Another new year sees my darling boy turning 11...
It's still all about the ball for Nicholas...
Although I think he was most pleased with his new Scaletric set!
We all went out to dinner on his actual birthday, but Mum wasn't feeling too good, but we still saw her and I'm not sure what Nicholas appreciated most - his new amazing 1GK Goalie gloves or a silly moustache pencil!
On the Saturday after football, Nicholas had two buds round and together with Lee and Alex we went over to Brentwood to go go-karting.
Both my boys have always loved the rush of racing and they all loved it - even Samuel after a bit of encouragement!
Pizza, cake and a sleepover rounded off a very lucky young man's birthday.
We often venture into our local toy shop - Toys n Tuck in Southend when we're in town and this week we made a special visit as we had received a call to say that Cassandra had won the 21st Day of Christmas prize in their competition.
She had to come up with a reindeer name - Sparkle was her choice and it was obviously a good one as she won a Fur Real Friends cat whom she named Misty.
The Leigh Ramblers football team that Lee manages and coaches completely changed this year. A number of players left for various reasons (none to do with Lee) but it was great as there is now a lovely group of lads with wonderful 'team spirited parents'. Makes things far less stressful for an already stressy boss!
One of the team is a lad called Samuel who Nicholas gets on REALLY well with and as a family, we're getting to know his family better too.
So the other week, just before Christmas we all met up over at Wat Tyler Country Park for various activities which included a reindeer hunt for the girls - Samuel's got a little sister who's 6 called Lilly and her and Cassandra get on really well.
It was then back to Matt and Carly's for some tea and a natter. Before we realised it is was getting late and home beckoned.
I'm married to a wonderful guy called Lee and we have two gorgeous boys - Alexander & Nicholas and a beautiful daughter Cassandra. I run my own secretarial business, I've just completed a degree - BSc in Criminology and Psychological Studies and I'm also a very proud Beaver Scouts Assistant Leader. I like to keep busy and one of my favourite hobbies is scrapbooking..