Lawrence & Cade kids for Christmas 1999

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Journal Entry for December 6th 1999

Lucy sometimes asks me if I miss America. Mostly I miss not being near the Boys Grandparents and Uncles and Aunts and Cousins. A small thing that I do miss this time of year is the Christmas TV specials. Here in England TV isn't particularly linked to celebrating the Holidays. But I sure do miss My favorite animated specials (Peanuts Christmas--I alwas get teary-eyed when Linus says, "This Christmas Tree is alright Charlie Brown, it just needs a little love < right before bringing the tree to life by putting his blanket around it and a few decorations > ) I also like the Little Drummer Boy and of course, The Grinch who Stole Christmas. I even like watching Frostie the Snowman and Rudolf and The Year Without a Santa Clause. It's all part of my memories of growing up and getting into the festive spirit!

Journal Entry for November 19th 1999

Well, Simon's birthday came and went. He's so cute (I've already said that before, I know) these days. He gets so excited. We have a little "bingo" type game called "Picture Lotto" and whenever we get it out to play he says, "Oooh! Lotto!!!" and gets all excited and stuff.

He did the same thing whenever he got to open a birthday card (thanks everyone) or present (thanks everyone again). He even loved his little plastic table that we got to put in the boys newly decorated room.

The party was a small one at home. Julia and Ola and Matthew (same age as Simon) came as well as Danny & Simon's friend Peter (Danny's age).   We had balloons and "Pass the Parcel" and the usual presents. Simon's birthday cake was a caterpillar chocolate cake and he still tells us about it and how he "blew out the fire, <pheeeew!>" to this day.

Journal Entry for October 29th 1999

I'm working on a special feauture to commemorate Simon's birthday next weekend.  I've started writing up a little piece, and hopefully will scan in some different photos as well.  Have you guys heard of Thomas the Tank Engine in the US?  Seems like I remember that you do have him imported over there.  I saw a photo of how someone took different shaped cakes and put them together in the shape of a cake.  I'd like to do that, then decorate it to make it look like Thomas (Blue, red, smiling face, etc.)

let's see if I can find a good image on the web to put here and show you...

(pause while I search)...

Journal Entry for October 20th, 1999

We're decorating (painting the boys rooms, and since they both are so nuts about cars I decided to find some snaps/drawings on the web and then make a transparency and shine it on the wall with an over-head projector and then paint them on for the boys.  Wow, what a "run-on" sentence, eh?   Anyway ,the two photos we chose are:

Danny chose the first one, and Simon the second.

My favourites are

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But I don't think I've got the artistic talent to put them up on their wall and do them justice.  I tried making them into "embossed" images, which would  be a little easer, but still, I dunno.  Maybe I'll update the cars with these if the room needs painting and they still like cars as much as they do now.

Journal Entry for September 20, 1999

Danny starts Nursery school (U.S. read "Pre-School") today.  We're so pleased to have got him into what we think is the best one around.  Teachers and staff very positive and encouraging.  It's ran really well.

Last night was my first night on a new course to help equip me in my work in our Church.  It's a small group of about 9 or so and Simon leading our discussion and study and praying.  It's nice to share the drive to and from Huntingdon with Matt and Gabriel--to get a chance to get to know them better and bounce the ideas around on the way home as well.

As I was walking today, I remembered something that happened last time we were in America that I thought was amusing.  Let me know if you think so:

Journal entry for September 15, 1999

We spent the wekend on David & Helen's farm.  It was great:  watching the milking, riding in a tractor (well, the boys did anyway), a kid's birthday party attended by a whole crowd.  Nice "grown-up" talk once they were all tucked in at night.  On Friday eve we gave ate supper, bathed and dressed the boys for bed, then put them in the car and made the drive while they slept.  They had no problem going right back to sleep in a completely new place 2 1/2 hours later.  They had so much fun playing with Chrissie and Fran and the rest.  They both took to the trampoline with gusto and our hosts really did look after us well.  The boys came home really wound up, Simon saying "Farm!" while we watched the home video I'd made there.   I could go on and on, but it's time to eat my lunch.

I've gotten away with using my employer supplied PC to do the minimal word-processing for far too many years.  Now it's time to make the leap.

I'm starting to spec my PC:

 

Journal Entry for September 2nd, 1999

Since this Summer has been an unusually high "consumer" month at the Cade household, I'm considering doing a few reviews of some completely unrelated products ( Our new car and much journaled, Digital CamCorder).

Anyway, to start what may become a regular feature, here's a review of the 1999 Vauxhal Zafira

Journal Entry for August 25th 1999

Well, the building work has finally started again.   Looks like we're set for it to finish at the end of November--so far anyway.

Found another door at the "tip".  Real wood one which are old like we want are about £50 to buy but they get snatched up so quick in FreeAds!  We won't mind if we can get them free instead.

Tim an Ania are in Poland and Greg and Jane had their first baby Nathaniel--everyone's fine and he was over 9 pounds I think.

 

Integrating my

Journal Entry for August 15th, 1999

Yesterday was my birthday and I had a great weekend.  Thought it would be worth writing a bit on it.

Lucy outdid herself by actually surprising me!  It was Sunday evening and she very subltely suggested we wait til the boys are in bed and then have a "take-out" for our tea.  When I asked what she had in mind she was mysteriously vague, promising I'd approve.  Anyway, she did surprise me when she returned with our Chinese food because she brought Tim and Ania with her!   Just the same morning I came very close to saying to them, "when can we get together again, seems like ages since we've hung out together" but I didn't.  Lucy said to me afterward that she was thinking, "Come on, let's do something for Kevin's birthday for a change.  What would he like to do more than anything (answer:  Have some friends around to visit).  And who would he choose to have come over if he could choose anyone at all (answer:  Tim and Ania).  It was so nice to eat together and talk and laugh with them.   Hoping to do a holiday together with them sometime.

Other things that made the weekend nice was:

Little Rabbit Foo Foo song

1970s Richard Trials Riding & Doing Donuts

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Cades Riding Motorcycles Wheelies & Kids Runnin

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