Birthday Bank Holiday Fun

Our Bank holiday celebrations started on Thursday when we celebrated Thomas' 4th Birthday. I cannot believe that my little boy is 4 year old. It seems like 2 minutes ago that we were bringing him home from the hospital, watching him crawl for the first time, take his first steps, say his first word, bring his little brother into the world and now 4... yes 4 years old. 

We started off celebrating by opening Thomas' presents. He mostly got money this year as his toy box is overloaded with toys and he has a mountain of clothing so we decided to ask for money so he could choose his own things. 

He also got this gorgeous monkey which is really cute. That was until we took him out of the box and he started giggling at us and then let out a huge trump. Yeah, it is funny, but after the 50th time, gets a bit annoying hahahaha *parp*

Thomas was lucky as he got 2 birthday cakes this year. We bought one specifically for nursery, so he could take it and share between all his friends at school. And the cake for home which was personally made for him, from Baker Days. Our review of the cake is here.

We bought him 2 pairs of trainers which no doubt he will ruin scraping his feet on the floor whilst riding his scooter and we also got him a trampoline. Thomas has been asking for a trampoline for ages now and so we thought we would surprise him with one. 

After purchasing an 8ft one, we kept it in the box until the day before his birthday when we built it up. I must admit, the instructions were a bit confusing but after a while we got into our flow and got it together. Although, it still did take a good hour and half to get together. Thomas enjoyed having his first jump on it though. 

We had been planning for ages, trying to think about what we could do for Thomas' birthday. In the end, we decided on a barbecue. As family members were working on the Thursday, we had it on Saturday instead, luckily this was ideal as the weather was lovely. 

Now, I have to say that I am a barbecue virgin. I have never done a barbecue before and so this did make it hard at first. I couldn't get it to light. Charcoal and fire-lighters on, but no, it wasn't lighting. After getting mad, and a few expletives too, it eventually staying lit and we enjoyed some yummy marinated pork and chicken and then sausages and burgers too.

Unfortunately for me, after being stood at the barbecue cooking for so long, I was left with my back so burnt that it is still hurting now. As you can see in the picture, and no, that isn't a white bra strap, that is my bare skin, red raw.

Although, I may have had a painful time afterwards, it was all worth it to see Thomas and Charlie have such a good day. They loved seeing their family and having a play in the trampoline and swimming pool, having water fights and just running about tiring themselves out. 

With us having a long weekend, with the bank holiday and all, we decided to make the most of having a car, and we went to Ilkley park. This is a good 50 minutes away from us but it was
great to have a nice drive out there. Lovely weather and a nice big park meant we had a fantastic day.

Thomas enjoyed playing with his cousin, Adam, whilst Charlie slept in his pram. The see-saw was a huge favourite for the boys and also the climbing frame shaped like a truck, all the boys seemed to be flocking to this one.

There were 3 different slides around the park and swings too so Thomas was never bored. There was even a huge sandpit. Wriggling sand between my toes, I imagined sitting on the beach in Spain, yes, this is the life.

Charlie woke to have a go on a little car and Thomas on the bike and we ended our day by watching daddy and uncle Gareth play on the sea-saw, yes, boys will be boys! I think I should contact a media agency to get the word out there and for companies to start making park toys for adults.

After enjoying fish and chips at a restaurant, we were on our way home.

This has been the best Birthday and bank holiday weekend we have had, great fun and family times.

How did you enjoy the long bank holiday weekend?

Life in a Break Down


  1. Outdoor fun all the way, I love your birthday weekend and I bet your grown up 4 year old did too! Ouch to that back, I hope it has given you the bbq bug though, we are huge fans at every opportunity. Wasn't it lovely to have another dry and sunny bank holiday weekend!

  2. You look likes yous all had a fab time! Happy birthday Thomas :D Oh n wear sun cream next time silly billy lol xx

  3. Other than the sunburn looks like you had a wonderful day

  4. Anonymous19:11

    Looks like you all had a great weekend except for that sunburn - ouch! #CountryKids

  5. Annie Costa21:58

    Ouch poor you,I always slap on loads of suncream as I hate getting burned!

  6. Anonymous18:00

    Looks like you all had a great day, remmeber the suncream next time!

  7. Looks like you had a lovely bank holiday except for getting burnt.

  8. looks like you all had a fab day!! :)

  9. WOW love the trampoline! Our garden isn't big enough!

  10. Thanks all. Thomas had a great birthday and although I did get burnt (did use sun cream) it was a lovely weekend x

  11. You look likes yous all had a Great time!

  12. Wow looks like you all had a great time!!