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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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