Christmas trees….

We got the tree out of the garage last week and Vicky got it out of the box during the week. Sadly the top section was causing the built in lights to fail ๐Ÿ™ The tree came from Costco 3 years ago so a quick call to Costco and boom, take it back for a full r fund they said 👍

So, we head out this morning with the trailer and three in tow, stopped at the Seed Room in Middlestown for breakfast with Grandma and Grandad and then on to the co of the cost.

The r turn took all of 5 minutes with a full refund placed back onto Vicky’s debit card – the icing on the cake being that they have the new version of the same tree in the Leeds branch so we popped one in the trolley – at a total cost of ยฃ15 – since the new one is that much more expensive than the previous one.

We also bought a real tree while we were there since we bought one last year and it was the best real tree that we have ever had – this one looks just as good although we are leaving it a few days before dressing so that it acclimatises to hate room ๐Ÿ™‚

So there you have it – a total result all around it seems – take a look at the Disney tree in the snug – in fairness the snug has become the Disney room but is it too hard to capture this in a photo.

< he lounge setup is still work in progress while the tree acclimatises….

Great weekend away

We got back this morning from a lovely weekend at the Sherwood Forest Centerparcs resort. It was an early start as we needed to get the boys to school by 8:30am – we wanted to maximise the weekend by not coming home on Sunday evening as that would mean packing just after lunchtime and hence eating into the weekend significantly.

The boys were at school by 8:10 so allxwas good – suspect that they will be super tired tonight however ๐Ÿ™

The fireworks were good although we selected our viewing point badly – thankfully Vicky figured out a way to sort it so we soon moved to get the best possible view.

Earlier in the day the boys undertook the Cave Adventure – a man made caving experience – Olly loved it, Elliot enjoyed it and Simon managed to hold it together …. The saving grace be in the knowledge that worse come to worse, kicking the plastic would likely cause it to give way and hence getting stuck would not be an outcome ๐Ÿ™‚

Table tennis was also fun – the boys both had a small paddy at different times so thankfully It was only 30 minutes or so – however overall, it was enjoyable 🏓

We hope to be able to do more such weekends as it really shows that more can be done with weekends and even better when Hugo can be involved 👍

Photos can be found here

Sherwood Forest

We have arrived in Sherwood Forest and got settled in – the lodge is lovely – we werenโ€™t sure what to expect given we got Hugo with us but it is lovely.

We were late setting off as we needed to wait for a chap to show up to check out the shower that has been broken. He diagnosed that the remote unit was faulty and thankfully had a spare in his van so we now have a working setup. We do however need to look to relocate the aerial as the system is only 2.4ghz so it will struggle to communicate through the heated flooring ๐Ÿ™

Anyway, the weekend has already begun although we missed the opportunity to get a swim in before dinner tonight ๐Ÿ™ will take the puggle for a nice walk around the place instead – the boys will be OK with it as we brought their bikes so they donโ€™t have to walk ๐Ÿ™‚

Sherwood Forest

We have arrived in Sherwood Forest and got settled in – the lodge is lovely – we werenโ€™t sure what to expect given we got Hugo with us but it is lovely.

We were late setting off as we needed to wait for a chap to show up to check out the shower that has been broken. He diagnosed that the remote unit was faulty and thankfully had a spare in his van so we now have a working setup. We do however need to look to relocate the aerial as the system is only 2.4ghz so it will struggle to communicate through the heated flooring ๐Ÿ™

Anyway, the weekend has already begun although we missed the opportunity to get a swim in before dinner tonight ๐Ÿ™ will take the puggle for a nice walk around the place instead – the boys will be OK with it as we brought their bikes so they donโ€™t have to walk ๐Ÿ™‚

Daytripping and chores

Yesterday, Elliot and Simon went on a little day trip to York, via the 232 bus to Huddersfield then a train to York. We enjoyed walking around the city, a cheeky Pizza Express and of course a Costa.

We were unable to get into the Jorvik centre as the queue was rather large and when we arrived at the Chocolate museum, it was sadly the same message ๐Ÿ™

However, we had a fun time nonetheless and decided to get a taxi back from Huddersfield railway station as the bus is a 40 minute affair and I think Elliot had endured enough earlier in the day ๐Ÿ™‚ however, the taxi driver was a few days past his last shower requirement so it was a pretty smell 20 minute journey instead – was almost the sort of smell that made your eyes hurt….

While Simon and Elliot were out, Oliver had school friend Joe over for the day and they played around the house, cycled in the garden and drove Vicky mad ๐Ÿ™‚

We all nipped out for dinner at TGI Fridayโ€™s before dropping Joe at home on our way home.

Today had been about continuing leaf burning in the garden (it has been burning all week long) and sorting things such as household insurance. We managed to save ยฃ80 so that was a nice result 👍

Tomorrow, we have a chap coming round to check the Grohe shower unit and hopefully will figure out why it doesnโ€™t work. Following this, we are all heading down to Sherwood Forrest to spend the weekend in Centerparcs – even Hugo is invited.