Great weekend – and we still have a day to go :-)

We went to Gilroy Gardens yesterday – a sort of mix of Alton Towers and Disneyland for families with children under 12.  The weather was hot – not seen a blue sky that was quite so vivid for a long time, and 30+ degrees Celsius really helped as well 🙂 There are some photos in the gallery…

We bought tickets that mean that we can go back as many times as we want for the rest of the year – tickets we 70USD each and we didn’t need to buy one for Olly – too young to need one 🙂 Did we have fun? Ask the little one in the new wheels….

We went with new friends, Amy, Jason and their 3 year old, Charlotte.  We seem to (OK so Simon) have not offended them, since they came back to ours for a curry for tea, and Elliot and Charlotte played for about 3 hours.  They had a great time – in fact little Charlotte was none to keen on going home, as she didn’t want to leave her new friend 🙂  Elliot even offered her a cuddle as they left ….. wow !

The today (Sunday) we got up, gave the boys their breakfast and then saddled up on the bikes and cycled to Hobees restaurant for bunch.  We established on the journey (approx 3.5 miles) that Vicky’s bike, while pretty, is short of gears (only has 3) and the back-pedal brakes are less useful on downhill races.  Following a fab brunch, we head out and down the Los Gatos Creek Trail into Vasona Park, where we stopped for a short play on the climbing frames, and then on again down the trail and back to the house.  The total journey was just under 8 miles we believe and took us under 4 hours including the two stops.  An Olly actually fell asleep between the park and home so we guess it must be pretty comfortable in there 🙂

We are strangely looking forward to more similar bodily punishment later in the week.

We used the trailer as a pushchair around Gilroy Gardens yesterday, and it is MUCH easier to push than he existing Jane pushchair that we have – obviously it is larger but is around the same weight.  It is a bit more painful to get in the car as the wheels have to come off and it fills the boot space in the X5.

Tomorrow we are heading to a park in Saratoga for a BBQ for lunch with the “Brit mums” group – we are hoping for good weather again – the last two days have been in the 80’s and we have not seen clouds 🙂

We relented and bought a printer

We decided that we can’t cope without printed materials in the house, so have purchased a all in one inkjet printer from Epson – wireless as well – which is nice 🙂

Oliver would not fill with food tonight – we went out to the Black Angus Steakhouse – he ate his dinner, a bit of Elliot’s dinner and a lot of mummies dinner…. He would appear to have got his appetite back 🙂

We are starting the Memorial weekend (that’s right folks, it is NOT a Spring Bank Holiday weekend) by heading to the Gilroy Park with some new friends that Vicky and the boys have been spending some time with.

Then we are heading to Hobbies for breakfast on Sunday 🙂

And we have a BBQ in a park in Saratoga on Monday 🙂

Ace weekend coming up – hopefully we will get some cycling in as well 🙂

Bank Holiday weekend beckons…

Daddy has been in Houston, Texas this week – apparently it was 95 degrees F, and every time he stepped outside, if felt like he was stepping into an oven… 🙂 Accordingly it will be just as bad, erm, good in Florida – only 10 days to go…..

We have ordered (and now received) our HD DVR – Sky HD for the UK readers – it is now installed and operational so we can now record TV shows while we are not here – all for $15 per month – bargain.  We obviously now need a new TV to go with it – then we can move the existing TV down into the lounge area so that we can relax down there once the kids are in bed etc.

We have also taken delivery of Olly’s new pushchair – this is the one that converts into a car seat that is allowed on planes etc – should make life a bit easier when travelling – will be testing it out in the next couple of weeks 🙂

Got a long weekend ahead of us this weekend – Memorial Day.  Hopefully the weather will improve and the rain will go away – then we can get out on the bikes – with Daddy being away this week, we have not used them since we picked them up last week – got to make sure that they don’t continue being nice things that decorate the inside of the garage.

Sat watching Transformers in HD so time to go….. 🙂

Another weekend gone…

We were out for BBQ on Saturday, and to the beach today and the weekend has just vanished on us 🙁

We had a couple of guys come round this morning to help lift the wardrobes etc into Olly’s room.  Simon has fitted the feet on them etc and fixed the door that he broke, and now all Olly’s gear is finally in his room.

