Monday, September 25, 2006

Happy 5th birthday Ethan

Ethan is 5 today and has been at school. He was a little tearful this morning when I dropped him off at school but I'm not surprised as he's had a busy weekend and is a little tired from it all! There was so much to take into school this morning, lunch bag, reading folder, slips, sweets for his friends, water bottle and some photos from his party to show. This morning he opened presents that we got him and a few from family, he opened the rest this evening. As you can see he got so many presents and A LOT of money. We got him a few little bits - x2 read along CDs, PJs, Cars stencil book, pencil case, crayons and of course a very special birthday party. I just can't believe how much stuff he has got and had to take a photo, he is one lucky boy - can you see all the birthday cards along the bottom of the photo!

We have been to TGI Fridays for tea and had a great time. Ethan told them it was his birthdayas soon as we walked in and he got special treatment. We all had burgers and shared a Popcorn Brownie Sundae for dessert which was lovely. They then bought Ethan a little cake out and sung Happy Birthday to him which he loved.

After that we went to John's Mum and Dad's and he got even more presents. We then came home to open all his other presents which took him a little while. Then more family and friends came round with presents and the lounge floor was covered!

Here are a couple more great photos from Saturday's parties.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Party photos 2

These photos are from the party we had after the children's one for family and friends.

Ethan on the bouncy castle

Ethan's second birthday cake that doubled up at dessert for everyone LOL

Ethan was desperate to open some of his presents, he opened this present that Nan and Grandad had got him as they were there to watch him open it. It's a mini guitar just like Daddy's.

Party photos

Here are the photos:

Ethan in his fireman's outfit and me in the fire engine wearing Ethan's hat!

Ethan on the fire engine - posing for the camera, dancing to the music and looking out of the window.

Ethan on the fire engine for his birthday boy treat

Ethan's fire engine birthday cake that a friend made, the number plate has his mane and age on it :)

Ethan's birthday party

Ethan had his birthday party yesterday and it was fantastic. We hired a bouncy castle for the day and fire engine for his party. The children had half and hour to play on the bouncy castle before the fire engine arrived. The children were so excited and all went running to the door when it arrived. The fireman bought all the hats and fireman outfits to the back garden for the children to get into. They then all had a photo in front of the fire engine on the street - there were a few neighbours looking LOL Then I went with the first lot of six children including Ethan for a ride around. I sat in front and the children sat in the back with another Mum. We were out and about for about 20 minutes and we had music and sirens playing, it was great. The next six children then went out with John and my sister, then the next six after that. I went again and so did Ethan as there was a spare space, I sat in the back this time with the children and another Mum went in the front - the Mum's were fighting for that space. Got some better photos this time and some video footage. Ethan was then allow to sit in the drivers seat of the fire engine as a birthday boy treat, he loved it especially as no one else was allowed a go. He was then presented with some toy firemen - Jack and Diego and a certificate.

It was then time to feed the children and do the birthday cake but we only had 30 minutes so it was all a bit of a rush. They all ate well though and Ethan loved his fire engine cake a friend had made, it was such a shame to have to cut it up though. All the children went home then with their fireman hats, birthday cake and a few goodies.

Then it was time for the family party and everyone was arriving half an hour after the children's party finished. We had a great time and was lovely to have everyone round. We still had the bouncy castle so the children that were there could play. Another load of food was served but I had got quite a lot sorted the night before so there wasn't too much to do. The last guests left at 8.30pm and we were all shattered.

Only the one photo as it wouldn't allow me to upload anymore! Will do another post with photos - this one was of Ethan in his birthday outfit.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

6 years today

Well 6 years today I was getting married, I really don't know where the time goes. We were going to go out for a meal but with working on the bathroom and having Ethan's party next week we have just not got round to sorting it out. We will go out the week after Ethan's party though and we're going to have an Indian tonight and relax.

John's got loads done in the bathroom today and it looks as though it will be finished for Ethan's party next week :) Most of the floor tiles are now down and all the tricky ones around the shower cubicle are done too - which John has made a fab job off. We went to B&Q this afternoon to get a few bits, they still haven't got the end panel for our bath so we have to go to a different one tomorrow to get it.

Ethan has had a party this afternoon and had a great time. They had a bouncy castle which he loves and he ate LOTS of party food.

Ethan is still enjoying school and thinks it is better than nursery as they have more stuff. He is enjoying his reading books and bear words and tries really hard. He starts reading club at school next week which he is looking forward to. On Wednesday last week he did his first of 12 football sessions. He had a fab time and was really good at remembering things, he did headers, saving the ball, dribbling and they played little matches.

I have done quite a few scrapbook layouts so will try and upload those over the next few days.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

So far so good

Ethan seems to be settling into school well and enjoying his time there. I did my new hours at work for the first time yesterday and all went well. I have plenty of time in the morning to walk Ethan to school and walk back to get the car and to drop the car off at home and walk to pick him up so I'm really pleased about that.

After picking Ethan up from school yesterday I noticed his new clarkes shoes were falling apart! It was only the second day he had worn them so it was off into town to get them sorted which is not what I wanted to do after a day at work. They changed them no problem but he had to have a different style which were not as comfortable as the others. Not only that but they cost £4 more and the parking cost £2.50!!!

Whilst we were in town I picked up a couple more pairs of school trousers although I had to ask for them as they don't have them on the shop floor now! We also got his Superman outfit for the dancing show he will be in next month (will post a photo tomorrow), so not a complete waste of journey.

Ethan's party invites went out yesterday too so that is creeping up. We have the fire engine booked and all the children are really excited to be having a ride on a fire engine, just need to book the bouncy castle now.

