Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Enjoying family time.

In September we were lucky to have my Mum, Dad, 2 Nieces and a nephew come to stay for a week.   The boys were beyond excited as we counted down the sleeps.  It's so lovely to see how close they are to their cousins.

We didn't do a whole mass of touristy things, it was nice to just be together.  We hung out at the local park and river, climbing trees, sliding down hills and digging clay out of the river.  We enjoyed time at the nearby cheese factory, and a few visits to the famous Richmond Bakery.   We had a play at the Aquatic Centre and a dinner at Hog's Breath.  

We even fit in a trip to the beach!

The rest of the time they played at home together.  There were many nerf wars, trips into the forest, bounces on the trampoline and a fair amount of lan games.  There was never anyone left out, there was always a few groups going on.

Baby was also Baptised. 

And now a whole lot of photo spam.  Sorry!

Not our cat.

Really.. not our cat.

Photo bomb!

Going for a surf, yeah!

Ok, that was freezing!  Couldn't feel his hands of feet.

Bunch of handsome fellows.

Mr Cuteness himself.

Looking very dapper.

Was not too happy about this.

Exhausted him!

Today I link up with Essentially Jess for IBOT (I blog on Tuesdays).

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Birthday Roundup - Slumber, Dragons and Rockets

I feel very much behind in keeping track on the blog of the major events of our year.  So here is a Birthday catchup post.

Voltorb turned 8!

Voltorb has been counting down to his birthday for, well pretty much for a whole year.  Most kids do this I know  But Voltorb has not only been counting down, but also planning certain elements of it.  Like the type of cake he wanted, and where the party would be held.  But most importantly that he was going to invite his best friends over for a sleepover and they were going to stay up all night!  Yeah!

The cake brief was for a brain.   Yes.  A brain.   Not just any brain, a green brain!

So there may have been slightly too many children on the trampoline.. technically they weren't actually jumping though.

The slumbering in full swing.  Or the lack of it.  They were adamant to stay up all night, and they were doing way too well!  Coder had to tell them at midnight that they had made it to the 'next day' so had successfully stayed up all night, just to get them to go to sleep! 

Oshawott turned 6!

Luckily we had a lovely sunny day, with just a bit of a chill from the wind, for this mass event.  We had invited almost all of the class, plus a few extras.  The brief for the cake was simple, to replicate his current favourite dragon toy.

I had planned a few activities that would occupy the guests and hopefully entertain them aswell.   Colouring competition, decorate your own party box and a dancing game.  These things filled out the time really well, and with eating, cake cutting and present opening, it was all done and dusted in the allotted time.  The kids loved the dancing game, so we ended up playing that one over and over again.  Luckily I was prepared with a heap of little gifts for the winners. 

 Cake time!

Decorated party room.

 Animal decorator station.

 The dancing game where you have to choose1 of 3 shapes to stand on when the music stops.  If you are on the one that is randomnly pulled out of a hat, you're out of the game!

Party box decorator station.

Pichu turned 4!

3 weeks later we had another Birthday to celebrate, Pichu turning 4!  He counted down the sleep until this day when he would be 'bigger!'!  We had a quiet morning at home opening presents.  He then had a party to attend, his friend from Pre-Kinder also had recently turned 4.  His party was on the same day.  So after the little friend's Mum suggested they would sing Happy Birthday to Pichu aswell I thought I would make a little cake to take along. 

His cake request was for a blue rocket ship!

They both loved the Octonauts toys. 

So good having big brothers to assembly all the presents!

Cheeky sausage.

He takes candle blowing out very seriously.

He even got to have a sit on a horse! 

And another cake for home!

Today I link up with Essentially Jess for IBOT (I blog on Tuesdays).

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