After thinking that yesterday was going to be the only snow day, today it snowed for multiple hours, everywhere was white. We drove to Burbage Woods to have a walk, something we had planned on doing anyway, but made more enjoyable with the fresh snow. When we got back home we went into the back garden and made a big snowman, we put a hat on it as well as a scalf. We had a little snowball fight and then walked up to the fields and had a nice walk around the fields. It was a great snowday.
We had a little bit of snow over night, so we went out before it could all melt and Ethan made a little snowman, we threw a few snowballs and then went on a bike ride. It was nice to be out in the snow.
It had been raining but we wanted to get out of the house for some fresh air, so Ethan and I went on our bikes for a ride around the village. Its a nice 2 mile ride and Ethan had great fun going through the puddles.
I am making progress on bag 2 of the Lego Liebherr Digger, i am now up to step 339. I have been doing little bits in the evening but i am really enjoying building it and seeing it all coming together.
Claire and Luke gave birth to Faith at the start of the month and today we nipped over to meet her, take her a present and see how Claire was. We didnt stay long but it was lovely to see them all.
I have completed 233 steps and have finished bag 1 of the Lego Liebherr Digger. It has been really fun to build so far and i enjoyed the little test that the app does when you get to the end of bag 1. Ethan helped me with the tracks and other bits while i have been building it.
Ethan and I went out on our bikes, with Rachel walking. We did a big loop around the village and then stopped at the park for a bit. It was cold and wet out but we managed to play on a few things.
Ethan got some new wooden cooking tools and wanted to make some gingerbread men, but he doesnt like gingerbread, so we made vanilla men. Once they were baked we decorated them which was a lot of fun.
I finally got started on the Lego Liebherr Digger (42100) this evening. Looking in the box there is a lot of pieces and looking through the instructions there are 2 books with 1000 steps total. I spent about 1 hour 30 mins and got to step 74 and i am realising how large this is going to be when built.
Our front gate swelled up to the point where it wouldnt even open. My Dad made me a new gate, when he dropped it off Ethan and I took it into the shed and sanded it down ready for painting with varnish so that it withstands the weather. By the time we got to hanging the gate it was dark, but using a big light we managed to hang the gate and it closes great.
I havent seen Sam since his wedding, so we decided to meet up for a walk somewhere. We went to Watermead Country Park as that was about half way between the 2 of us. We had a lovely walk, the paths were quite flooded but we just walked through it, we were having to tip the water out of Ethans wellies as he wanted to go deeper in the water.
Dad got a new bike for Christmas, so today Ethan and I went for a ride with him. We went to Whetstone, then to Cosby and then over the field back to home. It was very muddy on the field, but it was fun.
Happy Christmas. We got up at 6am and opened our stockings before heading downstairs to open our presents. I got a new scooter from Rachel, some Lego from Ethan and a hoodie from Joy. My parents then came over and we opened some presents in the garage, they got me the Lego Liebherr R 9800 Excavator, set 42100, cant wait to build it. We went out for a walk and Ethan and I went on our scooters. We had a light lunch, watched Home Alone and built some Lego. In the evening we had a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, we were so full we couldnt fit in dessert.
We wanted to make the garage seem a bit more christmassy, so Rachel and Ethan put my old Christmas tree up and also added some lights, so that if people did some over to drop presents off we could have them in the garage and they wouldnt get too cold or rained on.
This evening we went to Broughton Astley to watch the Lutterworth Tractor Parade. It was a really cold evening but load of people turned out to see them all drive by. There was over 200 tractors all with Christmas lights on them. Ethan loved watching them.
We got Ethan Mr and Mrs Claus Lego Brickheadz as a little treat before Christmas, so today we built them. They were fun to build and they look really good.
Our washing machine failed and we had to get a new one, this is our 3rd washing machine in 5 years. This time we went for the cheapest one that was integrated and could be delivered next day. Its made by Logik and so far is really quiet and does the job.
Today i put a coat of wood primer on the frame. After it had dried i could really see that i needs a good sanding before another coat of primer.
I got the mirror back from Dad today and trial fitted it on the wall to see how its fits, where the power outlet will go and if the light switch will be ok. Its going to fit great by the looks of it
This afternoon we decorated some gingerbread elves, we all had a go at decorating them and had lots of fun doing it.
Dad sanded the frame and jointed it all today and it is looking great.
I went over to my Dads tonight to start building the mirror. I decided to use 4inch x 4inch fence post to build it out of, so that i could cut it down to size. We started by measuring everything and then used the bench saw to cut a rebate in for where the mirror goes. Once we had cut everything, we made sure everything was going to fit.
I had the day off so i picked Ethan up from school. When we got home we put the fire on and built some Minecraft Lego with some Christmas music on. We had a great time and got it all finished.
With my day off i decided to get a few jobs done around the house. In the morning i tackled painting the bathroom as when we got the house it was painted cream and we have always wanted it white. I made sure i masked everything off, painted around the edges and then rollered the walls. Once i had cleared everything up and made sure that i hadnt missed any of the wall, i finally got around to fixing the curtain pole which had been slowly pulling out of the wall with the weight of the curtains. I got some really long screws and brown raw-plugs to fix the brackets and it is now nice and level.
Rachel, Ethan, Joy and I went to look at the Cosby Christmas knitting bomb today. They have done such a great job making trees, decorations and even decorating a postbox. Ethan really enjoyed looking at what had been done with knitting.
Work got me a Cadburys Heroes advent calendar which i thought was nice of them, today i got a mini Wispa. Rachel and I got Ethan a Mr Men advent calendar which contains 24 mini books, we will be reading 1 each evening before bed. He also got an Elf called Edward, who will be giving him stickers everyday if he is good.
We took a walk this evening to look at all of the lights on peoples houses and while we were out Ethan posted his hand written letter to Santa.
We went for a walk and scooter ride with my sister this morning. The boys were on their scooters and had a great time following each other round. We did try to go on the park but it was raining and too wet to go on anything.
This afternoon we got the tree and decorations down from the loft and put up the tree. This year we only put up white baubles and it looks really effective. Ethan loved helping and could do a lot more this year, although he did eat a few of the chocolates for the tree as he was putting them up.
Ethan is 5 today. 5 years have really flown by and he has grown up so much in the last year. He got up really early this morning and he opened up the presents from us. He asked for the Lego Cargo Train (60198), there is a lot of things to build with it but he was really excited about getting it. After school he got his new Scooter from his Nana and started to build some of the Lego. We got him a monkey cake as he loves monkeys.