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Welcome to our blog! This is where we like to keep everyone up to date with the latest news, tips on how to have lots of fun with the kids, and share little tricks for creating more time to spend together. Come in and enjoy, we'd love to hear any of your comments as well so don't be shy!!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Rain Rain Go Away!

Ok It’s been raining a lot recently and all your plans for having fun with the kids have been disrupted. But all this rain has reminded me of one of my most precious memories with Adam and an experience that lead me to writing children’s books, which would never have happened if I'd let the rain interfere with fun with the kids.

So almost exactly 5 years to the day a couple of dads got together to organise an overnight camp out in the sand dunes of the beautiful Brittas Bay beach. Everything was organised and the excitement paramount. 

When camp day finally arrived it was accompanied by the rain of all rains and total panic ensued. The Met Office radar updates showed the rain was down for the day and one by one the dads dropped like flies. “It’s too wet”, “we’ll catch our death out there”, “we can’t bring the kids out in that”, “no way, I didn’t sign up for this.”

Undeterred I kept checking the Met Office radar updates every 15 minutes and deduced that the rain would stop by about 9pm and it was still worth going for it. After a small amount of convincing 4 dads stuck with me and said “what the hell, let’s just do it, sure the worst thing that can happen is that we will have a great story to tell and to laugh about when the kids are older.” Us 4 dads became instant heroes to a rendition of cheers and excited screams.

After a wet but fun start to our campout the rain stopped, we got the campfire going and roasted marshmallows, ate burgers, sang songs and told scary stories, it was amazing. The following morning we were woken up by powerful happy endorphins radiated by the early morning sun, with a single puff cloud in an otherwise perfectly blue sky.

This was to be my most treasured memory of Adam and a lesson for me to never give up on anything especially when it comes to having fun and creating magical moments with the kids. So my message is to remember that there is always something magical and wonderful locked away and hidden in what appears to be horrible or difficult, and to unlock it all you need is love, laughter and fun in the family.

The first book I ever wrote in memory of Adam was inspired by that particular day, the fun we had and a magical moment I am blessed to have shared with Adam. It’s funny it is as vivid now as it was 5 years ago. 

If you've had any magical moments of your own that you'd like to share just post them below, or on our Facebook page, or you can email them to me directly at  Thanks!

Till next week
Love hugs and kisses to all.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

A Magical Moment with Robbie

Hi there,
A Magical Moment with Robbie, under the stars
While I was away on a short break with the family I was lucky enough to experience a number of magical moments with the kids and thought I would share one with you in the hope you catch a magical moment for yourselves.

So Robbie, age 5, and I are lying on sunbeds looking at the stars and a lovely conversation ensues about the moon, how we could get there and who lives on the moon. We then spot a satellite racing across the night sky and then a shooting star, Robbie’s first time to see a real shooting star. 

The excitement is infectious and we both make a wish. Robbie tells me he can’t tell me his wish because it is bad luck so I tell him that he is always allowed to tell someone in his family his wish but no one else, so he tells me his wish which is lovely and selfless but I’m afraid has to remain between the two of us.

Next we turn our attention to the stars and I tell him that they are the same size as our sun but look small because they are so far away and I do my best to explain that the light from the stars is over 2000 years old because that is how long it takes the light from a star to get here.

Finally we go beyond the stars and we talk a little bit about the Milky Way, galaxies and where heaven fits into all this, remember Robbie is 5 so you can imagine the questions.

Then comes our very special moment, Robbie says, “Dad how come you love me so much?" “Well Robbie,” I reply, “That’s easy, when you were in heaven before you were born God asked you who you wanted to have as your Mummy and Daddy, and do you know what Robbie?”, "What Daddy?” “out of all the Mums and Dads in all the world you picked me and mummy and that is why we love you so much.” “Oh” Robbie replies, “now I know why I love you so much as well, because I picked you, that’s good.” he says.

What a never to be forgotten magical moment that was, and a fitting way to begin what I hope will be a very enjoyable blog for everyone. I do hope that you manage to get a chance to see the stars this summer and that you catch a magical moment to share with your amazing inquisitive smallies.

If you've had any magical moments of your own that you'd like to share just post them below, or on our Facebook page, or you can email them to me directly at  Thanks!

Till next week
Love hugs and kisses to all.
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