Archive | April, 2009

Freedom Day & the Freedom of a Child

29 Apr

Monday, the 27th April; Freedom Day – The day that celebrates the first post-apartheid elections held in South Africa.
Also it is becoming increasingly obvious that Stephen is trying to be free himself; in any way that he so chooses. It just so happens that when I just want a certain photograph he chooses not to comply,

ha ha ha.

Anyway, as Stephen starts testing the boundaries of free will and Daddy’s patience, he is learning to be independent with he very own personality. It is also a time where I need to be there to help him – and I am, I am enjoying it all the way (ok I do get frustrated – who doesn’t).
Here are some cool pictures we took on this day.

Child through the tires Walking the Plank
Play Park Mountain Jumping in the Castle
Trampoline Father and Son Mommy and Stephen Jumping

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The Sound of Thunder

24 Apr

The other day we had some thunder and lightning; not something Stephen has seen or heard before. Needless to say he got a bit of a fright. However it has brought a new word to his vocab that he now uses to pretty much describe anything that makes a loud noise.

Got any examples of some crazy words or descriptions that your child has used?

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Retro Cool Kid

23 Apr

My favorite Picture 🙂 KFM we are open for negotiations, he he he.
Cool Music

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Don’t kick my chair!

23 Apr

[Guest post by Ron Tuffin. Ron is a good friend of mine from a previous job and from Church, his friendship and his praying for me back then is a perfect example of our church’s Invest and Invite strategy.You can catch Ron on Twitter or on his blog; Just Plain Ron. Ron knows something about fatherhood way more than me; going on his second princess now – we are praying for him and his family for the hectic first weeks of a new born.]
princesses
Despite my views on karma, when we consider parenting there is a very real cyclic feel to things. Time and time again I find myself responding to my kids in ways my parents responded to me. And I find CJ, especially, responding to me in much the same way I responded to my parents ‘back in the day’. Continue reading

Investing Time in your Children

22 Apr

clockface1I am a father that places massive worth in the time that I spend with my son; especially now in these first years of his life. I know the whole argument of quality vs quantity; that more does not mean better and the that the time we do spend must be worthwhile. Sometimes my son just wants me to be there, to be nearby and to be there to watch or help. A lot of the time he needs me to be involved and interactive.
At my work I make an effort to arrive and leave on time – not because I am a clock watcher but because the time I have with my Wife and son is important. There is always an exception and sometimes work must come first – but not everyday, not every weekend, that would be criminal. Continue reading

Feeding Stephen

21 Apr

Supper time with Stephen can be great fun so long as he does not swallow me.

SupperTime

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Secrets of Fatherhood

20 Apr

disclaimer
I have been a father for 20 months and has been a fantastic time – most of the time ;-). The times when it has no been is when I felt that I could not interact with why son, whether to play, calm or be firm. Stephen is just entering toddlership and is really only beginning to engage with me. Now I have begun to wonder; what are the secrets of fatherhood; are their any? Well these are my thoughts from my point of view as a father to a really cool son: Continue reading