Once it was done I e-mailed the Project Linus Co-ordinator to find out where to send them and posted them off. Along with the bundle of crochet, some fleece I sent to my bloggy friend Rachel and a good clear out of some of Mark's stuff I've managed to make a fair bit of room in the wardrobe.
Sparky has had a hair cut which set me back £42. He gets cut to the bone because I like to get my money's worth from the groomers. I've worked out I spend £96 a year on my hair - £12 a time for a wash and cut every 6-8 weeks. Sparky spends at least £168 a year on his!
Last night we had our fireworks. I love fireworks, the bigger the bang the better as long as it's Mark lighting them and I'm stood in a safe place! I made a chili and rice, opened the traditional tin of hot dogs, roasted/toasted/melted? marshmallows over the fire and finished with parkin and hot chocolate.
Today was Thomas' birthday party. He's 11 on Tuesday but he wanted to go paintballing so he had his party today. He invited 5 friends to go with him, plus Amy and her friend, which is quite a crowd for him. I made the cake, chocolate was requested, and stuck a cake topper on that I ordered off Ebay.
As a special treat I'd ordered a limousine to take the boys to the venue. An extravagance I know, but Thomas loves limos and would like to own one when he's older, although what he'd really like more than anything is a super yacht! Anyway, I thought it would be nice for him to have a ride in one before he got too old to want to do it. Here he is posing at paintball.
His face was an absolute picture when the chauffeur knocked on the door and asked for him and they were all out of the house and in there like a shot. Drinks were included and they're all convinced they had champagne :) He was a bit disappointed it was a one way trip though and they all had to come back in our cars haha.
The paintballing went well and afterwards it was back to the house for cake and a bit of Xbox time.
Other random snapshots of our week:
Topping up the stones in the garden - a little job for Mark. Delivered on Monday, they're still in the bags.
A shelf change - my tribute to Sadie and her White Month :)
I'm having a bit of a detox so the fruit teas are out again. Rose lemonade is one of my favourites. Really enjoyed the interview with Mary Berry in this months Prima.
Making butternut squash soup. Inspired by another lovely blogger, Jules over at A Hidden Gem.
A Christmas (sorry!) purchase. I've gone all grandiose and for a bit of fun decided instead of a Christmas lunch starter I'd do canapes/amuse bouche. Just need to decide what to put on them now.
Organising Christmas Eve fun (sorry again!). This is based on a double or quits type of game. Answer a question wrong or turn over a Humbug card and you lose all your goodies.
Tapioca. I love any milk puddings and would always put my hand up for seconds at primary school. Tapioca takes me right back to the school dinner hall and whispers of 'frog spawn'.
Our annual gas and electric statements from GB Energy arrived. We've used £506 of electricity and £103 worth of gas. Mark's Dad would have been proud of us :) I don't think that's bad but we've changed supplier because they've doubled their daily standing charge for electric and half again for their gas. We can spend money at Number 38 but we like to save it as well.
Random shot of Thomas eating his supper. Talk about taking it easy!
A new boat for the 'man child' of the house. The spaghetti hoops are for scale.
Matthew took Thomas out for a birthday treat and as we'd not seen Sienna for a couple of weeks we did a child swap. She's teething and her hands are constantly in her mouth. This was taken in a quiet moment in between LOTS of crying.
Amy's blood test results came back fine which is good news, but I've put her on a daily vitamin tablet to give her a boost. She says they taste horrible and makes a right palava about taking them. Anybody would think she was 6 not 16.
And that's another week gone at Number 38. Along with the detox and herbal teas I've made a conscious effort this week to drink more water and bounce around for 15 minutes every day to some music. But you are definitely not having a photo of that :)
Hope you've all had a good week and that those of you dealing with illness in the family are making steps in the right direction.
Thanks for popping by, hope to see you all again next Sunday.