Just got to get rid of the 4 pallets and the pile of packaging that was wrapped around all our gear.  We have no idea presently how we should rid ourselve3s of the crap, so are hoping that the lads that came around to help shift the wardrobes will come back to us with details of how to get rid of the stuff.  Failing this, Simon will be busy searching for a dump site next weekend….

Another weekend – and we have bikes :-)

Wow, another weekend has caught us up 🙂

We collected the bikes and bike trailer last night.  We walked the 1.5 miles to the bike shop so we could ride back 🙂  Elliot’s legs soon “ran out of petrol” and he requested a carry 🙂  V funny – Simon recalls having “poorly yegs” but don’t recall having fuelling issues 🙂

The boys creamed with delight on the way home in their new chariot – let’s just hope they continue to enjoy it they way they did on the short journey home 🙂  It seems their early gripes are surrounding the safety helmets that they must wear – I guess they will get used to them 🙂

We have a feature packed weekend that began with Simon nipping out to have both cars washed this morning before the boys etc were out of bed – job 1, done 🙂

Hopefully we will get out for a ride on the bikes later this morning and then we are going out for a BBQ at a colleagues of Simon’s this afternoon and then are going tomorrow to another colleagues in Half Mon Bay – nice small ocean front town.  Elliot and Olly will get the opportunity to play on the beach etc assuming that the weather is up to it.

This week has been mostly sunny but the temperature has rarely increased above 18 degrees celcius.  Not bad, but then consider it has been 25 degrees most days back on Yorkshire….. 🙁

We have now got our flights to and from the UK sorted up until Easter 2011 – thanks for the help Claire 🙂

Happy Birthday Uncle John

The Californian Rust clan wish you the very best on your big day – 60 today – WOW, time flies…

We are sorry that we are unable to celebrate with you, but are there in spirit if nothing else 🙂

Have a WONDERFUL day.


Our shipping container contents will be here today!!! YAY!!!  They are delivering between 12:30 and 16:30 today, so we are looking forward to having MORE stuff to put away 🙂  Elliot is really chomping at the bit to get his toys back…

Elliot is due to the paediatrician tomorrow also, so we suspect that he won’t be feeling great following that trip – there are likely to be a number of injections that he requires.  Olly had his last week….  With a bit of luck he will forget about the trip once he finds his toys are here…. 🙂

The bikes are due to be collected this coming weekend 🙂 Apparently the trailer will be here tomorrow, but the weekend will be our first chance to collect.

Vicky is working on the flights back to CA etc in August – thanks for the help Claire H – it seems that we are getting v close to having reasonably well priced flights 🙂


The gear arrived at lunchtime, and there is now half a ton of bubblewrap and cardboard with a bigger pile of selotape sat in the garage right about now.  We have a very excited little boy in the house at the minute – it seems that he REALLY missed MACK 🙂

The boys truly do have more toys than they know what to do with right now.

Amazingly enough, the delivery guy turned down a significant number of green bills to help Simon shift the heavy wardrobe upstairs, so we need to find a man with a van to help sort that final piece out.  We have ended up doing really well on the day with much of the stuff already put away 🙂

Will prob take a few weeks to finish up though….

More furniture information…

We finally got the all clear from the customs people so we are expecting the shipping stuff in the next 4 or 5 days – typically, because they required BOTH x-ray AND full piece by piece search, we have had to pay an additional $500 before they will release our goods 🙁

Then, today, we went out to an outlet furniture shop in the hope to find a piece of furniture that we would be happy with that could be delivered in the next two weeks, to find that we can specify exactly what we want, with whichever fabric (something like 80-90 to choose from), and then to top it all – delivery in under a month !!! Nice.

So, we have bought a three seater settee with built in luxury inflatable queen bed – believe me the inflatable is not a lilo like you would have for on the beach – it is very comfortable – in fairness it needs to be as I suspect that Vicky and Simon will be the ones who have to use it… i.e. if visitors come to stay, it would be less good if Simon woke them on his way out to work @ 6am….

We are heading to Florida for a couple of weeks in three weeks – well Vicky and the boys are – Simon will be travelling out to work from there.

The beach is calling again tomorrow – well after we have breakfast in Los Gatos – going to see if we can set a new routine for Sunday’s with breakfasts 🙂

We will be ensuring that daddy has enough sunscreen this time….