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Thursday 21 August 2008

The National Forest's Maize Maze in Burton, Staffordshire

Sharon & I took the boys today to the National Forest Maize Maze in Tatenhill near Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. We had a superb day but I'd make a few recommendations. Try to go on a day when it's not going to...


Tuesday 5 August 2008

Chloe going to Prom



Thursday 31 July 2008

Connor, James & The Mad Scientist

Connor & James went to a birthday party on Monday. There was a Mad Scientist....


Thursday 31 July 2008

Connor lost a tooth. The Tooth Fairy wrote.

Connor lost his first his tooth on Monday. No warning, no weeks of wobbly tooth, it just fell out. So the Tooth Fairy came and left him £1. She wrote him a letter too....

Friday 4 July 2008

Tower of Pap-el

Connor's school, Hollygrove School, is running a Lads & Dads programme to improve reading in the school's boys (boys apparently lag behind girls in reading). This week saw the end of the scheme for Connor's year and they held an...

Wednesday 18 June 2008

Let's run away

Sharon: i want to run away today, will you come with me me:OK. Where to? Sharon:anywhere where do you fancy me:Somewhere warm but no pollen Sunny but not sandy Sharon:sounds good me:and an internet connection Sharon:i'll go with that...

Tuesday 10 June 2008

You or going out with him and not me

Song lyrics by James, Aged 9



Sunday 8 June 2008

Things what we have done recently.

On Sunday last weekend, we took Chloe to my Dad's so that she can practice on her Baotion 50cc Scooter before going to CBT. My Dad's is about a 10 minutes drive away. As Chloe hasn't done her CBT yet...

Tuesday 20 May 2008

This is my house......

Sharon and I found this on our video camera last night when we were downloading some other files. It's absolutely hilarious for most of the film. The 2 photos that he shows are of Mac who died in March...

Thursday 8 May 2008

Monsters

Drawings of, and by, monsters....

Sunday 29 April 2007

The Roaches

Today we went for a walk on The Roaches. The five of us, together with my parents, my sister and my nieces walked from Roaches Gate to the highest point, although my Mum, sister, Chloe and Imogen turned back early...

Sunday 22 April 2007

Walking the Lichfield Canal

Today, we walked the route of the Lichfield Canal. The canal is being restored by The Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Trust. It took us the best part of 4 hours in total. I've used the new My Maps feature on...

Saturday 14 April 2007

Dear God.... Penguin!

Text from Sharon yesterday: Connor has just sat next to me, snuggled up close and whispered "Mummy, lets talk to God", closed his eyes, put his hands together and said: "Dear God, Please can I have a real penguin...... Amen!"...

Thursday 1 March 2007

James gets Invested

In the Christmas rush, I missed posting this. James joined Beaver Scouts....

Too cute

More blackmail ammunition for when he's older........

Sunday 18 February 2007

Luft Ballon

He really loved that balloon.......

Monday 6 November 2006

Patch

James seems to be suffering a bit alopecia at the moment. There's no obvious reason for it; he's otherwise healthy apart from his normal asthma. Our doctor says it could disappear almost as quickly as it has appeared. Equally it...

Friday 20 October 2006

Taking the boys to Birmingham

Half term started yesterday for James & Connor. Today I took them to Birmingham. We went to Birmingham Museum to see the Egyptian exhibition. James is learning about the Ancient Egyptians at school and he wanted to see the mummy...

Thursday 19 October 2006

James Bowling

Yes, I am aware that these family videos and pictures are incredibly self-indulgent and probably boring the pants off you. But it's my website so I'll indulge what the funk I wish. Besides, its not like any funker is...

Sunday 15 October 2006

Drawn



Sunday 1 October 2006

Give Away

2 weeks ago I put my entire life into a bag and gave it to a stranger. OK, not my entire life, but my business, my bank details, my photographs, my music.... It was all in my laptop, in my...

Friday 8 September 2006

Sharon Sings

On 19 August 2006 Sharon sang at the Church at her cousins wedding during the signing of the register. This was recorded on my mobile phone whilst she practised in the morning. The sound quality doesn't really do her...

