Snow fun in New York

Simon was supposed to be in New York from Wednesday night for two days.  The snow in New York (3 feet in 6 hours!!) was causing flights into and out of New York airports to be cancelled.  Simon’s flight was the last on of the day from San Francisco (10:35pm) and 5 flights of the day had already been cancelled.  However the 1:15pm flight did manage to get away by 9:35pm… so things were looking good.  Simon was waiting for the flight (which was by now 45 minutes late) and was due to board at 11pm, at which point the announcement came over the tannoy – Flight 34 to New York’s JFK has been cancelled….

So, Simon did not get to New York.  Elliot was pleased to see Daddy the following evening – a surprise since Elliot was not expecting to see Daddy until the weekend.

The weather has changed significantly towards the end of the week, with the sun having gone inside for a while and the temperature has dropped significantly since Wednesday.

School feedback…

Today, we went in to Elliot’s school to find out their feedback on how  he is getting along.

We came back not really knowing what to think – is he doing well, is he doing less well – it is all a little unclear.

It seems that he excels in some aspects of their analysis (counting, eye to hand co-ordination) and yet has quite the opposite in others – such as copying shapes with a pencil and his social skills.

It is strange as there are also areas such as if he is showing signs of being a leader – really – he is four years old… Leadership skills…… really… ??

One thing is for sure, we have not spent enough time with him learning his alphabet and doing things such as collecting 9 cars together.

Funny, we knew he needs more work on his social skills but I think we are still feeling totally unsure of the importance of the rest.  At 4 years old, surely he should be focusing on making friends and building up the social skills that he will use for the rest of his life… ???

Stressed Saturday evening

We went out on Saturday with the folks and had a great day out at the Happy Hollow Park in San Jose.

Then on the way home, Elliot “NEEDED” some Fruity Pebbles breakfast cereal.  So as Vicky got out of the car at Safeway near the house, somehow her purse fell to the floor outside of the car as she got out, but she didn’t notice.  Then of course found that her purse was missing (her new monogrammed LV item that she got from the boys for Christmas 🙁 ) when trying to pay for said Fruity Pebbles.  Nobody had handed it in, nor seen it….. So we left our number just in case and went home to cancel the cards.

Stress kicked in as we realized driving licenses, Costco cards, Doctor cards and all our debit and credit cards as well as all manner of other important items were in said purse.

Amy and Jason came around for tea, and kindly brought some flowers to help brighten Vicky’s spirits.

Today, Vicky printed some reward posters to pop in the Safeway store on the off chance that someone had indeed picked it up and kept to give back to the owner at a later date.  Incredibly the customer services people had a phone message from a lady who had indeed picked up the purse and had kept hold of it for fear of it going missing once she had left it in Safeway’s “safe” custody.

So, we arranged to pick it up today and indeed it was safe and in one piece with nothing missing at all – Vicky has had s VERY lucky day today.  The lady had tried calling all the telephone numbers on the back of all the cards in an attempt to figure out where to find the owner. The people of Los Gatos are simply incredible people – honesty is in the job description 🙂

We then took Elliot and Olly for their first bike ride on their own bikes. See the photo attached….

We have enjoyed 2 wonderful days in great sunshine and temperatures that would be great for a UK summer day – 21 degrees Celcius – just awesome 🙂

More bikes…

We took Elliot to the shop tonight and bought him his first BIKE 🙂 He selected a cheeky little 16″ (wheels) Lightning McQueen beast.

Olly has not been left out, as he has acquired a little trike so that they can both go out learning to ride (pedal) together.

The weather has stayed good for another day – broke 20 Celcius again today – yay! It is looking good for the weekend – double yay !!

Back on the Bikes

We bought Vicky a new bike at the weekend – one that has 7 gears and handlebar brakes – hopefully this will help us get out more.

We went out on Sunday evening and then again tonight so we have started out in the right direction we think 🙂  Incredible that mid January we can go out with shorts and a t-shirt after work on bikes !! Let’s hope this nice weather stays with us for a while longer.

Simon gave up on the search for glasses last weekend when he found that not only will the US folks not supply the super thin lenses – some crap about Health and Safety – the lady in the Optician suggested that the thinner lenses could break and cause facial damage – Simon’s reaction was typical Simon – bollocks, they are plastic and will not break.  On top of this there were other issues that highlighted a lack of confidence in their ability to build a set of glasses that would actually function to Simon’s UK prescription.  So we have sent an email to the UK optician with the hope that they can setup the required glasses and then we can figure out a means to ship them to us out here.

We are in the middle of deciding whether we should look for an alternative accommodation out here, so have started a little search.  We are going to look at a property on Monday that is walking distance from Elliot’s school, has four bedrooms, is 40% more spacious than what we have today AND has a pool and hot tub in the back garden – yay ! It is just $700 per month more expensive – we are seriously considering this additional expense – will help with guests and will be MUCH better for the kids to be able to play outside in a garden.

Holy crap, 23 Celcius in January

WOW – it has been 23 degrees Celsius in he area today.  We were soooo caught out with our choice of clothing.  Shorts and t-shirts would have been the right choice today – blue sky and sunshine 🙂

We have been out shopping today nearly all day – Simon has been looking for some new glasses and so when he found some that he liked, the staff in the optician pointed out that the glasses in question are not available to someone with such bad short-sightedness – not sure what to make of that….. 🙁

Coldstone Creamery shouted out to us as well……. and beat us…… 🙂

Good to be back

Simon has really missed the 15 minute commute 🙂  It is GREAT to be back for that alone 🙂  The four trips to Daresbury from Ossett were hard – feel for Mr Leech who is still doing that commute most days…. 🙁

Olly had his first night last night where he was not allowed to sleep in mummy and daddy’s bed.  It was hard letting him cry in his cot, but it was necessary.  His “training” in the UK needed undoing.  hopefully tonight will not cause the same challenge….

Vicky has spent the last two days tidying up the Christmas decorations and the toys that the boys seem intent on getting out, messing with, then getting out again (once mummy has tidied them away).

We have a long weekend ahead of us so we are looking to do something out of the ordinary so that we don’t end up wasting yet another weekend.

Oh, the automatic watch winder that Simon ordered for our new watches arrived just before we got back here, and it works a treat.  It could take up to four watches that are automatic and then up to 6 other battery operated watches or jewellery.  A steal at $85 delivered – the item that we looked at in the shop where we bought the watches was a mere $700 for just ONE watch…. Guess that’s what you get when buying branded items…. Rolex was the brand in the case of $700.

Finally, the weather is on the up – was 18 Celcius today and blue skies – oh ddaaaaaammmmmnnnn 🙂