Monthly Archives: December 2011

A Round Up of Other Things!

As you can probably tell I have been going through my computer diary looking for things we have done and I cannot believe how busy it has been.  Since the swimming we have also attended both Boys parents evenings (good results for both), The Boys went to Top Gear Live at the NEC as part of Youngest’s Birthday present, attended three other swimming Galas (where the club gains points), I have spent two Saturdays quilting presents for Christmas and baking, went Christmas shopping with my good friend, Jayne, to Nottingham, attended the play that Youngest was in at school and last week held Birthday celebrations for him.

He and a school friend had a sleep over at home.  We went out in the evening for pizza at Frankie & Benny’s and then to the cinema to see Tintin, which was really good, I was quite surprised.  Then we were up early Saturday morning to go to Nottingham shopping.  Youngest wanted to spend some of his Birthday money and Eldest and Girlfriend went Christmas shopping and I completed my last few bits of shopping.  We then all had a late lunch before Youngest and DH went to another swimming gala and I took Girlfriend home and Eldest to his job at the local golf club as a waiter!

Sunday saw us decorating the house for Christmas and collecting our tree from the tree growers.  It was a lovely family day and I will get some pictures of the decorations for the next blog.

The next few weeks are going to be as busy trying to get presents wrapped and delivered, baking and getting it all pulled together for the Big Day.

Only 19 days left and counting!

Susie x

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Swimming Championships

November saw us going to several swimming meets and our own swimming club annual Championships.  This involves us all.  DH is Chairman of the Club at the moment, I do all the paperwork etc for the Swim 21 Accreditation (a standard for swimming clubs) and The Boys swim.  Fair exchange!
The two events are held on Saturday evenings when the pools are shut to the General Public.  And I can honestly say it is three hours of non stop racing and results.  I help on the evening with the logging of the results on the computers and printing them out, DH is the commentator and both Boys swam.  They did really well beating quite a few of their previous times and getting a few cups and medals as well!  The evenings are hard work but great fun.
The Boys also all went off to the Derbyshire Sprints which was a whole day of racing on November 20th.  Again the Boys did really well and we got some great pictures for the wall.

We also held our small pool Championships for the little ones and again as a family we all helped out.  Eldest was a steward, Youngest was timekeeping, me again results and DH was talking, as usual!  The little ones had a great time and their medals and trophies are presented on the evening, with goodies bags, which I sorted out – all sixty of them!!

Susie x
Eldest doing Fly

Halloween & Bonfire Night

I love this pumpkin the colour is great and it doesn’t die!

This firework is called a fountain, you can see why!

Sparklers are a must.

Traffic lights abound.

Trick or Treat who knows!
 
These two days creep up on me without me noticing and they certainly did this year!  I am going to blame it on being in Hospital in September!  
Halloween was great fun, Youngest went Trick or Treating, whilst Eldest did duty at the door for the Trick or Treaters’ here.   Youngest went with his friend from school and DH, whilst friends mum and I had a drink at home.  The evening was quite mild so there were no frozen fingers and toes when they got back.  
It was also DH’s Birthday and so we spent the day treating him to lunch out and The Boys helping to open his presents.
Bonfire Night on November 5th was great and the weather held so the fireworks were let off without rain spoiling the evening, unlike last year.  We then had hot dogs and chips with Bonfire Toffee to finish.  
Here are a few pictures of both evenings.
Susie x
 

Late with my blogs!

I cannot believe where time goes!  The busier you are the faster it goes and now having looked back I missed the whole of November!
The end of October was half term here for the Boys and a much needed rest, although we were still busy.  We took Eldest one down to Southampton to have a look at the University there and on the way back I managed to call in at a quilt show.  Although only small it was great to see the quilts and I managed to stock up on some Christmas fabrics which I needed and some fabrics, which I didn’t, but liked them all the same. The Boys all went to a car show so all were happy!
Here are a few pictures of the quilts I liked on display.
Susie x
I Love the colours in this quilt.

Can you believe that this is done in fabric!  The picture does not do it justice.

I wanted to take this home, I love the colours.