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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Ripley dancing to the wannadies - you and me song

I just love the look on Jayjay's face as he starts laughing

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Video_: Ripley at 2 yrs 3 mths calls Grandad - take 2


Video_: Ripley at 2 yrs 3 mths calls Grandad - take 1


Video_: Jayden at 3 Months - Mummy making him laugh


Video_: Jayden at 3 Months - happy


Video_: Jayden 3 Months Old and very Upset


Monday, September 11, 2006

Photo Video_: Cornwall Visit September 2006

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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Video_: Happy Birthday Louise Grassby

Louise is my sister-in-law and it is her birthday today!


Saturday, August 26, 2006

Video_: Penny is Pregnant

Yep - it's true - I am happier than I look :D


Friday, August 25, 2006

Video_: Penny is Pregnant

Well - I haven't mentioned it before - but Penny is pregnant and although I don't look it - I am VERY VERY happy :)


Sunday, August 20, 2006

Video_: Ripley eating tomatos and playing with his puzzles

Yep - title says it all


Friday, August 18, 2006

Video_: Passed my exam + Llama incident


Thursday, August 17, 2006

Video_: The dodgy kitchen and Ripley in the garden

Ripley loves his herbie & eating blackberries. This is what is going on with our house so far.


Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Video_: Ripley showing the signing before he forgets it

I get camera shy - I guess I will get used to it.


Monday, August 14, 2006

Video_: Ripley and Me - First Video Blog Entry

Well - a picture tells a thousand words, but you can't get Ripley to say anything on a video :)


Thursday, August 03, 2006

Video_: My God, I'm My Dad!

In line with my last blog entry - someone did a TV show about it. So called "celebrities" of which I only recognise Vic Reeves, talk about being a father and how things change - rather amusing - but it was on channel 5 - so nobody watched it.


Friday, July 07, 2006

Video_: Ripley's Fav Google Video

He loves this video and demands to watch it every morning


Friday, April 21, 2006

Misc_: Ripley loves Pingu

Ripley is in love with Pingu the animated claymation Penguin. He watches no Television with the only exception being Pingu (and when I am playing a Ps2 game with racing cars in it). I understand that the above video courtesy of Google Video has been subtitled with an extremely rude translation of "pingu-speak" - it is in Swedish - so if you are Swedish look away now.. otherwise enjoy the episode



Friday, April 14, 2006

Diary_: 17 Months - New Things and Old Things

Over the past couple of days Ripley has developed a few favourite things and a few fears. He is deathly afraid of a small wobble executive toy that looks a little like a sea anemone, he is also VERY scared of the new shower we have just had installed in the process of getting a new bathroom in. I guess the shower looks a little too much like a snake and some form of primal instinct has kicked in from our times in the caves. As for favourite things, he really enjoys a good draw with the pastels we have, he does one drawing a day and we have kept them in chronological order, over the past couple of weeks the drawings have got more and more yellow. Now they are all yellow. I can safely say his favourite colour is yellow :)

I found this old video and uploaded it (mainly to freak out my long time friend Jason Birt as he will now have internet presence when you type his name on google video :) That'll freak him out. Anyway, it was taken MANY years ago, and I look bloody thin and bloody young, it was back in the days when I could afford sports cars, now I can't afford a paved driveway to park one on. Anyway - Ripley is better than all that material crap. Anyway - on with the video show...


Saturday, February 25, 2006

Misc_: Laughing Baby Video

Not Ripley this time, some other kids having a laugh. I can't work out if this is cute or scary. You have to love a babies laugh though :)



Thursday, February 02, 2006

Misc_: Ripley vs Stewie

I swear Ripley is just like Stewie (even the slightly odd shaped head bless him). This video made me laugh like hell.



Thursday, January 26, 2006

Video_: Another washing machine obsessed baby

This is NOT Ripley - but another washing machine obsessed baby that looks a little like him. For more cool, funny, cute and scary videos visit: The Unofficial Google Video Blog - IT ROCKS :) I spend hours there.


Saturday, January 21, 2006

My Favourite Blogs

Here is my up-to-date list of the best blogs on the internet.

Google Video of the Day - Concept Car Gallery - Optical Illusions - Witty Quotes - Claymation - Bandwagon Capitalism - Best Standup Comedian One-Liner Jokes


Saturday, December 31, 2005

Diary_: Minimoto Death Trap

We were walking in town the other day when I saw a group of perhaps 12-13 year old boys with caps and tracksuits (chavs as we call them here). Nothing unusual there. But they were all stooped over pushing miniture motorcycles. It appears that this years credit card maxing must have toy were these miniture motorbikes. I am really shocked. I don't claim to be the best parent in the world but I know that I would NOT let my son have anything so outrageously dangerous. I am amazed that parents can be so utterly stupid as to give these motorbikes to CHILDREN!

For those who don't know, minimotos are perfect proportioned 2 stroke replicas of sports bikes (see pic opposite) which are capable of going 40MPH and over!!! They are illegal on public roads and should only be used on tarmac. Which makes you wonder where these boys were going with them?

