Tag: Daniel

  • Growth spurts and the Queen’s Jubilee

    Daniel is growing at a rate of about 2cm per month and is now 1.5cm shorter than Ben. At this rate he’ll overtake Ben by the end of June. He’s quite obsessed by it too and checks regularly to see whether he’s taller than Ben yet. I’m the tallest in the house so he’s still […]

  • A boy in a suit

    A boy in a suit

    Daniel is on a school trip. This is one of the nice things about being back at a regular school: he gets to go on trips with his classmates. On one of the evenings they were planning to go to the ballet and we were told a jacket and tie would be required. Daniel was […]

  • Happy 15th birthday to Daniel

    Happy 15th birthday to Daniel

    It’s Daniel’s 15th birthday today. It’s hard to believe I’ve now been a mother for 15 years. It seems like such a long time but then it has also been the best years of my life and seems to get better and better with each year. Daniel was a very cute baby; born 3 days […]

  • Booster shot and back to school

    Booster shot and back to school

    I had my booster shot on Saturday and that completely wiped me out for the rest of the weekend. I’m only just feeling better today. I got a half dose of Moderna after having had two jabs of Pfizer. I had a similarly bad reaction after my second Pfizer dose with fever, aches, headache, and […]

  • Coding in MC DiamondFire

    Coding in MC DiamondFire

    Daniel has been discussing maths and physics with Ben but not for schoolwork, for Minecraft! He’s got really into coding in Minecraft and has developed a game within the game which involves, among other things, throwing special blocks called slime blocks and watching them bounce. For this he needed vectors. This is a great example […]

  • Stormtrooper


    We just finished watching The Mandalorian with the kids and loved it. Who’d have thought a baby version of Yoda could be so cute. It reminded me of the time Daniel had his photo taken with a Stormtrooper in York back in 2013. I went looking for the photos on my blog but couldn’t find […]

  • Daniel just metres from the Duchess

    Daniel just metres from the Duchess

    The Duchess of Cambridge was in Aberdeen today helping at a café that employs people who were previously homeless and also donates the profits to good causes. Daniel walked past the café while she was there and saw a lot of cameras and commotion out the front. He didn’t know what was going on so […]

  • We have a teenager in the house

    We have a teenager in the house

    Daniel turned 13 this week. They say it gets hard again when kids become teenagers. We’ve been enjoying the golden years with both kids between the ages of 6 and 13. They’re reasonably independent in this age bracket and all the sleepless nights and nappy changing is behind you. You’re also still a big influence […]

  • Happy birthday, Daniel

    Happy birthday, Daniel

    My boy turned 12 yesterday. Where did the time go? He came into the world listening to his mother swear like all babies did prior to the word “epidural” entering the lexicon. It wasn’t my choice not to have pain relief. He was just too quick and we were living in a third world country […]

  • The amazing Daniel

    The amazing Daniel

    I’m so proud of this boy who was voted House Captain by his peers! Well done, Daniel. You can’t see the yellow badge very well so I took a closeup although it’s a bit blurry. The vote happened on Wednesday and there were two others going for House Captain in his house. Daniel gave a […]

  • My kids are amazing and I was on TV!

    It was parent-teacher interviews at school last night and I’m so proud of the kids. They’re just amazing in every way. Elizabeth, according to her teacher, finishes her maths work in class then goes around from table to table helping other pupils with theirs. Her writing is also exemplary and she is spelling to the […]

  • Sometimes our kids surprise us

    Daniel is an unusual child. When he was little he was terrified of small children even, on occasion, to the point of screaming whenever they were around. This made life rather lonely for me at times since most of my friends also had small children. I used to draw story boards of the activities we had planned for […]

  • Daniel the artist

    Daniel has a tendency to get obsessed with things. His latest obsession is with drawing. He can spend literally hours drawing pictures of all sorts of things. He’s churning through reams of paper too – we have to somehow teach him to be less wasteful. Today I took some photos of his works of art: […]

  • Rock star and Kauri trees

    Daniel’s school had a “dress-up as a rockstar/popstar” day last week. Daniel dressed up and made an appropriate amount of noise throughout the day. Ben’s Mum has been with us this past week so we thought we’d better do something touristy. Today we took her to the Kauri Glen Reserve which is a large, forested […]

  • Sums

    Daniel loves maths. Perhaps he’ll be a mathematician like his Daddy. Last night, we caught him doing sums. He has his own unique notation (although Ben tells me it’s not that unique and looks similar to Reverse Polish Notation), but the calculations are correct. 3+3=6 4+4=8 5+5=10 100+100=200 9+9=18 and 8+8=16 self-portrait

  • School is back

    Daniel returned to school this week and is very happy to be back and to see his Korean girlfriends again. His teacher is Australian and yesterday he was suddenly quite excited and began flapping his hands and asked me, “If you’re Australian and Mrs Price is Australian, when you were 5 and she was 5 […]

  • Daniel’s girlfriends

    Daniel plays with two little Korean girls every day at school. According to his teacher, they adore him. The other day Daniel’s teacher said they were both sitting next to him at lunch, but so close to him that they were practically sitting on him. She told the girls to give him a bit of […]