Elf on the Shelf: Day 7: Toilet Paper Frenzy!

We got up this morning to discover that Elfie had decorated our bathroom in an Elf theme.

We’ve had an elf toilet seat cover put on our toilet and also an elf soap dispenser.

Elfie also brought some of Santa’s own personal toilet paper! Oh dear we are wondering if Santa has noticed or if he is too busy getting ready for his flight on Christmas Eve!

We’ve Had A Baby Boy!

We’ve recently mentioned a few times recently that we were expecting our third child. 

Three under five we must be insane!!!

Well on Thursday the 19th October this little one made his entrance into this world and we both can’t imagine life without him already. 

As with our previous two he was born via Caesarean Section and like Leo this one was planned due to the risks to Keighley following previous sections.  

Both baby and mum are doing well and baby has slotted into life in our household extremely well. 

Now what’s this little ones name I hear you ask???

Well he has a very traditional name, we are traditional name sort of people with Oliver and Leonard (Leo) having previously made the cut.

May we introduce George Henry. 

Fathers Day Frame!

Mumble Jumble Idea:

This is a great Fathers Day idea for babies to give to their Dads.

Richards first Fathers Day was when Oliver was only a few months old so he obviously couldn’t do much “craft”, so we kept it simple and just did a footprint and I got a few pictures to make up this simple, cheap but personal present.

What’s needed:

Images of family




fathers day frame

Star Trekkin… With a 2 year old!


One of my favourite,  actually scratch that, my favourite by far TV and Movie franchise is Star Trek I love all the incarnations from the Original Series with Kirk, Spock and McCoy through to Enterprise with Archer, Trip and TPol. I have probably watched moat episodes multiple times and know most episodes by the beginning of the intro credits.

Star Trek The Next Generation Cast Season One. No Infringement Intended.

My passion for Star Trek started when I was around six years old when my mum allowed me to stay up late and watch the brand new series Star Trek The Next Generation. I remember sitting there with my mum completely enthralled by the Enterprise D and it’s crew and wanting to see if they defeated the enemy of the week, whether it be Q or the Romulans or even the dreaded Borg! 

Star Treks 24th Century Crews. No infringement intended.

By 1996 when Star Trek First Contact came out in Cinemas I was probably what you’d call a casual Trekkie however I was taken to see First Contact as a Christmas present and loved every single minute of it. It was my first Trek feature film on the ‘Silver Screen’ and I was drawn into it so much. As time moved on and Paramount called time on the TV Trek through the stars in 2005 I had become a full time Trekkie and with the absence of any new trek I re watched and re watched the ones I had on DVD then in 2007 Paramount announced that Star Trek was coming back to the big screen. Fast forward through the intervening years and when the twelve movie came out in May 2013 I found myself in the position of being a Dad, after watching In To Darkness I found myself wondering if I would introduce Oliver to Star Trek and if so when.

The Five TV Captains.

Well to be honest it happened sooner rather then later with Oliver being in the room when I was watching The Animated Series and him watching along with me and then we moved onto Deep Space Nine and The Next Generation it’s got to the point now that he loves listening to the Themes for these shows and watching them as well.


In 2014 Destination Star Trek returned to Londons Excel for their third convention and I decided I wanted to go and experience what a convention was like and the one thing I knew and that was Oliver was gonna be coming with me.

Oliver and Grandad with the Starship Enterprise

I am so glad I did he had a wonderful time and loved wearing his own Star Trek Uniform made by Great Nanny (my Nan).

Olivers and Daddy's Uniforms

Now a year later I find that my two year old is as into Star Trek as I am playing with a small selection of Starships with his toy cars and also asking for the music to be played every now and then in the car. It is in this time as we are getting news about the new movie Star Trek Beyond due out in time for the 50th anniversary and which much of the original cast either passing away or seriously ill I find myself thinking will Oliver look back on these actors and have the same sort of fondness I do or will he look back at the new Kirk, Spock and McCoy and their adventures with a fondness that is different from my perceptions of them as a second generation playing these characters. One thing I know for certain is that if Star Trek can last fifty years then it can survive another fifty and Oliver will have the opportunity to enjoy new and thrilling adventures during his life time.

