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Journal Entry on US Christmas Specials

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), 

Journal Entry for September 14th, 2000

I'm working on my second CD of movies and photos for the grandparents in the US. It's really fun doing all this. I've found the code to make these cool pulldown menus which you see at the top. They follow the top of your page, regardless of how far down you scroll your page down, and I can update them by only changing one file per directory.
The video editing is cool, although the process is not as exciting or challenging anymore, the results are very worthwhile to me. I'm about to get the movies from our visit to the US last year and convert them from video-tape onto computer. So the next CD will have the boys feeding the fish with Dad & Kris and playing silliness in the hotel room, Mom reading them "Thud Thud" and stuff.

Have you heard all about our fuel crises over here? There's a few people in my team to didn't make it in to work today cause of the protests and stuff. Folks are blocking the fuel depots because of our 90-something percent tax on fuel. 

Journal Entry for November 11th 2000

Journal Entry for August 31st 2000

Home Movies!
I'm writing this entry just before cutting the CD for August, which includes loads of movies from last Christmas and other stuff.  But there's loads of footage of Ian which is very recent, plus Danny's Firsts--which I'm very excited about!  I am so glad to see Danny swimming like a little fish.  When he was first born and we took him in the swimming pool most Saturdays I had hopes he'd never know fear of the water.   But he got to a certain age and definitely was.  But now, looking back, all those sessions in the pool must have played some part.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy the footage of our UnderWater Swimming Boy as much as I do.

Journal Entry for August 16, 2000

I was walking home from work the other day and as I got to our street I came upon an old lady sorta limping as she carried her bag on one shoulder and some shopping in the other hand. I asked her if I could help by carrying anything for her. She said no thanks, he house was just ahead. I said okay & Merry Christmas.

This little encounter reminded me of something that I learned by example from my Dad (instead of learning it by someone telling me, he just got on with doing it, probably unaware that he was teaching me anything at all).

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Who's the grandson and who's the granddad?

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Journal Entry for August 11, 2000

Family of Five!
We're cheering to have our bed back again.  Usually when I hear of parents with their children/baby in bed with them I grumble to myself and think, "not a good idea!"  But now I'm humbled because we've choose the same thing this time.   But we decided it was time to reclaim our "marital bed" Ha!  We were psyched up for many nights of Ian screaming in protest before he "learned" but it was gracefully quick and easy.  Only one night of sleeplessness.  He's sleeping great.  Last night he fussed until midnight, but then slept til 6am.   After a quick feed Lucy and he were back to sleep (I never even woke up) until a civilized hour.

Journal Entry for March 9th, 2000

Extension  Finally done!
Yes, one of the biggest foci on in these ramblings and shuttering is the often overwhelming extension.  Well, thank God, it's done.  We aren't in any rush to paint the freshly plastered walls (We're going to force ourselves to rest and have some "normal life" before diving back into decorating/painting it all--maybe even the rest of this year!

Journal Entry for January 21, 2000

We had the doors upstairs hung day-before yesterday. They're not the oldey-worldey pine ones, but they are new ones made extaclty like them. Funny how we thought doors would make the smallish rooms look too tiny, but now that they're up we think they make the area look better.

Journal Entry for January 13th, 2000

So, if you read our HOLIDAY LETTER you know what our plans were for the New Years Eve.   The evening went really well. Great "Beta Test" for the extension having people sleeping in the new rooms and having loads of folk 'round to eat together in the dining room. It was nice having all the kids and Marta & Sylwec and John & Rinata an over to celebrate the new year in our mild mannered way.

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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 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.


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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:

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