Monthly Archives: April 2013


Finally..I have finished the seats in Alfie!  We bought the vinyl a while back and I have been doing bits on them while the kids are in bed or at school.  We are due to go away in Alfie soon so I finished off the last bits.  It was really hard sewing the piping in…the vinyl itself was bad enough but an extra layer was very hard work!


…just need Richard to fit them now and then we’ll be all ready for a summer of camping!!!



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Crazy weekend!

We quite often have crazy busy weekends but I think this one was even crazy by our standards!

It started off with the Beavers bingo night on the Friday.  Richard was at work so I took the kids….it was chaotic!!  They had an electronic number caller and it was impossible to understand it!  Somehow Austin’s ticket managed to win and he got 2 Easter eggs which we shared out with our table.  Straight after the bingo night I went out for a friends 40th birthday celebrations!

On the Saturday was Austin’s school fair and I was manning the craft table with Austin’s help.  When Caitlin and Noah arrived they all got some money to spend and they all painted a plant pot…


Noah spent the rest of his money on the football stand where you could try to score a goal, every time you scored a goal you got some sweets.  Austin really wanted to buy a ride on car but it was up for auction and he really didn’t understand that.

Straight after the fair Caitlin had a roller blading party which they all loved!


I even got to have a go at rollerblading too…it was surprisingly easy!!

After rollerblading it was straight onto another party..this time it was night 2 of my friends 40th, but this time a party at her house with the kids!  They all had a great time running around the garden, playing football and on the trampoline.  Once it started to get too dark and cold the kids went inside where Caitlin got her make up done by some of the older girls…


Noah and his friend joined in…of course!!!!!!!!!!!


On Sunday Caitlin had another party, a cupcake decorating party this time!


They all loved decorating the cakes and actually did a great job!  The lady doing the party had loads of gadgets and loads of sweets and other toppings.  The party went on for quite a while because they were all having such a good time, but in the end we had to rush off because we had a 21st to go to as well!!

The 21st was bowling so we took the kids along since they love bowling!


By the end of the night they were all knackered after such a busy weekend!

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Assembly time!

Caitlin’s class did an assembly on water and the weather.  Recently they had been on an inter school singing event and so the assembly was to show us what they had done.  They sang lots of water related songs and Caitlin was a sunbeam!!!!!!



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We didn’t have any plans for the weekend so we decided to go to the Sandbach totally transport with some friends.  It was forecast to rain in the afternoon so we thought we’d get there early and dive into a pub for some drinks if it started raining!


We had a wander around the trucks and other commercial vehicles then we tried to do the fire station quiz, which was really hard!  We had to find numbered cards but they were all over the town!  We found enough to win them all a packet of sweets so they were all happy.  It started to drizzle but we had promised the kids a go on some of the rides so Austin went on the flying rockets while Caitlin and Noah did somersaults on the trampolines…


..they then all decided to go on hook-a-duck….


One of the prize choices were fish!!!!!  My Godson’s dad said he could try to win a fish and I did agree that winning a fairground fish was something every child should do…but nope ours weren’t getting one!  Richard seemed very keen on the fish so we agreed that Richard could let them have fish as long as he took FULL responsibility for making sure the fish were looked after… we won 2 fish….


Austin didn’t want a fish at first, he wanted a bow and arrow which he was not getting!  I could see where that one was going….an arrow in the eye for no dangerous toys!  He then spent ages deciding and also picked a fish!  We then found a pet shop and bought our fish a tank!  H also got a fish, which he called Jeff, and we went for a drink with our fish!!!!!!!!!!!  Where we took bets on who’s fish would live the longest!  I gave Caitlin’s a matter of days, Austin’s a week or so along with H’s and I predicted we’d still be lumbered with Noah’s when he’d left home!!!!!!!!!!


Caitlin decided to call her fish Eve.  Hers has a long tail…


Noah called his Adam…he has lots of things called Adam!!  His has a really short tail….


Austin…very imaginatively….called his Austin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  His also has a long tail but has some silvery markings on.


We shall see how they get on…and if anyone cleans and feeds them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The big white head!!

Richard was busy and the weather looked ok so I decided to take the kids to the big white head!!  It’s ages since we’ve been there and they are constantly asking to go!  I needed to go to Ikea to get bits to finish the seats in Alfie so I thought we could combine the two.  Just as we were setting off some friends called to see what we were up to so we arranged to meet there with their kids.  The big white head is a big sculpture called Dream…..there really isn’t much else there except the sculpture and a bit of a walk, but they all love it!


Dream is right by the motorway and surrounded by power stations, but I got some nice photos…


We ate our picnic by the sculpture and then had a play around jumping down the steps!!!


When Austin started to get a bit too brave we moved on and then walked around to the little pond, where they found sticks to balance on their heads!!


…we then stopped to feed my friends baby and the kids and John found some reeds that disintegrated into a mass of fluff and had a fantastic time sending the fluff flying everywhere!!!!!!!


The weather was loads better than we thought it would be and so we went home very pink and tired!!!  It was a brilliant unplanned day.

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Family fun night

School had a family fun night but Richard was working so we went along and joined forces with another family!  Austin was hilarious…well at least everyone else thought he was hilarious!!  Every time we discussed an answer he shouted it out as loud as he could!!!!!!!!!  We weren’t doing brilliantly anyway but by the time Austin had announced any answers that the others might not have got themselves we were doomed!!!!  I don’t think we came last but we certainly didn’t win…but the kids had a great time especially Noah since we were with his best friend.

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We won a prize!!

I entered a competition and won an ipod case!  I decided to let Caitlin pick which one we should get…and she picked this one….


We let know which one she wanted and a couple of days later it arrived.  Caitlin was very impressed with her prize 🙂

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Well after a sleepless night we discovered that school decisions had been delayed a day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  There were a lot of very annoyed people who had emails stating yesterday was the day!!  So after ANOTHER sleepless night where we (me and a few other mum’s …..who were all convinced something was going to go wrong and we’d get sent to schools miles away!!!!!!!) worried about not getting our school places!

So…..we woke up and Yippppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…Austin will be going to the same school as Caitlin and Noah in September.  Such a relief and it will be great having them all together, we’ll be able to walk to school!!  There’ll also be no more rushing to or from a second place on the school run.

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Brownie parade and a badge

Yesterday was church parade for the Brownies and the Beavers.  Noah had his first Beavers meeting last Friday so even though he hasn’t got his uniform or been enrolled he got to sit with the rest of the Beavers for the service.  He thought this was very exciting!!
Austin sat with us and asked all kinds of daft questions…like do only old people go for communion!!!!!!!!!  Although the old man in front of us was nice and said Austin had been brilliantly behaved…he must have been a bit deaf!!!

Today Caitlin went to Brownies and got her first badge that she has worked on by herself…her cook badge!


(that big cut on her chin is where she fell on a stick at school!!!!!!!!!!!  Lucky it only caught her chin!!)

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Stockport County

Every so often we get free tickets to go and see Stockport County play, luckily we were free so we went along with 2 of Noah’s friends.  Noah wore his County kit and Caitlin & Austin wore their scarves!


I have to say County were rubbish!!  They lost which really was no surprise!!!  Austin got quite bored but Noah and his 2 friends had a great time!!!  I, along with his friends mum, thought there was a chance we could play better than them…and neither of us can play football!

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