Posts tagged 'Family'

Working with a Toddler

I had to stay home and look after my youngest kid who was not able to go to nursery today. I suspected that I would not get much work done, probably just an hour during nap time.

I got much more than that. For some reason, I was left to ...

Finally Attended the Fireworks

For the last three years, we have attempted to make it along to the local fireworks display in calendar park. For one reason or another, we kept having to cancel. But this year everything worked great. The weather was mild and dry. The kids were excited to watch.

Rubbish but Active Days

Sometimes you wake up and just feel rubbish. I have wanted nothing more than to curl up and feel sorry for myself.

Luckily I am an adult with adulty things that get in the way of just lying around. Things like looking after the kids and doing household chores. Fulfilling ...

What is a channel?

Question from the one of the kids:

What is a channel?

We were discussing putting on cbeebies radio.

Mum (to me) Could you line up BBC sounds

Kid But I want to listen to cbeebies radio

Mum it's ok, cbeebies radio is a channel on BBC sounds

Kid what ...

All I Want for Christmas

We have now been asked by two seperate people what our youngest son wants for his birthday (later this month) and more widely, what everyone in the family wants for Christmas. In previous years, I have always had a fairly extensive ‘I want’ list. A list of things that I ...

What is a Mermaid?

One of our bedtime stories involves a mermaid. This prompted the question "what is a mermaid?"

We thought that the answer is easy: half person, half fish. But then our son told us that he thought that we were wrong. He thought that they were half person and half whale ...

TV Tokens

Kids love watching TV. My eldest son could quite happily watch TV all day everyday. And he is not happy with us when we turn it off.

We know that too much screen time is bad for them and we have tried to minimise the amount of time that the ...

One Way to Get Off Facebook

My wife's phone has been on its last legs for a while now. When the fairphone 3 was announced, we decided to purchase one. It still hasn't arrived and yet the old phone has completely died now, the screen has completely shattered. It will be a particularly frustrating ...

Faster by Foot

The distance between the kids nursery and our house is 5 km. This is the same distance as a parkrun.

Tonight, I realized that the time it takes me to cycle home was almost exactly 50% longer than when I ran the same distance at the weekend.

Admittedly I am ...

Initially Useful

My parents have been away on holiday and while they were out, a parcel was delivered for my dad. I had been warned that this might happen and was asked to collect it from the delivery office. I agreed, that would be no problem. Until I had the delivery note ...

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells

Both boys seem to enjoy singing Jingle bells just now, despite the time of year...

Jingle all the way

They were singing it constantly while they sat in the bike trailer as I cycled home this evening...

Oh what fun it is to ride on a ...

The Other Central Park

One of the TV shows that the kids like to watch visits landmarks around the world. One of the episodes was based on Central Park, in New York.

"We've been there" I said, "do you remember?"

Of course I knew he wouldn't remember, he was just under a ...

Following Your Own Rules

Usually, I prefer to commute by bike. On days that the boys are in nursery, I will cycle for about half an hour after work to get to the nursery, then cycle for another half hour home towing a trailer carrying the kids.

Usually I don't mind the weather ...

The Yellow Balloon

My eldest son went on a trip at nursery. The kids were invited to the birthday party of a lady at a local care home. The resident was turning 102 and so they had cake and balloons to celebrate. At the end of the party, the balloons were given to ...

Rose Tinted Hindsight

A couple of years ago, we found a pizza restaurant in the next town over and really liked the food there. We went quite regularly considering the journey to get there, and spent a fair amount eating out as a result.

This was one of the reasons that lead us ...

Empty House

The kids are in bed.

My wife has gone out for the evening.

I have the house to myself, what should I do?

So much choice. So much freedom. So many options.

Of course what I actually do is spend an hour tidying the house and then write some code ...

Being Irritated with Good Weather

As mentioned in yesterday's post, we cancelled the party that we had planned for today. The reason that we had cancelled was because one of the kids had been ill yesterday, nothing to do with the weather. Our parties are rain or shine. We have gotten a good run ...

Waste of a Tidy House

This weekend, to celebrate my wife's birthday, we invited lots of friends and family over for a pizza party. To get ready for this, we both took the week off of work and have been using the days that the boys are in nursery to prepare toppings and clean ...

Learning to Freewheel

This morning I went to the park with my eldest son and had him practice cycling his bike while I trotted along beside him. He has only recently learnt how to cycle (with pedals and without stabilisers) and hasn’t had that many opportunities to practice.

As we made our ...

Game Theory with Parents

When I was younger, I remember facing a dilemma more often than I would like.

If I have lost something, how long do I wait before telling my parents?

If I tell them immediately, I will probably be in trouble for not looking after my possessions. If I wait a ...

Misjudging Food

My journey times were pretty quick today and so I made it home with the boys earlier than I expected. I thought I would go for maximum dad points and get food on for when my wife got home.

I did pretty well at playing referee while the boys played ...

My Little Monkey

My little monkey
I see you can climb well but,
Please don't climb up there.

Guilty Cuddles

I love getting cuddles from my kids.

I feel bad for enjoying the cuddles when they are feeling ill.

No Phone

Still out of breath having cycled up the hill, I sat down on the couch only to be immediately presented with a picture book by my one and a half year old.

Read

Do I dutifully went through the book pointing out all the animals and encouraging him to repeat ...

Back in a Boat

My dad likes kayaking. He offered to take my son out in a two person boat (K2) and I decided to have another go myself.

I can't remember the last time I was in a K1 (a one person boat). I am talking about flat water racing kayaks. Unlike ...

Playing in the Park

Rather than rushing off on any big adventures today, we kept it simple and stopped by a local park. It was nice to get out on the bike without feeling like there was a need to get anywhere quickly.

