Saturday, 28 February 2009

A grand day out

OK, this is going to ruin the latest instalment of "Where's Magnus?" for anyone who hasn't already had a guess, but we spent the day at the Lochter Activity Centre near Oldmeldrum, where the RNIB were having a day out for blind and partially sighted children (and their siblings). It was a really good day out with good weather and great views of Bennachie. There were bacon and egg rolls on arrival, a barbecue lunch, and lots of activities including carting, archery, digger driving, inflatables, and fishing. The boys had a great time - Calum even managed to catch two rainbow trout, which totally made his day, and mine since I got to eat them.
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2009-02-28 RNIB Day Out At Lochter Activity Centre

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Monday, 23 February 2009

Return of the tooth fairy

Another milestone in Calum's life was reached this week as he lost his first tooth. In fact, lost is the appropriate word as he was cleaning his teeth at the time and it disappeared down the plug hole. Great, I thought, the tooth fairy can hardly be expected to retrieve it from there. However, apparently yhr tooth fairy sees the gap and doesn't actually need the tooth to turn in to money (I had always thought it was some weird form of alchemy) so Calum found a nice present under his pillow in the morning.
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Thursday, 19 February 2009

Biding in the East Riding

Thanks to those of you who took part in the latest round of Where's Magnus?. He was indeed at the Jorvik Viking Centre in York, where you can experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the ancient Viking city of Jorvik.
It was really good - both Lachlan and Calum also enjoyed the visit; Lachlan did a school project about Vikings last year so it was particularly interesting for him.
Our trip to York, which also took in a look at the Minster and the Shambles, was part of a visit to see Amy and the Daviator in their new house in Beverley. It's was great to see them, and chill a bit, and drink beer and wine, and generally just have a nice time. We also spent too much time playing Wii Fit, had a failed attempt at Geocaching (more about that another time perhaps), and took a trip to Hull, where we went to the Art Gallery and a rather good museum that had, among other things, a fine collection of Roman mosaics and a 4000 year old boat. We finished off our trip with a visit to the cinema to see Bolt which was funny and exciting and made everyone except me cry (and I was close at one point).
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2009-02-13 East Riding of Yorkshire

Monday, 2 February 2009

Where's the Year Gone?

Happy Birthday, Magnus. Yes, he's 1 today, and it hardly seems a blink of the eye that he was merely a glint in that self same eye. I managed to get away from work early so that we would have some time for cake and pressies before Calum and I had to go off to Beavers. Vikki made the cake which was very nice - Magnus would probably still be eating it if he could.

Our present to Magnus is a bit of a sneaky one. It's this really cool little daysack for him to wear when he starts walking around. The sneaky bit is that he'll have to carry his own stuff, and also, it comes with a strap so we can keep him under control. Mwaah-ha-ha-ha-ha.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Magnus's First DIY Projects

 My brothers are very untidy - they're forever leaving things lying around. Well, I thought we should try and do something about it, so I grabbed my screwdriver and got to work.

 Here, I've just about finished putting together a shelf to put up in the play room. The shelf is to hold Wii and PS2 games, and keep them neat. I've been told I have to put it up out of my own reach, which sounds impossible - I might just have to sub-contract that job to dad, although who knows when he'll get that done.

Talking about dad, here he is, helping me attach some castors to a big bit of chip-board. Why, I hear you ask. Well, the idea is that Lachlan and Calum can use the board to build Lego models and that sort of thing on, then, when they reach the end of the day, the whole thing can be rolled under the bed and out of the way - hopefully this'll lead to less stuff being left on the floor of their rooms, but we'll have to see how it works. Bye bye for now, from Magnus.