Happy Birthday Tyler

We all hope you have a wonderful 5th birthday big guy.  We are sorry that we can’t share it with you.

Today, Simon took his new IWC back to the shop for the rattle that has begun to occur within it, to be repaired.  The folks in the store were definitely not sure that there is a problem, but have sent it back to be checked all the same. Apparently this is going to take between 6 and 8 weeks 🙁

Vicky has taken one of her diamond rings in to have one of the diamonds reset (it fell out when she dropped it in the UK).  It will take a few days to fix up also 🙁

Tim has been checking out mountain bikes today – just hoping he makes a decision swiftly as the longer it takes, the more likely it is that Simon will feel the need to purchase…..

Back in the bay :-)

Great couple of weeks with the family in the UK, but we are now back in the bay.

2 mega birthdays – Rebecca’s 16th and Sue’s 21st.

The flight back today was really hard work – Oliver was not happy for over two hours of the journey 🙁 He finally fell asleep in daddy’s arms 40 minutes before we landed, then Elly fell asleep as the landing gear was falling out of the plane….  Ended up with 2 mega grumpy boys to get through a horrifically LOOOOOONNNNNNNNGGG security queue.  Thankully one of the security people spotted us and ushered us to the front of the queue.

So, one pap johns pizza, a couple of beers and we are all heading to bed – it is 21:33.

Simon is hoping to get a good nights sleep as he is up at 05:45 to get into work tomorrow…. Wish him luck….

ForkHall UK is almost ready for uncle Tim to move in

We got back in the UK yesterday but due to traffic on the motorways we did not get back to Yorkshire until after 8pm.  We stopped by ForkHall to take a look through the windows – all looked good from what we could see (was almost dark).

We spent a large amount of today back in the house, and the deckit man has done a great job and the house actually feels almost brand new inside.  There is still a lot to do however – we have taken much of the kitchen stuff out of the shed and begun to get them cleaned in readiness for uncle Tim.  We have also got much of the garage stuff out and placed in the garage again.

Tim is bringing his bed, gardening gear (we don’t have mowers etc) and we nipped out tonight and bought a new suite for the lounge.  We hope Tim likes it, although are pretty sure he will – the bonus is that it is getting delivered next week, so when he gets back from California, he will have bed, couch, TV and therefore will be good to go.

Elly and Olly have LOVED playing in the garden today – just goes to show that we really need to search for a pad in CA that has a garden – even if we don’t end up buying out there, we really need to move from the current pad in September.

p.s. Elliot did great on the flight back here, and Olly did OK. We tried to upgrade the seats before we got on but no such luck 🙁 Perhaps on the way back to CA….

Couple of hours on the beach at Santa Cruz

The weather was not quite as nice as we anticipated it would be today, but nonetheless we still headed South to the sandy beaches of Santa Cruz – we spent a little over two hours on the beach to the South of the harbor (the very harbor that got slightly battered a couple of weeks ago as the backlash of the tsunami hit the US coast.  Of course daddy managed to get his back burnt – isn’t that standard protocol for daddy on the beach at Santa Cruz? 🙂

The boys had a great time with Oliver having sand everywhere… Poor little monkey – he then slept for a couple of hours on the wya home and then when we got home.  Of course the downside is that it is now 10:23pm and he has been awake for the last 30 minutes and is showing no signs of being ready for bed….. Guess who is going to be a visitor in mummy and daddy’s bed tonight then….

We head back to the UK on Thursday and have got a lot of stuff to do with the house in Ossett in readying it for Tim to move in next week.  The decket man is heading in on Monday and should have completed the whole house by Saturday (when we actually get there after arriving in London on Friday afternoon).

We need to figure out what the state of the kitchen is and hence whther we need to just acquire a couple more new doors for the cabinets or consider a full kitchen replacement…..  Oh the joy..