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For my Mums birthday the family got together and went to Whetstone Golf Club House for dinner, i had a lovely burger and was stuffed afterwards.
This morning Ethan and I went over to my sisters and went for a ride with her, Thomas and Sam. It was a nice ride and we stopped off for a drink and to play tag. The weather was lovely and it was nice to be out on the bike.
Rachel and I have been married 8 years today. I got us a bride and groom Lego Brickheadz, which we will enjoy building together.
I booked the day off today to spend with Ethan. We started off by going to Boost Trampoline Park in Northampton, we had been to the one in Leicester quite a lot, but this one is a lot bigger and has a lot more things to bounce on. We had a great time and it wasnt too busy. After this we went to Costa for lunch, then we headed over to Market Harborough for a swim at the leisure centre, they had the floats out and we got to have lots of fun. On the way home we went to Kibworth and had our hairs cut. We had such a great day together.
Ethan has been learning about Hedgehogs at school and he really wanted to build a hedgehog house. We looked online for inspiration and then drew up a plan. We looked in our wood store and got lots of old bits of wood and also some spare slate tiles and started building. Ethan sanded it all with the orbital sander and it turned out great.
Our Christmas party got canceled and was then rebooked for today. We went to Caddyshackers. We started with Axe throwing, which is soo much fun, once we got the hang of it we played some games and our team won. We then played 18 holes of crazy golf, some of the holes had changed since the last time i went but it was great fun. We finished the evening with a Nandos.
Happy Valentines Day. Rachel and I didnt do anything to celebrate, but she did buy me some nice Lego to build, which i am looking forward to.
Thomas is 5 and to celebrate my Sister organised us all to go to Boost trampoline park. We had a great hour on the trampolines, in the foam pit and Dad and I even tried out the gladiator bar in which i won. After the trampolining we went back to my Sisters and had food, played Lego and had a nice chat.
Faith is 1 today and Claire and Luke had a little part for family at their house. It was great to see everyone and celebrate Faith being 1.
Raj and Nindi flew back from Texas to Leicester to celebrate Mikas 1st birthday. Their family had thrown a big party at the King Power Stadium. It was great to see them both after not seeing them for so long and we had a great catchup with Raj.
Happy New Year. We decided to do something different today and went to Hollywood Bowl for 2 games of bowling. Ethan started off using the ramp to bowl his ball, but in the 2nd game found it easier to bowl the ball himself. We had a great times and I won both games.
We followed tradition and went to Rachels Auntie and Uncles for boxing day. We had some great food, got to see the rest of the Pepper family and then went for a nice long walk around Burbage.
Happy Christmas. Ethan was up at 6 and we opened our stockings before heading downstairs for Ethan to open his presents. He got lots of lovely presents and enough Lego to keep him busy for the next few months. I got a Lego Landrover Defender and a new cooking wok. My parents came over for a bt in the afternoon and then we had Claire and Luke over for dinner which was lovely.
It is our last day and once we had packed up the car, Ethan and I went swimming at the Subtropical Swimming Paradise. We then went for lunch at Starbucks and then onto Design a Giant Christmas Stocking which Ethan really enjoyed. Ethan and I then went Roller Skating which we hadnt been to in ages but we had great fun and it was good to get back on the skates. Before heading home we went to Las Iguanas for dinner.
When we woke up it was very frosty out, so once we were all dressed we went outside and took some family photos, we then lit the fire and watched the new Home Alone film. We then went to Starbucks for lunch and then went to Festive Cupcakes for Little ones, Ethan made some great looking cupcakes. We then went on the Festive Treasure Trail which involved a lot of riding on the bikes but we had good fun. In the evening we went to Santa's Workshop which looked magical with all of the fake snow over the trees. In the evening we went for dinner at Amalfi.
We started the day with a nice bike ride and then for a 3 hour swim in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, Ethan loved the lazy river so we spent a long time in there, he also started to enjoy the wave machine so when we heard it was going to be on we raced to the pool. We had lunch at Starbucks and then headed to the Off-Road Explorers, it was a difference course than last time and Ethan had fun driving through the water. In the afternoon we went to Festive Pottery Painting and painted a toadstool house which turned out great. In the evening we went to Hucks American Bar and Grill for dinner.
We have been looking forward to this for ages and today we went to Center Parcs at Woburn Forest. We drove over about 11 to get there for 12. We had to take 2 cars so we could fit both bikes in as well as all the luggage. We started off with a Starbucks for lunch before Ethan and I headed off to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise for 3 hours of swimming. Once we had finished we went to the car and picked up our bikes and rode to the lodge. We were one of the furthest lodges away but the lodge was nice. In the evening we went to Amalfi for dinner.
We bought Ethan a make your own Christmas Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate cottage. It contained full bars of chocolate that you joined together with melted chocolate and then added flakes for the wood roof. It was great to build, smelt amazing and is going to be amazing to eat.
Dad and I didnt get to go skiing this year, so we decided that as we both have the day off we would go to Milton Keynes Snozone. We booked for 3 hours, we spent the first 1.5 hours skiing which was great and then spent 1 hour snowboarding, which considering we have not been on a snowboard for 8 years we did really well and didnt fall over once. After we went to Nandos for a nice chicken wrap.
The Vehicle Vision Assist product was nominated for an award at the Motor Trader 2021 Awards, so this evening we went to London to the Grosvenor House London on Park Lane. It is such a lovely venue. The dress code was Black Tie and it was nice to get dressed up again. We didnt win the award, but we had some great food and a great evening.
