© my mad little family

the joy and delight of william hunter howell.

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kids say the darnedest things.
romania. arguably the oddest place ever.
how we make movie night totally bonkers.

Do you ever have those moments where you just have to get out of the house? More often than not, you can’t go too far because you’re the one on parenting duty.

To my darling-darling Phoebe,

As your Daddy, I have found myself stuck in two wildly different minds since the day you were born. But up until this point I have kept this battle strictly internal. I have done all I could to quash the fighting and ignore the tussling, bu...

Let's take a pretty typical scenario.

Another parent: "You look terrible."

Me: [yawn] "Yeah, rough night with the kid."

The other parent: "Oh, your baby isn't sleeping through the night? That sucks. My kids so awesome and so unbelievably perfect that he has has been sleep...

Phoebe's got to the stage where she is talking and talking and talking. She is talking so much. Arguably, she's talking too much. No, I'm kidding. It's incredible. She says stuff to me and mummy and all we can do is look at each other in mild shell shock. They're thing...

Survival Pack

  • Lightweight stroller

  • Warm clothes

  • Gloves

  • Camera

  • Truly Parisian lodgings (book early)

  • Map

  • Bread for pigeons

  • Packed lunch stuff

  • Money

I guess I should start this blog with an admittance: I should not be allowed t...

My Darling Phoebe,

It's hard knowing how to start this letter to you because I want it to be perfect. I once though being a good writer meant you could wiggle your way out of parking tickets and speeding fines, but not anymore. Now I know it is being able to speak from...

Phoebe Isla, you're 1.

Happy Birthday sweetheart; the happiest, most loving, cheeky little monkey the world has ever known - and I hope you always are.

My love for you is immeasurable, I love you with all of me. When you smile your whole face scrunches around your button...

There is no denying that it has a chaotic hue, but I remember the day Phoebe was born as good as any. That day three-months ago when she finally decided to leave the comforts of her warm n’ wet cocoon and venture into the world to see what the fuss was all about.

I...

We’re now right in the beating heart of winter, and yet six weeks ago the world somehow seemed a darker, colder place, a bleak landscape that, except for my own conceited hopes and dreams, lacked anything vibrant, anything worthwhile. In fact I felt trapped by the swir...

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About Me

hey! i'm will, the creator of my mad little family. not literally. i mean i didn't give birth. that bit mummy did. i just mean creator as in creator of this blog.

anyway, i'm totally incompetent as a parent and totally unqualified to give you any advice, trust me. saying that, trump is totally incompetent and unqualified to be president. so yeah, sit back, laugh a little, share a little and ignore absolutely everything i say. 

love, hugs n' a bit of ciao.

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