Toy donation

We are midway through a pretty intense clear out from the boys rooms – there are loads of toys that have simply not been used in years so we found a car bootful to take to the tip (broken / lost parts etc) and then two bootfuls to go to a charity shop.

The Salvation Army in Batley seemed very pleased to be the recipients of the gear as they stated that they only had girls toys at the moment – we certainly managed to redress the balance.

Elliot and Oliver had a moment when they saw how pleased the small boys and girls were (that we visiting the store) when the items were taken into the shop. Simon asked them to try to remember that moment as it is such moments that makes us all such nice people – ie wanting to help others wherever we can and feel good to be positively helping somebody.

Hopefully we will not be hoarding as much stuff in the future…..

To iPhone or not to iPhone….

Elliot’s iPhone 6 is dead in that it no longer works as a phone – the phone part is simply BF’d 🙁

So, for his birthday, we agreed to upgrade his phone so he is now the proud owner of a shiny new Apple iPhone 8 in red.

The deal with 3 was really rather good so for £50 down and £42 a month we have all you can eat everything – feels like it makes a mockery of Simon’s SIM only £30 a month….

He is of course busy sorting all the apps that he needs.

Olly is similarly pleased as it has effectively supplied him with an upgrade from the old iPhone 4S to an iPhone 6.

Also, Simon has an appointment for next weekend to have a new battery installed by Apple in his phone so that should give it an extra lease of life until the new phones are available 😉

Silcoates Junior Graduation 2018

Last night we attended Elliot’s graduation from Silcoates Junior school.

Elliot and his class mates were treated to almost two hours of reminiscing over their last 6 years within the school with some lovely montages of photographs intertwined with little stories from Mr Boyer and of course presentation of awards for the children.

Their theme for the evening was the Oscars and so they were each introduced to the hall full of parents as they individually made their entrances. It was simply wonderful to see how mature they have all become and how they are all developing into wonderful people, each with their own fabulous personalities mixed with super senses of humour.

The awards were setup as film related, so either a specific film or an actor portraying a part in a film that sits in harmony with their personality and traits that they have developed individually while at the school. Elliot was introduced as the Tin Man as he has no rust on him but has a huge heart with nothing but kindness and good things to say about everything and everybody.

We are so incredibly proud of the young man he is so quickly becoming and while we are nervous that he is about to be joining the senior school, we are super excited for him as he embarks upon this next stage of his journey.

Great party at the weekend although broken toes were involved….

The sun was shining on Sunday and we all enjoyed a fantastic day out in the garden with family and great friends.

 

As you can see we had a large (30 ft tall) bouncy slide for the kids for the day. They had a ball with it, including kind of turning it later in the day in to a water slide with the kids going crazy with water bombs.

Once Olly’s friends had head home, the bigger kids had a go – only a couple of slides and disaster…

That’s right, Simon ended up with two broken toes – muppet.

Now he is in for resting it, hoping that it fixes quickly – it is strapped up and we are hoping that it doesn’t need a cast – that will make travelling to Sweden and Australia v tricky.

Fingers crossed it will resolve soon…