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Toby’s debut at Woking Speakers Club

Toby came with me to Woking Speakers Club at the end of June 2015. The other members were very welcoming to him. The evening started with a warm up session where everyone could stand up and speak briefly. The topic for this session was “a musical instrument you play or would like to learn how to play”. Here is what Toby said when it was his turn to speak…

Later he volunteered to do a Table Topic where people are invited to come up to the front and speak off the cuff on a subject chosen by Katerina, the Topics Master for the evening. Katerina had a vase containing flowers of different colours, and asked Toby to speak for a minute on the colour yellow. So Toby had seconds to compose his thoughts before he started to speak…

At the end of the evening, Toby won Best Table Topic speech as voted by everyone in the room (about 35 people), and I won Best Evaluator. Here’s a photo of me and Toby with the Club President, Theo…

As we walked back to the car, Toby said to me that he had had ‘the best evening’: he really loved it. He was also very appreciative of all the people who came up to him at the end and told him what a terrific speaker he was.

 

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Toby sings Summer Holiday, aged nearly 3

I love this video! Toby sings Summer Holiday over and over with John and Barbara singing along. Catherine is pregnant with Felix. Great Granny and Catherine are off camera…

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Christmas Day 2009

This was our first Christmas in Al Ain. Ian, Kim and family were arriving three days later. The first few seconds of this video are dark as it was around 7am, but you’ll hear the boys’ excitement that they’ve got bikes! Felix says twice “This is the best Christmas ever!” which is very sweet. Here’s part two…

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Felix is born (video)

Here are highlights from the footage I have of Felix’s first moments after he was born. The video captures the moment of overwhelm at his birth, and my surprise that he looked different from Toby when he was born 3 years earlier. I had forgotten that Felix came out so quickly, and with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.

(This video is ‘unlisted’ on YouTube so it can’t found be anyone browsing there.)

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Videos from Yas Waterworld

Here are several videos. Toby and Felix doing the Liwa Loop…

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Video of Felix reviewing the Nerf Rampage

Felix did a wonderful job explaining why he loves his Nerf Rampage gun so much…

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Toby talks about Grandpa Mc

Toby recorded this on Saturday, July 27, 2013…

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Toby talks about Nonny

Toby recorded this on Saturday, July 27, 2013…

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Video of Felix eating yoghurt at 16 months old

I assume Toby was at school when I filmed this…

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Video of Felix at 16 months in the kitchen and with his books

This is a 7-minute video of Felix. I’m guessing that Toby was at school at the time. 

The best part for me is just over half way through this video when he pulls one of his favourite books from the bookcase, points at various picture and makes the appropriate noises! 🙂