Little Man’s 3rd Birthday!

Amazngly, our little man is three today and one thing I've noted is how difficult it is to find age appropriate presents. Whether it's birthday's or Christmas, I never seem to find any presents that I think would be suitable, I only ever seem to find either stacking cups or an advanced science kit!

Having struggled to decide on presents, for his birthday this year we've got him...

Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet - link
This present has had me split. My son is great with technology and regularly spends time using our mobile phones to play games and do reading eggs, which is developing his reading, maths and co-ordination skills, also using the touch-pad mouse is helping him multitask - so it makes sense that he has his own device. But the flip side of this is that I'm concerned that he may end up spending too much time using IT rather than building on some of his other more creative pastimes. 
The good thing about the Kids Edition of the Fire is that it comes with a two year worry free guarantee, which means any accidental damage will be covered - no questions asked (that said he is generally very careful with his possessions). Time will whether this is a good present for him or not. 
Crayola Dual Sided Dry Erase Board - link
My son loves drawing pictures and will happily squirrel himself away to draw pictures of rockets (or our family). We've got him a Crayola dry wipe board which we can take it with us wherever we go and he can doodle to his hearts content.
That's not my... Zebra Colours - link
Having bought a number of other 'That's Not My...' books (Dinosaur, Elf, High Chart & Book, Taller & Shorter) previously for my son, I picked up the Zebra Colours version so we can use it to teach him to read.
Galts Water Magic ABC - link
He loves a similar product which features Thomas the Tank, so we've got him another one which we can use to help teach him how to write his alphabet. As they use only water, I love these kinds of books as you can re-use them once the water has dried/evaporated.
In previous years we've gone overboard with presents, but this year we've decided to go with quality over quantity. Hopefully he'll appreciate the presents we've got him, I'm sure he will as he has been in the past.

Baby Girls Arrival!

This is a short post announcing the arrival of our daughter on 31st March. Nikki & baby are both doing well and are hoping to be discharged from hospital on Monday (2nd April).

Our son is so proud and happy to be a big brother having waited so patiently for his sister to be 'fully cooked' (referencing a bun in the oven - so clever at only 2 years old!) as you can see in their first photo together.

I'm sure there will be plenty of posts coming out about how our lives have been changed with Baby Girls arrival. I'll be looking to post about my experiences of her birth in the coming weeks and Nikki has posted an announcement on her blog, you can read about it here.

Shrewsbury Town 1 - 0 AFC Wimbledon | League One | 24/03/2018


Shrewsbury had missed their chance to overtake Blackburn by playing out a 1-1 draw with Northampton in mid-week.  The game also saw club captain Abu Ogogo sent off for being caught up in a scrap with one of the Northampton players.

With Ogogo serving the first of a four game ban, he was replaced by Stefan Payne which in turn saw the formation tweak to be 4-4-2.

Wimbledon arrived at the Montgomery Waters Meadow flirting with the relegation positions of League One.

MacGillivray; Hendrie, Nsiala, Sadler, Beckles; Whalley (Thomas 80), B Morris, Nolan, Rodman; C Morris (John-Lewis 90+2); Payne (Lowe 89)
Subs: Rowley, Lowe, Thomas, Gnahoua, John-Lewis, Jones; Eisa

Wimbledon: Long; Fuller (Pigottat); Oshilaja; Nightingale; Meades; Francomb; Abou (Kaja 82); Barcham (Parrett 68); Trotter; Forrester; Taylor
Subs: Robinson; Parrett; Soares; Kaja; Kennedy; McDonnell; Pigott

First Half
Wimbledon had the first chance of the day, playing neat passes before the ball was laid on for a midfielder to strike the ball first time, but the shot lacked power and Craig MacGillivray was able to collect the ball at the second attempt.

MacGillivray launched the ball forwards and Carlton Morris nodded the ball on, which Stefan Payne to playing the ball to Alex Rodman. Rodman ran with the ball towards the centre of the field before unleashing a shot that the keeper could only parry. but Payne couldn't make the most of the rebound putting his effort wide.

Second Half
The second half started with Carlton Morris flicking Luke Hendrie's first time cross towards goal, although it was going wide, a defender was on hand to clear the ball.

Carlton Morris also had the next chance, glancing Rodman's cross narrowly wide as he went for subtly when power would have been the better option. Next to have an opportunity to score was Payne, but his header lacked power again and the ball fell comfortably to the goalkeeper.

Shrewsbury got the goal their second half performance deserved, as Luke Hendrie played his third cross in quick succession and the ball ricocheted off Carlton Morris to Payne who tucked the ball away first time.

Alex Rodman was the next to try his luck, picking up the ball after the breakdown of a corner and unleashing a powerful shot that the keeper pushed away, before the attack fizzled out.

Wimbledon had their first meaningful effort after a substitution.  The substitute picked the ball up and beat a man before playing a low cross through the box that their striker tried to back heal into the net, however MacGillivray was alert and on hand to stop the effort.

The only downside to the performance was that Bryn Morris picked up two quick yellow cards and was rightly sent off. The first was for breaking an attack up and taking one for the team, whilst the second was for a silly block right in front of the referee.

Final Thoughts
After an uneventful first half Shrewsbury sprung to life in the second, and it would have been a travesty if they hadn't won - the only downside was Morris' daft sending off.

Man of the Match - Toto Nsiala
I might have chosen a number of players that appeared, as the two Morris' (Bryn and Carlton) played really well and a few other also caught the eye, but I really thought that Toto Nsiala marshalled the Shrewsbury defence well that Wimbledon didn't have many chances of note.

In recent weeks Nsiala has looked more comfortable in League One and cut out the mistakes that arguably overshadowed his performances earlier in the season, which can only be a good thing for Shrewsbury Town.