Kids Archive

So We’re Getting a Puppy!

It’s something that we have been thinking about for the last few years and kept putting off, but we have taken the leap and decided to finally get a puppy that will be joining our family towards the end of June when he’s ready to leave his mum. Now that the kids are old enough to take some responsibility for the puppy it will be a good addition to the family, and will fit in with our lifestyle getting lots of good walks and playtime. You never know he may become the office dog too 🙂 We’ve decided on a chocolate brown Cocker Spaniel.

So here he is today chilling out at just 5 days old, born on Saturday .. May 4th … (May the 4th be with you!)

Cooper chilling 5 days

I took the kids to see their new puppy after school, they were so excited to see him

Ethan & Cooper 5 days old

Miles & Cooper 5 days old

How cute!


So then we have to think of a name … the one that we have been thinking of recently is Cooper … this is my maiden name, and also one of Miles’ middle names .. its a good solid name, that if I had to call across a field I wouldn’t feel an idiot.

When I did a search for “cool dog names” today the top site had this list of popular names

cool dog names

and OMG what happened to be in position 13th … our lucky number .. but Cooper. Seemed a bit like destiny somehow.. but we kind of feel that he deserves a Star Wars themed name too (May the Forth (May 4th) be with you!) … so some of Dave’s suggestions are

Cooper Chewbacca (maybe Chewy for short)
“C”ooper 3PO (C3PO)
Cooper Trooper
Chewy Cooper-Bacca
Darth Cooper
Cooper the Hut
Master Cooper
Cooper Skywalker

Any other suggestions??

We’ll be regularly visiting the puppy so I’ll take some more pictures as he grows 🙂

Videos for your cat to watch!

Last night we had an experiment in our house. The kids are hooked on YouTube and spend countless hours on their iPad’s watching videos, so we thought we would see if we can introduce Poppy Cat to a video or two. A quick search and we found some specially created cat entertainment videos.

It first she kept getting distracted with other things going on, but then all of a sudden, that was it, she was hooked. At one stage she was touching the screen with her nose but was captivated!

We started her off with a gentle mouse video, that’s not the best quality ever but did the trick..

Or you could go for something a bit more realistic maybe

or if you want to make your cat dance a little try this. This is the simplest video to make but Poppy cat can’t resist a laser pointer!

The Tour Recap

It’s hard to recap on the weekend without writing reams about how great it was, so its time for some pictures for my recap. Dave took over 2000 photos during the weekend with his super cool long distance lens on his camera, so was able to get some really good action shots from the touchline. We’ve just spent most of the afternoon uploading them to the “parents only” photo gallery and I’ve just now been able to go through them all and pick out some ones that captured the weekend for me and the kids.

Bronco sponsored the playing shirts along with the coaches shirts and it was a bit weird seeing the Bronco logo everywhere at first, but it made us very proud we were able to do it for the club and the kids.

We took Bob The Campervan with us, dressed up with his tour ribbons

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The theme on the tour was Cops and Robbers and all the parents got their tour polo shirt … here’s mine which we had to wear all weekend without fail or there would be punishment.

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We also had SWAT fancy dress outfits and the kids had their robber polo shirts to wear at all times


Even though it was Ethan’s tour with the U11’s, Miles had a great time too and spent loads of time with the younger kids which he loves to do. I love this picture, I wonder what they are chatting about 🙂

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There is a great crowd of parents at Ripon Rugby club and standing on the touch line cheering on the kids is a great memory

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A big thanks goes out to Pete, Dave and Nigel who are the kids great coaches (as well as fellow parents). Al who is also a coach, couldn’t make it on tour, which was a shame as he is Mr. Motivator, but they did a fantastic job at getting the kids fired up before the matches.

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Here’s a bit of a team huddle

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I must mention the gale force wind on the Sunday that we were greeted with when we arrived. Carnage had taken place during the night with gazebos blown clear of the pitches and portaloos blown over! One of our shelters didn’t make it but thanks to the experts we got our primary shelter secured and tethered to one of the Land Rovers 🙂

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To show how windy it was this is what I looked like most of Sunday!

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and you needed sunglasses to keep the dust that was everywhere getting into your eyes… still finding dust now!

