Saturday, November 14, 2009

Home

For the first time in ever, I will spend a whole year without setting foot in England. I think when I first moved over here, I was probably averaging about 4 or 5 trips home per year - great for airmiles I guess, but those weekend trips I tried to fit in were pretty hard to handle, even when I was in my 20's. It's weird looking back - I think these days it would be much harder to move to a new country and start up a life. Back then it just seemed like a big adventure that required a slightly larger suitcase.

Anyway, even though I can't get back as often as I used to, I still get to see pics like the one above - we bought Dad a camera for his birthday while he was over here, and as you can see, he's been putting it to good use (although I'm thinking he's up a little early for my liking ;-)

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Nieces

The Thompsons were back in England recently, so the girls all got to hang out. Looking at all the pics, everyone seemed to have a lot of fun, and Abby survived her first visit from the US. We just need to persuade her Mammy and Daddy to bring her on a plane over here for a little holiday ;-)

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Fall Driving School


Well that's another one in the books. We were back down to Pueblo for the Fall Driving School with the Rocky Mountain chapter of the BMW Car Club, and much fun was had by all.

There were lots of highlights, and the general banter with the gang (as well as before and after on email) was all top notch. Ross made it out without breaking anything, although he was in Franks Elise when Frank decided to go all agricultural at the end of the day. We had a winner in the group for best car of the day (they must have liked the Smurf), and everyone seemed like they were fast and happy by the end of the day (minus a couple of run-ins with the shuffle steer nazi).

Gareth had managed to invest in a set of coilovers, which looking at the laps below, paid dividends. It also makes the A8 lower and meaner, so it looked good in the car park the night before as well as on the track.

Mr Wallace kindly let us borrow his new video camera, and Todd's video is here, while Gareth's is below. I somehow managed to not be able to get the video set up when I put it on my car (obvious user error), but I did get about 800 photos of my drive, which provided the apex hitting evidence at the top there.

Everyone is now looking at whether or not they can get out to the track again before winter sets in - this weekend is meant to be the Audi club at HPR, but snow is forecast for both days so that might be tough. Porsche club the weekend after though 8-)) so there's still a chance, as well as the open lapping days. Stay tuned....

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Friday, August 07, 2009

Welcome to the world Abby Patterson


So for the second Thursday in a row, Heidi and I became an Aunt and Uncle again! Of course, it was a girl (taking our niece total into double figures now), as Claire had Abby Patterson, weighing in at 9lb 3oz with both mother and daughter doing so well that they're already home!! (guess the NHS isn't messing around these days).

So, congratulations across the water, and we expect you to jump on a plane sometime pretty soon so we can have a hold! As you can see below, Ella is getting into her older sister duties straight away.

Now we just have to sit back and see what happens next Thursday......

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Sunday, August 02, 2009

Uncle Again 8-))

Me and Logan

The last week has been a little on the crazy side, as Logan Presley Myhra decided she couldn't wait the extra 5 or 6 weeks to go full term, and had to pop out early.

After a couple of scary moments at the end of last week, both Mother and Daughter are doing well, and we've all been fighting over visiting and holding time. Luckily I got in there early to grab her from the wife. Congrats guys - you did good!!

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Monday, June 08, 2009

That was some weekend

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So we managed to pack a few things in this weekend. Saturday morning we headed up just north of Loveland to a hot rod/custom car show.

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We had planned on just an hour or two, but there were fields and fields of pretty amazing cars, so we obviously blew way past the initial time we allocated (and we had to stand in line for about half an hour to get something for lunch). It was worth it though, as there were plenty of top notch cars there.

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Then after a quick blast back down I25, and a shower, we grabbed a couple of drinks and headed over to Neil and Lauren's Housewarming Party. It must be the summer for parents, as Neil's Mam and Dad are across as well, so I think that was the highest Geordie concentration in Denver for a while.

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There was definitely a lot of bouncy castle action (and some of it not even involving any kids).

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We actually managed to stay out until midnight, along with a few other likely suspects, and I think everyone had a blast. I know we did...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sometimes


Her Angry Face, originally uploaded by Aaron in Denver.

Sometimes, when Fynn doesn't get her way, she turns into a bit of an angry little girl ;-)

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Chrsitmas Pics

Just a couple of pics from Christmas Day at Ron and Deb's, in case you couldn't be bothered to click through onto Flickr ;-)

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Ron and Deb

Jack

Jake loves his pressies

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Avery

My two favorite girls

Christmas Dress Up Time

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Christmas Eve


The Thompsons, originally uploaded by Aaron in Denver.

