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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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A little monkey business

October 17th, 2010 · 4 Comments · boys, health, oliver, play, things to do with the kids

It seems that starting school has made leisure time feel as precious to Oliver as it does to me. Every Friday evening he asks me “what are going to do tomorrow”? And despite his frequent daytime requests to watch “just a little bit” more TV, on the rare days we do allow him to stay […]

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Reddish Vale Farm

October 12th, 2010 · 4 Comments · autumn, birthday, lucy, oliver, party, play, things to do with the kids, zoo

On Sunday we had a great time attending the 5th birthday party of one of Oliver’s classmates. It was held at Reddish Vale Farm, whose parties provide more than two hours of fun for the kids, including: holding small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ducklings feeding larger animals including cows, horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, […]

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Missing Freddie

September 17th, 2010 · 3 Comments · bathtime, hayley, laughter, music, oliver, play, reflections

This evening as Oliver sat in the bath he asked me to “play that song, the one on the computer, you sing it”. Puzzled I tried to get him to tell me more. “You know”, he said, before singing ” ‘to Hayley Anne my beautiful wife’ “. To my surprise he meant the song I […]

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The end of an era

July 28th, 2010 · 4 Comments · education, nursery, oliver, play, report, school

Today was Oliver’s last day of nursery. His pre-school days are effectively over. I felt rather sad last night when I realised. I considered taking him there for the last time this morning, as I mentally counted the pitifully few times I had had the pleasure of escorting him. Once I walked with him as […]

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Making a splash

July 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment · diary, holiday, lucy, oliver, photo, play, swimming

This post was written while on holiday and is published retrospectively. Both kids have so far loved their time in the water here at Sant Elm and both have given us some memories to take away. Oliver has been using the single polystyrene band on each arm that he uses for his swimming lessons. From […]

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New order

June 11th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Fatherhood Friday, house, play, toys

The messy room (before it got completely out of hand) We have a room. A playroom. It is known to us as the “messy room”. Originally this was because it was the room designated for messy play involving paints, sand, water, play-dough or quite possibly all of the above if the kids had their way. […]

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Fatherhood Friday – Fun and games

May 21st, 2010 · 6 Comments · bathtime, bedtime, laughter, lucy, oliver, play, work

As a working Dad, putting the kids to bed is more than just a utilitarian activity, it is an opportunity to have fun with my kids after I haven’t seen them for most/all of the day. This may not always be the best way to settle them down, but it certainly brings us some laughter. […]

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I am currently out of the office…

March 12th, 2010 · 7 Comments · Fatherhood Friday, oliver, play, things to do with the kids

For this week’s Fatherhood Friday I am not writing a post. I have taken the day off to spend some one-on-one time with my son. We’re going out shortly for lunch and some playtime at a local play-centre. Sounds like a Fatherhood Friday to me!

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That clay business: the post-script

October 12th, 2009 · No Comments · nurse, oliver, play

It turns out that Hayley today asked Oliver’s teacher about that business with the clay. It transpires that he wasn’t in the group making clay pots. He just happened to wander over, find some clay and start making and decorating some shapes for himself. The teacher kindly included Oliver’s shapes when collecting together the bowls […]

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