A life just as ordinary

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The one with the Tooth Fairy.

I found the today when I was looking for something else. It’s a note from my daughter from many years ago to the Tooth Fairy about a tooth that had … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sporting your life vicariously – the return

MissPdubyah gave up playing Club Hockey 18 months ago, and all Hockey at the end of her time at College. Much to the despair of MrsPhil and myself. After all … Continue reading

July 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

The 12 ways of Christmas – The Dinner

Since I moved from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern (England to New Zealand) I’ve always struggled with the concept of  Santa, Trees, Snow, and the “full’ Christmas dinner. There … Continue reading

December 15, 2012 · 1 Comment

Happy Families – yes you’ve left home but…..

MrsPdubyah and me, well we’re a nuclear family, 2 adults, 2 children, cat, or more correctly now 4 adults and cat. Even more correctly 3 adults at home and one … Continue reading

October 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Faith, Same sex marriage, and Children.

New Zealand is on track to remove barriers to same sex marriages. We have Civil Union legislation, but this is a sort of half-way house thing. Removing an arbitrary sex … Continue reading

July 28, 2012 · 3 Comments

Those Three Little Words…

Empty Nest Syndrome. MrsPdubyah was moping about the house yesterday ‘unfulfilled’ and generally mooching and moody, #1Son has allegedly left home and MrsPdubyah yesterday used some of my beer tokens … Continue reading

July 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Growing up – “It’s no use we’re losing her Captain”

Such a timid thing, I though. MissPdubyah has all the worldliness of a tea-spoon. This is the daughter who had to look up a map to see how to drive … Continue reading

July 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Growing up – the one with the still leaving home

It’s been an intriguing week. Boychild has signed his tenancy agreement with his girlfriend and a new landlord for a place in Kelston. All his worldly goods in a couple … Continue reading

July 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Growing up – the one with the leaving home.

#1 Son is about to leave the parental home and set up a love nest with this girlfriend. It’s been a while coming. As a father I’m pleased that he’s … Continue reading

July 7, 2012 · 3 Comments

Ms17 and the driving licence

After the last effort, where 40 in a 50, and 50 in a 60 zone don’t cut it for the examiner, Ms17 had another crack at it today, in the … Continue reading

June 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Growing up – the one with the frustration.

I care about my children a lot, and whilst by no means the best parent I think that between me and MrsPubyah we did an okay job. Currently #1 son … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

Not a complete disaster but…

tragedy could have been averted by not driving at 40 in a 50 zone and 50 in a 60 zone. Driving like you’re driving for Miss daisy isn’t going to … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Growing up – the one with the Ball Gown

And I don’t know why it’s special or what significance it has, since they didn’t have school balls when I were a lad.

April 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Growing up – the one about finding a job

It’s not easy finding a job at the moment and #boychild is finding this out first hand. Having passed some A levels (he’s fairly bright) and deciding that further education didn’t appeal … Continue reading

April 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

When the children grow up – the one with the memories

Daughter is having a fine old time recounting to us her version of her childhood. There are a couple of stand out stories so far. They all start with “Do you … Continue reading

April 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Parenting – the one with the nonsense rhymes

MrsPdubyah and my Daughter was sitting around talking about her childhood, and some of the things she remembers, which is rich fodder for another time. From that conversation I had … Continue reading

April 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Jolly Hockey Sticks – the College edition

Every year there is a pre-season Inter-College “tournament” at St. Cuthberts College in Remuera. It’s called the Anzac tournament and is by invitation only. As part of promotion the College hosts … Continue reading

April 5, 2012 · 2 Comments

Helping them grow up – the frustrating bit

Having two children, one a boy and one a girl. and with them having diametrically opposed dispositions is making for a fractious time. The awkward  bit after teenage and before … Continue reading

March 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one – A New Car redux

This time though…. Well we still do have the big red garden ornament, its outside gathering a cobweb and surrounded by road cones as the road works goes on around … Continue reading

March 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

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