Thursday 7 September 2006

Connor Drawing September 2006

Connor Drawing September 2006, originally uploaded by theaardvark Connor did a drawing for me whilst I was away today. It's a picture of when we went to the park at the weekend. It shows me, Sharon (on the left...

Thursday 31 August 2006

What's that coming over the hill....

The Automatic: What's that coming over the hill. Connor & James in unison: Is it a hamster? Is it a hamster? The Automatic: What's that coming over the hill. C & J: Is it a hamster? Is it a hamster?...

Valentines Card

I started clearing some of my stuff out of my desk today in preparation for leaving my job in 15 days time (how scary is that?). In my desk draw I found this hand drawn (traced?) Valentines card from Sharon....

Monday 28 August 2006

Our Kids

Aren't they cute?...

Friday 11 August 2006

We beat our children!!!

OK. First up. We don't beat our kids. At all. Quite definitely. It's a joke. However, for the second time in three weeks Connor has injured himself. If we're not careful, someone will genuinely think we hit him. Tonight, Connor...

Friday 21 July 2006

Waterslide



Tuesday 18 July 2006

Hospital with Connor, again

We ended up at the hospital with Connor again yesterday. He fell and banged his head on the wall cutting the back of his head....

Friday 14 July 2006

Jimmy is this week's achiever

James got a special mention in the "This Week's Achievers" section of his school newsletter. Congratulations James!...

Sunday 9 July 2006

Sponsor Connor

Update: The code provided by PayPal for the donation button was broken. Thank you to the person that pointed this out. I have now fixed it. Connor's nursery class at Holly Grove School is having a sponsored rally to raise...

Wednesday 28 June 2006

Lego Space Pirates of the Alliance

If you're going to build a lego spaceship, you need to have a back story. This man is a space pirate, a buccaneer who steals from the evil corporations who are turning the solar system into the galaxy's ghetto. He...

Saturday 20 May 2006

Connor practising his contortionist act

From You Tube: For comparison, from Google Video: I'm not sure which video system I prefer, although the controls on the You Tube version do scale down better to the size I'm forced to use just in case anyone is...

Wednesday 10 May 2006

Reporting

Made here, which was found here....

Sunday 23 April 2006

Photos from My Sister's Wedding

The eldest of my two younger sisters got married a fortnight ago. The day was a superb celebration but I drank far, far too much. I managed to avoid making a pillock of myself on the evening but was incredibly...

Friday 7 April 2006

Get me to the Church hotel on time

Wow! Look at that. Almost a whole week without a single entry. It's touch busy at the moment. I'm not likely to be doing any blogging over the weekend either because my sister's getting married. So, in the meantime, here's...

Friday 3 February 2006

Too cute or too creepy?

James has been invited to a birthday party by a girl in his class. He's 6 and she is celebrating her 7th birthday. James wants to buy her a bunch of flowers instead of a present. Is that incredibly cute...

Wednesday 25 January 2006

Examined by Her Majesty's Inspector

James went to Shugborough Hall recently with his school....

Wednesday 4 January 2006

This family is going down the drain

It's been a busy, stressful and hectic Christmas and not entirely pleasant to be honest. My nephew, however, had one of the scariest moments of the month in the middle of December when he fell through a defective manhole cover...

Friday 25 November 2005

The Vampire & The Tree Monster

> -----Original Message----- > From: Sharon Taylor > Sent: 25 November 2005 10:55 > To: Paul Taylor > Subject: Here you go > > Hi honey > > Connor and I were just in the study. > Jim came in...

Wednesday 23 November 2005

Return to the Plague Ship

Once again our house has been quarantined for the sake of public health. Sharon and the kids have all been struck down by a sickness bug. So far, I've managed to avoid it thankfully. Connor, bless him is permanently hungry...

Tuesday 1 November 2005

Budding Artiste

You know how it goes, every now and then I get all "Daddy" on you. This is one such occassion. These came home from school (well, pre-school and nursery) with these....

Sunday 30 October 2005

Love is... being glad there wasn't any cameras.

Sharon and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary a little early on Friday night. I'm not about to go into any details but I'd like to say.... Sharon, I love you dearly. I love you now more than I loved...

