After an appalling pregnancy and a crippling case of pre-natal depression that sent my heart and mind to places I never could have imagined, a miracle bursting with joy, laughter and Love arrived in our world very early on a crisp April morning over Easter weekend in 2014. We are a year on now, and … More Bittersweet Birthday in Brisbane. Baby James is One Today
So every autumn/winter is marble season at the local school. A group of at least moderately geeky kids mobilise themselves to play, trade and battle it out to win rare and cool marbles to add to their collections. I whole-heartedly encourage the children to play marbles. They are timeless, inexpensive, and unpretentious. Trading them and … More Kids Losing (and winning) Their Marbles
Four is a lot of kids. And when you introduce the level of change that a new baby will bring to a household, the flaws in everyone’s personalities are given a chance to put their best foot forward. Darling daughter is extra needy and bossy and being extra miserable to her three year old brother. … More I Have Absolutely No Idea What I’m Doing… And am Totally Cool With That.
Our children are all exceptionally lucky. They have been exposed in massive doses to their cultural heritages, here in New Zealand, in my native land Canada, and across the planet. They have trudged through the Grampians, visited the lochs, and picnicked along the river Dee in Scotland, all the while being told tales of their … More Raising Cross Cultural Kids
After nearly ten years of marriage, Grumpy and I still snog passionately several times a day. This only occurs under “normal” circumstances, like so long as we’re not fighting or I’m not going through some sort of deep dark Dee-pressive episode, you understand. Last night after being released from a particularly passionate embrace, our daughter … More Some More Insight into Hobbit Existence: Snogging, Sandwiches, Songs, Snuggles, and Sincerity