Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Birthday Boy !

So I now have a 10 year old stroppy little moo, an accident prone 13 year old and a rather tall (6f 3") 15 year old Sith Lord living in the house!
Lee and I bought Alex a Cadet ZooKeeper experience for his birthday and so on Bank Holiday Monday, we all ventured off to Colchester Zoo.  Lee, Nicholas and Cassie explored whilst Alex and I got to "go behind the scenes" so to speak.
He felt quite important!
 He got to talk to the penguins..
 Chat to the African Crowned Crane
 Hold the barn owl..
Take the ring-tailed coati for a walk around the zoo..
 Chat to Flapjack - the pancake tortoise...
And feed a stingray!!

He had such a good time and so did I. 

Happy birthday gorgeous boy!

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Friday, 3 May 2019

Birthday girl

10 years - Cassandra is now in double figures!!!  My little girl is growing fast...
So this year, as I do like doing something different, Cassie had a "Boogie Bounce" party complete with surprise slime making. 
Not sure which bit she enjoyed the most!
She'd invited 20 friends, some of which gave up their usual Friday night activities to come along and celebrate with her - but a great time was had by all.
 Many thanks to my friend Jo for staying and being the "adult"!

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Sunday, 21 April 2019

Stick it Down - April Double page challenge

I'm back scrappin' again... well, inbetween studying for my Skills test next week.  Anyway, I'm so pleased how this layout came out, that background was a NIGHTMARE!!!!  LOL!
This was the sketch I was working to..

I think I'm spot on this time around!!

Just a few days to go until the challenge closes:
http://stickitdown.blogspot.com/2019/04/april-double-page-team.html

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

One Photo, 20 Words

Riding Bow, so happy!
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Friday, 12 April 2019

One photo, 20 words

Even with a broken thumb the boy is still out in a field kicking a ball!
Love him x

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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

One Photo, 20 words

My gorgeous first born and I

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Sunday, 24 March 2019

Calvin Ball - Day 24: Time Titanic / Lasting Memories #438

This is my entry for day 24 of Calvin Ball - This design was created originally by the lovely Sheena at ScrapaGoGo many moons ago, but I never completed it and have altered it to make it mine.  I met lots of the criteria on this one, so more points in the bag!
I'm also entering it into Lasting Memories #438 Mood board Challenge.  Inspiration taken from Ireland. My family and I visited a couple of years ago and went to the Titanic quarter.
Their challenge closes 30th March 2019:
http://kcclayoutchallenges.blogspot.com/2019/03/438-photo-inspiration-irish-photo.html

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Saturday, 23 March 2019

Life in general..

So life for the Butler's has been carrying on.

Nicholas had his removable brace fitted at the end of February and since then, has not only managed to break the pot he keeps it in, but he also managed to drop it for some little poo bag at school to stamp on it and break it.  Further trips to the orthodontist are now required.

My birthday was fun - we all went to lunch over on Canvey Island and then on to see Captain Marvel at the cinema and now we can't wait for Avengers End Game in May!
I've joined a walking/running group once a week in an endeavour to get a bit fitter and I was pleased with my times and distance this week.
The kids are desperate for a dog and have been for a while, but Lee is just not a dog person and we are encountering some resistance... So, I took Nicholas and Cassandra over to Acres Way the other weekend and we volunteered to walk some of their dogs up for adoption.
Cassandra has given up her loan pony Eddie and is now riding once a week over at Runningwell Equestrian Centre.  She had her first two lessons on a pony called Brian!
 
Alex has been out in the garden planting seeds and now potatoes in readiness for Spring..
 
In an endeavour to build up Cassie's stamina, she and I have been attending the Sunday morning parkrun over at Clements Hall for the last few weeks.  Our times are improving (hopefully)!
And finally, I was up at A&E this morning with Nicholas who has fractured his thumb playing football.  6 weeks out.  He's not happy!
 Bring on next week's trials and tribulations!.

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