Today has be a busy day and gone really quickly. I met with Jane and after a coffee we went shopping and I managed to get quite a few things for Ethan's party - drinks, party bag things, some food and some PJ's for his birthday. Also got some clothes for myself, a top for work and one for a christening I'm going to at the weekend which will also be great for going out - just hope they all fit as I didn't have time to try them on.

Here are a couple of photos of the bathroom taken at the weekend, not the best photos as John was in the middle of working on it but it gives you an idea of the progress. The first photo is with the sink and towel radiator fitted, the radiator looks big in this photo but it doesn't IRL. The second is of the ceiling with the new loft hatch fitted (no more drafts!) and the spot lights which I love and it's great to have light's back in the bathroom.

There is only the towel radiator to be plumbed in, walls, ceiling and coving to be painted, floor to tile, door to put on and a couple of finishing touches so not long now.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

First day at school

Well it was Ethan's first day at school today and he was up bright and earlier ready to go. It took us quite a while to get everything sorted and make sure we had everything he needed for his first day. He looked so smart in his uniform and couldn't stop looking at himself in the mirror to see what he looked like. He also insisted on carrying his PE bag, reading bag and lunch box and not sure that'll last past today! When the bell went we went to his class with him and he put his PE and reading bags on his peg and lunch box on the shelf. He then went straight into his class and sat down with a big smile on his face looking forward to his first day. Here are some photos of Ethan this morning, wearing his school t-shirt, with his school jumper on and all his things and in the playground waiting to go into class.

After taking Ethan to school me and John went over to a friends to see her and her new baby boy. It was great to see her as it has been a while since we last saw her. After that we went and had some lunch before it was time to pick Ethan up.

We then went to pick Ethan up and he was very excited when he saw us through the window and looked as though he had a great day. When he came out we asked him if he had a nice day and what he'd been up to. As you can imagine we didn't get too much information out of him but he did say he had TWO playtimes :) He'd also done painting as it was all over his new school jumper, will need to get used to that and missing jumpers etc.

I went to Ikea on Sunday with Ethan to get some storage bits for his bedroom which we really needed with all the extra school stuff he now has. We got some dividers for his drawers and also some great little round storage bins that must be new as I haven't seen them before.

Here is the layout I did the other weekend of Ethan in Mt Laguna, San Diego playing in the snow for the first time. Used Bazzill cardstock, Heidi Swapp silhouette snowflake stickers and chipboard letters and white Sakura gelly roll pen.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Saturday crop layouts

Ethan was back at dancing yesterday after a two week break and got straight back into it. The dancing show is only about 6 weeks away and Ethan will be dancing in it for the first time. He will be dancing to Superman and we have to go and get him a little superman outfit that has been chosen for them to wear. He also had his first private lesson in four week and did really well. He is definitely improving and remembering more of the dance, once his concentration and timing to the music improves we can start thinking about competitions he still wants to do them.

In the afternoon I went to the Hobby Horse crop. Yet again I had a great time and got 3 layouts done. That means I only have 1 more layout to do and Ethan’s 4+ album will be up to date.

I have struggled with this photo because of all the different colours, it was taken at a local soft play area. Eventually I found these Sweetwater papers from their Paint Box Kit earlier in the year. Used Bazzill cardstock, Sweetwater papers, Heidi Swapp letters and Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

These photos were from John’s birthday this year and again I have struggled to scrap them, it was hard to get papers that matched. It has turned out better than I expected but not one of my favourite layouts. Used Bazzill cardstock, Sassafrass Lass papers and used Sassafrass letters as templates and Zig millennium pen in brown.

I have another layout but just need to add a title using my Quickutz so will upload later along with the other layout I have been promising to upload.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Friday crop layouts

I went to the Hobby Horse crop last night and had a great time and even completed 2 layouts. I’m really pleased with them and they came together so quickly. Here they are:

Ethan’s first sports day in July this year, he tried so hard and even won both his races. Used Sassafrass Lass papers and letters, Bazzill cardstock, Heidi Swapp chipboard arrow

This photo is of Ethan with Olivia and Louise the day they moved house. Used Bazzill cardstock and flower, Sassafrass Lass paper and letters, Heidi Swapp chipboard arrow and Queen and Co brad.

Friday, September 01, 2006


Yesterday me and Ethan had a trip to London to do some visiting. We had a great day but both were and still are very tired!

Firstly we visited Michelle, it was great to see her as we'd only briefly met at Bonanza earlier in the year and chatted online. Ethan had a lovely time playing with some children who lived next door and really didn't want to leave! We then had a lovely lunch at McDonald's, it seems so long since we last ate there.

It was then time to visit my cousin and her daughter who was 1 in August, Ethan was really looking forward to playing with her. She was asleep when we arrived and Ethan couldn't wait till she woke up. He didn't have to wait too long and they had such fun together and Ethan was lovely with her. My cousin has just moved into a new house so it was great to see it and have a look around, they didn't have an easy time with the buying and selling but now have a lovely house. Here is a photo of Ethan taken whilst we were there, such a lovely photo of him, how he's growing up.

On the way back home we went to Katy's for an hour and Ethan was able to play with the girls. They haven't seen each other in a while and played so well together which was lovely. Although I've seen lots of Katy since she moved it was only the second time we had been to the house since she moved so won't leave it so long next time!

Been busy today getting the last couple of school bits for Ethan. We also needed some printer paper and some birthday cards so got those whilst we were out. Liam also came to play today so Ethan was really excited about that, they played really well, although a little loud!

Off to the Hobby Horse crop tonight so hoping to get lots done. Will post the completed layouts over the weekend and also the layout I did last week they I still haven't posted.