My children will insist on growing up and making me feel old. Yesterday saw Sam turn 9.


The day before we’d spent some time at a softplay centre with lots of his friends so his birthday was a much more relaxed affair.  He needed to be cajoled out of bed to open his presents as he was too busy reading Harry Potter for the goodness knows how manyth time.

We picked up his best friend Oscar from the ferry in the morning and came back here where the boys played Sam’s new Xbox game, chatted, made a mess of Sam’s room, got on my nerves with the new ‘sound machine’ (every one needs a great aunt to buy those presents that children love but parents hate).

There was cake.20141115_2 20141115_3Playing in the park.  Sam’s present was a scooter so there was lots of scooting.  Including scooter jousting with pool noodles.

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Then it was back to Gosport for birthday tea in KFC.20141115_15 20141115_16 Some nighttime scooting round and round the fountain.

20141115_10I got to enjoy the view.

20141115_13Then I delivered them both to Portsmouth so they could have a sleep over (or a stay awake all night over 😉 ) at Oscar’s.

20141115_19Love how many hand made cards there are :).


Double Figures!

See he was cute once!

Last Monday was Jack’s birthday.  Coming 2 days after Gang Show and with most of his friends going back to school we passed it uneventfully.

A lie in, brioche for breakfast and present opening (mostly money!) took up the morning.

We’d bought him a Kindle and he had some Amazon vouchers so he spent some time browsing and downloading books.

So he had something to unwrap (we’d let him have his Kindle early to encourage lie ins during Gang Show week) I’d got him a collectors folder and some packs of Match Attax cards.  So time was spent sorting those.  And I’d made him a Tatty Ted picture.

At lunch there was cake of course.

Afternoon was spent having a family party play on the X box Kinect until Pete and I collapsed in an exhausted heap and the boys played Lego Star Wars until it was time to take Sam to Beavers.  Pete, Jack and I nipped to the pub, before collecting Sam and a Chinese take away for birthday tea as requested by Jack.

Now Sam is 6

I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever.

A A Milne’s words not Sam’s, although he likes being 6 very much, apparently.

Which is not really surprising as his birthday brought about a week of treats.

Monday was his actual birthday and presents were opened amidst the gambolling about in excitement.

One of his presents was a s tool kit and a load of balsa wood and dowelling.  The morning was spent with constructing.

At some point the boys abandoned Pete to it and went off to build Sam’s new Lego kit

The finished boat 🙂

In the afternoon they had friends round to play, made a lot of noise and ate a very gooey cake.

Bit gaudy but exactly what he wanted

Tuesday we caught the train to Cardiff to stay with Grandpa Bob.

At Bob’s as ever there was lots of chess

Weds we went to the theatre to se Horrible Histories Awful Egyptians.

Lunch at KFC, with Tatty Puppy (birthday present)

Then to the Build a Bear workshop

Kitty 2 (Sam's) and Daniel (Jack's)

And then killed a lot of time pottering in the Lego shop, building some minifigures to take home.

Thurs was a pottering day.  They washed our, yes that’s right, OUR car.  Ready for Pete to arrive mid afternoon to practice driving it.

Friday we were back at the theatre for the Ruthless Romans




Happy Birthday Jack

My little boy is 9 😉 Feel old!

Morning started off quietly. He unwrapped presents and cards. A rucksack and everything he needs for Cub Camp plus books off me and Pete and an Ultimatrix from Sam (Ben 10).
As well as lots of money and vouchers from wonderful friends and family.
The Ultimatrix was his favourite!
He had an Archery set from Aunty Sian so we had a bit of a competition.
Then dressed for Cubs as Jack and I went with the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to watch the Gosport Gang Show. Well done to all those who took part 🙂
At home we gave Jack his ‘real present’ a Star Wars game for the X-box. He was a bit taken back and mumbling until Sam started squealing ‘we’ve got an X-box Jack!’
We thought it was time we removed our ban on game systems. While we still don’t really like the idea of having one, I am aware as Jack is growing up he is missing out on a huge area of popular culture and more importantly he had become very aware of it. So we decided to crack and after a bit of research settled on a Wii. However we were offered a X-box Kinect to review and after umming said yes. And it’s brilliant. The Kinect games are ones that even Sam and I (really rubbish at standard games) are able to compete in as the best tactics seem to be the move as madly and quickly as possible 😉
Very difficult to get good photos.

Then Jack wanted Chinese for his birthday tea.
After too large a meal, out came Star Wars for some more sedate gaming.
Best birthday ever Jack claimed.
TV, cable, game system what are we turning into this year? Still haven’t and never will watch reality TV though 🙂

Happy Birthday Sam

My baby is 5!

Today to celebrate he got chased by 2 T-Rex.

Of course it is the photoshop pic I did for his birthday card.
Day was very leisurely. Everyone had long, hot baths (me and Jack because we got soaked doing Remembrance Day parade).
Sam had new pjs which he wore for most of the day.

A lego kit, which was quite difficult.
A Power Rangers activity box from Pete’s Auntie Sian. Which included binoculars.
And many other lovely presents. Thank you to every one who remembered him.
He set me the challenge of a penguin shaped cake.

Then Sam wrote a Power Rangers story for Jack and ‘read’ it.
Finally it was off to bed with the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book which kindly came out this week with perfect timing.