Beat the winter blues

June 22nd, 2014 — 9:01pm by aaron

This seems like a good time for a fake smile!

Comment » | Mung Bean

What goes on?

May 5th, 2014 — 10:47am by aaron

Recently, EM has been working on her writing. She’s been plowing her way through a Clever Kiwi “How To Write” workbook as a break from her arduous art schedule.

This morning I noticed that each page has a place to do a bit of free writing (“Pupil to write a sentence”). It provides some insight into the mind of a 5-year-old:

  • It is rainy today
  • I love lillian
  • I am happy
  • I hate dogs
  • I love cats
  • I love books
  • I love Art
  • lillian likes to eat grapes
  • I had a pet
  • I love the ipad
  • I love droring (drawing?)
  • I love Bunnys
  • I love the port hills
  • I love the bech (beach)
  • I love trees
  • I love sheep
  • I love cows
  • I love school
  • I love lillian
  • I love henry g
  • I love blue
  • I love mom + dad

There ya go.



Comments Off | Bean Sprout

Southern Lakes

April 29th, 2014 — 9:35pm by aaron

We recently survived the massive warpage in the space-time continuum known as EasterZac. Or maybe Anster.

OK, I made both of those up. However, we do get both Good Friday and Easter Monday as public holidays. And last Friday was ANZAC day, leading to one of the those magical confluences where three days of leave yields ten consecutive days off work. (Not) coincidentally, EM’s first term of school finished on the Thursday before as well, so we collectively had way too much time on our hands.

After some prevaricating, we decided to take a family road trip to beautiful Kingston. Why? Because no one else was going there on holiday, so there were still rooms available.

It was moist, to say the least, but we made the most of it.


2 comments » | Family Vacation

The origins of humo(u)r

April 22nd, 2014 — 10:08pm by aaron

My children (collectively) have discovered the interrupting cow joke. It is apparently hilarious when you have an average age of 3. And without further ado … video proof (~60MB, sorry, it’s a bit large-ish).

It is so funny, our eldest has already scripted the pilot for a spin-off TV show…


The show is apparently a tragedy (in the Shakespearean sense). The last two lines are:

(stage direction — EM lies down)

EM: This is the end of me.

As instructed, I produced a short video (~50MB) from an early rehearsal.

1 comment » | Bean Sprout, Mung Bean

Boxes

April 16th, 2014 — 8:32pm by aaron

The baby from Hastings likes to go to wine tastings.

The baby from Hokianga has learned to draw manga.

The baby from Gore is studying law(r).

My baby likes to sit in boxes.

Comments Off | New Zealand

What is it?

April 15th, 2014 — 10:33am by aaron

We recently had a visit from some friends completing a tour of the South Island. They deposited a couple of bags of food with us, including these two inscrutable little pottles.

Clearly they are poultry-related. And the “healthy option,” with less salt than the normal chicken-themed sauce pots.

The contents however are dark and somewhat chunky, not light and, uh, chicken-y.

What in the world could it be? It’s certainly not salt reduced chicken salt.

2 comments » | Kiwi Quirks

Not to be left behind

April 7th, 2014 — 9:35pm by aaron

Having watched her sister’s exploits, Marburg the fourth has decided it’s time to get some wheels of her own.

This one is definitely showing mountain bike tendencies.

Comments Off | Bike stuff, Mung Bean

Base miles

March 24th, 2014 — 6:56pm by aaron

This weekend I introduced my elder child to two wildly unrelated corners of the road cycling world. On Saturday we went to the school playground and held the first annual Junior Playground crit aka “chariot racing.” I got lunched in the sprint.

On Sunday we went for our first cofeeneuring ride of the year. About 9 1/2 kms round trip to Cafe Procope in Paris, I mean Fendalton. Coffee, fluffy and (gah) Rocky Road slice duly earned.

Comments Off | Bean Sprout

(Not) Catching up

February 1st, 2014 — 7:32pm by aaron

Much has happened in the last six weeks.

But rather than worry about that, let’s talk about this:



First of, uh, many.

… and in the interest of “fair and balanced” reporting.



Comments Off | Bean Sprout

Parenting is easy, episode #314

December 17th, 2013 — 8:24pm by aaron

Today was the elder Marburg’s last day of school for the year (yay summer, uh, Christmas, uh, holiday break!)

School adjourned at midday (why? to annoy working parents!). So we enjoyed a “special treat” afternoon of lunch out and a trip to the Canterbury Museum. Uh, and a contact high from the street art exhibition which is being, uh, “installed” directly to the museum walls. But I digress.

Halfway through lunch, my child looks over at me and says with great gravitas:

“Well, it must be o’beer-thirty.”

So we had one of them teachable parenting moments.

Mostly teaching that o’beer-thirty is usually limited to Fridays. And some Thursdays. But definitely, mostly, not Tuesdays, with some exceptions.

1 comment » | Bean Sprout

Back to top