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The Long and Winding Road

September 9th, 2011 · 2 Comments · education, lucy, oliver, reflections, school

Way back in October last year, I wrote a post about picturing my daughter in her school uniform going to the same school as her big brother. It was a battle cry, asserting my dream and my intention to grasp it whatever it may take. This week, the dream became reality and I had the […]

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Blasts from their Pasts

August 16th, 2011 · 4 Comments · lucy, music, oliver

Tonight before the kids went to bed, I told them I would play them the songs that remind me of each of them the most and they had to guess which was theirs. To help hold their attention I found Youtube clips of each song. Oliver guessed the first was his. Lucy abstained. Oliver was […]

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Justice

July 24th, 2011 · 6 Comments · lucy, oliver, school, siblings

It was back in December 2009 that we had to choose which school Oliver would attend. I can still picture that fateful day. We were driving along a road close to our home under a grey sky. It was almost the toss of a coin between his catchment school and another equally good school that […]

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Things to do with the kids – Paint a pot!

March 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment · art, local, lucy, oliver, things to do with the kids

For the recent half-term holiday week, Hayley took a much-deserved couple of days break with some girlfriends at a nice hotel in the Peak District. This gave me the perfect opportunity to get creative with the kids and produce a nice gift for her into the bargain. We took ourselves 20 minutes down the road […]

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On the up

March 4th, 2011 · 7 Comments · boys, church, climbing, Fatherhood Friday, local, oliver, play, sport, steve, things to do with the kids

It’s always good when the lazier elements of our household are persuaded to get off their bottoms and do something active other than watch TV. But enough of me, it’s also good for the kids to be active too. That’s why recently I asked my friend and long-time rock-climber, Chris, whether he thought Oliver was […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Bedtime story

November 24th, 2010 · 2 Comments · bedtime, books, hayley, lucy, oliver, photo, wordless wednesday

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It takes two, baby

November 21st, 2010 · 2 Comments · art, lucy, oliver, photo, siblings, video

I’ve noticed that I seem to know, both in the online and face-to-face world, quite a lot of families much like our own but with only one child. A quick search showed that (based on 2006 data), although two children remains the most common family size in the UK, the average number of children per […]

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Fresh afresh

November 20th, 2010 · 2 Comments · first, food, local, lucy, oliver, photo

When Oliver was not yet a toddler, I used to take him for toast on Saturday mornings at a local cafe called “Fresh”. This morning we returned, but now of course with his little sister in tow. Surprisingly, given that we haven’t been there since he was a toddler, he remembered the place. He ate […]

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It’s the kids, stupid

November 18th, 2010 · No Comments · lucy, oliver, reflections

The first rule of NaBloPoMo is don’t talk about NaBloPoMo. OK, I’ve just broken it. But I’ve largely enjoyed my daily encounter with my PC to publish a post. In fact I’ve got rather complacent and today never thought about what I’d write. Something would come to me. But at nearly 9.30 I sat down […]

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Puff the Magic Dragon

November 16th, 2010 · 6 Comments · lucy, music, oliver, video

When I was small, Peter, Paul and Mary sang a song about “Puff the Magic Dragon”. It was recognisable to me then as being a slightly sad tale. Now as a parent it seems even more poignant, seeing my own children growing up so very fast before my very eyes. In fact, the illustrated book […]

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