Sunday, 27 November 2011


Jack is finally five years of age. Just a few months ago if you mentioned the prospect of turning five he'd break out into tears. Being four has been hard for him he spent most of the year wishing he could be three again. Life was easier when I was three. Gradually as his birthday neared though he began to get very excited. He still wishes he could be three again but he's ok with being five. I think he was afraid that he'd wake up as a five- year-old and find himself six feet tall and hairy chested.

Some of the kids early on.
We threw a party for him at a local church hall. We were tired of the wacky warehouse parties that we've attened every weekend for the last month so we thought we'd go for something different. Jack picked the theme, 'spooky costumes' because he's into dead things. No vampires though because they're really scary.

The spooky cake Helen made.
So we invited the kids, acquired appropriate confectionery, constructed party bags and made a cake.

The party was a big hit, Fortyish little ghouls arrived and a good time was had by all. There was dancing and eating and a magic show. The kids were talking about it for ages. One brother and sister even invented a new game called 'Jack's Party' where they play out the events with each other. Another has decided since that she wants to learn magic. Every couple of days I get pulled aside by a patent wanting to tell me what a good time their child had and that it's changed their life in some way.
Jack was dressed in a hat a glasses to help with the magic.

Jack made off like a bandit as well nearly all of the kids brought him presents. He's gradually working them, he's about half way.
Some of them are really fun toys and need a lot of playing.

This is about 1/2 what he got
His actual birthday was a much quieter affair. We unwrapped his presents after schools and went out for a nice dinner. He was a little disappointed because he wanted his friends to come to his real birthday as well, but he got through it.
The two favorites.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

I was all in this half, it's magic


Jack has developed his own magic trick. He's done this entirely on his own, this afternoon he disappeared to another room and came back an hour or so later with his props in hand.

We regularly scour youtube for magic tricks and trying to work out how they did it. If we can't figure it out then it's obviously magic.

I hope that this is the first in the development of an entire show. We'll have to wait and see.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Singing and Dancing.

Here are a couple of videos that I took of Jack. One of of him singing along to the theme song of Phineas and Ferb.

The other is just him dancing to the music at the 99p store.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Halloween 2011

Jack is very excited for Halloween. Mostly because he gets to dress up as a skeleton, and he's into dead things.

He's got his costume and his plans for the day, our neighborhood isn't much of a place for trick or treating, just because we don't have much in the way of participation from the neighbors. So instead we're going to a Halloween party at his favorite soft play place where there will be slides, treats games and many of his friends dressed in their costumes.

The squares are his wings.
So today we set to with other Halloween traditions such as carving pumpkins, making creepy cakes and cookies. Jack picked out the face for the jack-o-lantern and helped with the creation of the spider cup cakes and bat cookies. He was especially helpful when it came to the eating part of the process.

Jack made this one.
I made this one.

Helen made the pumpkin.