Once upon a time, not so very long ago........

Little Leon was born with a poorly heart. This made his Mummy and Daddy sad and they decided to search for a special friend who would keep Little Leon company and look after him while he was in hospital.............

The Adventure begins..............

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Fun Days and a chance to see history.....

Ah, hello, Yes, Royal Air Force:- Duck Squadron, Wing Commander Huey here..

Sorry about the picture you caught us on a mess break there, just refuelling after a busy day with our new recruit Little Leon.

He's been very busy helping us at the airshow at Southport, it was a very special day as we were saying goodbye to one of our longest servants, the Vulcan. ( No, not the ones of Star Trek, the plane type, no pointy ears here!) . There were huge crowds, we were glad we sortied the area and came up the day before, We Joined the masses and found a great spot to review the days proceedings atop a grassy knoll (Dallas?.. err no). 

So we broke out some supplies and relaxed in the Sun. 
 we had some busy bees come to visit, they were keen to see the show as well.

There were lots of things to see and do, but there was only ever going to be one start of the show today, and as this would be the last time ever that the Vulcan would fly in formation with her "Praetorian guard" the fabulous Red Arrows it was extra special. So at around 14.00hrs they could be seen on the horizon approaching

Getting closer.....


 Firing up the Smoke

 Then she was here..

One pass in formation

And they were gone, A fantastic salute to the last of the V Bombers. Now although the flypast with the Red Arrows was done the old Warbird (No, not mummy) came round to give us a fantastic display.

She really is a majestic old bird (no, not mummy, stop saying that, you'll get me in trouble, although that old bird does have a fine chassis as well). If you are too young to know the history of the Vulcan and what it has done for our country, go look it up or ask your grandparents, they'll know.

After all the excitement it was time for Forty Winks, Just thought I'd do a bit of bombing (Photobombing that is!)

Little Leon has had a fabulous time, seen a bit of history and is now worn out, but we found time to have a Celebratory Tequila or two..

So We'll sign off with a fitting note, the motoo of the Vucans former employer the RAF.. Per ardua ad astra, which could just as equally apply to Little Leon.

More adventures soon.....

Thursday, 17 September 2015

New Adventures!

Well a new chapter has started, a day we thought and feared at times that may never happen has arrived, my Little Leon, superhero, heart hero and all round superstar has started school.

He got all dressed up smart like daddy, new shoes, shirt, trousers and tie, and made his entrance.......

He wasn't phased by it, safe to say he was ready to go (I wasn't).

So, off we went in the car, he went in without any persuading, hung his bag up on his own peg, and went into his new classroom. He had a little wobble and wasn't really sure, but his new teacher found him a robot to play with and off he went....

we left....

my boy was in school....

I was fine...

No really....

I was....

No I wasn't.... I was a wreck... my little man was in big school..

I suppose it was the hopes and fears of every parent that I was feeling just magnified because of what we have been through.
I still had a days work to do...!!
According to my colleague I was about as much use as a chocolate fireguard, my mind was elsewhere.

So we went to pick him up, Leon had had much fun, he was full of beans and, when asked, said he would like to go back tomorrow,

We are now at the end of his second week and he is liking it, he is getting good reports back from the teacher, he is learning fast and making good progress. It is taking its toll on him though, he is tired and on several occasions has fallen asleep as soon as he has got home. That is the reality we have to deal with with his condition, as long as he doesn't push it too hard we can manage it (i hope),

So, were off for a little break to see the seaside and some planes.

Catch up when we get back... and i'll leave you with this thought..

Each day is an opportunity to travel back into tomorrow's past and change it. 

ttfn xxx

Friday, 28 August 2015

As one Journey Ends another one starts......

 Today Little Leon had his last day at Nursery. It;s been 4 years and he has been looked after in the best ways possible, both physically and emotionally.

The decision to send Leon to nursery was not an easy one, aside from the usual worries that any parent has, we had the added worry of his condition. But the decision was made and as they say, the rest is history.

We have watched him grow from a little baby to a wonderful little boy, full of character and cheekiness, "Loud" Leon they call him, can't think why :-) (the only time his mum is happy she's half deaf!!)

So now the next journey begins, and, to me, one just as terrifying.
Little Leon will be starting school, I;m sure he will be fine, we have picked what we think will be the best school for him, class sizes are small and they concentrate on developing the person as a whole not just academically. So it's a week or so playing and doing "stuff" before the start of term, so you'd better keep watching for the news of some adventures over the next few months. 

So in the meantime is TTFN and Shee yoo Shoon! and remember...