Just trying to catch up after a few days of not touching the web, so lets start with Christmas Eve. We were heading over to Heidi's parents for Christmas Day, so we met up with The Thompsons for dinner, and then a tour around Lights at the Zoo. This was the first time I had been to this, and it was actually pretty cool - lots of pretty lights, a few animals, and the popcorn was warm and sweet - just the way I like it. It also happened to be bloody freezing, but i was lucky and found my snowboarding hat in the pocket of my jacket, which probably saved my life. Oh yeah, and the heated seats in the car on the way home.

Anyway, had a blast hanging out with Meaghan and Holly, who even managed to persuade me to jump on the merry-go-round for the first time in about 20 years. The monkey seat I sat on definitely helped!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Vacation (holiday) update

Having far too much fun to be writing blog posts, so here's a quick one just so I don't feel too guilty. We're currently in Center Parc near Penrith, where remarkably the rain has held off since yesterday, and we've been aimlessly wandering around all the things you could do if you were the type to enjoy a bit of exercise on holiday. Of course, we ended up in the pub at 2 o'clock....

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Had a hectic weekend, with Daniels Birthday meaning karting and a trip to the Metro Center on Friday, followed by curry and beers in the night. Saturday was lunch with friends and kids at Shire House Farm, and then a night out on the Quayside, hitting Pitcher and Piano for the first time in a while, and then making the usual culinary mistake of a kebab fully loaded with chilli sauce (it always tastes great at the time, and you realize your mistake the next day).

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Sunday was Matthew's Birthday, and we all headed to St James Park for a great Sunday lunch, and then a tour of the ground.

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Got a couple of more days hanging out here (we might even make it to the swimming pool tomorrow, you never know), and then off down to London for a Thanksgiving Dinner with friends, and then hopefully meeting up with lots of other friends as well. We'll see how that goes. And obviously, going to be in desperate need of some sleep by the time we get back to Denver....

Plenty of photos are up on Flickr here if you really must.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Boo at the Zoo


Ghost Eyes, originally uploaded by Aaron in Denver.

Apart from a 45 minute trawl through the various carparks, we had a great time at Boo at the Zoo. Meaghan and Holly were both dressed in full costumes, although I refrained this year after last years exploits.

My mother was trying to convince us she had come as a bee, but I wasn't quite buying it. Guess costumes are in the eye of the beholder ;-)

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Random IM Conversation

Sometimes I miss being back home and hanging out with the family. Where else would you get to be involved in deep conversations like this one?

Daniel says:
how you doing bro??
Aaron says:
not too bad - what about you?
Daniel says:
canny!
Daniel says:
hit my hand with a hammer like so a bit sore!
Aaron says:
what did you do that for? was work getting too boring?
Daniel says:
lol
Daniel says:
maybe!

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Ice Blocking

Pure concentration

If you ever wondered what ice blocking was (and to be perfectly honest, it had never crossed my mind until the wife mentioned it a couple of weeks ago), it basically involves a steep hill, the biggest block of ice you can find, and plenty of laughs.

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We all headed over to the local field around the corner from our house, and tried it out. As you can tell from the pics, there were lots of laughs and everyone escaped without any serious injuries (although my side hurt a little from all the laughing).

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Feed Me

Cool pic from Like Cool, that I thought would be quite handy to signify the massive amounts of food that could be consumed at our house today. The annual Wife's Birthday's BBQ happens today, and the slight panic that occurs when you have over 70 people reply in the positive to the Evite, and that doesn't include the neighbours or the friends from work is in full swing. Luckily a successful trip to Costco to stock up on food was preceded with an equally successful trip to the liquor store, so I think we're good.

Despite being chief cooker at the grill, I'm going to see if I can fit in taking a few pics as well, so there might be a chance I post a few tomorrow if you're lucky. Stayed tuned.

And Happy Birthday Evie - still can't believe you're one already. See you in November when we're home girl.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

New Camera


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So after weeks/months of reviewing, deciding, changing my mind, being a good boy etc etc, I finally succumbed to the temptation of buying a new camera.

This one is a big step up from the last one - a Canon DSLR. Having survived on point and shoot cameras for all of my life so far, the array of buttons is kinda overwhelming, but luckily for me (and my sanity over the weekend) it has a fully automatic mode.

Hopefully my pictures will gradually improve over time - I spent all of last night reading the manual, so at least I got an idea of what each of the buttons do, although how that translates into what happens with a photo is still a bit of a mystery. So, I ordered a couple of books on Amazon to try and help me out - if anyone's got any recommendations then let me know.

So, two photos with this post - the top one is Fynn, who displays an unwavering excitement to all my new techie toys (I think she gets it from her mother), and below is Avery, who stopped by on Saturday to share some hotdogs.



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Thursday, April 10, 2008

IM's Make Me Laugh

Well, my brothers IM's do - especially when he spots someone as famous as King Kev - I just wonder how many people can claim to have been laughed at by the Newcastle manager?

