10th August 2017
Big Shop with Little Helpers

As a seasoned stay-at-home dad I should know better than to do a big shop with little helpers.

I guess it's like my relationship with KFC; every few years I just need reminding of why it's best avoided.

The warning signs were all there. Their eagerness to help for a start, that's not normal.

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10th January 2012
Posh Apple Juice

When I first met Janet I claimed I lived in Sale Barns and referred to Urmston as Outer Partington. In a similar vain I used to joke that I wouldn't use buses until they had a specified 1st-class section, in fact the whole problem with public transport was the public element.

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31st March 2013
No More New Music

I knew having children would come at the price of some sleep, and possibly a little sanity, but I hadn't realised there was a need to abstain from new music as well?

Before Sonny was born I was listening to bands that didn't even exist yet.

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25th January 2012
Our day at the National Media Museum

It was Sonny's day to choose where we went and after some Derren Brown-esque mind tricks I steered him away from Africa and London Bridge before he settled on a museum, on his proviso that it was a new one.

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30th August 2014
Are We Nearly There Yet?

A couple of days before our drive up to Edinburgh 'someone' left the keys in the car overnight and drained the battery. I'll not say who, other than to repeat a phrase I overheard Janet say to the AA man,

“... yeah, he's a tit!

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30th August 2016
Altomincio Family Park with Canvas Holidays

altomincio-poolOur trip with Canvas Holidays to Altomincio Family Park near Lake Garda was to be a holiday of firsts. First time on a plane; first time abroad; our first proper holiday as a family.

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17th August 2014
Azteca Hotel Review - Chessington

azteca hotelLast week we were invited to the launch of the new Azteca Hotel at Chessington World of Adventures.

The boys have never stayed in a hotel before, and with Luca having FINALLY broken through the 0.

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20th October 2015
Manchester City Stadium Tour

Man-City-Tour-1Were you to ask Sonny and Luca to describe me, their options would be plentiful.

Father, caregiver, storyteller, teeth-brushing inspector, school-on-time deliverer, comic in residence, Mario Kart Grand Master ...

… but you don't need to ask them, because I've done it for you.

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19th July 2017
100 Years Young

The boys Great Grandma turned 100 this week. 100!

The secret to her longevity? No idea, she doesn't speak a word of English.

I'm hoping it's watching Dallas box-sets, reruns of Jamie Oliver and her afternoon naps, in which case I'd better start planning for my extended retirement because that's not too far removed from my lifestyle now.

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30th July 2013
Miniland Dumpy Transporter

miniland dumpy transporterAnyone seen our Builder?

He was last seen taking constructive criticism from a two year old.

You see, Luca likes to inspect, as our builder will no doubt testify; if you can find him.

Having our backyard demolished and rebuilt has brought much excitement.

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