For us Northerners, Blackpool illuminations is a rite of passage. It's a coming of age moment. Right up there with your first Greggs pasty, chip barms and rickets.
I'll not lie, I had high expectations. So much so I may have bigged it up a little too much.
Duinrell Family Park - Canvas Holidays
Big Shop with Little Helpers
Like Riding a Bike
Not only could I carbon date my housework from within the mountain of clothes, but also my life.
I don't think I'm giving anything away by saying both peaked around 2009.
We are no longer allowed within 100 yards of any public toilet. Not on legal grounds I should add (although worrying I felt that necessary), but because Sonny lost a fight with a hand-dryer.
Not your standard namby-pamby hand-dryer that gently tickles the water from your hands, no, Sonny chose to battle a Turbo powered Dyson hand-dryer.
For the purposes of this post, all kids names are fictional. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental, albeit blindingly obvious to those who know them so I should probably stop right now, but ...
I have a confession to make.
I'm already judging Sonny and Luca's friends at school.
With Easter all but over (at least for anyone not following the school calendar which appears to not only celebrate the return of Jesus but also his week-long after-show party) we've returned to normality and with it our blog.
I laugh a lot. In 38 years I have yet to find a situation where humour couldn't be extracted however dark or inappropriate.
Then last Friday morning I found the exception that proves the rule when Sonny came bounding down the stairs. I winced, or maybe it was a recoil.
When I first heard about Lovebombing I assumed the thesis had been written by a toddler studying 'The Gullibility of Parents' at Tumble University.
Then I read a lovely post on Sussex Mama's blog, coupled with an article in the Guardian, and noting neither were published on April 1st I decided there was little harm in giving it a go.
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.
Mario and challenge in the same sentence? I didn't need asking twice.
Syria's Latest Grim Statistic ...
One Million Children in Exile.
With Syria's civil war well into its third year, the United Nations estimates that there are now more than one million Syrian children living outside their country as refugees. They include eight-year-old Aya, who was forced to flee with her family to Lebanon in 2011.