Seven big ones

November 30th, 2015 — 6:06pm by aaron

Even weighed down by all that turkey, we managed to pull off a seven-year-old birthday party this weekend.

By request, it was multi-stage treasure-hunt-puzzle-clue based. Or mythical animals. Or carnivores. It wasn’t quite clear.

We managed to string together a multi-stage treasure-hunt-puzzle-clue-based game which took a little over an hour involving multiple ciphers, combination locks, invisible ink. And a pinata.

When asked what she thought of her birthday party, turkey the elder said it “wasn’t quite what she had in mind.” But wouldn’t elaborate.

Oh well, better luck next year.

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3 Years Old!

September 11th, 2015 — 3:50pm by aaron

How nice it is to be 3 years old.

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Persuasive Writing

April 24th, 2015 — 4:21pm by anna

I came home from a PTSA meeting to discover that my grocery list had been amended:

my ‘we only buy things on the list’ lecture seems to have backfired…

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words fail …

April 3rd, 2015 — 4:22pm by anna



This photo was taken at approximately 5:09 pm. I wondered why I was making such progress on dinner. also my ears had a kind of funny empty feeling. but then my elder daughter shouted at me to guess how tall abraham lincoln was, so that was alright

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Take that Sir David

April 1st, 2015 — 11:31am by anna

Breaking news: actual nature more interesting than award-winning nature documentary.


Thunderstorms were rare enough in NZ that counting the seconds between flash and sound is still novel. and hail is always cool.

Although I should, in all honesty, point out that, in clear violation of the rules, I turned the movie on before it became a rainy day.



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Two and a half

March 12th, 2015 — 3:53am by aaron

Happy half-birthday, turkey the younger!

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Home at last?

March 11th, 2015 — 4:52am by aaron

At long last, our massive container of good(ies) has made the round-trip voyage to the antipodes and back.

Just in time to move into our new apartment whilest we look for our “years and years house” (to quote my elder daughter).

There’s room to move … just. But cooking dinner last night presented something of a challenge, as the plates, pots, and silverware had all travelled to separate corners of the moving universe.

Anna and I have a running bet over how many things we basically get rid of without ever unpacking them. Once we schlep an appropriate fraction to my office, and fill our storage locker things will get better.

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March 7th, 2015 — 8:08am by anna

For Presidents’ day Aaron took advantage of the staff discount at the Burke Museum of Natural History.


Turkey the younger reports:

“We saw dine-o-see-ors upstairs and and and I had some poos and my daddy changed me”.

Turkey the elder reports “um.. I forgot. we went to the playground”

The photographic evidence suggests there was a bit more to the day than that, but I got four hours of peace and quiet, so it’s all the same to me.


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So this is how it begins…

March 3rd, 2015 — 5:23am by aaron

What exactly are they teaching you in that school of yours?

I believe this week’s assignment was “persuasive writing.”

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Good Golly Miss Molly

February 8th, 2015 — 4:15pm by anna


Two teeth in one day; three inside a week. If you don’t slow down little girl we’re going to have to go to an all-gruel diet.

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