Archive for January, 2005

a b c

Sunday, January 9th, 2005

Finally I got around to getting the video together of Toby singing his ABC song, as I promised a week or so ago. Hope you enjoy it – here it is (Windows media format – the only one which wasn’t huge and didn’t crash my kind-of trusty old machine).

And there are four new galleries of photos from his grand tour of the UK. All at

hair against the system

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

In this amusing but also slightly sinister article, the BBC reports on how North Korea has been cracking down on slobby citizens with over-long hair. By an amazing anti-communist coincidence I have been growing my own hair over the past few months (it’s been growing itself of course, but I have been having it cut less short) thereby increasing my anti-communist credentials.

In other news, Toby reached another milestone yesterday by ordering his own food in a diner for the first time. He was at Albert’s Family Restaurant (a somewhat retro place where kids eat free on Fridays) in the Mall of America with Emma and when the waitress came over he was given the choice of hot dog or chicken nuggets. He looked up at the waitress and said, “Toby want hot dog!” We’ll work on the “please” in future. He’s also been getting really into using crayons and holds his crayon very well now, allowing him to color in the lines quite well.

the new

Tuesday, January 4th, 2005

The new year has started in a rather non-exciting way, just getting on with stuff. Not bad, just not thrilling. We’re having fun with Toby though as he grows up and gets more into stuff. My dad got him a great toy coffee maker, with cups and spoons, and he just loves making coffee for us. It’s interesting too, because just a couple of months ago I don’t think he had the ability to do this kind of creative, imitative play. The downer has been the onset of his 24-month molars. We had a few nights in a row when we were up for two hours at a time, it really takes it out of you. Last night we all went to bed at about 9pm – he woke up at 1:30 and was trying to open his bedroom door. I told him it was time to go back to bed, so he walked over to his bed and climbed in with no argument, and was sound asleep again within minutes.