We contracted a deadly disease whilst at Excel

As mentioned Star Trek Beyond news is now appearing steadily online so I have decided that I am going to bring this and other Trek news to you in monthly updates.

Pregnancy to Fatherhood part 10

Sunday, 9 September 2012 at 21:55

The following Monday we had our dating scan and midwife appointment. That morning we made our way to the hospital and Keighley checked herself in, we had a short wait until Keighley was called in. She got herself settled in and the scan got underway, to be honest, the person who conducted the scan wasn’t that good. Where in previous scans we had been talked through it and had things explained, this lady didn’t do that she just conducted the scan almost without word. We did find out how the baby was and that everything was moving as expected, we also got 3 photos. The midwife appointment after went well, the basic bloods were taken so Keighley could be tested for all manner of things. We left the hospital that day extremely happy.

My 13 week old and TV

One of the things that Keighley and I agreed on before Oliver was born to limit the tv he was gonna watch. We decided we weren’t going to be one of those parents who just sits there child in front of the tv, however what we hadn’t banked on is having a child that is interested in everything except what we are doing with him. I like to have the news on in the morning when getting ready for work and one day I noticed that Oliver was watching it from his rocking chair. Obviously I was slightly shocked that he would be paying attention to the television but after some thought put it down to the brightness and the flashing colours. However I decided to keep an eye on him over the next few weeks and noticed that he was selecting what he watched, for example if we had Jeremy Kyle on then Oliver wasn’t interested. However if we put on an episode of Star Trek or Doctor Who he immediately paid attention and in some cases smiling or laughing he was definitely reacting to what was on.

As time has passed it has been harder to stop him watching tv, that’s not saying all he does is watch tv. He definitely has his favourite programmes mainly they are kids programmes with flashing colours and the like but he also likes watching the BBC news and also Star Trek The Animated Series.

Oliver and me watching the news.

I now feel that a little tv will not do him to much harm however we are both very aware of when he is watching tv and how much he is watching and we will be monitoring that for a long time to come.

Pregnancy to Fatherhood part nine

Originally written on Tuesday, 4 September 2012 at 22:31

The one thing about pregnancy is the amount of freebies that people want to give you. It starts right from the moment you go to the doctors and get confirmation that your wife is expecting. When you go to the doctors you will get a bounty pack. In the bounty pack there are a few sample pots if things like stretch cream but mainly there were leaflets and also a voucher to claim another bounty pack. Also supermarkets have various baby and toddler clubs who almost all of them will give you vouchers for free baby starter kits and baby changing bags all very helpful stuff. 🙂

Eight Weeks in and still going!!!!

Well where to start…..


….I am just over eight weeks into being a dad and some how still managing to have the energy to carry on. When people say that having a baby is life changing they are right of course but until you become a parent you don’t quite realise how life changing.  

When Oliver was born it was one of those moments that you will never forget, like you’re wedding day.

Getting used to having a baby in the house was easier then I imagined, also getting into a routine was easier then I imagined, what was difficult to get used to however was the lack of sleep which was fine whilst I was on my paternity leave but once I went back to work I began to suffer from tiredness and that began to affect how I was at work and at home, I did however try my best to work through it which is now working.


Pregnancy to Fatherhood Part Eight.

Originally written on Monday, 3 September 2012 at 21:54

Following that scan we tried to get on with everything as normal. The next major event in the pregnancy was the first midwife appointment. On the 17th of August we went to Barling Magna Primary School and met the midwife who did all the stuff like filling in paperwork and basically seeing how Keighley was it was that afternoon that we felt confident enough to claim the freebies that your wife gets during pregnancy all thanks to Bounty.