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
I'm not proposing an outright ban. By God I've not spent months justifying their educational value only to do away with them altogether, but whenever a screen gets switched on I'm instantly switched off.
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.
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.
"Can we go through the car wash?" Sonny asked expectantly.
"Yes, can we?" added Janet.
"Why not!" I replied (it was mothers day after all!?!)
And so began another experience to leave Sonny scarred for the remainder of his life.
Sonny has asked that I write about his first week at school. Luca would also like me to mention his new nursery.
Seriously, you'd think this whole blog revolved around them?
Wednesday was Sonny's first day. It went well, really well. So well in fact I didn't bother sending him in on Thursday.
For two weeks prior to going away we'd been using CBeebies as our blueprint for our summer holiday, little did we know how much had been filmed in Scarborough ... and so began our CBeebies Summer Song pilgrimage!
Which came first, the campsite or the amusement park?
As is often the case, my question fell on deaf ears as we arrived at the fabulous Duinrell Holiday Park in the Netherlands, courtesy of Canvas Holidays.
When I first became a stay-at-home dad I always intended to write a retrospective post about my experiences. Of how I entered a traditionally mothers environment as the 'minority dad' and came out the other side.
In my head I already knew what I was going to write. How facilities aren't geared towards dads.
Role-playing and card battle games are genres that have largely past me by, such is my refusal to entertain anything beyond left, right and jump. But as a disciple of all things Mario and a sucker for a kidnapped Princess I'm always prepared to make an exception.
I recently discovered a fabulous website called YoYo Mom. It's a great resource for kids fashion, giveaways, toys, and interesting links from parents around the world.
They've since asked me if I'd like to join them in announcing the launch of Le Marchand d'Etoiles English online shop.