31st October 2018
Blackpool Illuminations

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.

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8th October 2015
Fickle Five to Sulky Six

Maybe I'm suffering from selective memory, but I don't remember having any problem dealing with the terrible twos. The threes were memorable only for their feral grunts, and by the time they'd reached four I'd largely become immune to their insolence due to sleep deprivation.

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18th April 2014
Losing control

Today I found myself stood at the checkout a broken man, my hollow eyes staring into the abyss (or whatever Tesco call their café).

Around my ankles a battle ensued. Power Ranger versus Sonic. Cucumber versus swinging bag of carrots.

Shoppers looked on incredulously, clearly thinking,

"Surely you're going to do ... something?"

So I did. I shrugged my shoulders.

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11th September 2014
Back to School

I suppose I should write the obligatory back to school post. As a parent blogger I think it's in my contract. I also have a confession to make, but more on that later.

As of next week they'll both be in school full-time. Sonny is already there, Luca however is still within the graduals stage.

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8th September 2015
Culture, Sport and Sand Sandwiches

posing on the beachI've not blogged over the summer holidays. I'd like to say it was a self-imposed sabbatical, but that would be ignoring the hours sat sobbing in front of a blank screen calculating how many hours it was until school re-opened.

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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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8th September 2015
Culture, Sport and Sand Sandwiches

posing on the beachI've not blogged over the summer holidays. I'd like to say it was a self-imposed sabbatical, but that would be ignoring the hours sat sobbing in front of a blank screen calculating how many hours it was until school re-opened.

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27th February 2012
Potty Training Success!

With the cost of nappies making a serious dent in our weekly budget, and after being told Sonny must be toilet trained before I can dump, I mean provide him with some quality time at nursery, I've spent the last couple of weeks introducing him to the potty. He took to it immediately ...

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31st October 2018
Blackpool Illuminations

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.

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26th July 2015
Summer Holidays

time you enjoy wasting isnt wasted timeThe impending summer holidays mark the end of what may have been the longest and most protracted gardening leave on record.

Who knew being a full-time stay-at-home dad came with a twelve month notice period? Not Janet, that's for sure.

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