Its my birthday! 38 today, that sounds old. Ethan made me a great cake, which is covered in all my favourite Cadburys chocolate. I got some great gifts including a painting by Ethan, a Lego set of London and a Lego Porsche 911 RSR, set 42096 which i am looking forward to building.
Rachel took me to Cadburys World for a birthday treat today. We went to Costa for brunch on the way and i had a cheese and beans toastie which was lovely. When we got to Cadburys World the smell of the chocolate hits you as soon as you get out the car, it smells amazing. We had a nice time touring the factory, we had been before but hearing all about the history was still interesting. Ethan and I had fun on the outdoor play area and we also ate quite a bit of chocolate.
This evening we attended the LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards at the National Space Centre. The Assist product was nominated in the Innovation in Technology category. There was some great products being showcased, but sadly we didnt win but it was a great evening out.
Tonight we went to the International Convention Centre for the AM Online Awards. Assist was nominated in the Best New Product and Service category. It was a black tie event and it was nice to get dressed up for the evening. We didnt win the award, but we were really happy to have made it through to the final. We had a great evening, the food was amazing and we also enjoyed the entertainment. It was a late evening, but the Jurys Inn hotel was only a few mins walk away.
Rachel used to go to St Nicholas Park in Warwick as a child and we decided to take Ethan today. We were really lucky with the weather, so we stopped off at M&S on the way to get food for a picnic. When we arrived, we managed to get a parking space after driving around for a while. We first sat down for a picnic and then we went and played mini golf at the Golden Putter. The course was really good and we had lots of fun playing. After this we went to the outdoor pool which Ethan had a great time in. Ethan and I then walked along the stream which was nice to cool us down. We played on the park before getting an ice cream and heading home.
We went to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire today, we didnt look round the house itself but we did look around the farmyard and then had a great time in the adventure playground. We could have sent the whole day in the playground but we were time limited. After the playground we went and had a scone and tea before having a walk round the outside grounds.
The yarn bomb came back to Cosby and it was better than ever before. We had a nice walk round looking at all of the knitting. We also had an ice cream which was lovely.
Its been 11 years since Rachel and I went on our first date and to celebrate we got each other a little gift. Rachel got me a Lego Brickheadz.
Today we went to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park to see Rachels friend Katie as it has been over a year and a half since they have seen each other. The wildlife park was lovely, so much open space for the animals to roam around. We got to get close up with some little monkeys and even see 2 polar bears. We had fun on the many play areas around the park.
We got into the part early the next day and went straight onto the Adventure Tree Carousel and then onto The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure again as we enjoyed it so much yesterday. I then went on the Vampire ride which was great, it lasted quite a while and was a good feeling having your legs dangling. We then went on the Zufari Ride Into Africa and got to see a giraffe really close up. On the way out of that ride we went on the Tomb Blaster, which was my favourite ride of the 2 days. I went on the Kobra and then onto Tiger Rock which was a really good log flume and i didnt get as wet as the day before. Ethan then went on Elmers Flying Jumbos twice before we went on the Tiny Truckers. We then went to the gift shop before heading home, which given it was a Friday evening took us 4.5 hours.
It was our first day at Chessington World of Adventures today and after a bit of a drive we arrived about 11. We headed into the park and picked a direction to go in. We 1st had a quick play on the Amazu Treetop Adventure. Ethan then wanted to go on The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure, so we queued up for that. The ride was really fun, we didnt expect to get wet but it was enjoyable. Ethan and I then went on the Tuk Tuk Turmoil bumper cars which was good before heading over to go on the Jungle Rangers. Ethan then wanted to go on the log flume, so we got in the 80 min queue for the River Rafts. The ride was good but was over really quickly and we got soaked! On the way out of the park we went into the Sea Life Centre. We stayed in the resort hotel which was really nice, we had a monkey themed room which Ethan loved.
Today we went to Rufford Abbey to go on the Totally Roarsome walk. We got there early and had a picnic in the grounds. We then went to the adventure park within Rufford Abbey which was great. The walk was great, they had a dinosaur, superheros and an animal sections. We did a quiz while walking around and it lasted about an hour.
