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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3rd October 2013
Busy Doing Nothing

I'm good at doing nothing. Really good. I'm not blowing my own trumpet, that would be doing something, and my expertise is definitely in doing nothing.

In its purest form I'm a master. I can sit on the sofa without distraction and do absolutely nothing for hours.

When Janet asks what I'm thinking,

"Nothing", is an honest reply.

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30th May 2012
Suntan lotion and Ice-creams

We've loved our early summer but it's also brought with it some new problems. Getting the boys to put suntan lotion on has become such a daily battle that by the time I've pinned the boys down long enough to smear it all over their clothes and in their eyes we might as well be putting pajamas on.

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9th October 2014
Sibling rivalry

If shouting 'someone's going to get hurt' whilst not looking up from your phone qualifies as parental responsibility then put me down for Dad of the Year.

It's my default disclaimer for whatever follows. A verbal liability insurance.

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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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13th July 2014
Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont

la croix du vieux pontI love everything about France, even if my last trip was memorable for very different reasons. But then who's not nearly been arrested for human trafficking at some point in their lives? Really, just me?

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23rd October 2013
A London Adventure

A couple of weeks ago we were invited down to London for a Tesco Toy Casting; at RADA no less.

Our travel expenses were paid for and as the boys had never been to London we decided to make a weekend of it and visit some friends we see all too rarely.

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14th April 2013
LEGO City Undercover - Wii U

Lego City Undercover Wii UFor Christmas I gave Sonny my old Nintendo DS. He'd played with his cousins before and had somehow convinced me it could be educational, helping with his alphabet, namely A, B, X, and Y.

He loved it. A little too much.

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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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11th May 2016
Sanctuary of the Shower

I don't want to sound overly dramatic, but you know that image of a polar bear clinging to an iceberg? That's me in the shower that is. And if you're thinking hippo in a bathtub, shame on you!

It all began when the kids first scaled Mount Stair-gate. Until then, upstairs was a savannah of sanity.

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