So now for some of Ethan’s action

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ethan on a run (1280x854)

ethan ruck (1280x940)

ethan tackled again (1280x893)

ethan with the ball (1280x854)

And all that’s left is the team photo…we narrowly missed the finals, but played some great rugby, all came home in one piece, and all had a superb weekend… roll on next year 🙂

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CandyTrix – Teaching them Business at an Early Age

People often ask me what I would do if I wasn’t running Bronco and the answer would be a teacher, and I have had various comments from people over the years that say “You’d make a great teacher!”, which always makes me smile. One day you never know!

Anyway I had the opportunity over the last few months to teach my youngest son Ethan a thing or two about running a successful business, as he got prepared to run a business as part of his Year 6 Enterprise Project. The basis of the project is that the headmaster gives each child £3 to start a business and to see how much profit they can make in a week… OK so the challenge was set.

Ethan formed a small group with his mates so that there were 4 of them, so they had £12 to invest.. but no idea what to sell. We had a good brainstorm about what kids like best and what could be bought relatively cheaply and sold at a decent profit… then we came up with the idea of sweets as ALL kids love sweet. Next was to get in touch with Dom at ClicknMix to ask a favour. Could we get sweets from Dom at a good price and how about ClicknMix doing a bit of sponsorship for some branding on the bags and posters. Of course being so great he said of course and the deal was done.

Next was the complex bit of working out the weight of individual sweets, to work out how many say cola bottles you can get out of a 3kg bag, to then work out how many of each kind of sweets could go in a bag to still make a healthy profit, while minimising the amount of big bags of sweets we needed. We ended up working out we needed 8 x 3kg bags of sweets to make 300 x 50p bags of sweets.

candytrix data

With Dom offering to sponsor some sweets the costs were lower than they would have been, so they would be in profit quicker.. then Bronco stepped in with another chunk of sponsorship which was then going to cover the rest of the costs for the business. Obviously in a normal business it’s not usual for your first batch of stock to be donated, but it’s certainly a help to get the business rolling to ask favours from where you can, even if you end up paying back the cost of the stock when you have got the first chunk of profit in.

Next was the name and Ethan came up with CandyTrix and designed himself a logo, which was then used on the posters that went up around school and badges for the “staff” .. he learnt quite a bit about the importance of branding and getting your name out there. Now everyone knows who CandyTrix is an even one of the parents I was chatting to at rugby at the weekend asked about “candytrix”.

candytrix prime

candytrix labels

We picked up the mountain of sweets from Dom after the Think Visibility conference in Leeds and the following weekend set about packing up the 50p bags of sweets (all 300 of them). It was a big production line with me and the kids packing the bags with the right quantities and Dave sealing the bags and packing the boxes ready to transport to school.

candytrix production line

candytrix sweets packed up

On the Monday it was a fairly slow start for Candytrix with 54 bags sold. Ethan came back amazed at how much money they got and how great it was to be selling. They had a stall as well as travelling salesmen with baskets of sweets going around the playground. The next day Ethan took 80 bags to school and they sold out! Wednesday was the main Enterprise day at the school and on that day took all the remaining stock and sold out! That was 300 bags of sweets sold in 3 days.

Wednesday evening was a bit like … hmm what can you sell now! Do you just have 2 days off or do you reinvest? Brainwave … biscuits, because after sweets, biscuits are the next big thing. So we headed up to the Co-op shop armed with £10 of the profit and bought a load of biscuits. There were still some clear bags left so we set about packing up mixed bags of biscuits.

biscuit trix

Out of the £10 spent on biscuits, we made 95 bags to sell at 50p. Thursday morning Ethan was met with some disappointed customers who had brought in extra money for the yummy sweets, only to be met with biscuits but they soon started to buy again. The biscuits didn’t sell as well as the sweets, but they nearly all went after 2 days of selling and he made an extra £30 profit from them which all helps.

So the question we are all waiting to hear is who was the most successful business in the Year 6 Enterprise week? I think it should be announced this week at school once they have counted up all the money. Ethan’s group made about £200 in a week which all goes to help the school fund resources which is great, and learnt lots about running a business at the same time too 🙂