We made it to Legoland just after 10 and then headed straight for The Dragon, I enjoyed the ride but Ethan wasnt a fan. Next we went to the LEGO City Driving School. Ethan had fun driving the car around the mini road system. We went on the Haunted House Monster Party ride afterwards which was not what we were expecting at all! We had lunch at the Castaway Camp and played for a while before heading to the Fairy Tale Brook ride. We had a look around Miniland before the rain came down hard and we decided to call it a day. We had a look around the shop and Ethan got some new Lego before heading home.
My parents took the Warner family to Legoland. As we had been before we knew what rides we wanted to go on and how best to navigate to them. We started with the LEGO NINJAGO The Ride as this is something we didnt get to go on last time. The ride was so much fun! We then went on the Coastguard HQ which was fun, having Ethan steering the boat. After some lunch we went on the LEGO City Deep Sea Adventure ride and then onto the Laser Raiders, which is one of my favourites. Before we left for the day we went on the Viking River Splash which Ethan really liked. In the evening we had a McDonalds for dinner and then went back to the hotel for a rest.
We went to Wistow maze today with Tom and Claire. I had never been before and really enjoyed it. While we were going round we did the quiz which involved answering questions. After the maze we played on the lawn games which everyone really enjoyed.
I had never been to Croft hill and we live quite close. Rachel, Ethan, Joy and I decided we would walk up and around. There was a great view of the quarry and the area around. We walked all the way round the quarry, had a climb on the rocks and took in the view.
I have been working at Vehicle Vision for over a year now and i had only met 2 members of the team in person. Today the company decided it would be nice if we all went to Bradgate Park. We spent the afternoon walking and talking to the coffee shop, had a hot drink and then walked and talked back. It was lovely to meet everyone.
We had a great day at Ryton Pools today, we took a picnic and sat under some trees on a picnic blanket. We played on the park, had lots of fun on the zip line, we had an ice lolly and then went and fed the ducks before finishing off at another park.
It was soo hot today, so we decided that we would spend the day in the paddling pool. It was lovely, we had lots of fun playing.
I have now finished bag 4 of the Lego digger and up to step 767. Its been really interesting building up the detail.
Rachel seen a sign advertising strawberry picking at Whetstone Pastures Farm, so as it was a nice day we thought we would go and pick some strawberries. There was quite a lot of rows of strawberry plants, so we hunted for the best ones and ended up collecting a punnet full of them. They were very tasty.
When we came out of swimming we normally have a play on the park before heading home. Today after we had finished on the park they were setting up some old army vehicles. Ethan had a sit in a nice Land Rover and then on a bike.
Happy Fathers day! Today Ethan woke me up early as he was excited about giving me my present. He got me a top banana monkey, a Lego clock and then a Ducktails Brickheadz Lego set. Ethan and I went into the loft and started building that which was fun.
It was really warm out today and Joy had got Ethan a new paddling pool, so we went over to see her and Ethan and I had fun in the paddling pool and with some water balloons.
With the weather being so lovely, we decided to go to the park, so Ethan and I went on our bikes and Rachel walked. We went over the fields to Cosby. We had great fun on the park and it was quite quiet considering how nice it was outside. It was nice getting back out on the bike and lovely to be out in the nice weather.
Ethans class was asked to dress up as Knights and Princesses, Ethan wanted to be a Minecraft knight, so Rachel and I made him a sword, shield, chestplate and also a cape. He looked great and was really excited to be wearing it.
Rachel got Ethan a rainbow lab science kit, which has lots of experiments with coloured dyes and crystals. He had lots of fun playing with the coloured water, mixing the primary colours to see what colours he could make and then he added some crystals which absorbed the colours.
It will be Joys birthday tomorrow, so we went out for a walk with her and then had her over for pizza and birthday cake.
Rachel and I have been married 7 years today. She got me some new Superdry t-shirts and i got her a frame containing memories from our first dance.
Ethan got another Audi Quattro Lego model for Christmas and so we decided we would get him the Briksmax light kit for it and that he could use it as a bedside lamp. The lights are great and really bright and it looks amazing.
Rachel, Ethan and I went out on the scooters today and went to the park. Ethan and I had lots of fun playing on the slide, i even got stuck once.
It was a really nice day, so Ethan and I went on our bikes over the fields today to Cosby park. Rachel walked and met us there. We went on the outdoor gym for a while, Ethan really had fun at the gym and so did i to. After that we went to the park for some playing.
Ethan and I worked on the Lego digger again today. We managed to finish bag 3, taking us up to step 692 out of 1000. At the end we got to test that everything we had built worked which was great.