Thursday 27 October 2005

Our Connor in the Newspaper

We were surprised to find this morning that Connor, along with some of his class mates, was on the front of our local weekly paper, The Burntwood Mercury, and its sister paper, The Lichfield Mercury. The text reads: "Well stone...

Saturday 1 October 2005

Children's Art

James & Connor have been drawing at school this week......

Thursday 29 September 2005

Ladders

Jim: Mum, you know if you walk under a ladder? It's bad luck isn't it? Mum: Yes it is. Jim: For the ladder......

Sunday 11 September 2005

Riiiiiip!

Chloe: "Wow Dad! I love that jacket. It's really cool!" Somewhere, not too far away I'm sure the fabric of reality just ripped....

Wednesday 7 September 2005

Back to School

Chloe and James went back to school today (actually James started yesterday) and Connor started Nursery. All 3 children in school. It makes me feel old. And proud. But old....

Monday 29 August 2005

Proof

This is blackmail material for later in life....

Monday 22 August 2005

Offline Blogging from Hospital

So being stuck in a hospital ward with no internet connection other than on my mobile phone should give me the perfect opportunity to test out the offline blog editing capabilities of Ecto. If anything it is this that I...

HoMoBlo - Hospital Mobile Blogging

Once again I find myself blogging from my mobile phone sitting in a hospital ward. This time it's Connor who's in for 'observations' following a bizzare incident in whic a bicycle was dropped on his head. He may have been...

Talking Religion to Kids

What's the answer to a kid's question "Is god real?" when you're an atheist but want to bring your children up to make their mind up about religion? I went for something totally non-committal along the lines of "He's real...

Friday 15 July 2005

Mac II

We picked up our new dog last weekend. Annavah Lilly Macleod. She's a beautiful little dog with a mischievous, fun loving character. She seems intelligent and is learning quickly, everything apart from toilet training. Everybody's falling in love her already....

Thursday 14 July 2005

Funhaler Available

The Funhaler I blogged about earlier is now available from Pharmeasy in the States Australia for 5c short of $50. Thanks to Huy for the heads up....

Naming Ceremony Speech

It's just over 2 years since Connor's naming ceremony and in the intervening time I've had several requests for help with speeches. We made the speech up for our day drawing on several sources for inspiration. After the jump is...

Wednesday 6 July 2005

Girly Swot

Ssssh! Don't tell Chloe I mentioned this, but we're rather proud of her school report. We're rather proud of someone else at the moment for reasons we can't discuss....

Wednesday 22 June 2005

"Let's get ready to Ramble!"

This will mean more to anyone who listens to Chris Moyles's breakfast show on Radio 1, particularly just after 9am.   "Let's get ready to ramble!" Alternatively, download the file...

Monday 6 June 2005

Parental Pride

Sometimes I just well up with pride at the parenting job we're doing. ;-)...

Wednesday 18 May 2005

James the Troubled Artist

This entry is mainly for friends and family and for personal memories. Some more of James' recent drawings. He's becoming quite the artist. Those not interested in fatherly bragging right should probably skip straight past this one....

Pictorial Indications

It's been nearly 2 months since our puppy, Mac, died. It seems to have affected James more than we had at first appreciated. He mentions Mac frequently and, we're told, recently asked a supervisor at his after-school-club if all puppies...

Thursday 12 May 2005

New Puppy

We;re getting a new puppy. This time, with the agreement of the breeder, we won't pick up the puppy until it is 12 weeks old. By that time she will have had her Parvo immunisations so shouldn't be at risk...

Monday 9 May 2005

Organic Cordials

I posted some time ago about trying to avoid additives and E numbers in the food and drink we're feeding to our kids. It's not easy. Cordial, especially orange, is one of the worst offenders. We've started buying organic cordials...

Wednesday 4 May 2005

Teenage Mum Sim

It's the ultimate simulator. The game to beat all games. Teenage Mum Sim! - Can you juggle the competing demands of school study and childrearing? Can you keep your friends by talking to them on the phone whilst your kid...

Tuesday 12 April 2005

Out of Pocket

Money can't replace Mac. But the pet insurance policy we had is refusing to pay out as they say he must have had the condition when we bought him. Including vets bills we're currently out of pocket by over 1,100....

