It’s No Party!

Me to 6yo Jai: “The day we move out of this house, our neighbors will have a party.”
Jai: “Why?”
Me: “You make too much noise at 7am!”
I go to another room for a while. I come back to discover the party-stuff-box strewn across the kitchen bench.
Me: “WHY?!”
Jai (whispering): “I am getting ready for the party.”



Today’s word:

“A bargaining impasse occurs when the two sides negotiating an agreement are unable to reach an agreement and become deadlocked.”

Mr Almost Six has learned ‘impasse’ this morning. If you don’t cleanup, you don’t get.


Existential Eggs

Existential question of the millenia has been answered by our 5yo son Jai.
Me: “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”
Jai: “The chicken.”
Me: “So where did it come from?”
Jai: “The egg!”
Me: “So where did the first egg come from?”
Jai: “The chicken!”
Me: “What chicken? The egg came first.”
Jai: “No, the first chicken came from the first egg!”
At this point I decided to stop before relegion was born.



Alice Through the Looking-Glass When Jai was 2yo I hoped he’d be an astronaut or paleontologist when he grew up.

Now he is 5.5yo.

On Friday night he composed his first poem.


Oh sun, oh sun
If you make a sun storm
I will make a line
Everyone will follow me
and I will lead them to shelter

Today he ‘chalked’ his first major masterpiece: Everyday he impresses me.



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.