The kids got to get out and run free for a ...

An Unexpected Visit

As I am about to pack up and head home, I received a message from my sister saying that she was in the area, and asked if it would be ok for a visit. This worked out well. She made it to our house before me and was able to ...

Kids Eating Preferences

It is no surprise that we have struggled to convince our kids to consume their vegetables. On child seems determined to only eat things that are cream or white in colour (rice, pasta, bread, yogurt). Anything that looks like it may have touched a tomato or anything green gets a ...

4th of July Picnic - on the 6th

So today was our annual "4th of July Picnic" held on the closest Saturday to the 4th. As usual we invited lots of friends over and had the grill on doing burgers and sausages for most of the day.

Grass and bench in foreground. Patio in background with tables chairs and a green shelter.
Patio's ready
Grass and bench in foreground. Patio in background with tables chairs and a green shelter.
Patio's ready
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An addition this year ...

Fakeaway Cooking

Now that our house is a mostly vegan one1, we have been getting takeaway much less than before. There are a few takeaway places that do have vegan options but not covering all cuisines. One that we have been missing on is the Chinese takeaway.

We have now gotten ...

Parenting Slight of Hand Win

For tonight's dessert, the kids had some frozen berries (thawed out in the microwave) with some yogurt. As far as the kids were concerned, their parents were eating the same thing.

Of course we had managed to communicate with each other and organised that we actually had ice-cream with ...

Attending the Royal Highland Show

Today we spent the day at the Royal Highland Show. I remember going with my dad when I was a kid, but couldn't remember too much.

We timed things well, arriving just after 07:30 and leaving at 17:00, we missed the worst of the traffic. We also ...

Father's Day

For father's day, my wife and her friend decided that it would be a good idea to organise something something to do together leaving the kids with their respective fathers all day. How thoughtful of them.

Weddings are Weird

I have just gotten in after attending a friend's wedding. The groom pointed something out during his speech that I will paraphrase1 here:

Weddings are a weird occasion. They are essentially a very expensive and public way to say to the bride's family, "hey, I am getting ...

Taking Them Down With Me

Today I was taking care of the two boys on my own. Rather than keeping ourselves in the house, we went on an adventure to Deep Sea World1. It was a very tiring day, I now have a headache and my legs are screaming at me.

The one good ...

Our Adventure Book

Last year, some friends came to visit and we went out to a local park, then stopped in a cafe for some food. While we were waiting for our food to arrive, our friends got out their adventure book. This is a notebook which they write in when they go ...

Assembling Furniture Around Kids

We spent a lot of time today building some flat pack furniture. This was some shelves that we bought quite a while ago, but never got around to building because it required time, effort and patience. Three things that we rarely had on their own, let alone at the same ...

Looking Forward to Monday Morning

Our kids have an amazing ability to wake up before the alarm every day EXCEPT the days that they go to nursery. On nursery days, we can sleep in for up to 30 minutes before we really need to get up, at which point the rest of the morning routine ...

Two Days for the Price of One

This morning, the weather was brilliant. I took a quick trip into Edinburgh to pick up my bike from the bike shop after its service. This involved a nice walk on my own through the woods, a quiet train ride into Edinburgh, a leisurely stroll through the streets of edinburgh ...

Overcoming Challenges

After finishing their dinner, the two boys went back outside to play in the garden. I was asked if I could get their bikes out. As I was still finishing my own food, and it was nearly time for bed, I told them that I wasn’t getting them out ...

Sleep Tight Little One

Rocking in this chair
Close your eyes and cuddle in
Sleep tight little one

An Alarming Moment

So one of our kids decided that leaving the supermarket be the main entrance was a silly idea. This double door with big bars on it would let us get to the car much faster. If course he managed to set of an alarm. A very loud alarm. Painfully loud ...

Partied Out

This weekend has been a party weekend. We have now reached the stage of family life that the social calendar is booked up with events that our kids are invited to rather ourselves. It was nice to see the boys having lots of fun, even if it does make them ...

How we Celebrated Our Anniversary

To celebrate our 7 year anniversary, we went to a car show, then went and picked up my new bike. While on the surface this may sound like the sort of thing that would get me into trouble and may result in a divorce, I think I should be OK ...

Silence is Suspicious

I have heard that prior to having kids, silence is golden, but after you have kids, silence is suspicious.

That was certainly true tonight while cooking dinner. Denise and myself were in the kitchen, while the kids were playing together. After a while Denise had noticed that the kids had ...

Cooking Alone

Today, my wife was at work and the kids at nursery while I slept1. I woke up with just over an hour before I needed to collect the kids, so spend that time cooking dinner for the family while I had the house to myself.

It has been great ...

Making Contingencies

We are currently making contingency plans for the shutdown next week. Not the work related ones, but family related contingencies. Who picks up the kids from nursery, when do we pass them over to the other parent? What happens if all the trains are cancelled?!?

This is the first shutdown ...

Kid's Yoga

Aftery yesterday's fun, we decided to have a more relaxed day today. The morning involved tidying and resting as much as possible with two small kids running around. In the hope of getting more tidying and resting done, we put on some kid's yoga on the TV for ...

Dynamically Terrified

We decided to go on a family outing to Dynamic Earth today. I was expecting the kids to be frightened at times but it didn't quite work out as I expected.

The youngest was completely fine with the whole thing and happy to run about and poke the model ...

Unexpected Meetup

We decided last minute to take a trip to IKEA this morning to collect a few items. When wandering around the store some strange woman crouched down to give my youngest son a cuddle.

Then I noticed that it was my mum.

Completely unplanned but it was nice to meet ...