Wednesday 6 April 2005

OMG! I've become an annoying Dad!

The Guardian has an amusing article subtitled Have you got children? Here are 10 top tips to stop you annoying work colleagues who haven't. I think I've broken every single one of them. What makes it worse is that "annoying...

Wednesday 30 March 2005

Contrast

Another video....



Sunday 27 March 2005

Macleod - Update

Our puppy isn't getting any better.



Saturday 26 March 2005

Poorly Puppy

Mac, who's only been with us for 6 days, is very poorly. On Thursday he developed diarrhoea and vomiting. We took him to the vets who diagnosed a tummy bug (a bit of gastroenteritis). He gave him an injection and...

Friday 25 March 2005

New Additions

We have 2 new additions to the family. Firstly say hello to MacLeod or "Mac" for short. Mac is a pedigree beagle (ooh. hark at me! such a puppy snob!) and he's 2 months old today. We picked him up...

Thursday 17 March 2005

Job Interviews

I've been that busy of late that my list of things I want to Blog about but not had time (especially 'net links) has grown beyond control. I'm probably going to have to cull those that I don't want to...

Wednesday 16 March 2005

An experiment / indulgence

A short video of my boys..... and an experiment in embedding video on a webpage....



Lance Hardarm

Mommy. Do you know who Lance Hardarm is? Nope. Is he in one of your cartoons? Nooo... He went to the Moon!...

Monday 14 February 2005

Changing Rooms Jr.

My sister discovered this in her newly decorated living room this morning. Redecoration courtesy of her 2 year old daughter. I particularly like the free-form, unstructured expression of creative joy. Click for Biggie Do you like our new lounge. Only...

Thursday 10 February 2005

The rise and fall of Paul

I can't believe it's over a year since I blogged about the change in popularity of Paul and Connor as boys' names over the last 3 decades. This is extremely well demonstrated by NameVoyager from The Baby Name Wizard. It...

Monday 7 February 2005

Funhaler

James has mild asthma. It causes him to have coughing fits during the night keeping him and us awake (us more than him to be honest). So he has an inhaler he has to take each night before he goes...

Sunday 9 January 2005

What Sundays are for...

Today we took the boys on the train at Chasewater Light Railway. They absolutely loved the short 10 minute trip. So much so that we're thinking of taking out a Family annual membership so that we can take them on...

Friday 10 December 2004

Can I be of assistance

Sharon: James! Stop that! James: But I was supposed to be helping. Sharon: Yes. But not that much! Made me giggle....

Tuesday 7 December 2004

Boyfriends

My 13 year old daughter has her first "real" boyfriend. .... Remind me how I'm supposed to react to that one. She spent the evening at his house having dinner with his parents. I suppose it could be so much...

Wednesday 22 September 2004

Yet another hospital trip

When I started this blog it was a mixture of personal items (a diary if you like), interesting links, moans about and request for help with web projects and semi-intelligent rants. These days it's lost the personal items and most...

Thursday 26 February 2004

Adoption James Pt. 3

Today we has the court hearing to determine James' adoption. It took a total of 5 minutes for me to confirm that all of the details in Social Services' submission were correct and for the Magistrates to issue the adoption...

Monday 5 January 2004

Connor, there can be only one (thousand odd, per year)

I've known since I saw the film Highlander in 1986 (when I was just 14) that I wanted to call my first son Connor. It's a good name. It has Celtic origins (albeit more Irish Celtic than Scots Celtic) and,...

Tuesday 28 October 2003

Adoption James Pt. 2

I've not blogged about this since we started the process. Mainly because nothing seemed to be happening. Progress has come in many tiny steps none of them seeming significant. A letter here, a form there. So far, we've met with...

Monday 21 July 2003

It's like thunder, lightning..

On Wednesday night last week we had thunder storms. Not just the usual puny, 2 strikes and it's spent storm the UK normally gets. No. In Jim's bedroom, with the curtains open, just after dusk we watched about 15 strikes...

Wednesday 16 July 2003

School Plays

The parents among you will know the torment of having to sit through 2 hours of mediocre, embarrassed performances from assorted children to see the excellent starring moment of your own future Broadway star. It seems that talent as well...

Thursday 19 June 2003

See my baby jive...