Happy Mothers Day. This morning my Grandma and Mum came over and Ethan and I went out for a walk with them, it was nice to see them and have a chat. In the afternoon we had Joy over for lunch, we had an afternoon tea with scones which were lovely.
Ethan and I have been out on our scooters and bikes quite a bit and they are very dirty, so this afternoon we decided to get them out and give them a good wash. While Ethan was washing the scooters and bikes, i washed and hovered my car. The bikes and scooters look great, hopefully they wont get dirty to quickly.
Rachel got Ethan some new bath toys that are animals split into head, body and legs which you can then put together in different combinations to create all sorts of animals. Ethan and I had great fun with them, i even tried one of the hats on which was funny.
Its starting to get a lot nicer outside, so the 3 of us played football in the garden, dug up some plants that didnt last the winter and then Ethan and I washed and cleaned out Rachels car.
Ethan still has Lego models from Christmas that he hadnt built and today we built the pull back getaway truck. Ethan built nearly all of it himself, only having to ask me for a little bit of help. After it was built we got some of the other pull back cars and had some races in the kitchen.
Ethan and I have been working on bag 3 of the Lego digger, the model is getting quite large now and i have had to take out shelves to fit it in the cupboard when we are not building it. Bag 3 is starting to build the arm, which is getting quite complicated.
Rachel, Ethan and I went to the park this morning, we went on the swings, played hide and seek and then scootered back. In the afternoon we did some gardening, pulling up any weeds that have taken hold over the winter.
Happy Valentines day. I got some nice socks and pants from Rachel. We got Ethan a Lego Brick Headz Valentines Bear, which he couldnt wait to build. In the afternoon we all made some cakes which were lovely.
I have been working on the digger on and off with Ethan, we have been progressing well and have now finished bag 2. When we had finished bag 2 we got to test the motors using the app. It was cool to see things working.
Ethan had a task for school to create a hand which contained your favourite things. I had a go at creating mine which included Lego, programming, bike riding, skiing and swimming. Ethan created his which included swimming, cars, Lego, monkeys, Disney, chocolate and family.
Rachel got some gingerbread bunny biscuits and then the 3 of us decorated them. I had a lot of fun doing it and so did Rachel and Ethan.
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.
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.
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.
This afternoon we decorated some gingerbread elves, we all had a go at decorating them and had lots of fun doing it.
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.
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.
This morning we went to Burbage Common to have a walk. It was quite muddy, but we had boots and wellies on so we could still enjoy the walk. Ethan and my Dad had huge sticks which they were playing with, Ethan was having lots of fun.
Today Ethan, Rachel and I used coloured rice to make rangoli patterns. Ethan did most of the work and it was great fun sprinkling the rice over the paper with glue where you wanted it to stick and then shaking all of the excess rice of to leave a rice picture. In the evening we lit the diva lamps we made yesterday.
Ethan and Rachel made Pudsey biscuits in the morning and then when they were cool enough we all decorated them, Ethan really enjoyed it and did the most. In the afternoon we used clay and made some diva lamps, decorating them with glitter and beads. Rachel then found some plain glass candle holders which we decorated with stickers.
Tonight to mark bonfire night we had a little bonfire at home in the fire pit. Ethan and I built the fire and let it calm down while we went and had dinner. Rachel cooked a chilli con carne and rice which was a lovely winter warmer. We went outside, enjoyed the fire, roasted some marshmallows and then had some sparklers which was great fun. We then went inside, put the fire on and had some bonfire cake which Rachel made.
We went out for a walk this morning and met my parents at Burbage Woods. We walked round the big loop, had a chance to chat to everyone and catch up.
Ethan and I played with the Lego and made some of our own creations. I built a tree and Ethan built an island and sea.
They have been building a new park in Broughton Astley for ages and they finally opened it up earlier in the week, so we decided to go and check it out. The park was really good and Ethan really enjoyed trying everything out. The park was a little boggy, but it didnt stop him playing.
Ethan wanted to do something for Halloween, so tonight we had little party. We started with a sweetie hunt around the house with clues to let Ethan know where the next one was, we then played musical statues which was great fun, we then played stick the spider on the web and then finished off the games with pass the parcel. We had hot dogs for dinner and then a tray bake dessert. We took Ethan out for a walk to see the decorated houses around us, there was a great display round the corner which had a projector onto 3 pumpkins.