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What’s Going On???

…is pretty much how I feel at the moment. The last few weeks have just flown by, mainly because one of my colleagues was off work for a month, so I’ve been doing every other week on call. Quite tired!

On the bright side, I had the day off work yesterday, mainly to look after Joshua as Deanne was busy. In the afternoon I took him out for an ice cream and a babyccino, I had a Diet Coke. Afterwards we took a ball to the nearby park and had a kick/throw/run about, as per the picture.

Not much planned for the weekend, although I’m swapping weekends with one of the other guys so will be on call (again), although that’s a pretty good thing as it leaves me free for Joshua’s “friend” party next weekend.

Deanne and I have both had man-flu this week too, I even had to come home early from work on Tuesday because I felt so grotty. I thought I was better but was not so great again this morning. Nearly over it now though, touch wood.

Will probably Skype at the weekend.

Love

Dan

  


Growing Boy

Dear Mum,

After getting home from work tonight we had tea, then we started Joshy’s bedtime routine. However, for some reason Joshua seemed to want to have his independence today. First of all he washed his own hair, I only helped out a bit with the rinsing right at the end. He finished bathing, after setting up his experiment (he does a different one every night, it was stuffing a flannel into one of his plastic test tubes this evening) he got out and took his towel, drying himself and then telling me that he would get himself dressed.

He opened the door to his room a minute later dressed in his pyjamas, without anything back to front or inside out. Then he went and brushed his teeth (while I dried his hair). Afterwards he went through to the sitting room to tell Deanne all of the things he had done on himself, he was very proud.

I’ll leave you with the picture he brought home from school.

Love

Dan

Big Joshua

Big Joshua


Tea at Julie’s

Dear Mum,

Wednesday is, of course, Joshy/Nana day, however Deanne and I were invited over for dinner. A lovely roast dinner with Yorkshire puddings, very tasty. I was apparently quite hungry as I finished mine, put down my knife and fork and then looked up to find everyone else was still eating.

I’m on earlies this week, so I’m a little tired. On the bright side I do tend to be home in time to go pick Josh up and e.g. Go to gymnastics with he and Dee.

We went to see the Foo Fighters on Sunday night. As ever they were fantastic, I even did a review on my writing ‘blog. Talking of which, I seem to be doing rather a lot of writing for various things, but I’m loving it!

I’m sure lots of other exciting things have been happening lately too, but getting up at five in the morning isn’t conducive to a good memory so I’ll try and remember for next time.

The picture was taken last Friday after Josh got his Wow Box toy, which he’s waving about after doing his Uncle Richard world animal puzzle, all by himself. Not an easy puzzle!

Love

Dan



Puzzle Time

Puzzle Time




Write Of Passage

Dear Mum,
I’ve been on call this week so I’m looking forward to the weekend.
Deanne spent most of today at the Uni’ for inductions, she’s watching various videos from the tutors at the moment, to prepare her for her first proper day on Monday. How exciting!
Josh has had a pretty good week, he’s coping admirably with five days and seems to be doing alright with his work, they’ve been learning about words beginning with A this week, he was telling me lots of them after I picked him up from Julie’s this a’vo.
I’m keeping myself busy with all the writing, just finished another article for the music ‘blog tonight, plus the two books are ongoing
Here’s a picture of a lizard that Josh found outside the other day.
Love
Dan

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New Goggles

Dear Mum,

Just wanted to say “hi”, we’re okay just incredibly busy! Thought I should tell you what’s been going on a bit…

Josh is having a great time at school, he seems to have settled in really well and is starting to recognise the other kids in his class, even if he doesn’t know any of their names yet. Although when I dropped him off at pre-school care on Friday another boy from his class was there, it was Harry, who we met at the very beginning of last year but haven’t really seen since. Joshua made an amusing face with a gum nut and Harry thought it was funny, so hopefully they might get to know each other.

He’s also loving the gymnastics and swimming lessons, he is trying to take it all quite seriously, however the way it usually turns out is with him laughing and either falling over (gymnastics) or getting a mouthful of water. But he is definitely improving, he now just splutters a bit after an immersion, rather than wiping his face for a couple of minutes and coughing.

Deanne’s job finally finishes in a week or two, she is a bit nervous but looking forward to getting back into academia. Can’t remember if we’ve actually told you about that, I’ll fill you in next time we Skype.

Personally I’ve been quite busy doing all sorts of different writing things, there is the new ‘blog I’m contributing to at http://www.semplesize.com. There is also the writing ‘blog at http://ladlewritings.wordpress.com on which I recently published a Competition to identify the Twitter accounts for the six characters from my book, the winner gets a free copy of my book.

I’ve also started writing two new books, the one I mentioned about Diabetes, and the other one about the Vampire, both are progressing nicely, although not as fast as I would hope, but that’s what happens when you have a life!

Gotta go, it’s bed time and we’re all tired after a day watching some Giants, going to a swimming lesson and generally having a lot of fun.

The picture is of Josh in his new goggles, which actually fit him!

