• Out with 2007…

    …. and in with 2008.

    What a year it’s been too, eh? The girls have grown loads this year, especially Lisa. The girls all went to China this year for just over 2 months.. they had a great time there. Lisa attended a pre-school much of the time while she was there so her Chinese really improved with that. Had to teach her a little English when she got back haha If anyone hadn’t noticed from the pictures of Yuki, she’s no longer wearing glasses! She had laser eye surgery while she was in China.

    After the girls got back we started doing some camping.. albeit only a couple of trips, the weather this past summer was dreadful. Way way too much rain. But they needed it here. There’s been water restrictions in place for years, I just can’t figure it out, England is an island, how can you run out of water 🙂 (yes I know all about it, don’t get all technical on me and try to explain it.. it’s a joke son, laugh!)

    There hasn’t been anything big for me this year really. I’ve just plugged along with life.. living and working and working and living. Wish I could do a lot more living and a lot less working haha but we haven’t won the lottery yet so .. it’s back to work on Jan 2nd for me.

    We would like to thank everyone that’s stopped by to read the blog in 2007 and hope you’ll come back around in the 2008. Now that the site will support comments with very little fear of those bastar.. er spammers it should help you to interact with us more, once again.

    Happy New Year!!

    Emma, Lisa, Yuki and Rob


  • Emma’s first time going to pre-school…

    Jan 2008 will see Emma going off to Ladybird Pre-school in Cottenham. We’ll start her off slow like we did with Lisa, she’ll go for just a couple of half days a week for the first term, then give her a couple more for the second term. This is what we did with Lisa and it seem to work quite well. The only thing I’m a little bit worried about is they will know they are in the same school and may want to play together. But I’m sure they’ll sort that out haha

    We’ll post more news about Emma’s progress in pre-school as time goes on…


  • Early launch of the new site…

    I know I said I was going to wait until the start of the new year, but I’ve decided to launch things early.

    I think overall the new site will be easier to navigate, it’s certainly easier to manage and administer, which is good. I can now also permit comments again. I had to turn that off on the old site due the amount of blog spam that was coming in. Spammers of all sort, be it email, blog or whatever should die a most painful and hideous death possible, and as sad to say as it is, so should anyone that actually buys ANYTHING advertised by spammers, for it’s those that buy that make it all worth while for the spammers. OK, sorry about that.. I got off on a bit of a rant about spammers. Did I mention they should die in the most painful way possible? Oh yes, there it is, just above this.

    Anyhow, please feel free to leave comments on the site now, if it’s your first time posting a comment it will be held for my approval automatically so don’t worry if it doesn’t show up right away. Once you’ve been approved future comments should appear instantly (unless the system thinks something is funny about it and it will hold it for me to review and release).

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  • Christmas in Cottenham

    Well, another Christmas has come and gone. This year it was pretty much all about the kids. Yuki and I exchanged a couple of small gifts but all in all we decided not to buy those silly little useless gifts just for the sake of having something to open. We’ll do something later in the year, Yuki wants to go shopping somewhere on the Continent .. likely Amsterdam or Milan or something, so we’ll make it mini holiday and take the kids too.

    The kids had loads of toys given to them.. a lot of them came from Nana Shirley, Grandpa Bob “The Builder” and Nana Carol in Canada. They ordered everything online from ELC (Early Learning Centre), a toy shop specializes in toys for babies to sort of 12-14 age group I guess on the top end. Things there are reasonably cheap (for the UK) and cheap and fast shipping. Lisa also got a laptop (used) shipped over from Canada as well, if you haven’t read that you can read it on the old blog. Lisa just loves it.. Thanks Nana Carol and Grandpa Bob “The Builder” 🙂

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  • Welcome to the new blog!!!

    I figured it was time for a make over of the site.  The old site which was running on Pivot was just getting too old and unsupportable.  There was no way to upgrade it any more so I figured it was time to make a change.  The new site is based on WordPress a very flexible blogging package.

    The look and feel of the new site isn’t completely set in stone yet, I’m still trying to find the look I really like.  The current theme I’m using is the one I like most of all the ones I’ve seen so far.. but I don’t know if it will stay or not.

    Anyhow, hope you enjoy the new site.  The old site will still be available you going to http://archive.uk-experience.com – this will remain online forever, or as longas I keep this site online.  Everything will be archived there for posterity.

    The gallery has also been upgraded as well.  There are many new features available in the new gallery software.  The basic look and feel has remained much the same so it won’t be too hard to get use to and navigate through.

    Enjoy the site and thanks for stopping by!

    Emma, Lisa, Yuki and Rob