by leaning over the edge of a small bridge to see the fish.

All in all it was an odd outing, with overly protective mothers, doomed animals and lots of “staff”…..

Some of the pics are Lindas again…she takes much better pics than me.  Here is one from the swings which I totally love…. Thanks Linda.

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Fan time!!

Wednesdays is Mini Club night so off we went….  And there we met the Urban Gypsies!!  We haven’t seen them for ages because they have been practising their dancing on Wednesdays!  So here is a shot of Caitlin with her famous friend!!!!!!!!

She looks a bit scared but she was just tired!!

Last night was also the quiz night and me and Richard won!! We even beat someone who was phoning their girlfriend for the answers!! We almost always win the quiz at MC!  Maybe we are the cleverest or maybe its just because we are the oldest!!!!  We won some cookies, then in the raffle we sent Caitlin to chose the prize and she came back with these…..

Its a screwdriver set!!!!  Which she played with for the rest of the night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This morning we’ve been trying on our latest holiday purchases!!!!!!!!!

I can’t believe how much Caitlin has grown recently!  She is almost out of her 12-18 month jeans!!!!!!!!!  And she looks so tall next to Noah…..  She also has a swimming costume to match her towel and hat!! So co-ordinated as usual!!

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Whitworth Art Gallery

Somebody recommended Whitworth Art Gallery as a child friendly place to visit so today we went along with L & E.  There was someone filming inside so some of the audio was off and we also got a bit concerned that the kids were making too much noise….  We were also given strict instructions on what we could and could photograph and what we could do with those photos…hope I’m not breaking any rules!!  But given we got told off AGAIN for snapping where we weren’t allowed…this is becoming a common theme when we go places!

Caitlin decided to draw one of the sculptures, first she checked her drawing was accurate and then went over to do the pose herself so she could really be at one with it!!!

I’m pretty sure the pic with the sculpture in it isn’t allowed but hey I only have 5 readers and none of them are going to report me!!! (I hope!)

After that there was more drawing to be done….

Then we went to the dressing up area where they have outfits from around the world….  Caitlin was from China, Noah from Mexico and E was from Urbeskistan (I hope I’ve spelt that right!)

Then after a picnic lunch Caitlin played in the tipi….

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First man down!!!

Yesterday was the day the first redundancy candidate left!  Sue has worked there for a long time!  I’m not sure how long exactly but its ages!!!  She’s using her holidays up so yesterday was her last ever day in work!  She’s taking the retirement redundancy option so she’ll never ever work again…  We went to the pub to help her celebrate and Caitlin played with Sophie another girl at work’s little girl….

Well they played until they were evicted for the man to put down bark incase they fell….  It’ll be a good play area once they’ve finished.

Only 8 working days left until I finish…wooohooooo!!

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Town and odd ladybirds!

Alex and Brian needed to catch the train from town so we decided to go and spend the day there.  We went to Urbis as they’ve never been there before.  Somehow I managed not to get any pics of Caitlin and Noah with Alex and only one with Brian….. This is Noah with his owl mask on that he’d coloured….

And some more pics from Urbis….

Then we went for a pub lunch.  Caitlin and Noah have had a great time playing with Alex and Brian, especially jumping and hiding in their bed with them!  Both mornings Caitlin has asked where they are straight away so I thinkthey will be missed tomorrow.

When we got in it was still lovely and sunny so we went out in the garden and found a strange yellow ladybird that was almost see through!  Caitlin even held it….

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Playing with Alex and Brian…

Today we went for a sneaky look at the house we like. We parked up at the “new local” and had a drink, then walked to what hopefully will be our new house.

The local was great, it has a bouncy castle that Noah and Caitlin refused to bounce on!!!!!!!!! And a play area that they spent lots of time in… Mainly in the sand…

Then we came home for a roast dinner (of which lots was eaten by all…especially Caitlin and Brian who both love their food!!) and some more playing!!!

This morning Caitlin’s first words were where’s Alex and Brian???? And when she went to bed she checked they weren’t going to work in the morning!!!!!!!!! She will be very pleased because they will still be here!

Tomorrow we are off to town……

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and the dirt is gone!!  That is what Caitlin said to me this afternoon!!!!  Ooop’s I think she has watched too much tele recently!  She also keeps singing “Lelly Kelly”!!!  The power of advertising it really does work!  I’m not sure what prompted the “illit bang” (as she calls it) as our cillit bang was in the cupboard!!

Ah well!!

Aunty Lalex (although Caitlin now calls her Alex) and Uncle Brian are arriving later so no doubt there’ll be some pics to post for Nan so she can join in….

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Hollingworth Lake

We decided to take a break from the tidying and decorating to go to Hollingworth Lake today.  The weather was gorgeous and we had a great day.  We met Abigail and Gemma there and played on the beach for a while.  Noah kept chasing the geese and threatening to throw himself in the lake!  The we stopped for some lunch.

We then walked around the lake.  Last time it took hours and hours as we had to keep rounding the kids up!  This time was loads quicker and the only stops were to collect buttercups and dandelions and to pose for a few pics….

Even Noah kept up!  In fact I think he was way ahead of the girls for most of the time finding puddles and trying to escape being surrounded by girls!!!  Here’s Cailtin and Abigail…..

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Bini’s and Countach’s

Today we went shopping with Nanny and Amy.  We bought some holiday clothes and some other bits and bobs, including some ribbon and buttons so I can customise our duvet cover!  I’ll show the results if they are any good!!

While we were out and about in Liverpool city centre we saw this Bini…..

Caitlin was fascinated by the Bini hanging on the wall!!!!!!!  We also went to the new Liverpool One which is a new shopping area…very nice!

Later on we went to mini club, without Richard as he is STILL working on the bathroom!!!  It is looking very good though and pictures will be posted just as soon as its done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

While at Mini club Caitlin saw this car arrrive…….

She was absolutely convinced it belonged to Lee who she went out to the museum with last week!  He wishes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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