Lie-ins
Dec31

Lie-ins

For parents, a lie-in is the Holy Grail. Something longed-for, dreamed of, but never actually reached. For me, anything after 7 is a lie-in. To be honest, anything after 6.30 is a real bonus. There have been two or three occasions this year when I have slept until 7.20. Yep, 7.20. Two or three times out of 365 days. When we first had kids, we took it in turns to have a lie-in. It was a simple formula. On Saturday, one of us got up...

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Robbers again
Dec30

Robbers again

My daughter is terrified of ‘robbers’. For her, the term ‘robbers’ covers all criminals, including those who steal people, as well as things. When my younger son was going to spend the night in the Hobbycraft car park, her main concern was that ‘robbers’ would get him. A pretty sensible concern really. Thankfully she hasn’t come across the terms ‘kidnapper’ or...

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Last Christmas
Dec28

Last Christmas

Last Christmas has gone down in family history and will always be remembered as the Christmas when my 4 year old daughter, at the end of her tether, yelled ‘It’s an idiot!’ The idiot in question was her new, much-wanted, pink scooter. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I need to rewind and give the tale some context. Two things happened in the run-up to last Christmas to provoke this unusual emotional outburst....

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Christmas dinner
Dec27

Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner in our family isn’t the easiest thing – with vegetarian and nearly vegetarian, food intolerances and some serious fussiness. But I think dinner for eight (plus one meals on wheels) went pretty well this year. On the menu was: Turkey (cooked at Mum’s house due to space limitations) Quorn cottage pie (for me) Fish cakes (for very fussy, almost vegetarian first born) Sprouts (of course) Parsnips (my...

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Christmas morning
Dec26

Christmas morning

Operation Father Christmas went about as well as could be expected. The boys had been far more hyper than previously in the run-up to this Christmas and I was worried they wouldn’t do their usual thing of going straight to sleep. But they did! As I walked my eldest into the bedroom at just before 9, my younger son was already tucked up with his eyes closed. He didn’t even speak or move when I kissed him and took his...

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