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Yikes, where did the time go!

ok, ok, I know, it's been ages, but you know sometimes life, and the opportunity to just be normal, gets in the way. 

All is well at the moment in Little Leon Ville, Leon had a check up a few months ago and all is within the expected parameters, and will be checked again before the end of the year. 

We have been busy doing stuff....  We went to scotland for a few days, 

We saw the majestic Kelpies, a must visit if in the area and then went for a ride on the Falkirk wheel, A wonderous piece of engineering and a good 1/2 day or so out.

We went to the Disability rocks festival, had great fun, a picnic and danced and played to the music.

It was all to tiring, so Little Leon and mummy had a rest..

We had a trip to see Faraway Grandma & Grandad, that was great fun as always

During one of the heavy storms that often hit that part of the world, Little Leon decided to dance in the rain, It was very wet, but, fortunately very warm as well, and, well, who doesn't want to dance in the rain if they get chance. 

So as you can see it;s been jam packed full of doing, well, normal stuff, and to us, normal is just fine and dandy.

We have a trip to the Airshow planned and a few other little things planned, so watch this space folks...

Oh, what's the poster at the top? Well, that's one of the ways that Leon got his name.. not everyone is named after an assassin!

So, its a big hug from Leon, 

and he says, Sheee yooo shoooon!


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Rocking,rolling and Roundabouts!

After all the excitement of Batman and birthdays, we thought we would have a quiet week to recover... err, actually no! 

On Wednesday daddy decided to surprise mummy and give her an early christmas present! (get your minds out the gutter people, really!) So he took her to see her favourite bunch of old men that can knock out a half decent tune at the new leeds Arena.

A great venue and a great night was had, Little Leon spent the evening tormenting Grandma & Grandad, who i think have now recovered! It was an all too rare night out for us but we had fun,

Then on Friday night Mummy had arranged a surprise Party for daddy to celebrate his upcoming birthday, Friends and family that came made it a great evening and daddy really appreciated everyone that came and a big thanks to mummy for doing it. I'll cover the birthday more when we reach the big day itself, (26th Dec if you want to send presents etc..... ;-)

Then, as if that wasn't enough, daddy popped out to see another bunch of old blokes he can still knock out a half decent tune. This time in the form of the Band Vardis,

A couple of things made this special, aside from being able to see a band I last saw play live back in 1982 (ish) it was that they were playing at the newly restored Unity hall in Wakefield, the very same venue, I had seen the band at some 30 odd years before. It was also a chance for Daddy to have a natter with and old friend as well. 
 It just goes to show, you're never too old to get the band back together. Hmmmm, I wonder.....

After all that excitement we took Little Leon to York, Leon clapped eyes on a traditional Carousel and decided it was time for him and mummy to go for a ride!

Woohoo, so much excitement, we had to have coffee (and cake of course)  So, Whats next? Oh yes some Little fuss about a bloke in a red suit! Watch this space.....

Night Night All  

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Little Leon is 4!

Well today Little Leon is 4, We had a party, and what a party it was!

Noel was in charge as usual and dressed suitable for the occasion in his Superbear outfit. This time he was aided and abetted by an even bigger superhero, Batman..

Batman, of course when faced with a room of children did what any superhero would do, Joined in the fun and games, showing some nifty handwork on the parachute game.

Little Leon was a little unsure at first but soon came round and was imparting his super cute ways by the end of Batmans visit.

They say that people make parties, never was truer than today. Leons is so lucky to have so many great friends and family to share his special day with. Family, friends from nursery and his littkle Heart buddies all came together today and great fun was had by all.

Lean's cousin Jasmine did a little magic show, (I shouted Izzy whizzy let's get busy, but I guess the audience was just too young to get that one) Batman was ace, The Cake Moooved everyone to smiles and laughter....

All planned like a military operation of course by Mummy!

Daddy says have you made a list!

Leons has had some ace presents from family who couldn't be there and some lovely gifts from people at the party, and some wonderful donations were made to the CHSF as well.

How big!

Oh Oh! Too big!

As you all know, it;s not been the easiest of 4 years, and at times we didn't even know if we would make this far, but we have, and will be eternally grateful to all that have been there, and continue to be there for us. Life is good at the moment, long may that continue.

Little Leon is in bed dreaming of fighting baddies with Batman and Super Noel, 

So, next stop is Christmas. letters to be written to santa bear and lets see what that brings!

If I don't get chance to post (or basically forget) before Christmas, We wish you all a very happy Christmas and here's to a great 2015.

Love from Don, Helen & most of all Little Leon xxx