Volley Ball…

Well, we have replaced the tyre on Simon’s car 🙁 We have put all of Elliot’s cheques in his bank account finally but we have still not managed to get a replacement bulb for the oven.  We simply keep forgetting about it – or rather Simon does…..

We had a pool Volley Ball tournament down at Greenlea today – great fun – 5 a side and the teams were:

  •  Rusty, Guy L, Christopher L, Jake L and Dave (neighbour)

  •  Greg, Darren M, Frank R, Curtis M and Adam (neighbour)

Water laugh we all had – the important bit though is that Rusty’s team took the game 3 to 1 🙂 Nobody got hurt and all enjoyed it big time.  The pool tournament took place right afterwards in the play room, with Darren M being the victor – not that he was too smug about it ……

We have decided on new car seats for Elliot for when he is a little bigger as he is already almost filling the existing seat and apparently he should not be changing to a bigger seat until he is nine months – no chance if he is nearly already too big for the existing item.  A nice ISOFIX item will be ordered tres soon from the dealership and will fit the car better than most seats since it is designed for the car – will of course also fit other cars with ISOFIX fitments.

Elliot sampled his first ever Milkybar today – he LOVED it.  We know it is really too soon, but he was watching us eat and was salivating so we thought “what the heck”.  The only issue was that he thought that he could get it all in at once sideways and of course was none too pleased with us when we took it out of his mouth and only allowed him to suckle on the end and bite off little chunks.

Leads us onto the other news – he has been on Baby Rice twice daily (only one tiny spoonful mixed up) along with his bottles.  He seems to be taking to thicker food from a spoon really well, although if he is tired, we are definitely wasting our time – the bottle is all that will do.  It is unfortunately turning his stools, well, solid – he struggled for 5 minutes to pass something tonight – upon inspection it was almost the size of a squash ball and certainly not as soft 🙁

Still not sorted out what we doing for New Year’s Eve yet so I guess we will be spending the time at home on our lonesome.  Hey ho…..

The Gym’s a callin’

The laptop is fixed – it seems to have been switched off before it was ready to be switched off – the SYSTEM portion of the registry was corrupt.  No major issue, just time consuming really.

Vicky and Elliot seem content in just sleeping today – lazy buggers.

The temptation to take down the Christmas decorations is already kicking in, would you believe?

Simon can hear the gym calling…..

Merry Christmas Everyone – it’s all over…

IT’S ALL OVER !!! All the preparation and cost, and it is done with no return 🙁

We had a great time this year (not that we don’t other years) and this was obviously slightly special, with it being our first family Christmas.  Even though we asked people to not buy much for Elliot as he does not understand the specifics of Christmas yet, it seems that we still managed to amass a huge amount of gifts.  Father Christmas certainly found our house OK this year, and the lack of a chimney seemed to not deter the kind natured fellow.  Elliot awoke us at around 5am and we all got up at 6am (Simon’s Mum, Bernhard, Jenny, Justin, Daniel and Winston joined us this year) to have bacon sandwiches and gift wrapping removal.  I think it is extremely fair to say that all did exceptionally well and the chap in the red suit is welcome back at ForkHall without question 🙂

We walked down to Vicky’s Mum’s house (as the venue for lunch and fun activities for the day) after dropping Jenny, Justin, Daniel and a whole heap of food off first (well, and Justin coating the inside of Simon’s car with a nice helping of Chocolate Cake – I won’t write what Jenny called him – suffice to say Simon found it firstly funny and secondly shocked to hear the words being uttered from his sister’s mouth.

The rest of the day was awesome – a great feast bestowed upon us, with copious amounts of Châteaux-Neuf Du Pape to wash it all down.  A pool tournament where Phil and Dave simply whooped Simon’s ass good and proper – congratulations for Justin for becoming the ultimate champion of the table.  The day finishing up in the real pool, where some lazed about in the hot tub, others kicked in in the pool itself, and those who preferred to keep their dignity played at BUZZ on the projection screen whilst watching the idiots making fools of themselves in the pool area 🙂

A great day yesterday – THANK YOU to all who made it possible, and especially Greg and Sue for hosting the entire day.  A note for Richard who seemed to spend the whole day filling peoples glasses AND THEN who ended up keeping the pool house dry by squeegee’ing the place down each and every time some sorry fellow got out of the pool and wet the floor 🙂 top job man.

