Here we all are on Saturday, when we had a little family gathering for Joel’s birthday. This post has a lot of photos all out of order, so I’ll do my best to remember what happened when!!
Joel and Martha had fun using Theo and Isaac’s old dressing up clothes!!
This climbing frame was the main present which we and his grandparents all contributed towards. I bought it from an online company which had great reviews and great prices. This one was £1200 reduced to £450 in a sale. I pre-ordered it before Christmas and it was delivered last month. It’s sat as planks of wood in our garage for a month and took Steve’s Dad 3 days to assemble. We also had to level the section of garden for it to go on, so it was a big Easter project and we couldn’t have done without the help for it, but we look on it as an investment for the future garden playtime of both boys really!
We’re really pleased with it. There are two parks nearby, one is across a busy road and more suitable for older kids, and alot of teenagers use it to hang out at, and hte other is on my parents estate and is tiny and not worth the walk there, so now he has a park of his own in the garden.
Martha enjoyed helping him with his presents. You wouldn’t think she was a whole year younger than Joel would you?!
Then on Joel’s proper birthday we all went to Church as it was Easter Sunday, and went out for a lunch at the local carvery. Steve’s dad loves the carvery!! Then it was home again for more presents and cake… We used the bottom cake today and Joel got to blow the candles out again and have Happy Birthday sung which he loved!
He had his presents from us on Sunday as he had to have something to unwrap on the day! We got him a Megabloks Percy set, a dino game (like hungry hippos which was technically free from Asda at christmas with an offer and we saved it), a Diesel and Diesel 10 train figure for his Brio track and some pyjamas.
What else, oh yes, on the Saturday Steve decided to light the chiminea, so the kids all thought that was brilliant. Joel had an outfit ready courtesy of his big boy cousins, and I made them do it at the bottom of the garden. We all still smelt very smoky though!! It wasn’t so much a fire as a big smoke!!
Here’s me and Joss. He had his injections last Tuesday (I’ve missed a weeks’ update so must rectify that soon) and was very grizzly and clingy for the onset of Steve’s parents visit, but soon felt better and was a wonderfully happy boy in time for the weekend.
Whether Joel appreciated the effort which went into his cake or not I’ll never know, but enough people have said they were impressed to please me!! It took 5 hours, and I really underestimated how tricky fondant icing is! I don’t know whether I’ll be so ambitious again, but it was fun to create it, and the cake itself stayed tasty inside!
This was Saturday evening after both boys had been bathed to get rid of the smoke smell. Both were very tired and were asleep for 7.00pm leaving a free evening for Steve and I to watch more of An American Office (as i’ve never seen that series and am really liking it!!)
here are some more of my family on the Saturday. Aunty Amy with Grandad and Martha trying to share her rabbit with Josiah, and my sister Sarah in a rare smiling photo as she doesn’t like pictures and won’t be on them very often!! They both enjoyed their happy Josiah cuddles.
During the afternoon we had an Easter Egg hunt for the kiddies, and also an ice cream bar. Well, I had a tub of vanilla, with sauces and sprinkles and cones. Everyone had one so Joel wanted one, took a lick and gave his to Daddy. Then he cried as he did want one really, so on having a second ice cream, still didn’t want it so it went to Martha. He’s a funny three year old!
Here’s Steve and his family who came up to help with the garden project. They have a new puppy called Oscar who is a bit of a liability when it comes to food, so it does make visits a bit more complicated as our dog doesn’t try and help herself ever, and doors have to be shut, our bin has to be relocated and for a party with a buffet laid out and toddlers eating at dog level, dogs have to be shut away.
Here’s me with my sisters and mum. They are all much better at posing than I am. Look at my weird bendy legs. I need a lesson in looking more svelte!!
Joel is here enjoying his birthday cake with the vanilla layer.
And some more sheep pictures. They were a very cute pair!!
All in all, it was a busy weekend but the party itself was very relaxed and just right. I think too many people would have overwhelmed Joel a bit too much and he knows and loves his cousins so it was perfect. It was lovely to have both my sisters there as we don’t get together all that often with one from Wales and the other Nottingham and Joel enjoyed having Grandma, Grandad, Granny and Grandpa to spoil him rotten!!