What a cracking day! What a great weekend! We are all finally back in the same country and the same time zone. After a very successful PPI claim we had a chance at taking the entire unit across the pond and found a great deal back in Oct. We all flew out and after 6 red eyed days myself and thing1 came home to return to our normal gigs. Wife, thing 2 and 3 stayed in America for 3 more weeks. You would think that 3 weeks alone would buckets of sleep but it was quite the opposite. Moving an entire head office to a new building meant a lot of late nights and a few reasons to celebrate – my liver still hates me. The girls flight was supposed to come in 10:40 at Heathrow but due to fog had to do an emergency landing in Manchester. Then refuel, then wait for clearance to fly. Eventually after what felt like an eternity to thing2, she eventually was able to give her Dad a hug. I burst into tears of relief and joy that they were back here safe. On our way home we found a closed M42 which meant a nice detour around country lanes. Thing2 has just slept as if it were a normal night but thing3 has been awake all night. Wifey is feeling the effects of breast feeding in both time zones while thing3 recovers. While we were in California we did Disney – the happiest place on earth – especially when it rains hard and we took shelter in a Star Wars store. I could have spent a LOT of money in there. Ironic gifts, funny things with Chewie on them, actual things I would love and some things I now know exist and will have to own. We did come out with 2 brilliant BB8 drink cups that I bought without looking at the price because they were so damn cool looking. I’ll give Disney one thing, they really know how to merchandise a movie. We also did the proper tourist thing of driving around Hollywood with a tour guide pointing out famous people’s houses or movie sets. I thought thing1 was going to hyperventilate at a certain J. Beaver’s apartment block. Also nice to drive past the Rainbow bar – RIP Lemmy. Talking of Lemmy, we (Boney and I) went to see Henry Rollins again on his latest spoken word tour – must be my 5th by now. He did his thing and made everything right in the world for me. A great entertainer and story teller especially as the first hour was just Lemmy and Bowie stories from his times he had crossed paths with the recently departed Gods. Great night and had a profound effect on the audience as he always does.
Kids – the kind of update you would expect. Thing3 did her first solid on 20/01/16 after eating mushed apples. Yay I hear you so say? Well from here it sounded like yay but anyway worth documenting as since then she has worked her way up to all kinds of mushed foods and fruits and is growing nicely. She is doing a kind of reverse breakdance where she lies on her back, lifts her body up and pushes with her feet to move around. Not quite crawling but movement that gets her about. Not quite rolling over with any style just yet but getting stronger every day. It’s been amazing to see the change in the 3 weeks they were away. Facially and vocally, she has really turned a corner. Dadadadadadada is now common but still waiting for the first sign of Mama which would make Wifey very happy. Things 1 and 2 are their normal selves – cute and cheeky. Thing2 has not left my side since she got off the plane – no complaints from me. Hopefully she will get back into school and not find it hard to adjust to life around here. If only I could say the same for Wifey. No amount of Chips from Majors will make up for the distance away from her people. No matter how many times we visit, its never long enough or in anyway the same as us being there. I’m so grateful for her decision to live over here and to try and decipher English English.
I know I missed the deadline for the getting one out every month but the dog ate my homework.
Now that life has settled down and we can take a few minutes to take a look around, I figure it’s time to get back on this blog thing. I feel the micro blog thing has it’s place (a fun way to share a pithy remark or a reaction) but I want to start putting some bigger chapters down having re-read the older bits. The reason for not keeping this up was due to job hunting and the site was effectively closed for a while to remove it from public access. Not that I have anything to hide here, it just didn’t feel right. I’ve found a local job that fits my requirements more than perfectly, working with my preferred technology and producing my favourite liquid. And they DO know how to arrange a pi$$ up. Couldn’t wish for a better team and role – really my dream job.
So, we’ve had another girl. She is wonderful, smiles almost all the time, loves her Momma and fits in perfectly with the rest of the household – bringing a total of three things – 1, 2 and 3. I regret not blogging silently and publishing it now but hey ho. Safe to say that all went well and was a textbook pregnancy and birth. She was delivered on her due date and has been nothing but joy ever since. The other things are lovely and growing up into such beautiful creatures. Basically we are amazing lucky and fortunate to live our life and long may it continue.
Christmas was quiet and filled with chocolate – my favourite kind. It’s interesting since we started saving bottles for my next door neighbour for his rocket fuel, I mean home made wine, I appear to have amassed an impressive amount of empty bottles. Our generous and amazing family provided such an array of wonderful food that I think it will be summer before our clothes fit! Thank you everyone for making this a very special holiday time.
I will try and update this at least once a month from now on as it really is entertaining (for me if no-one else) to re-read what, when, who and how. Memories fade and often with me disappear too quickly.
Happy New Year to you all.
Make up makes women pretty. Lots of girls use it to make them pretty and beautiful these are the makeups that there are:
Blusher, lip stick, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara and lip gloss.