We started early this morning with breakfast at Costa, before catching the River Bus to Greenwich. I had never been on the river boat and it was amazing, when it speeds up it really knocks you back. We then went on the Emirates Air Line cable car over the River Thames, which gave us great views. We then got the tube back to the hotel to pick up our cases, had lunch at Starbucks and then headed to the Lego store in Leicester Square. We had to queue to get in, but once in there its great. We then headed to Euston and caught the train back home. When arriving back into Ruby there was snow everywhere, not what we were expecting.
Ethan wanted to go to London for his birthday, so we caught an early train from Rugby to Euston. We caught the tube to the Tower Suites by Blue Orchid, which was where we were staying. We dropped our cases off and then went Costa for breakfast. We then caught the tube again to Hamleys as Ethan wanted to have a look round, it was really busy but he enjoyed looking round. We then had a slot booked at the Science Museum so we headed over there. We had a great look round, Ethan enjoyed looking at the cars, planes and space section. We then had some lunch before heading into the Wonderlab, we got to try experiments in friction, sound, light and pullys. Before we left we went to a live session where things got exploded, Ethan loved it. We then headed back to the hotel to check in, as it was Ethans birthday they upgraded his room to one with a view of The Shard, Tower of London and Tower Bridge, it was an amazing room. To finish off the evening we went for a meal at Strada, they gave us a great evening and the food was lovely.
It is Ethans 6th birthday today. It was an early start so that he could open his presents. He had wanted the Lego Lamborghini Sian (42115) for over a year, so we decided we would get him that which he was so excited about. He had a good day at school and then when he had finished he said he would like some crusty cobs for dinner.
I have been working on the final bag for a while. I have been working on the digger for 11 months and really wanted to get it finished by Christmas, so i had a big push to get it all complete. Once i had finished it all, i put some batteries in it and tested it out. It is great fun to play with, Ethan really enjoyed it to making it climb up things and scooping up the Lego bits.
Once we had finished with our pumpkins we decided that we would take ours to Burbage Woods so that the animals could eat them. Once we had found a nice place to leave them we had a nice walk around.
Tonight we had bonfire night in our garden. We had a hotdog dinner with chocolate puddings for dessert. We then headed in the garden to enjoy the mini fire, have some sparklers and then set off some fireworks. They looked really good and we all had a great evening.
Now we are going to start going into the office, so I wanted to get my desk setup. I got 2 1080p Dell monitors, webcam, etc. I went into the office early and got it all setup, i tried to make the cabling as neat as i could to keep the clean desk look.
This afternoon we went to the Totally Spooky walk at Rufford Abbey. We first had lunch in the Old Coachhouse, before heading to the adventure playground, we had fun there until it closed at 3pm. It was then our time to go on the spooky walk, it was good reading about all of the potions and seeing all of the models that had been made.
The Cosby people have been busy again knitting a wonderful Halloween display. We went and had a look this evening and it looks fantastic. With the lights on the tree, it looks nice and spooky.
Ethan carved his pumpkins this evening. He scooped all of the insides out of them, Rachel then drew a happy face and then a screaming face. Ethan then cut them out using some little tools. They look really cool! We are going to plant some of the pumpkin seeds and see if we get anything from them.
We had a Halloween party this evening, we had Claire, Luke and Faith over for some party games and pizza. We had fun playing pass the parcel, a treasure hunt and chatting. We had a 40 min powercut which normally would be annoying but we got out the candles out and it made it nice and spooky, the pizza also got delivered which helped cheer everyone up.
The weather wasnt great today, but we still wanted to get out so we decided to go to Burbage Woods for a walk. We had a nice time, such a lovely place to walk around and its nice and relaxing.
We went pumpkin picking today at Malt Kiln Farmshop. They had improved it since the last time i went, adding mats where people walk. Rachel wanted to get a selection of different pumpkins for a display outside our house. It was quite quiet and we had lots of fun.
We packed all of the bags this morning and got the car loaded up by 10am. Ethan and I then took a ride to the main car park to drop our bikes off before going swimming in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise for a few hours. We went to Starbucks for lunch and then went to the Adventure Golf for 18 Holes of crazy golf. We headed to the park afterwards and had a treat on the beach. It started to rain so we decided to head home as it was after 4pm at this point.
This morning Ethan and I went for a swim at the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, we spent quite a bit of time in the outside pool which was lovely. We then met Rachel and Joy to have lunch at Starbucks before going to the Country Club for Tots Go Wild, which was walking around looking for bugs and animals that live in the forest. We then went to Family Putting. We then went to Halloween Broomstick Making which Rachel really enjoyed, Ethan had fun decorating it, named it Greeny and had fun. In the evening we went back to Bella Italia and I had a lovely lasagne.
We had a nice nights sleep and after some breakfast we headed to the trees for Ethan to do Mini Trek, he is at the height limit for it, but he really enjoyed it. We then headed to Mini Crossbows, in which Ethan got to shoot a mini cross bow with suction darts at different targets. After he got used to it he really enjoyed it. We had lunch at Starbucks and then went to the Treasure Trail meeting point. Ethan and I did the Treasure Trail on our bikes and Rachel and Joy did it walking. Ethan and I beat them and did it within 1 hour 30 mins. In the evening we had dinner at Café Rouge which was nice. We then played Football Pool, which we had never tried before but it was really good fun.
We set off about 11am this morning and drove to Center Parcs Sherwood Forest, we had to take 2 cars so we could take mine and Ethans bikes, so i was in my car alone. It only took 1 hour 15 mins to get there and once we had parked the car we went for a Starbucks. After that we went to do some Pottery Painting, Ethan decided he wanted to paint a truck with a tree in the back, so we all got involved. Ethan and I went swimming at the Subtropical Swimming Paradise for a few hours which was great. After walking to find the lodge, we dropped our swimming kit off and went for dinner at Bella Italia. I had an early night as the day had took it our of me.
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.