Archive for the ‘toby’ Category

toby and dara pics

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Just posted up a new set – enjoy.

garfield (garfield)

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

I just saw a link to the online comic garfield minus garfield. It’s a simple concept – the Garfield comics without the eponymous and annoying cat – and very funny.

Side note: Toby refers to Garfield as Garthfield. He is very careful to pronounce the “th”.

kids will do that

Monday, February 25th, 2008

In the car on the way home today, Toby asked what a typewriter is. Apparently quite hard to describe to a kid of today who only knows about computers. The conversation ended when we were asked if we were alive while typewriters were around, like they were dinosaurs. Great. Now we feel really old.


Sunday, February 24th, 2008

At dinner tonight: “piccolo is the scientific name for pickles”

new toby and dara photos

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Finally got a quiet few minutes to get some new Toby and Dara pics – here they are. We need to take more though. You’ll note that there aren’t many of Dara smiling. She’s actually a very smiley little person, but when the camera does its pre-flash thing she gets all confused and starts frowning. We’ll see if we can work around this. Last night we were out at some friends’ for dinner, and to celebrate Emma’s birthday, and Dara spent a lot of time sitting up by herself. She needed someone to be behind her in case she forgot to balance, but I think that within a week she’ll have it down.


Monday, February 18th, 2008

Toby was hard at work over the weekend finishing off his thank you letters for his birthday presents. We did what we did for Christmas – he wrote one template letter, which Emma photocopied, then he filled in the details: individual names, and his signature. He does pretty well on it for a five-year-old, although it takes quite a lot of coaching to get him to stay focused, but he made it in the end.

When he was writing to a couple (Uncle and Auntie, or Nana and Grandad) we had suggested that he did a plus sign instead of “and”, to keep it simple. However, he learned the concept of percent a few weeks ago when we got the new TiVo – while the software was updating it showed the % complete, and we spoke about what percent means. It clearly must have stayed with him, because yesterday he insisted on writing percent signs wherever he could, including instead of a plus sign. So if you get a letter from him which includes % you now know why.


Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Toby has been listening to the Beatles a lot lately. He got into it via Yellow Submarine (which for a while he called Yellow Sumbarine), then Octopus’s Garden, and now he likes more and more songs. He asked for Come Together for the car a couple of days ago, and while he and I were building Lego that evening he sang along with Let It Be, with soulful face and everything.

Tonight as I was putting him to bed he started singing Strawberry Fields Forever, and was doing it pretty well. When I commented to him how much I was enjoying it, he said “Yes, that’s because my voice is just … unreal.”

quote of the (birth)day

Friday, January 25th, 2008

How great it must be to be newly five, and at the end of a great birthday do a burp, then say with some bravado “Uh oh – I almost cake throwed up.”

growing up

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

This morning:

Toby: “I’m just worried that I won’t be funny any more when I’m five. It’s going to be a lot of work, being five”

You’re getting older kid, get used to it.

toby pictures

Friday, January 11th, 2008

The boy is almost 5, so it’s time to get his birthday party all sorted. You might remember that last year he had a joint party with his friend Patrick, and my brother Richard made a really cool party invitation.

This year we’re planning the same kind of thing, and Richard just put together this year’s invitation. Also: special bonus picture of Toby and the kids in his class (click on each picture to embiggen).

Toby’s 5th birthday invitation

Toby and the preschool II class