Like when my daughter Amélie Sofia was born, it seemed a good time to take a similar photograph. Our lives as a family have changed in so many ways, we have grown in patience for each other (sometimes) and learned about how we parent our children, we have learned that we are both firm but fair parents. We have also learned that we like to offer opportunity but be mindful not to forget those who have nothing. Amélie is now at nursery and learning so much every day. Young Leo is about to embark on a very exciting journey of life, we are so happy and we see a new destination of challenges, different challenges.
He is a beautiful little boy, and will grow into a man with standards and a moral compass that we can only hope to influence and build with him, I hope to shape him into a better man that me, that will be my ultimate goal. As for Amélie I hope for her the same, that she is strong woman that will be there for her Brother and Mother. I have no doubt that she will be a smart young woman who will be an excellent Mother one day, just from the way she is interacting with Leo at the moment. She is an excited big Sister.
So, back to nappies and all the exciting nights of limited sleep.
Here is the one below of Amélie (nearly 4 years ago)
Well, that was 2013. A quick year in our household, Amélie appears to grow a little more every day and in every imaginable way. As I write this I’m battling a cold and have conjunctivitis. So, not on the finest form, and pretty much feeling sorry for myself. I thought however, that this was an ideal time to stop and look at the moments that shaped our 2013. These simple moments that follow are in no specific order at all, except really the order in which they came to me as I thought of the past 365 days or so.
One of the great advantages of keeping a photo diary on great websites like Blipfoto mean its easy to look over your year(s) to see what you actually did and when you actually did it. .
- We decided to visit our favourite little log cabin in Canonbie near Dumfries for the holidays at Hogmanay and New Year 2012.
- We took Amélie to Edinburgh Zoo for her first birthday on the 6th January.
- My good friends Chris and Jennifer had a little baby girl on January 7th called Simone.
- I managed to get back to boxing training this year for a while.
- I took my Dad to our first ever experience of a 5 nations International Rugby game, we went to Murrayfield to see Scotland beat Italy.
- I had two whole weeks with Amélie in February as Joni had decided to work full-time for a month.
- I was involved in filming a piece for Vito Dance Theatre called Withdrawal.
- The Catholic Church has a new Pope, Pope Francis I. Amélie and I watched the election on television live from the Vatican.
- I was involved in a 5 aside football tournament as a fundraiser for Callum’s Cabin and managed to really damage my left foot in a tackling incident.
- I finally had the opportunity to see Icelandic musicians: Sigur Ros and Ólafur Arnalds
- Our garage was broken into and two bicycles were stolen, thankfully the police retrieved one and managed to catch one of the people involved.
- I was lucky enough to have my first photograph placed in an exhibition in gallery.
- Attended some bicycle maintenance classes as part of the Glasgow Bike Station.
- Margaret Thatcher died.
- I attended two stag parties: we travelled to Bolton to enjoy a day of hospitality to watch them play Blackpool for my friend Paddy’s and then had a day at Auchentoshan Distillery (2nd visit) and greyhound racing for my brother in law Liams’.
- We had a trip to Morecambe for Joni’s Grandmother’s 80th birthday party.
- I visited Glengoyne distillery (2nd visit) with my good friend Sace and we spent the night in his hut in Carbeth.
- I had my very first rides on a Brompton folding bike, a Dahon folding bike and even a Penny Farthing on the Harris Tweed Ride.
- My Dad retired.
- I was asked to host the Refugee Week end of week showcase.
- My brother in law Liam was married to Lyndsey.
- My good friend Paddy was married to Nicola.
- My good friend Findlay’s had a daughter called Lucy.
- We had our first family cycling / camping trip to the outer Hebrides, to Barra.
- I toured Arran twice (by bicycle), once with my good friend Alasdair and once on my own.
- We had plenty of time in the garden, eating outside, playing with Amélie and enjoying whisky by the chiminea.
- I had a few experiences of up-cycling, I created a pallet bookcase, a pallet mirror, made a gate and also made some fencing around our plants.
- We enjoyed another Harris Tweed Ride.
- My good friend and I had a tour of the Glasgow Velodrome.
- The Clydebank Town Hall has a new exhibition space, so we enjoyed visiting the Jolomo exhibition and the Harry Papadopolis exhibition.
- I rode 110 miles for the Glasgow to Edinburgh Pedal For Scotland. (3’350 miles this year)
- Amélie got her very first passport and we had our first fortnight trip abroad to Kefalos, Kos. It was Amélie’s first time on an airplane and she had a great time.
There will be many many things I’ve missed. Until next year!
Little Amélie and Joan as we enjoy a family picnic. . .
You rarely see this quiet part of a funfair / carnival so it was fun to get down amongst it and take some photographs.
We had a walk around the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow and also spent a while in Kibble Palace while little Amélie had her lunch. It was good to be out and about and she seems to love the indoor area of Kibble Palace and having the freedom to run around.