Love

Dan

New Goggles

New Goggles


Gifts Galore

Dear Mum,
I thought I’d send you a few pictures of some of the things we’ve been doing since Christmas, firstly Joshua starting to build his first Lego present, a fishing boat (I can’t help telling him about his Great Granddad Jim when we’re playing with boats!). He had a large hand in finding the right bricks, looking at the plans and helping to put it together. I was very impressed.

Second picture is the boat, complete and floating in the bath at bath time. He very much enjoyed lowering the fishing rods and catching the Lego fish, Dad would have been impressed.

The third picture is of the boy flying through the air with the greatest of ease. He went up-diddley-up-up, he went down-diddley-down-down! We built the trampoline on boxing day and he has been on it at least once a day since then. he has even invented some moves of his own, including one called a face-head-splat, which does pretty much what it says on the packet, face first into the trampoline.

Last is a slightly lower quality pic’ of us today in Nana’s swimming pool, the weather was incredibly hot and I was sent home from work slightly early because the air-conditioning was broken and the inside of the building got up to about 35°C. I got home, changed into my bathers and Deanne picked me up and took me to her Mum’s house where Joshua was already splashing about, with Julie, in the pool. The temperature reached about 40° today so it was nice in the water.

Julie cooked a nice tea for us, and Donna, who is leaving tomorrow. Josh is staying tonight so he can go to the airport with them in the morning to say goodbye.

Tomorrow is new year’s eve, I’ll tell you about what we’re doing for it afterwards because it sounds like an exciting night.

Love

Dan

Building a Boat

Building a Boat

The Boat, Built

The Boat, Built

The Boy, Bouncing

The Boy, Bouncing

...Sorry, Can't Alliterate This One!

…Sorry, Can’t Alliterate This One!


Snowflakes Aren’t Falling On Our Heads

Dear Mum,
I’m on call this week so keeping it short and sweet.
Joshua finishes his first year at school tomorrow, and what a year! He’s taking in some cards for his friends and might be meeting up with a few of them over the summer holidays.
That still feels weird, breaking up for the summer holidays…and Christmas!!! Barbecues all round.
He also did his last gymnastics lesson of the year today, but will be starting again in 2015, as well as being enrolled to start swimming lessons. He’s going to be super busy.
Deanne is working hard to get her business off the ground, while she’s not at work on a Monday and Tuesday, and I’m still figuring out what to do at work, as well as getting closer each day to publishing my book.
I’ve also been making some Xmas decorations as we left all ours in the UK. The one you can see below is an Ewok, from Return of the Jedi.
Love
Dan

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(Not) A Long Weekend

Dear Mum,
So much happening at the moment I don’t know where to start! You can tell I’m busy ’cause I have almost 40 unread emails in my PERSONAL email, which is unheard of. I usually read through them as I get them!
It was, of course, Deanne’s birthday at the weekend. We went to the cafe at Point Walter for lunch with all her family, Joshua played for a while before everyone arrived then we ate. The food was lovely, we’ll take you there when you come over.
Dee got lots of lovely things for her birthday, including the “wooly [sic] thing that goes round your neck” that Joshy told her about.
On Sunday we went over to Jackson’s house in the afternoon, had drinks and nibbles and chatted to Jackson and his wife and two of their other friends who were there. Josh played with the four kids (two each couple) who weed there and got to decorate some cookies Rachel had made.
This week has flown past so far. Had an interesting meeting at work today but I’ll tell you about it next time we Skype. Tomorrow I’m starting early as we’re going on a boat ride in Mandurah in the evening.
Love
Dan

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Dinosaur Island

Dear Mum,
Well, that’s the first of the Christmas parties out of the way and, as you can see, it went pretty well.
However it’s late now so we’re going to sleep. Will tell you about it soon.
Love
Dan

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Young ‘N’ Old

Dear Mum,
Our trip to the Swan Valley yesterday was really good. We left after lunch, Bob drove, Josh slept most of the way.
The first place we stopped was Bells Rapids, a small river which apparently grows large enough for a famous kayaking competition to take place there. Joshua thought it was brilliant and didn’t want to leave.
However we had to, as we all needed a drink and a bite to eat. There are chocolate shops, nougat shops and cheese shops, along with wineries galore. We didn’t get to any wine sellers but had some nice sweeties and drinks.
Today we went to Penny’s party in the morning. Deanne and I chatted to Emma, Clayton, Kathy and Michelle while Josh played with Penny, Alice and Ella, oh yes and Danielle was there too, although her Mum didn’t stay. A good time was had by all and the boy seemed to be trying to eat all the food Emma had made.
After that we went to Deanne’s Great Aunt Chrissie’s party. A bit more subdued than Penny’s party, but not really surprising with an 85 year difference in birthday ages! We talked to Janice, Kody, Helen, Rick and a whole bunch of Dee’s slightly more distant relations. Julie is on holiday with some mates at the minute so she wasn’t there.
Back to the grind tomorrow. I’ve dropped a few pictures in ToF’s Dropbox, so get him to move them and get rid of them when he’s done.
Thought you’d appreciate the photo I took at one of the shops yesterday!
Love
Dan

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