Friday Nov 14, 2008

New little Buckingham

There is a new baby Buckingham who recently arrived in the world. Oliver Hugo Buckingham arrived at 13.27 GMT, Monday November 10. Here is Oskar playing with his new little brother:

It sounds like Mum, Dad and big bro are all doing well. Our thoughts are with them as they adjust to the new member of the family and the coming lack of sleep ;-)

Monday Oct 06, 2008

Viva la Montreal

So last week we spent a few days in Montreal. We went to visit Mairi's sister-in-law, Katie, who's teaching there for a semester and enjoy some good food and speak some bad French. And that's pretty much what we did. On the Saturday we arrived and wandered around Westmount, on Sunday we went to visit the Old Town of Montreal and just walk the streets, then on Monday we visited the Botanical Gardens. The gardens were pretty spectacular. They had an exhibit of lanterns in the Chinese Garden:

Whilst there we hung out in the Pavilion of Infinite Pleasantness:

Which turned out to be pretty pleasant as Alasdair fell asleep whilst looking out over the lakes at the various lanterns. And we finished the day checking out some bansai trees which were of North American natives, before heading back to Katies:

  

After that we had few issues the next day with Google's directions back to the airport, but we survived (and also survived the plane trips both ways with a 13 month old).

Thursday Sep 18, 2008

Moments of Clarity

Sometimes it's important to realise that we are all human beings with real feelings and lives. Recently a good friend of mine and his wife went through a difficult time with an unexpected medical emergency. Scott covers the details in his blog in far more detail than I ever could. The key thing here is that it really emphasises the value of family and relationships. Those are the things that will stay with us and be meaningful to us in the long term.

I'm really glad that Scott and Laura have got through this and I hope I don't have to go through a similar shock in the future.

Monday Jul 07, 2008

Back!

Whew.. back again. We survived the 18hrs traveling back home. We arrived back in SJ late yesterday afternoon.

We had a great relaxing trip in Scotland. Uist and Harris were beautiful. We should be uploading some photos soon. It's now back to work and the regular scheduled updates for this blog.

Sunday Jun 22, 2008

made it!

Whew!

I must admit I had some trepidation making the long journey to Scotland with a 10-month old baby. It actually turned out to be ok. Ally screamed the most in the shuttle on the way to SFO, for almost the whole rest of the journey he was as good as you could expect a baby to be. We didn't have a melt down with nowhere to hide.

Since arriving in Scotland it's just been relaxing and letting the Grandparents play with the baby. Plenty of eating, drinking, football watching and Wii playing. I'd better get back to it.

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