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Protected: School Holiday Fortnight 2013/04/07

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Children’s Games 2013/02/10

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I had a really nice chat with Oli about what games she played in the playground at school.  It was interesting to compare the games of today with what Mummy Ruth and I remembered of our playtime pursuits. (more…)

Protected: Fawkes & Fireworks 2011/11/06

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Micky Flanagan 2011/11/01

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[Poster of Micky Flanagan. Out Out Tour 2011]We got granny to babysit and headed for the King’s Theatre to see Micky Flanagan.  We paid over twenty quid to sit in the gods (aka “The Gallery”).  He had no support and did two parts with a 15 minute interval.  We were out before quarter to ten.  It was a Sunday night after all. (more…)

Ride Letter Day 2011/10/10

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Sunday was a Red Letter Day for us.  It was the day that DP learned to ride his bicycle without stabilisers. Yes! now all the family can ride bikes.

What we did was remove his pedals along with the stabilisers.  This gave him a “balance bike”. To be frank, purpose built balance bikes are a con when you think about it. (more…)

Protected: Safari! 2011/08/27

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Oral Fail 2011/05/06

Posted by Mummy Ruth in Health, Kids, Musings, real life, Whinge.
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[scan of School Letter about Dental Care]Daddy Dave and I were pretty shocked with the latest missive from Olivia’s primary school. In Primary One, the very first year of schooling (children are four or five years of age, with baby teeth), just over half had normal teeth.  Of the 43.9 per cent of bad teeth, a whopping 14 per cent had severe decay!

In this day-and-age! Goodness me. The figures for the last year of the Primary school system — Primary Seven — is about the children’s adult set of teeth, so these kids get a wiped slate and a fresh start.

What a shame! The “bad teeth” numbers rose dramatically — what was 43.9 per cent in P1, has become nearly 81 per cent by P7. (more…)

Hits! 2011/01/16

Posted by Mummy Ruth in Kids, Musings.
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Just a quick thank-you to everyone in internet world for all the weird and wonderful things that have been happening with our sites and blogs — especially for getting a picture of our daughter, Oli, aged just two-and-a-half onto the first page of Reddit.  The hits for this — our wee family blog also went ballistic.  Oh, and (completely unrelated), thanks to all those at Flikr for the stuff surrounding the picture of DP at Kelvingrove Art Galleries — he was just 7 months old at the time.  Funny how these two pictures are from the same year (2007).

[Picture of Olivia as Stephanie from Lazy Town] The Harpy Celaeno

Thanks too for all the comments, good and bad; we laughed out loud at times. Great fun! Cheers!

Heroes Versus Villains 2010/10/30

Posted by Mummy Ruth in fun, Kids, Music, Reviews.
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[Picture of the kids at concert Hall]Last year we took the kids to the Royal Convert Hall to see “wacky” percussionists Owen Gunnell and Olly Cox with Nicola Benedetti in “Let It Snow!“, and today at 3pm we saw them again — in “Heroes versus Villains” Children’s Classic Concerts at the concert hall again. How appropriate; tonight we’re off to see one of Daddy Dave’s musical heroes in concert. (more…)

Waste Matters 2010/10/20

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[Picture of half-litre of Laevolac]Poor Oli — she’s been constipated all week.

I took her to the GP open surgery first thing Monday morning.  We waited an age outside in the rain in line, then we waited ages indoors in the crowded waiting room.

The female GP was quite efficient as it was cold. She decided pretty quickly that a prescription of Laevolac would be in order.  (more…)

Bad Skin Cream 2010/10/20

Posted by Mummy Ruth in Health, Kids, real life, Tips and Tricks.
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Oli has always had sensitive skin, so we watch the washing and laundry products we buy and use.

However, eczema appeared on her wee hands, and so we have been using cream to moisturise and protect her skin there.

The eczema seemed to be getting worse of late, so I have been particularly attentive in applying the BP cream — that is until I read a scary article at (more…)

Wil! 2010/10/03

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We had a laugh on Friday morning at work.  I was declared to be looking like Terry Christian or Kevin Spacey, while David looked like Roy Hudd, Lynda looked like Family Guy’s Peter Griffin (but with Lois’s hair), Laura looked like a brunette Gwyneth Paltrow, and Michael looked like Chris Moyles or Andre Agassi.  The best was Wil — who looked like Murdoc from Gorillaz!

I was explaining all this to Ruthie after work by showing her videos from Youtube — and now the kids think the character of Murdoc is actually called “Wil”.  They actually LOVE Gorillaz’s music and have now watched all their HD videos several times — how mad is that.

Each time Murdoc appears, they shout in chorus “Wil!!!!”

My life is weird, non?

Here’s an embedded clip of Stylo from Gorillaz on YouTube.com…

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIJICVkbyyM]

Robey 2010/08/04

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[Picture of Robey The Diet Coke Robot]The kids love to do arts and crafts, and we have a big cupboard filled with felt, paper, paint, pens, scissors, wool, glue, glitter and things like that.  However, tonight Daddy Dave was helping, and the kids wanted to make a robot.

Well, we started to look for things we could use — and in the recycle bin were some diet coke bottles.  Olivia spotted a cardboard box that (more…)

The Baby Book Author 2010/03/27

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[Picture of Rachel Waddilove]Granny and I went along to a talk by Rachel Waddilove this morning, leaving Daddy Dave to look after Oli and DP. (more…)