Old New Name

Now almost five, Jai cannot remember when he was Elvis, but I do. These days he enjoys writing his REAL name on every piece of paper he can find.

​Me: What is your name?



Originally posted 9.March.2015 on Facebook

How times change as kids grow up!


How to be an Awesome Dad

Jai loves my made-up stories at bed time.

Last night he asked for a story about ‘Strong Yellow Digger‘. Since he has a new book entitled exactly that, I tried to remember it – but he wanted a different story with a strong yellow digger in it…

“So the same characters, but a different story?”

“YES, your story!!” He gets a tad hot tempered when tired.

I had to think fast, to ensure it met his standards – which are fairly high. I told one story about how digging holes was fun, but you had to be sure not to expose water or electrical pipes. He was happy, but wanted another. 

This time his request was that the same four characters went camping. Sigh. Yet within seconds I had Digger, Bulldozer and Grader in raincoats that were tents for the drivers – and Roller supplied power for ovens, lights and laptops

Jai is now asleep, no doubt dreaming of diggers!


Why We Moved to Kangaroo Island

About this time last year we made a BIG decision: To move our family to Kangaroo Island.

Explaining the benefits to each of our families actually didn’t take a lot, but there a few who had never been there.

Yesterday morning I videoed some of my morning walk. Because of the tranquillity of Kingscote, it required very little editing before upload!

Yesterday’s vlog shows one of the BEST reasons for our family relocation:

My morning walks will now be regular, particularly since I don’t have a 24/7 gym available. I had hoped for daily vlogs, but, well, kids.


Dear Daddy (Stephen)

Daddy, at least once a week mummy hears you say “Oh, I have a great idea. I must write a kids book about that!”

Sometimes you get the ideas from the crazy things I say. I like that.

But I really wish you would actually write the books.

I like the one about Tyrone the Dinosaur. You told me you already wrote it – but where is it? I haven’t seen it yet. When will I see it?

Today you said you wanted to a kids version of an old movie called ‘Romper Stomper‘. I don’t stomp that much!

Please write them. I hope you can find a publisher. Hey, maybe you can also get your poetry published in 2017!

from your  Loving Son (Jai)


No Child is Born Perfect

​My kids are not perfect, yet they are damn close!

At 10.45am this morning 21mo Aidan asked for food and milk (in a way that only Sarah and I understand), then got up and walked to the hall door.

He blurted a noise that sounded remarkably like “BED!” – so I walked him down to his cot. He reached onto our bed for his sleeping bag, and giggled as I put it on him.

Moments after I laid him down, his little eyes closed. The gorgeous little man really wanted to slee!

Probably because he had broken sleep last night when his older brother was screaming during his bath to remove toothpaste from his hair.

Kids may not be perfect, but they are sure are damn funny!


Nose Plant

Jai leaned down and forward as I turned and took a step forward. 

So, yes, technically I kicked him in the nose. He is going to live. As will his dignity.

Occurred and posted on Facebook: 20 November 2015. Jai would have been only 3.5 years old!


Booger Boy

​Gotta love my influence on my kids:

Jai: (at the top of his lungs) “I AM BOOGER BOY, AIDAN IS SNOT MAN!”

He wasn’t kidding. Tissues, stat.

(Originally published Facebook 14 November 2015)