My prediction for the new year is a grim one. Deaths will increase as a result of this stupid craze and stupider parents for giving in to it. I mean, seriously, if you wanted to give your children something illegal and deadly then why stop at a minimoto, why not a gun, anaconda snake, TNT, flick knife. STUPID!

Don't buy one, just watch this onboard video below, saves any nasty case of death.


Thursday, December 16, 2004

Tired but Smiling

Everything is cool at the moment. Pen and I feel like we have a handle on things, we have a routine, we can predict most events before they occur and so we feel comfortably in control. We still get bloody tired and that can be a strain, but then Ripley smiles every-so-often and we both remember what it is all about. Looking forward to our first Christmas together. Will try to upload more photos later, I have some nice new ones.
Don't forget to visit http://www.kitt.net/ripley/ for the video wall.

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Thursday, November 25, 2004

The "Things They Don't Tell You" List

Here are a list of things I have come across that people really should have warned us about. I will update this list whenever we notice something that we really didn't see coming:

Bad Stuff

1) Waters - are not always clear, in fact "waters" can look an awful lot like blood.
2) The Birth - BLOOD ! Horror! Gore! Why don't they tell you to expect it?
3) Sleepless Nights - These two words can never really properly express what a sleepless night really means. Tired! Hahaha! Tired is just a word too. Let's see - how about; Mind Numbing, Insanity forming, physically destructive, brain destablising torture or the simple acronym - MNIFPDBDT.
4) Crying - Not just an annoying noise - A sound that drills through to your soul, makes your heart leap up out of your mouth and generally makes you feel panicky. Oh yes - it happens a lot too.
5) Baby Moods - This is how it goes - Crying (Hungry), Crying (Windy), Crying (Wet), Crying (Nappy filled with something from a horror film), Crying (Tired), Crying (Because he is sensing your mood), Sleeping, Sleep Crying, Wide awake and smiling (3am - 5am).
6) Colic - Ripley looks like he is starting to develop mild Colic, this is bad news if sleep is something you like doing. He looks in so much pain, curled up - shaking - crying - rubbing his face with sharp baby nails. It is upsetting in the extreme.
7) Breast Feeding Fascists - "You are breast feeding arn't you?" - NHS Midwifes are fantastic, but all this breast feeding stuff really gets on my nerves. If the kid isn't into it then there is NOTHING you can do about it, that is the way it is. YES we know "Breast is best"! But come on! The most important person in this whole situation is the mother, it is she who must get used to the whole "parent" thing, having the stress of a baby who simply will not breast feed and people milling around telling her to persist can be just too much. For the sake of the mental health of the parents & the happiness of the baby, midwifes should be a little more realistic. Mind you - one midwife was very helpful, she was a parent of 3, some breast fed some didn't, she knew the score. I remember her looking left then right and leaning to Penny whispering - "Don't write this in your notes, but don't worry if breast feeding doesn't work, just give it your best shot". I can tell you this was a real breath of fresh air for us both.

Good Stuff

1) Happy Baby - For the moments during the day that your kid is happy smiling and laughing it REALLY gives you a big lift, you almost totally forget the 2 hours of screaming.
2) Ear Plugs - Just worked this out this morning, if you wear ear plugs when the kid is screaming at you - for example; the nappy change before a feed is quite noisy, then the sound is less painful on the eardrums, you can still hear them, it just allows you to keep your concentration.
3) Gadgets - Buy every gadget in the world for the kid - it WILL make your life easier. Already broke from all the prams, cots, clothing, etc - no problem, but it on ebay, sell it when finished, the chances are you will make a few quid along the way. Digital thermometers, movement / sound sensors, video monitors, steam sterilisers, bottle warmers, etc, etc, BUY THEM.
4) Burping - It is amazing how a little burp and cheer you up so much. It takes ages to burp a baby, they are often squirming about and looking mad, when you hear that burp you know that is a little less air making him feel uncomfortable.
5) Google - "Shit is his face suppose to be peeling like that?" Ask Google - "Ah ha! www.peelingbaby.com has an article on this, I can now relax". Babycenter.co.uk is also excellent.


Friday, November 19, 2004

Video Wall

The Ripley Video Spectacular is online :D - Check it out here - http://www.kitt.net/ripley/
I find myself doing web development at 3am while feeding him, I must be pretty good at it, I do it 1 handed :)
Enjoying Life with Ripley & Penny very much.


Saturday, November 06, 2004

Random Video Moments

Over on the right of the screen you will see a Random Video Moment from my life. Hit reload to see another one, there are loads of them and they are tiny in size so don't worry about your bandwidth. Enjoy.


Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Video Mad

I love to video. Wherever I go in the world you can bet I will be clasping my faithful Sony Camcorder. It has been with me from travelling the death railway in Thailand to the top of the WTC in New York. From the great wall of China to Niagara Falls. So it is a fair assumption that this kid is going to be heavily videoed (not the birth :) )

While I still have time I plan to do a video of Me and Pen, our lives before the arrival & our future plans.

I figure it would be interesting for our family and for our kid in the future. Also he can laugh at our amusing clothing and dated internal combustion engined automobile. It's 2004 for God's sake - Where are the flying cars?

Anyway, I might make a few streaming videos for the interweb. Watch this space.