By Millie Aged 7
^ this is my eldest daughter’s first ever blog post. I’m such a proud Dad right now 😉
It’s been quite a ride to be fair these last three months with a new job and all of the changes that has meant to our little family. I have learnt so much that was obviously lacking in my skill set and have sharpened the bits I did have. My girls have also had significant changes with massive leaps forward in development and some great memories. It’s been a real shame that I didn’t keep the blog going during this time in draft format and publish now but it was the safest thing to do while I was job hunting. Well I’m back now and will continue to bore the pants off you with my blog entries…
Olivia’s first full day at nursery and H back at work today, phew glad it’s gone ok! I got to take liv in and pick both my girls up on the way home. A first for me too! Liv is feeling better but still congested, the girls at nursery were great with her even though she needed two full outfit changes due to sick and explosive pop. Don’t know where she gets that from!! All in all, today went well … And as if that wasn’t enough, she has just crawled for the first time!!! Amazing, one day at nursery and she’s got it!!! We are a very happy family right now ….
Well it was all going so well, a whole week with all of my girls and a fantastic dance show by Moo but then Liv suddenly developed a cough. On Sunday morning we were concerned with the sound of her breathing and called up the out of hours doctors. A few questions and before we knew what was going on an ambulance was on its way! Crazy and quite scary for all of us. The two paramedics were brilliant and very kind. Luckily it is nothing more than a virus and teething symptoms but we were nervous for a while there. She didn’t sleep last night and neither did we. She did find it quite hilarious to put her finger in my ear and try to push out my brain repeatedly this morning. Today she hasn’t exactly been better but at least the congestion is coming out of her like a green river…
Well, this week so far Livs has gone to nursery twice and loved it! Her first tooth finally came through and then last night another popped through! This week we also have Mills almost every night which is just awesome – especially when she made the toast for breakfast! Another first! Oh and due to having a pair of drum sticks and a practice pad in the car, Millie can now do a paradiddle!! I love that people who we pass on the way to or from school must see a man and his daughter either dancing, high fiving, singing or now playing drums. I’m holding out for a full Jackson 5 style family band…
So it’s been a while since the last blog and to be fair an awful lot has happened. I’ll start with the smallest and work up from there! Liv has come off the boob, onto the formula and turned a major corner. It took the best part of two weeks for the milk to go down for poor old H and I’m told it was a very painful experience. Huge swollen breasts are never a bad thing to a man. Liv is putting on weight at a decent rate and is on the third highest percentile for height apparently. Teeth are coming in (and don’t we know it), but still none of the ****ers have come through despite them being very visible.
Moo went to see Justin Beaker/Beaver (delete as appropriate to wind her up) last night and fully screamed the place down apparently dancing until the last note. She had a half term at ‘Cold Disney’ and a great time at the Valentine’s disco. She is so much fun to be around with a cracking sense of humour. She also lost her first front tooth on Tuesday and is very proud of it!
H is dreading going back to work as she has become quite attached to our ankle biter and isn’t looking forward to Nursery. It’s worth it for the child development alone but I wish she was going to work at a company she was better suited with her exemplary skills in design. We also said our sad farewell to Tharon Main – rest in peace Papa. We raised a toast in your honour with the lovely Champagne you brought us last Xmas. Peace after so much pain.
Me, well lots of work has been done and not a great deal of fun apart from the band. We’ve still haven’t got a band name, vocalist or more than 3 songs but we are having a lot of fun writing, rewriting, chatting, throwing a bit out, jamming on blues standards, writing, chatting, going home because we are grown ups now with commitments – you know, that kind of stuff. I’m very happy with my Rickenbacker bass sound having thrown my compressor into the mix and bought some decent speaker cables – what a difference! Boney is toying with having 3 separate amps (yes 3) rather than the Marshall rig and a Vox rig he runs through at the moment. Yes, the surrounding houses must love us. Jonny Meatballs has just bought a new Tama drum kit and crikey it is like a cannon going off, very sweet. We are open to offers if anyone has a suggestion for a band name 😉
From friends and family who work at Forward For:
Took Heather, Olivia and Sarah to the airport today. They are going to spend Thanksgiving and Xmas in Southern California and I will join them shortly after Xmas with Mills. The send off was emotional but not as bad as some of our previous partings. Tonight I’ve had a great time with Mills and got myself organised ready for 6 weeks of being a bachelor – getting the films down from the loft from Xmas last year that I haven’t watched yet (4 hour Das Boot Blu Ray anyone? lol), the stuff Sarah didn’t like (chocolate and crisps) mountain has been put into one confectionary area, a jigsaw has been started, guitars have come out of cases and a man shopping list is now pinned to the fridge. You know, man on his own stuff. I think I’ve kept so busy as the house is frickin silent and very, very noticeable that most of it is missing. Tonight I’m going to bed early as I’m expecting a call around 3 when they land. So far they are 15 mins ahead of schedule, not that I am refreshing the page every 5 mins or anything….
Also worth mentioning, we experimented with a Google+ hangout the other night as Skype is blocked on some free wireless networks and that is how I will communicate with Heather for some time. Think Skype but with loads of other stuff and 9 video connections for free, pretty impressive to be fair. Shame about the other stuff they have tried to show horn in to compete with Book Face but the conference stuff is excellent on the phones. Worth checking out if you haven’t yet. Reminds me, time to charge up the wireless headset. It’s like turning back the clock 4 years…