Then today, Simon’s mum and entourage left for home at around 10:30AM, and Simon, Vicky and Elliot head out to Bridlington to see Paula and Richard.  Once again, we had a fab afternoon since Paula and her mum laid on a lovely buffet, and with their friends and neighbours the conversations were lively also.  It always seems like we have only just arrived when we are leaving and that time has been cut short (I guess we don’t see a lot of them anymore) but I’m sure we’ll catch up again soon.

Simon just has Becca’s new laptop to fix – seems that the SYSTEM part of the registry was broken at 9:25am on Christmas Day – he is on with fixing it now…….

Happy 6th Wedding Anniversary

Vicky and Simon’s 6th Wedding Anniversary today !!!  We are going out tonight for a nice meal to the Kaye Arms between Wakefield and Huddersfield, which we are sure will be nice.  Elliot’s Grandma and Granddad are going to come and look after him while we are gone.

Simon managed to reverse his car into a low wall last night (at the vet – and no he didn’t tell the vet it was him 🙂 ) which punctured the rear passenger side tyre.  He hobbled home at walking pace with all pedestrians helpfully advising Simon that he had a flat tyre – quite why they thought he was limping home, we’re not sure……

Then, to add insult to injury, once inside the safe confines of our own garage, Simon jacked up the car, removed the nuts……………. oh yes and then COULD NOT removed the damned wheel from the car.  It culminated in a call to BMW OnCall who came out first thing this morning with a large rubber hammer and dealt with the issue – the embarrassment of it

Vicky was up making butterfly buns for the party tomorrow, and we think we are all set.

Now all we need is a session in the Gym, a swim, oh yes and a new damned tyre – grrr

Family Photo Time

We have the photos from the small family photo shoot we went on back in November.  Frank has kindly scanned the images for us, and here is our second Rust Family Photo.

We hope you like it – we certainly think it is pretty good – considering that Elliot did not wake up throughout the entire shoot 🙁

A Happy Christmas to all…….

HOLIDAYS – YAY !!!

HOLIDAYS HAVE STARTED ……. YAY !!!

Last night was Simon’s works Christmas Party near Warrington in Cheshire.  It was a good night with plenty of drinks flowing.  It was also……….. Elliot’s first night out…………. he stayed at his Grandmas and he seems to have really enjoyed himself.  When we got back to him at lunchtime today, he seemed unaware that we had not been there and happy as ever.  As a note, since the cold has gone away he seems to be a really happy chappy in general and the sleeping patterns have almost returned to where they were a couple of weeks back.

Simon and Elliot went Christmas shopping this afternoon – clearly something that Elliot will cherish forever – he slept the whole time 🙁 Obviously Daddy is very entertaining and interesting………… oh, no ?

The Christmas shopping arrived from Tesco and Vicky nipped to Costco while Simon and Elliot were shopping, so we are all ready for Christmas Eve party at our place and with the exception of a little gift wrapping, we are all done for Christmas Day as well.

Swimming, camcorders and holidays around the corner…

Video camera tested, and is good, very good.  Can heartily recommend a Sony DCR-SR90E to anyone who is looking for quality images and sound, all with NO tapes and immediate connectivity to your computer(s) via USB2.0.

We got some awesome footage of Pepsi hooning around with a vibrating dancing child’s toy – he was genuinely scared of it but very curious at the same time – the footage will be uploaded as soon as Simon gets time to pop it online.  We have the second swimming lesson where Elliot and Tyler finally made it into the big pool – poor little tykes were shivering for the first few minutes – they soon got over it and started having fun though.  Again, footage available tres soon.

Two days to go and then holiday time – definitely ready for the break and the time cannot pass quick enough for Simon, or slowly enough for Vicky 🙂

Elliot’s cold is still around but having less of an impact on him and therefore his sleeping is becoming better again – i.e. he only woke once last night at about 11pm, and then stayed sleeping / looking at his ceiling until 7:30am – which is just dandy.