The Last Week (05/06/2017)

Monday - As I had use of a car I stayed in the office until going to five-a-side, meaning I arrived before everyone else had started playing. Perhaps it was due to the fact I wasn't rushing in to the hall but I thoroughly enjoyed myself and was very content with how I played. I only got one goal, but the rest of my play made up for it. I even got a compliment posted on Facebook for how I played!

Tuesday - Nothing to report.

Wednesday - A day off from my full time job to steward a Rod Stewart concert at Shrewsbury Town's New Meadow. I arrived at 11:00 and didn't leave until gone 23:00, so it was a long day but very interesting to see some of the behind the scenes activities that go on - really different to a standard match day, and a world away from my usual job!

Thursday - Not much to report other than I had to catch-up with things at work having been out for a day.

Friday - I had to work from home so I could look after my little boy in the afternoon. I had to complete a task, which took a lot longer than I anticipated and it meant a later finish than I would have liked.

Saturday - As we approached lunchtime, we decided we'd go out for lunch, initially to MacDonalds, but as there was a large queue we carried on to a Little Chef. Although the meals we had were nice, the service was relatively slow and we gave up wanting to order a dessert as no one came to take our order, despite my son stating loudly that he wanted ice cream! When we finished, we popped to Meole Brace retail park to do a bit of window shopping.

Sunday - Nikki made it very clear that she wanted to get out and do something, so we ordered some tickets to the Birmingham Sealife Centre. After a pleasant drive in to Birmingham, we got to the Sealife Centre and spent about 2 hours walking round before ending up at Ed's Easy Diner under the NIA. Before heading home we decided to hear back into the Sealife Centred for another walk through. Even though we spent half the time in the aquarium second time round, I enjoyed it more as there weren't as many visitors so we could get closer to see the fish.

Five Favourite Friday... Thomas and Friends Characters

Back into the swing of things now, today's Five Favourite Friday post is centred around my sons favourite topic, Thomas The Tank Engine (his favourite meal is Thomas pasta, followed by Thomas yoghurts whilst watching Thomas & Friends!). So this weeks topic is 'Thomas and Friends Characters', there are plenty of them to choo-choo-choose from (sorry), so here we go:
1) James the red engine - probably because I share part of my name with him, possibly because I watched Formula 1 and Nigel Mansell was 'Red 5' may be a reason why...
2) Belle - part of the Search & Rescue Team, an engine with water cannons and she's very friendly.
3) Donald/Douglas - twin Scottish engines, I've not seen them on the episodes my son has been watching, but I remember them being quite frustrated and funny.
4) Victor - The manager of The Sodor Steamworks, who keeps all the other trains going.
5) Bertie the Bus - Thomas' friend, a bus that runs around Sodor and often bumps into the trains.
Have I included your favourite Thomas & Friends characters? If not leave me a comment below as to who they are!
You can see Nikki's selection on her blog, Just Around The Riverbend, and she has chosen 'things to do in Shrewsbury' (our home town) for next weeks post.

The Last Week (29/05/2017)

Monday - What started out as a day with a lot of good intentions soon got away from us and we ended up havning a lazy day at home, recovering from the previous weekend (we had two birthday celebrations to contend with).

Tuesday - I started a new role at work, and joined a meeting that overran, meaning I missed my train home. Coupled with Nikki taking our son to nursery before I'd really woken up meant I didn't get to spend much time with my son. Fortunately, Nikki said she'd bring little man to collect me from work so I got an extra half an hour with him that I'd have otherwise missed. Better still for me, he was in a happy mood so his bedtime routine went really well. We also decided to try him without his bed guard for the first time. We put two folded quilts under the side of the bed and, despite a couple of falls out of bed, it was a resounding success!

Wednesday - Nothing to report.

Thursday - Nothing to report.

Friday - An early start for us as we had secured tickets for a celebration of Williams Racing's 40th anniversary event at the Silverstone circuit. We spent several hours there and you can read all about our experiences here. When we returned home we went out for a meal with my parents. Although the food was what we were expecting, unfortunately the service wasn't prompt as we would have liked which meant we got back later than anticipated. After spending the early part of the night with Nikki, I went to stay overnight with my parents as I was giving them a lift to the airport early the next morning.

Saturday - An early start, leaving the house to take my parents to Birmingham airport at 05:00 - far too early for me! I got back home just after 07:30, after grabbing some breakfast for the family en route. I had a slew to catch up on my lost hours whilst my son had his morning nap. We spent the afternoon watching, first watching a good chunk of 'Ratatouille' (2007), followed by 'Cars' (2006) at my sons request and finishing our session with 'Chicken Run' (2000). As the evening wore on, we watched YouTube until going to bed.

Sunday - Not the start I wanted as my little boy woke at 05:50 and had no intentions of going back to sleep! We visited Nikki's parents for lunch and spent the afternoon with them.