You’ve Got This! Preparing A Child’s Birthday Party (Without Mummy’s Input)

Picture There are times, as fathers, that we’ve got to get out of our comfort zone. While you find that making an upgrade to your home is firmly within your comfort zone, but the more emotional aspects, or even full-on childcare duties can seem almost like a foreign language. Sometimes, we need to do a little bit more of the things that we’re not necessarily a dab hand at. Perhaps you use the excuse that there are parts of life that are best suited to the mother. But when something really important happens, like a child’s birthday party, and you’ve… [Read More]

Planning An Autism-Friendly Birthday Party

Autistic Spectrum Disorder is extremely common in children. It’s estimated that around 1 in 160 children is somewhere on the autistic spectrum. When you’re raising a child with autism, you understand that social interaction is extremely important for their development. It gives them experience coping in social situations and gives them much-needed experience in getting to understand the nuances of facial expression, body language and tone of voice that many of us decode so efficiently that we take it for granted. It also allows them to get to grips with the social codes and contracts that we enter into in… [Read More]

My Sunday Photo: My Equestrian Twins

When I was growing up birthday parties usually consisted of a few friends over for tea at your house. A few party games, followed by happy birthday, blow the candles out and off you went home. All of this would normally take under an hour. Omg! How times have changed. My six year old twin girls R and M have been to a kaleidoscope of different themed types of parties and yesterday was no different. It was their cousins birthday party, and it was an equestrian type of party which was about a 30 minute drive from where we live…. [Read More]

My Mum Has Reached A Milestone. She Is 90 Years Old Today

Today is my mum’s 90th birthday. What a milestone to reach! To live to 90 years of age! It’s actually quite hard to visualise somebody that has lived 90 years and has seen all the changes the world has gone through. My mum has lived through the Second World War, has seen television and the telephone invented, and seen the world change beyond what she would remember as a child. I wondered if life was simpler when she was a child with no internet, no social media etc, that would have been simpler that’s for sure, but how would we… [Read More]

Six Years Old: My Sunday Photo

Last weekend when the beast of the east dumped a huge amount of snow all around us, it just so happened to be the same weekend that our twin girls were having their birthday party. This was to be held at our home. The girls had actually asked about 20-25 of their friends to come. How were we going to fit them all in the house? Haha! The snow, and snow drifts had left the roads impassable by car so anybody living too far away was going to be unlikely attend. As such we put out a message to see… [Read More]

My Twins Are Six Years Old Soon: Party In The House

My twin girls are going to be six years old next month, very scary. I always wonder where the time has gone. It goes so quickly. It really doesn’t seem like yesterday that they were born six weeks early and had a spell in special care. 27 days in fact, which at times felt like 27 years. So next month they will be six years old and every year they have had some sort of party. Every party so far has been a party at either a local church hall where we hired a bouncy castle or at a soft… [Read More]

Happy Birthday To My Wife Today

My beautiful and gorgeous wife is celebrating her birthday today, and I decided I would take this opportunity to tell the world how I feel about her. When you are lucky enough, as I have been to meet somebody, and you fit together like two jigsaw pieces, you just know you have met the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. It just works, no rhyme or reason why, it just does. If I’m honest well, it’s just perfect. Love like no other and you feel happy beyond your wildest dreams. The happiness I feel everyday,… [Read More]

I’m No Longer A Blog Conference Virgin 

Last weekend I went to my first ever blogging conference. As I have written in a previous post I was very nervous and excited at the same time. This is my reflection on the blogging conference and I’ll share with you what I learnt about blogging. First up though I wanted to tell you what I found more interesting and that’s what I learnt about myself. I always thought I knew myself quite well. How wrong can you be when you are taking yourself out of your comfort zone. So the blogging conference I decided to attend for my first one was… [Read More]