A Simple Gift of (Stolen) Flowers

Most days I come in from work to a stampede of children vying to launch themselves at my legs while giving me the latest news. Except one: Esme is caught up in a stampede of one, tripping over herself to give me a daily gift of pictures or flowers. It's always the same flowers, pink and blousy, stolen from the bush by the gate ....more

Shared Passions

Most people have a favourite childhood memory that even with the passing of time, is held safe in your heart. For me, that memory is horse riding....more

4 Ways To Accidentally Rock At Children’s Parties

I don’t often get called effortless: In fact in a stand up contest with a one legged emu I reckon I would still come off looking more awkward. It’s a natural gift of mine, my hair is never tidy, my clothes are always creased and I never, ever look like I have my shit together. This is especially true of birthday parties, which for some reason terrify me beyond all reason ....more

The Secret of Successful Shouting

I feel like I am about to admit something shameful here: In our home, we shout. It feels shameful because of a conceited little meme I once came across a meme with a quote from David O. McKay saying that there should be no shouting unless there was a fire ....more

Reflections on Birth Trauma

In six short days, Alfie will turn five years old....more

Putting Down Roots

I’m a fairly permanent person by nature: I don’t like working as a contractor, and I don’t like renting a home: I like roots....more

The Open Mouthed Toddler Kiss

It has taken me four years and three children to capture this fleeting moment in child development. For weeks Miss Olive has been presenting me with her cheek whenever I ask for a kiss, until last Friday, when instead of a gentile head turn she responded by turning into a pocket sized basking shark and very gently trying to eat my face. Call me a sucker, but I have a real fondness for the open mouthed toddler lunge, despite the inevitable string of slobber it leaves....more

Be Still My Beating Heart

So, it's probably the painkillers talking, but I was going over the photos I took at the weekend and I thought I would share this photo. On Sunday we went to Te Papa to see the Tyrannosaurs exhibition. We lost Alfie at one point and eventually tracked him down making notes on dinosaur behaviour courtesy of a CGI wall that superimposed various beasties interacting with the Wellington scenery ....more

The Day The Universe Kicked My Ass

I took the girls out on a trip to the swimming pool at the weekend, followed by a trip to our favourite cafe. We had an amazing time, in fact we had a perfect time. So much so that as we sat enjoying our perfect desserts, after our perfect lunch I thought to myself that maybe, just maybe I didn't completely suck at this parenting lark ....more

Dulce Et Decorum Est

Wellington has a bit of a penchant for street art. I’m not complaining, I’m a sucker for a paper pigeon, and I actually think it is an amazing way to communicate with residents in a really relevant way....more