Saturday, December 29, 2007

Cars Music Video

Coby's favourite film (at the moment). He absolutely adores Lightning McQueen!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

PC Teplet

In honour of Uncle Mark, Coby greeted him today wearing his policeman's helmet. Mark was suitably impressed and rewarded Coby with some lovely christmas presents.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Festive Friends

Maddy invited us over for a pre-christmas lunch today. She made her famous sausage rolls and some beautiful butternut squash soup washed down with mulled wine. Coby took a shine to Louis' Bob the Builder bike and, as you can imagine, wherever Coby goes, Louis tends to follow and vice versa. Alicia was there too with Sammy and not forgetting Jelly the cat.

Coby's Cute Curls Cut

"Hey! What's going on?"

Sam sets to work on Coby's locks

"Take that, and that"

Coby's antics are silenced by the hair dryer

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Eat, eat, sleep

Ploughing through the spagetti, Coby is finally defeated and promptly falls asleep during lunch...

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


We've just spent a magnificent weekend in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam for our wedding anniversary. Our good friends, David and Purdy joined us for much food and sight seeing, however, we are very glad to be home as we've missed Coby soooooooooooooooo much!. He has been in the capable hands of nanna and grandad in Lincolnshire and we get to see him tomorrow!!

The Westerkerk, designed in 1619
and reputed to be the burial place of Rembrandt

The facade of the Koninklijk Paleis
(Royal Palace) on Dam Square

Statue of the Dutch writer, Multatuli
by the Singel Canal

Purdy, Sarah & Al

David & Al relax in the Grasshopper

Different spelling, but pronounced the same

The Amstel by night

The Singel Canal as dusk closes in

Sarah, David & Purdy

Sarah & Purdy preparing for three courses

Rolling Around

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Hanukkah is an 8 day Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Light and today we got to light all of the candles on the hanukiah. We had dinner at grandma Wendy's as she has just returned from her trip to the US and had a huge bundle of presents for Coby. We ate salt beef and potato latkes followed by doughnuts, yummy, yummy. And Coby was given his first dreidel, a spinning top traditionally played with during this holiday.

Happy Hanukkah!

Coby the Snowman

So, we're approaching the final countdown to Christmas - 14 days now! Coby had double party duties today, first with his end of term party at Music Train and then it was on to the Tiggy's Christmas Party at nursery. Two visits from Santa and a ton of sausage rolls and cakes later, Coby now lies tucked up in bed, worn out from the day's activities....

Not the happiest snowman around....

At the Music Train Fancy Dress Party

Decorating the tree

Lola - the christmas angel!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

A Grand Weekend

Coby has been staying with nanny and grandad in Lincolnshire since last Thursday! It's the longest period of time that we've been without him and it wasn't easy, although it has been a welcome break for us with time to relax and a lovely treat for mum and dad. Unfortunately mum has spent the last couple of nights in hospital. She had a chest and sinus infection and because she is between chemotherapy threatments, her platelets are low, so it was best that the hospital kept her monitored. Hopefully she'll be home today!

Over the weekend, they took Coby out and about including a trip to see Santa...!

Somebody's hiding!

"This bit goes there...."

"Wish me luck"


Checking out the lights with uncle Tony

"Ho ho ho, Coby - Merry Christmas"

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Birthday Gang

Who's That Hiding Under There??

"Hide, Hide!"

Coby's favourite hiding place, under the kitchen table, except on this occasion I caught him out

Proud As Punch

On Monday Coby had his 2 year development check at the health centre. He now weighs 28lbs (about 2 stone) and is 82cm tall!! The health visitor was very impressed with his skills and development and said he was above average! Hoorah!

And even better was parents evening at his nursery last night. We were told that Coby is delightful to have around, very sociable and loving and his communication skills are very strong. His nickname at nursery is Happy Chappie! Al and I had no idea that the nursery keep an observation record for each child's session - we were presented with a folder full of Coby's. Here are some extracts:

Observation: Coby holds 2 magnetic bricks together which he has made into a car. he walks across the room and says 'car'. Coby then picks up a Bill & Ben toy and says 'Ben'. He runs over to a member of staff (Vicky) and shouts 'Icky, Icky' and then gives her a cuddle saying 'awww'. He then sits and says 'Bill, Ben' over and over. Coby runs over to the abacus and begins pushing the beads around the wire.

Evaluation: Coby's vocal and language skills are coming along very well. He is very chatty with the adults. Coby is very good at expressing his feelings and is very special to others. Keep encourging this and he will develop further. Coby is confident in all he does and he is able to make friendships with other children.

These reports are held at the nursery and presented to Ofsted inspectors as well as samples of each child's work. We were very impressed. We love his nursery and hope he can stay there unitl he starts primary school. Best of all, Coby is happy there and they are disappointed that he only comes one day a week!

Drum Roll Please...

Thank you Justin & Stacey for Coby's drum kit -
it's been moved to the conservatory for the acoustics!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Well from the two entries we received - boo hiss boo to everyone else - one of which was Coby's dad, I would like to announce the winner of the caption competition is....Coby's nanna Ann!!

"Oh mum, dont I get a biscuit to go with my cuppa?!!

Some well deserved chocolates on their way to you Nanna!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Party Time

The Angel's Reply in Hitchin is one of our favourite places so we decided to head there on Saturday to celebrate the kids birthdays. Coby was joined by Louis (1st Nov), Jasmine, (2oth) and Lola (25th) and the four of them had a fun time in the play area with Uncle Mark. Grandma Wendy baked a beautiful cake - a train consisting of an engine and several carriages covered in icing and dolly mixtures! The kids played pass the parcel and received goodie bags too. Can you guess who had the most fun?....

Friday, November 16, 2007


Can you believe Coby is 2 years old today?? We certainly can't, but the onset of those much talked about 'Terrible Two's' is confirmation enough that Coby is leaving behind those baby months and entering into toddlerhood. His vocabulary is really coming along now as is his desire to have everything he wants and do everything himself. Tantrums are in abundance and the word 'NO' can be heard quite frequently from his little lips.

We kicked off Coby's birthday with a grand card and present opening. Thank you to everyone for your generous gifts - Coby truly was spoilt beyond belief. Grandma Wendy arrived around lunch time with a Thomas the Tank Engine train set which I had tremendous fun putting together. Coby loved it and stroked the battery operated trains as they whizzed around the track. After a lovely lunch at Cafe Rouge in Hitchin, we went home to wait the arrival of Uncle Martin and Great Aunt June who came over especially to see Coby.

Coby opens the first of his sack load of cards!

And then came presents!

What to play with next?

Thomas the Tank Engine goodies

A kiss for grandma Wendy

Lunch at Cafe Rouge

With great auntie June