Daniel says:
seen king kev tonight!
.............
Aaron says:
so where did you see King Kev?
Daniel says:
just in traffic he must of been on his way home from the training ground!
Daniel says:
i was beeping and shouting lol
Daniel says:
he was just laughing!

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Friday, March 07, 2008

When a long time isn't enough

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BBC NEWS | England | Tyne | Hammer and knife killer gets life

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Ella is a Rock Star

And just to prove it, she needs shades to eat her breakfast on her birthday morning.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween


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Originally uploaded by hid_patterson.
Not home, but a single Flickr photo made my day.

What I want to know is if Fynn is secretly becoming an internet model for numerous Halloween costumes?

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Vacation


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Originally uploaded by Aaron in Denver.
Lack of posts (again) was a direct result of me taking some time off from computers (apart from uploading 6 million photos on Flickr during the week). I had a week off while my brother and his family were in town, and we took full advantage.

One of the highlights was a quick blast up to Loveland on Friday to get the first day of the season under my belt. I even tried some Flannery'esque video capture, but as my snowboarding skills don't compare to his skiing, the resulting vid wasn't quite up to the same standard. Still, it was worth the blind panic I felt going down the hill to capture the last 3 seconds ;-)

Anyway, great to see you guys - I had a blast


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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

You realize you're old when....

It seems like 5 minutes since you were watching the Avs in the waiting room when you're first neice was born, but you turn around and realize she's already lost her first tooth!

Congratulations Meaghan! I hope the tooth fairy was good to you xx

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Brother Makes the Press

Nope - not for his dodgy IM photo, although this one in particular is definitely worth some sort of award, but coz he can paint. Not walls, or furniture, but cars (real ones) and wheels, and other difficult stuff. So well in fact that he got nominated for Young Painter of the Year in the UK, and had to go all the way down south for the final competition.

He did great, and ended up coming second, just missing out on representing England in the European competition, but still coming away with a few worthwhile goodies (and his photo in the article below).

So congrat's bro, and good luck with the bike test on Tuesday. And take it easy when you pass - I'm not flying back home just to visit you in hospital.....

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Fynn the Footie Fanatic

So it looks like Fynn (and personally, I think it's directly related to her superior coloring)is a bit of footie player. Here's a brief shot of her taking on herself - young careers always start on the living room carpet. Before you know it, she'll be playing for the Rapids.

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Fynn, Meet the World

World, meet Fynn - our newest family member

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Snowboarding Classic

One of the cool things about living in Denver is the ample access to plenty of decent snowboarding to get you through the winter. It's obviously a big draw for the family when they come over from England, so here's the best clip of Matthew flying down the slope (sometimes even the right way up!)

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Bex and Matthew Visit Denver

So the last few weeks, we've had the pleasure of a visit from my brother Matthew, and his girlfriend Bex. They went home on Thursday night, so thought it was about time that I got around to uploading a few pics etc from the visit. Hopefully they had a blast - I know we definitely did.

We did manage to get them both to the top of Brecke, and they actually survived the whole way down...

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We also got a great impression of Matthew's seal like ability to catch the occasional shrimp that gets thrown at him too. It was obvious that him and Gareth had been practising all the time in the basement, when we just thought they were playing XBox.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Stay Clean

And the rest of everything will be so much easier.

Pic courtesy of the brand new camera Claire got for her 21st (again!) birthday yesterday. So, Happy Birthday, and keep the pics coming!

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Friday, March 23, 2007

In honor of the perfect day

So, today was a damn fine day - skived off work for the day to hit the slopes with my kid brother (sometimes pretty hard, as it had been a couple of years since my last snow adventure), watched a couple of neices get on the "big peoples" ski lift and make it down the hill alive, and then call into the Ferrari garage on the way home, just coz. I obviously didn't buy anything, but that place always gets me too excited.

So in honor of the day (and coz I can't be bothered to search for any snowboarding footage, and I left my camera at home), here's a little Ferrari vid.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Family

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Girls Ice Skating

Any excuse to post about nieces, so here's a couple of videos of them ice skating over Presidents Weekend. If they keep this up, they might end up being the first female players for the Av's (but I'm personally hoping they choose a different career).

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And here's Meaghan

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Specially for Gareth

Combining lego and his new Treo, what more could he want?

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Ella Hits 1 - Has a big party

Any excuse to put up pics of our neice. Today is her first birthday, and it looks like she's having a blast. Unfortunately, she's our only neice who lives "back home" so it'll be a little while before we get to see each other. All her birthday party pics are here if you want to see them.

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Ella Gets a Christmas Outfit

I know she's the cutest thing in the world, but Daniel, is there any reason to subject her to the clothes you normally wear in the comfort of your own home, and then publish them on the web? ;-)

At least she's still happy about it all!

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