Monday, February 02, 2015

Happy 10th Birthday Kieran

It's hard to believe that our little Kieran is no longer little any more and has now finally reached double figures.  Yep, 10 years ago today at exactly 5:13am, he entered the world (or should I say yanked and pulled!), weighing in at a healthy 8lb 4 1/2 oz. 
Watching him grow in to the young man that he is today has been one of the most wonderful life experiences I have ever had.  Both Michelle and I could not have asked for a more wonderful, caring, loving, and good looking son! 
The past day or so I've been reminiscing and remembering some of the wonderful times I've shared with my boy but at the same time feeling a little sad that for the past few years I really feel like I have let my work and other things get in the way of our 'play time'.  I really need that to change.
Anyway, enough of that...  Enjoy a small selection of pictures of Kieran from the day we first saw him during a scan at the hospital, his birth, and then up to yesterday during his 10th Birthday Party.  These are random pictures - I couldn't pick my favourite ones from a collection of over 43,000 photographs!!!!
The first time we saw Kieran, albeit, just the shape of him!!! (2004)
Proud Daddy moment, still at the hospital. (2005)
First trip to the seaside at Southend (2005)
Growing boy (2006)
Playing in the park (2007)
At the seaside again (2007)
Another Daddy and Kieran photo (2008)
Dressed up and looking smart (2008)
Doing a bit of gardening with Mummy (2008)
Kieran's first trek up the Malvern Hills (2009)
Kieran with his sisters (2009)
Spikey-haired Kieran (2010)
Kieran playing with his Army Men (2010)
You're supposed to eat the ice-cream Kieran! (2010)
Kieran riding his bike (2011)
Kieran and a Cyberman (2011)
Happy Kieran (2011)
Kieran during his 'Indiana Jones' period (2012)
Kieran on the Malvern Hills again (2012)
Kieran has been cloned!! (2012)
Kieran with his sisters (2013)
Smart Kieran (2013)
Kieran playing (2014)
Kieran showing off! (2014)
Kieran on his scooter at Southend (2014)
Kieran and sisters on Bredon Hill (2014)
Kieran (2015)
Kieran (2015)
Kieran, Daddy and a Creeper during his 10th Birthday Party (2015)
I love you mate!  Happy 10th Birthday Kieran, love from Mummy, Daddy, Kayleigh and Sophie  :)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 33 - Like To Get To Know You Well (Howard Jones)

Well, its about time I had another classic from 80's legend Howard Jones simply because a) it's a bloody fantastic song, and b) it will always remind me of playing on my Commodore 64 in my bedroom, and my sister would be listening to Howard Jones (amongst many others) in the room next door.
Released back in 1984, I still wonder to this day why this song never reached any higher than number 4 in the UK charts (even Agadoo by Black Lace got higher around the same time!)  Oh well, no accounting for taste.
Enjoy this gem from good ol' HoJo.  Even the video is sooooooo 1980's.  Love it!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Another year older.

Oh well.  One more year on.  I think Sophie and Kayleigh were more excited about my birthday today than me!

Anyway, I just wanted to say a big thank you to all my friends, family and work colleagues for your birthday wishes - especially those on Facebook (as if FB didn't remind you!). It really does mean a lot.

However, what's worrying is that this morning I had to think for a moment how old I've actually become.  I think I stopped counting a few years ago.  Either that, or  I'm losing my mind.

It's been an ok day I suppose, culminating in a lovely meal with Michelle at Ask Italian in Moreton-in-Marsh.  Shame I had to spend the rest of the day at work.

Oh well, 2 more until the big 40.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 32 - Always On My Mind (Pet Shop Boys)

Following on from my last blog post, I'm keeping with the Pet Shop Boys because Always on my Mind stands out as not only being one of the best cover songs ever made, but possibly one of the greatest pop songs of the 1980s (perhaps all time) and a massive favourite of mine since I was a wee lad.

It's quite appropriate that I have chosen this song as my STRMOMC as today marks 27 years (yes, TWENTY SEVEN YEARS) since the song entered its consecutive fourth fantastic week at the number 1 position on the Official UK Charts, after having been the Christmas number one a few weeks previously.

Why can't modern groups produce belters like this any more, instead of the usual Crap Factor turds.

Also, you've got to love the video, featuring clips from their rather bizarre movie "It Couldn't Happen Here", and of course starring De Nomolos himself (from Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey) Joss Ackland, and even Biggles!

"Where are you going?"
"I'm going there....  But I like it here wherever it is".

Monday, January 05, 2015

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 31 - Heart (Pet Shop Boys)

The Pet Shop Boys were a band I was never particularly in to back in their heyday, which is surprising when you consider the similarities between them and my favourite synth group Erasure.  Sure, I loved West End Girls, It's a Sin, Always On My Mind and pretty much everything else on their "Please" and "Actually" albums, but I never paid much attention to what they produced after that until only a few years ago.  Boy, was I missing out.


Having said that, I always had a fondness for Heart.  Released in 1988, it entered the charts in March at number 30 before rightfully reaching the number one spot the following month where it stayed for a few weeks.  I didn't realise until only recently that Sir Ian McKellen played the vampire in the accompanying video. 

Ahhhhhh...  I was just 11 years old at the time.  Life was so much easier (and less stressful) back then.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

And so another one ends, and a new one begins....

Hmmmph.  Happy New Year 2015 
  • A new year for more things to go wrong
  • A new year to spend stressing and worrying about everything.
  • A new year of working my arse off, but still not be able to buy a house or have anything to show for it apart from an empty bank balance, and lots of sleepness nights.
  • Another year closer to death.
  • Another year further away from the best decade ever (the 80's).
  • Another year closer to being 40.
  • Another year to wonder where I'll be this time next year.
Yes, I can think of a couple of good things - I have a wonderful family whom I love more than anything else in this world (and are the only thing keeping me going at the moment), but being the natural pessimist that I am, these things are always overshadowed by the negative things in life.... because that's me.

Also, after reading quite a few posts from my friends on Facebook, it seems as though quite a few people also had an awful 2014 and are glad to see the end of it.  SO, here's wishing you all a much better 2015.
Anyway, I doubt I'll be purchasing a hoverboard any time before Wednesday October 21st 2015, nor will I be getting a hover conversion done to Zoe Zafira.  Damn you Robert Zemeckis...  Your future predictions were crap.

Goodbye 2014 - You were quite shite actually.

Sigh....  New year is always such a depressing time of the year (Spoken in true Marvin the Paranoid Android style).  Added to that, we're leaving Laindon tomorrow to return to Evesham.  Boo hoo.