Photo Recreation Part Two

You may remember the photo recreation we did for one of Danni’s old photos when Flynn was just a baby.  Well, there was a photo of mine that I wanted to recreate using Flynn as well, but I needed to wait until he was a bit older to do so.

When I was roughly 2.5 years old my father brought home a computer from the college he was working at.  It isn’t unusual to have a computer in your home these days, but in late 1978 it was almost unheard of.  The day it came home I was instantly hooked, and I can vividly remember begging my dad to let me play a mining game on this technological marvel whenever I could.

While we don’t yet let Flynn play any games on the computer, I know there will come a time when he’ll make the same requests from me so I wanted to recreate one of my favourite childhood photos.

It goes without saying that the Surface Pro sitting in front of Flynn has considerably more processing power than Commodore PET that I used to play with, but the level of joy and wonder seems about the same to me…

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Scootering in Beddington Park

Flynn loves his scooter, but beyond zipping around inside our house there aren’t a lot of smooth, level places for him to really get moving so we drove to one of the larger nearby parks for the day.  Beddington park has some great paths for the avid scooter boy to stretch his legs and really build up some speed.

He’s getting really confident these days and is starting to work out how to turn and use the break (thankfully!).  It won’t be long now before we pick up a push bike for him, then a pedal bike and before we know it he’ll be trying to borrow our car…

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Hobbledown Farm

Danni had a jewelry event to attend to so I took the day off and Flynn and I drove out to Hobbledown Farm for the day.  It’s a typical children’s farm affair, but this one has sort of a Fairy and Goblins theme which is a nice change.  The day we went had incredible weather and it was mid-week so the place was practically empty which is always a bonus.  The one downside was that the actors playing the goblins etc. weren’t out that day so that defeated some of the purpose in going to this particular farm.  It didn’t seem to bother Flynn though, who had a great day seeing all of the different animals and playing in their soft-play area and massive sand pit.

The sand pit was even themed as a bit of a goblin mine and the kids were tasked with “digging up gems” that they could turn in for a lollipop if they got enough.  The gems were little glass beads and they were largely just strewn around on top of the sand, and given that we headed straight there when the farm opened we found more than enough to claim our sweet, plus bring a few “treasures” home.

All in all, it was a pretty nice day out.  I think he would get more out of the day if he were a bit older and able to play on more of the playground equipment, zip lines, etc., but we had fun regardless.  The fact that the farm was largely empty helped a lot though!

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Random Photos

I got a new phone recently and it takes some pretty nice photos, or rather, it does some automatic processing on the photos it takes to make then look nice.  Either way, I’ve been taking a lot of photos with it and none of them really warrant their own post so I’m just going to drop them all here.

I’ll likely do this a few in the foreseeable future as I play around with the new toy.  Hope you don’t mind a lack of context!

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London Aquarium

I took a few days off to spend some time with the family (and maybe to celebrate someone’s birthday!) and Danni had the fantastic idea of taking Flynn to the London Aquarium for the day.  He’s had a recent fascination with jellyfish, sharks, turtles and pretty much anything ocean dwelling so the timing was perfect.

The little man had a fantastic day after getting over being initially overwhelmed by the spectacle of it all.  I’m not sure what his favourite part of the day way, but he was a big fan of the turtles and crocodiles  (and also the sushi restaurant we went to for lunch afterwards).

The aquarium also had a really cool penguin exhibit that you partially inhabit!

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Ice Cream Boy

We’ve kept daily sweets out of Flynn’s life for the most part, but every now and then he gets a treat.  Today, Danni picked up a huge ice cream cone at his request and the little man ate the whole thing.

This isn’t a life altering post or anything, it’s just hard to deny the joy on the little man’s face as he eats an ice cream roughly the size of his head.

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Diggerland

If you don’t have kids below a certain age (or even if you do) you likely haven’t heard of Diggerland.  To put it simply, it’s a theme park where the theme is “heavy construction equipment” where they do away with all of the usual rides and games and replace them with, well, heavy construction equipment.

To be fair, there are some rides.  These rides did begin live as construction equipment of some sort and have been adapted to make them more fun for kids (and adults!), but they are rides none-the-less.  Flynn (and I) had a blast driving the trucks and operating the various diggers throughout the day, the he was borderline too small to get on some of the rides.  Which is fine, as that gives us an excuse to go back and hone my our skills with the diggers.

We all had a blast and Flynn was still talking about driving the diggers nearly a week later.  You can tell something makes an impact if it sticks with a toddler that long!

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The Long Night

Mum had a loooong overdue night out with the girls tonight which left dad entirely in charge (for the first time ever?) of the bedtime routine.  While I’m always heavily involved in the bath and story reading process of this daily endeavor, getting Flynn to sleep has always fallen entirely within Mum’s realm.  So it was with a bit of trepidation that we said goodbye to mum shortly after our dinner and began our journey.

We played Lego for a while before bath and while I did need to bribe him with a snack (“something else” as Flynn likes to refer to snacks as) to get him into the bath, the rest of the night went swimmingly.  We had his milk and stories in bed and for the first time ever fell asleep while I was reading to him.  While this is almost entirely because he skipped his afternoon nap, I did feel some sense of victory when his little snores started to fill the room.

Below are the photos I sent to mum throughout the night in order to ensure her we were doing fine!

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