If you've ever been trapped in the kitchen at parties and bored to death by someone's tales of every thing their little precious did that day, then look away now. In traditional, over enthusiastic father style, I present; My Son...

Tuesday 17 June 2003

Oh, and....

My little boy is walking. At age 10.5 months, and just 2 weeks after mastering the crawl, Connor has started walking. He's up to 6 steps already. So you can expect photos of that soon to. You lucky people....

Friday 6 June 2003

Adopting James Pt. 1

Pt. 1? Yep, it seems this may run & run. Today we had a visit from a social worker in what appears to be the first step of many that will need to be taken so that we can adopt...

Saturday 31 May 2003

Naming

Tomorrow is Connor's naming ceremony and this weekend has pretty much revolved around the preparations. I've spent today organising barbecues, putting up gazebos and generally preparing my Mum & Dad's new house for the 100 or so people that are...

Thursday 29 May 2003

MMS From Sharon

"Hello Daddy. Today I have been pole dancing. Hope your lunch meeting went ok. We are in the park at castle ring. Love you x James."...

Wednesday 30 April 2003

Buy me a Daily Mail

Many years ago, before I had children of my own, I remember reading about a crusade by one of our national papers (probably the Daily Mail - it's their sort of thing) to ban a line of young girl's underwear...

Thursday 3 April 2003

Pardon?

I had the afternoon off today to take Connor to the see an ear, nose & throat specialist. He's been referred because he has had quite a few ear infections. Connor was an ideal child and didn't fidget or scream...

Friday 10 January 2003

The definition of cuteness

On my way back from the toilet, I looked in on James. He was fast asleep but sat upright. He has a small cushion, about 18" x 18" which he was holding in both hands and nibbling at like it...

Tuesday 22 October 2002

Happy 11th Birthday Chloe!

Happy 11th Birthday Chloe!...

Sunday 29 September 2002

Someone else's torture.

I've had chance to catch up with Jack a little further. Unlike Sharon, Jacks wife was able to go through a natural childbirth and did it just on "gas & air". So I was hoping to hear his tail of...

Saturday 28 September 2002

Its raining boys!

My good friend, and best man at my wedding, Jack and his wife have had a baby boy at 5:55am today. A little friend for Connor to play with!...

Friday 13 September 2002

Hush little baby...

It's 5am and Connor has been awake for the last 2 hours. I've finally got bored of lieing in bed and jumping up every 5 minutes to try to convince him to rest. Well, it'll give me chance to catch...

Tuesday 27 August 2002

Fish are our friends!

Today we took the kids to The National Sealife Centre in Birmingham (the city in the UK furthest from any coastline). Chloe loved it and I spent a good amount of time with her reading about and watching the fish....

Wednesday 14 August 2002

Yes, I'm ecstatic!

Having a baby is one of the most fulfilling, rewarding and, above all, happy times of our life. At least, that's what everyone else thinks you should be going through. In reality whilst it is fulfilling and rewarding, I can't...

Saturday 10 August 2002

How nervous am I?

Ok, so this shouldn't be anything to stress about, but for the first time since Connor was born Sharon has gone out and left me "holding the baby". She's just gone shopping for an hour because she needs a break...

Tuesday 30 July 2002

Unreal

I don't remember ever waking screaming as a child after a nightmare, but I do recall the disorientation and surreal feeling that a particularly vivid bad dream can cause and how difficult it can be to shake. So how do...

Wednesday 24 July 2002

Wow......

What else can I say but "Wow!". I'm a Daddy again, but this time he's gentically mine too. The day was just amazing. Seeing him lifted from the caesarean and hearing him wail for the first time filled my heart...

Here we go!

In 10 minutes Sharon and I are off to the hospital. Next time I blog I'll be a Daddy again. Yey!...

Tuesday 23 July 2002

Less than 12 hours to go

Less than 12 hours to go!!!!!...

Watching:

Bob the Builder for the 20th time this week because James insists....

Monday 24 June 2002

What is it about our children

That reduces us to quivering neurotic jelly? James had a temperature last night, probably caused by a viral infection. The sane, rational course of action is to give him some kiddie specific painkillers to control the temperature and keep an...

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