Trick or Treat

Halloween is slowly gaining traction and becoming more popular. And while door to door trick-or-treating still isn’t commonly done, we spent the afternoon at our neighbourhood park. This year the local community had organised market stalls and free activities for kids—fishing in jelly (jello), an obstacle course, a craft table and a bunch of other Halloween themed carnival games. At the end of the activity the kids were given a lolly or candy.

Although Eva didn’t get to experience “real” trick or treating, she had a blast getting dressed up and seeing all the other kids in their costumes. 


Here are a couple of pictures of Eva, taken around the same age, in the same onesie. In some ways they look so different — different colouring, different hair and different temperaments. Yet size-wise they’re tracking almost identically and if you take away the distraction of their hair, they have very similar features. But despite whether or not they look similar, in my biased opinion, they’re both crazy cute!


Spiders, Bats, Ghosts, Mummies, a Bat-Eva and a Cowboy. 


Crafting, Mask Making, Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin, Donuts on a Spring and a bunch of cute kids dressed-up, made for a fun little Halloween party. The kids had a blast and Eva is already looking forward to next year!

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.”



Imaginary play at its best:

"Plut plut plut. I’m running out of petrol! Oh no, my propeller fell off! Don’t worry, I’ll get my tool box and fix it."

Little Aeroplane (Flatout Frankie)

Pumpkin Carving

Determined to celebrate Halloween properly in Australia, we purchased an over-priced pumpkin. And on the eve of Halloween, the kids watched on as Johnny carved the pumpkin. Our holiday tradition as a family of four has begun. 

Happy (belated) Birthday to a much loved father and husband! 


Our computer is back — fixed and with a new hard drive. And while we regularly back up our photographs with Time Machine, we are unable to access all of them. Thankfully, we have a second back-up, but we’re missing the last month or so of pictures. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a big deal, both my kids have well documented childhoods!

So while our iMac has been out of action, Owen has had a few milestones — sitting unassisted (!!!) and starting solids. He has been far too interested in food to hold off any longer. Over the past couple of days we’ve started him on a routine of porridge or cereal in the morning. And so far he loves the taste of apple and enjoys gumming and sucking on cold pieces of rockmelon, the latter being a favourite since Owen is teething. On Friday, his first little tooth poked through!

As you can imagine, life lately has been busy! 

Ode to an Amazing Daddy

He always makes time for one last bedtime story, one last kiss and cuddle before he walks out the door. He is the master of imaginary play, taking on characters with conviction. He gets up early with the kids, so I can sleep a little longer. He takes Eva to ballet on a Saturday morning and actively participates in each dance. He rushes home most afternoons to take Eva to the park. And always does it with a smile.

Owen and Eva are very loved and lucky to have a father like Johnny.

**** Our hard drive died on our iMac a couple of days ago! Thankfully, all of our pictures (although, unedited) were backed up on our Time Machine, but I won’t have access to any of them or be able upload the ones off my camera until we get our computer back!


Life has proven to be crazy busy with two kids. But as much as it’s easy to get caught up in the daily routine, I’ve been trying to pause, slow down and be in the moment. The laundry can wait. 

Eva is at such a fun age — full of questions and constant chatter. Throughout the day I’m often amazed at some of the thing she says. She is a little sponge and now loves to question and challenge us.

Johnny: (under his breath and just missing a green light): Bugger.
Eva: What’s that mean?
Johnny: Uhhh … That’s a Daddy word, not a kid’s word.
Eva: But I want to say it.
Johnny: Well … you can’t.
Eva: OK.

I give it another 3 months—6 if we are lucky—before this kind of logic won’t work.

Owen is now 5 months old and is at that perfect baby stage — full of smiles and giggles. He can now sit unassisted for a couple of moments and seems to enjoy his new found independence and perspective. Although he is still a little over confident, so our arms are always out ready to catch him. It’s crazy to think how much he has already changed in these short months.

With only 5 weeks until we leave for our month long Christmas vacation in the States, I’m sure the kids will have rapidly changed again!

** We’re stopping in LA and taking the kids to Disneyland for a couple of days, any tips or advice? 


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