Happy Brthday Dan

We wish you a wonderful day and hope you do only what you want.:-)

Well, the majority of the work has been completed on the play centre – the slide is up, the two towers are up, and we have decked around the base of the steps to make it less muddy etc.

Plan is to get out of bed early(ish) tomorrow and complete the swings side of the set – then all we have left to complete is the decking underneath the picnic table and the play area.  Oh yes, and then lay a couple of paving stones under the entrance to the new shed, sorry outdoor play toy centre :-).

Pick up ‘yer spade and dig boy (cont’d)

It’s the weekend again, and this means that Simon is heading back out into the garden to finish the play center.  Hopefully this weekend will be much less cold, with less rain, snow and sleet than last weekend – otherwise, we will have a very disappointed and probably irritated Simon 🙁

The sun is shining presently but it is pretty windy – lets hope the wind dies off and the Sun shines on……

Pick up ‘yer spade and dig boy !

Simon has spent almost all of the weekend out in the garden behind the garage with the intent of moving the shed into a new location to make room for Elliot’s new climbing frame with swings and slide etc 🙂  After 2 full days slog, the shed is moved and happy in its new home, we purchased the Rainbow Activity Center from Costco and began the monumental build.

There are something like 400 bits to be attached etc – to we have laid proper foundations to ensure it lives on for many years 🙂 The we is Granddad and Simon – Greg has thankfully given up tres amount of time to lead the job (Simon would (as we all know) have been knackered without the help (read lead).

It will be a few weeks before we can finish the job since our schedules won’t really allow us to complete it – that being said, the ground needs a few weeks to recover – it rained, it snowed, it hailed on us and the wind was pretty strong also.  All the seasons appeared to have dropped on us over the two days so the floor is just boggy – hope the grass is able to grow back again, and we may just build a little deck around the base of the new activity centre – might be the best way to deal with the area.  Photos will be available when we have finished it all.

As per usual, we do expect Simon to be whinging about being sore by about Tuesday – might even be sooner – we all know what he is like 🙂

The shed will house all of the outdoor play things for Elliot etc once we have this finished and all cleaned up.

5 Series servies – HALF usual price :-)

Vicky’s car has been in for a service today – it has actually not needed servicing for over 18 months !!! Awesome.

Anyway, the local BMW dealership quoted just over £400 to do the Inspection 1 service and Air Conditioning service.  So, we located a BMW specialist (happens to be 200 yards down the road from Sandal BMW) who did the same job for £188 all in – result.

The only downside is that they did not reset the date based indicator – so I guess it is going back for that doing – not a major piece of work though I wouldn’t have thought.

Simon needs to check the iPod integration in the car as Vicky has suggested that it no longer functions 🙁 Hopefully just a job for a steady hand and a soldering iron… so Simon has already figured out what a new one will cost 🙂

Still no joy on a iPod kit for the 7 🙁

The countdown is ON

9 weeks to go … Time has flown by and we were only just commenting today on how 2 1/2 years ago, we had everything well and truly ready including a hospital bag for Vicky.

This time around it is different it seems – more relaxed (or certainly for Simon) and as a result his room has not yet been decorated, and there is still lots to do.

Simon has dug out a small patch of grass in the back garden (behind the fence where the bins etc are presently) that will be the permanent home for the shed, so that we can get on in building the climbing frame and swings / slide etc for the boys.  Hopefully, the existing shed can be moved as early as next weekend – just depends on Simon’s ability to arrange some sand to go under the shed as the base.

Simon bought a cross trainer during the week last week, so has already been in for three sessions.  It is a really cool model (NordicTrack AudioStrider 900) that has a wireless heart rate monitor, so Simon is able to train and ensure that the heart rate is always being followed closely.  Just need to figure out exactly when he will actually be able to use it.  He found out that 8:30pm is not a good time, as he came off it feeling wide awake and as a result was unable to sleep that night – the first night – guess it could have been new toy excitement 🙂

Getting old – up last night until just after midnight, up this morning with Elliot @ 7:30, and Simon is absolutely knackered – it’s only 7:40 pm !! Oh dear….