August 30, 2017

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August 24, 2017

Ford Focus 2017 review

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This week I needed a hire car to go to a work meeting. I always enjoy getting a hire car as they are at most 2 years old which is a lot better than my 11-year-old Citroen Picasso (he's called Pablo in case you were wondering). Plus I get the added bonus of not adding wear and tear to my own car.

I was pleasantly surprised when I received a new 2017 plate ford focus. It only had 5500 miles on the clock! Goodtimes!
August 23, 2017

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August 18, 2017

To camp or not to camp

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Camping, spending time in the great outdoors. Being one with nature (almost like being one with the puddle - Daddy Pig reference). Pissing in a pot, or on a sheep*. Eating from a can or eating toast that's taken four and half hours to cook. It all sounds awesome, right?

Not for me.

The Mrs wants to take the kids camping, me not so much. My son is five, an ok age for camping in my opinion, depending on how the weather would turn out he would probably be ok. If it was really windy or started to pour down I'm not so sure he would like it as it can be loud. My daughter is 1 (very soon she will be 2). For me this is just too young, she doesn't sleep all the way through the night at home in her bed so imagine being in a tent?

The Mrs and I have been camping before. We have been up to the lakes on a few occasions in our first few years together, we have now been together 11 years. So, needless to say, the memory of camping is fading. So much so that the Mrs can't actually remember going camping with me. Even though I have photographic evidence.

Has anyone been camping with kids that are the same age as mine?

I'm not sure I could handle the "Dad, what's that noise?" Every 6.2 seconds.

A colleague of mine from work has just given us a tent, sleeping bags and some chairs as I mentioned this whole camping idea that my wife had. As I'm off work this week and along with other things I need to do, I was thinking about putting the tent up in the garden and staying in it overnight with Joseph to see how he finds it.

He seems enthusiastic about it when I ask him but saying yes now and then actually staying in it after I've put it up are two different things. Maybe if he wants to go back inside to bed I can sneak him in quietly and go back out to the garden on my own and chill. Good idea Rich.

I like the idea of trying it in the garden first as it will allow me to spend some time alone with Joseph without his little sister getting most of the attention. We can do whatever he wants, which will probably involve playing on the tablet so there may have to be a games ban.

I wouldn't be so against the idea of camping somewhere if we could get Alice looked after overnight as I think she is far too young. It would be good for just Joseph, his mum and I to go camping as a threesome and really spend that quality time with Joseph that I think he's missing.  Sadly, we have never both together spent a night away from our children, so that is unlikely to happen.

There will hopefully be a blog post on how the "camping in garden" night went unless I get eaten by a bear.

*Just to clarify, I have never pissed on a sheep

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August 16, 2017

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August 10, 2017

5 reasons a child should try Karate

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Joseph has been learning Karate for 5 months now. Around 6 weeks ago he had his first grading and passed to earn his Red belt. He was very chuffed! Karate has been great for Joseph and it is something that he really enjoys. He is one of the youngest there at only 5 years old but he works hard.

Joseph trains with the Hull & East Riding Karate Academy under the guidance of sensei Wayne Clark. We aim to get Joseph there twice a week to train. His next grading will be for his yellow belt. 

Have you been thinking about getting your children into Karate? here are five reasons as to why I think it's the right thing for any child to do:
August 09, 2017

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August 06, 2017

Should we get a pet?

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"I think we should get a pet for Joseph"

I can literally feel my wallet choking as the Mrs hits me with this. Joseph is feeling the strain of having a one-year-old sister and the Mrs thinks that having a pet, something that he can call his will hopefully help. What do we get him? A dog, cat, rabbit or guinea pig?

We have spoken about getting a dog before but we want to go to Florida in a few years to take the kids to Disney World so we decided that having a dog before then is not the best idea due to the cost of kennels etc. Also, I'm not big on the idea of having a dog whilst Alice is so young. If we wait until after Florida she will be 5.

So, with a dog out of the question, it was between a rabbit or a guinea pig. I didn't fancy a guinea pig as they're a bit shit so I suggested a rabbit. The Mrs said they cost a lot more overall and can get ill quite a bit which again would cost us more money at the vets. she then suggested a Cat.

"But you don't like cats"

She wouldn't mind it if we had it from being a kitten as we could train it not to be a scratchy little biatch. Many people I know seem to be either a Cat person or an "I fucking hate Cats" person. I have never had a cat but I don't have anything against them so I'm open to the idea of a cat. It would have to be a house cat though, I don't think I like the idea of a cat of mine wondering the streets at night meeting lots of unsociable cats.

We had a dog when I lived at home, we got him when I was in primary school. I remember my mum bringing my sister and me home and telling us they had a surprise for us! When we walked in I saw this tiny puppy in the living room and I shit my pants!

I was scared of dogs, what kind of parents would want to openly torture their son by getting a dog!

After a while, I decided that dogs aren't the monstrous beasts that I thought they were and Cleo and me became like best friends. We always used to play in the garden with my football, until she would pop it after 3 minutes of being outside. We had that dog up until a few years after I moved out. I think she was 17 when she had to be put down due to illness. I had the opportunity to go to the vets with my family but there was no way I could bring myself to do it.

Even though losing her was sad, I can't wait to bring a dog into our family and for the kids to love it with all their hearts.

We don't have a great track record with animals though;

  • One budgie, died in mysterious circumstances in his cage one night
  • 3 goldfish, one died after having its tail bitten off by one of the others, the other died after said cannibal fish pretty much ate him alive. Cannibal fish died after being a fat prick I imagine.
  • The second budgie had to go live on a guys farm (seriously) as it was rubbish and wouldn't chill the fudge out when anyone went near him
I'm not saying we're cursed but the facts speak for themselves.

We went to our local Pets at home store today and RSPCA to have a look around at the animals, there were a few kittens at RSPCA that we liked but I think we're going to talk about it some more and decide what animal is going to be best for us.

Have you brought an animal into your family? What did you get? Was it a good decision or do you regret it?

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August 04, 2017

5 Things I must do

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Next week is my week off from work and my first full week off with both my children since last August. I can't wait to be off to spend some time with them as a family but I also know it's going to be hard work. Joseph will probably play up and I will get mad and wish I was back at work.

Five things i must do

Fingers crossed it won't go that way, I want us to have a nice week together, so I will need to remember that he is only 5 and let him burn some energy off.

Having just had to spend £350 on my car MOT I'm looking to have a week of fun times with the family, but also free times!
August 02, 2017

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