January 2017

Happy New Year 2017!
It's been a reasonably quiet start to the year. Mummy had a weeks holiday so she made the most of it by challenging herself to get as many steps as possible registered on her 'Fitbit', as well as going out on a bike ride with Daddy and Euan.
Daddy had his annual CPD training on the 15th January - he feels he did very well to stay awake for the duration of the training!
Euan has been keen to do quite a bit of cooking this month - so far we have had cinnamon bread, jambalya and flatbread.
We had another trip down to Berwick to see Auntie Gillian and take her out for lunch at the Castle Hotel.
Euans Scottish poem to learn for school this year was 'The Boy on the Train' - we all enjoyed this and now 'ken by the queer like smell that the nest stop's Kirkcaldy!'


Despite February being the shortest month there were plenty things going on!
Rugby training is back outdoors although Euan missed a couple of weeks as we were otherwise occupied! School activities included a Pyjama Day organised by the charities committee to raise money for dyslexia friendly books and a Day of Dance at Perth Concert Hall
We headed off to Knockhill Racing Circuit one wintery Sunday to watch the Grant Construction Rally. Euan had managed to forget his jacket so we had to wrap him up in Daddy's work coat. The rally was very exciting, with cars slithering about all over the place in the snowy conditions. Great fun, but it took the whole journey back to Errol before Mummy's feet had defrosted!
Valentine's Day was a bit of a non-event in the Steven household - we did may some melting heart cupcakes to celebrate. Thankfully they tasted much better than they looked! Euan was off school for half term so we took the opportunity to do some travelling. On the Wednesday we popped up to Aberdeen to see Auntie Jennifer, then on the Thursday we headed down to Edinburgh, We stayed in a lovely apartmentin Leith and had a wonderful dinner at Mum's Restaurant ... Euan even managed pudding. Mummy and Daddy were completely stuffed and struggled to finish the wine. On the Friday we headed south for forenoon tea at Merryhatton Garden Centre before heading to the Museum of Flight. We were entertained by Auntie Margaret's little video clip about the air ambulance. Euan was amazed at Concorde. Following on from this we continued on the the youth hostel at Berwick. On the Saturday morning we collected Auntie Gillian and headed off for a day exploring north Northumberland, rounding it off with dinner and a drink at the Percy Arms in Chatton.


The weeks are going past so quickly that we never quite managed to get the blog for March done...so here is March and April combined!
As always the beginning of March starts with World Book Day. This year Euan chose to dress up as Tim Diamond, Private Detective from an Anthony Horowitz novel, complete with shirt, tie, dark glasses and spy pen! Mummy thought that he looked a bit like a trainee funeral director.
School parents night was on the 8th March. Euan continues to make excellent progress. Other school events in March were a visit by author, Maz Evans. Euan was delighted with the signed copy of her book, 'Who Let the Gods Out'. Euan's class had a trip to Perth museum to see their Mummy as part of the Egyptian project, in addition to performing a play about the Egyptian's. Euan's role was 'fact reader'! Euan also had to be at school early (8.00am) to help set up the iBike Breakfast. Thankfully he didn't eat it all before the participants arrived.
Euan had an overnight stay at the farm in the middle of March to allow Mummy to travel down to Yorkshire to celebrate her friend Colette's 50th birthday. Afternoon tea at Betty's in Harrogate was delicious!


Into April and the start of about three week's school Easter holidays,
We had a visit from Auntie Margaret and Uncle Richard the first weekend in April. Euan was very adept at giving them a guided tour of the Farmers Market in Perth and showing them the sights of Errol!
The first Monday of the school holidays involved Daddy daycare. Both survived!! Euan then had a few days at holiday club beofre going on a 'play date' to Hannah's house. He had an absolute ball! Baking, cycling, chatting,etc... Hopefully we will be able to reciprocate in the summer holidays. Mummy was on annual leave on the second week of the school holidays, so Euan and her had a day trip to Edinburgh. A successful visit to the National Museum of Scotland and an equally successful return visit to MUM'S Cafe for sausage and mash lunch. Mummy had also arranged for Euan to take part in an outdoor adventure day organised by Perth Leisure. He had a great time building shelters, bouldering, abseiling and drinking pine needle tea!
On Good Friday we all headed off to Aviemore for a few nights camping. It was very chilly but mostly dry. We managed a good bike ride deep into the Rothiemuchas Estate. Mummy was very grateful for her new bicycle - it made life a great deal easier. We stopped for lunch beside a fast flowing mountain stream - none of us fancied wading through to continue along the track - just as well as it had started snowing by that point! As Mummy had to be back to work on Easter Monday, Daddy and Euan waved bye bye to her on the train on Sunday afternoon so that they could stay and have more adventures ...this included Euan completing the 'Tree Zone' high ropes course and the pair of them eating their fill at the Italian Buffet!
We managed to fit in a visit to the farm at the end of the month, following a rugby tournament at Stirling. Mummy and Euan were lucky enough to feed some of the new lambs at the farm - they were very noisy. We also managed to fit in a trip to the Links Market (thank you Uncle Brodie) Euan enjoyed most of it but was feeling a little 'under the weather' after being on the waltzers and rotor in quick succession!!
Meanwhile rugby and swimming for Euan is all going well. He has played in a few matches and seems to be enjoying the training at the moment. His good attitude and team spirit earned him the 'Player of the Week' trophy after one particularly good session.


Lots of exciting things happened in May!
Euan and Daddy did an overnight camping trip in Aberfeldy followed by a 10 mile paddle down the Tay (finding various paddles on route!) They both had a great time and were starving and exhausted when they arrived back in Errol. Just as well Mummy had a scrummy tea prepared for them!
There have been lots of school activities in May. Euan had two weeks of swimming lessons through school- this must have been beneficial as he's passed level 6 in the swimming scheme. This also means that swimming night is now on a Monday - a change to the routine!! Euan's class were also involved in the new clay building being erected in the park - We will post some photos when it is finished. Euan also had a star award at assembly for his excellent reading in class as well as a special certificate from his class teacher for outstanding homework.
The big event this month was Uncle Brodie's 60th birthday! Auntie Rosemary did a wonderful job of organising the 'surprise' party. It was fantastic fun with guests from near and far attending!
We had a family outing to the Ingliston Revival - a celebration of classic motor racing. Many wonderful cars to look at! Mummy particularly enjoyed the vintage funfair which was also there. Euan was somewhat embarrassed by this!
Rugby highlight for this month was the Perthshire home tournament. The weather was fantastic and both Perth teams did really well, getting through to the semi finals.


Lot's of weekend activities in June! Peter and Flora are back from Thailand for a little while so we caught up with them, and Auntie Gillian in North Berwick on a very warm weekend. We had a lovely Italian meal on the Saturday night and we all loved the desserts!! On the Sunday, Auntie Gillian came with us to the Museum of Flight - she loved seeing Concorde!
The following weekend we paid a visit to the Royal Highland Show. Auntie Margaret accompanied us and we had a super time watching the horse shoeing competition as well as seeing loads of animals. As ever, Euan particularly enjoyed the food hall and was given a discount by one stallholder in honour of his good manners!
The main news from school was the Primary 5 report card - as ever very good and perfect attendance too! Daddy went along to watch the, rearranged, school sports afternoon (thankfully it wasn't raining, this week!). School finished on Thursday 29th June, so Mummy to the Friday off to take Euan and his friend Hannah out for the day. We had a trip to Loch Leven Castle - a lovely little boat ride and lots of nook and crannies to explore in the building - pity about the midgies though! Only another six weeks of school holidays to go...

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