Good Thing Bad Thing | Dave Jack, International man of Mystery

Dave Jack has been away for a month today. Obviously this is not ideal when you have a family but you have to look on the bright side.

  • Good thing: Dave has been to Frankfurt, Rome, Milan, Barcelona, Lyon, Grenoble, Paris and Zurich has just been added to his itinery.
  •  Bad thing: I am so happy for him and proud of him but if I’m going to be honest I am also insanely envious.
  • Good thing: we are coping fine
  •  Bad thing: I know Dave has had some bad spells of homesickness
  • Good thing: I have kept myself busy while he has been gone
  •  Bad thing: mostly this has been with shopping $$$$
  • Good thing: Dave has bought us lots of lovely presents
  • Bad thing: these presents include a commemorative ABBA plate
  • Good thing: Dave is eating lots of amazing food
  • Bad thing: he’s not cooking for us anymore
  • Good thing: we’ve been able to FaceTime in every country
  • Bad thing: I miss the IPad {I’m a brat I know}
  • Good thing: Louie the Shi Tzu has been keeping me company in bed
  • Bad thing: Three’s a crowd, where will Dave sleep when he gets home?
  • Good thing: When you add in our America trip, Dave Jack pretty much missed all of shitty winter
  • Bad thing: Who am I kidding, there is nothing bad about that!
  • Good thing: only two more weeks to g0
  • Bad thing: Still two more weeks to go!

We miss you so much Dave xx

Dave Jack

Summer’s finally here and it’s a hot one

……..but don’t think for a second that you might catch me complaining, I wait for 8 months of the year for this season.  I bitch and moan and detest winter and autumn because they are cold and rainy, I hate spring because it is so close to summer and often drags on far too long (like this past spring for example), so when the tar on the road is melting and the vege garden needs watering morning and night I WILL NOT COMPLAIN.

Plus we now have a pool.

Picnic anyone?

The Jack’s have splashed out and made a grown-up purchase, check out our sassy new wooden picnic table!

What a Sunday to get some new outdoor furniture!  We have just had the most gorgeous weekend after last week finished with three days of rain and heavy flooding in some areas.  Crazy weather.

Ethan tore it up at Nippers this weekend and caught some great waves on the club boogey boards whilst Daddy caught some yummy snappers on Saturday night, so our new table was christened in style!

Ethan LOVES taking photos and took these shots with the big camera, he has a good eye;

Five years married this month xxxx
Five years married this month xxxx

Christmas Post #2: The decorating. It is done.

Oh the weather outside is frightful,

But the fire is so delightful….

It has now been raining for about 3 days and I’m not quite sick of it yet as I’m pretty sure I can see my veges growing from where I sit.  Yus.


Ethan had the day off school today so we shopped and made like festive shopping-type-elves and it was so much fun.  He picked out a little tree for his room and picked out all of the decorations himself.  I held my tongue as he threw the MOST garish, tinny, gold and red Santa’s in his basket.  I looked the other way as he complemented them with a whole box of ugly, cheap ‘n’ nasty ornaments and I applauded his fine taste and good eye when found a pair of jandals and his red star for the top.  He was so happy and proud of himself.  He really pulled the whole thing together when he remembered his flashing dolphin Christmas lights and added those to the mix.  His tree looks awesome!

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So we finished that project right as Dave arrived home which was too perfect as Ethan had asked me ten bazillion times when was Daddy coming home, so we moved on to stage 2  – The Big Fake Tree.  Ethan and I decorated while Dave hung Christmas lights.

Ethan decorates the Big Fake Tree

Ethan decorates the Big Fake Tree 2

We finished up this arvo with the building of the Gingerbread House (so shoot me I BOUGHT the pack, it’s not homemade yadda yadda.  It smells divine anyway) and then an awesome Christmas roast chicken, potatoes, broccoli and corn.  Such a great afternoon!

Gingerbread House 1

Gingerbread House 2

Louie was NOT missing out on the festivities!

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First Day of Surf Lifesaving

It was a gorgeous day today and the little Tadpole was so excited – he wore his wettie and clubbie beanie all the way to the beach! E’s coach decided after the session that he needs to move up a grade with the older kids to give him a bit of a challenge so we will see how that goes next week. It was such a lovely family morning but Louie has been kicked off the team, he kept slipping his collar and running for the dunes. Not a fan of 6ft+ waves is our dog.
We finished off the morning at The Coatesville Market where we hunted for candy apples and Maori bread, Louie enjoyed this part of the day much more.  Click to enlarge images

Toffee Apple @ The Coatesville Market

My Guys Rip

We spent Sunday morning at the beach out west and both boys were charging!

Ethan has been riding without training wheels for just three weeks now and he charged the BMX track – HARD!  Louie was always right there to lend Ethan some moral support and add difficulty as a moving obstacle if Ethan was going a little too fast!

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Bike Repair, who can complain though with the beach right there! 180 hippy jump for the kids

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Looking Back

September 18th, 2008

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Impulse shopping – I purchased this wooden railway for Ethan for no other reason than it was on sale.  I know, I know……it came with a wooden storage box ON WHEELS YA’LL!

September 18th, 2007

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A super fun play date with Freya at the beach.  They were SO little!  They had already been married for a year at this point I think ; P

September 18th, 2006

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Morning play time at the beach, doughnuts at the bakery, bath in the laundry tub to clean up.  That’s freaking awesome.  I love this day all over again!

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My third cousin (I think?) had just flown into LAX with her two kids for a fleeting visit so we drove up to visit from San Diego and the boys had a blast in the pool.  Look at my champion swimmer!  Oh god, clucky much?

September 18th, 2004

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A dear friend in Encinitas, did this beautiful henna tattoo on my HUGE belly as a baby shower gift.  It was awesome.  BTW people are so uncomfortable with pregnant chicks in bikinis.  I felt like I was walking around nakey or something.  But what else fits you when you are that big?

That’s it.  Because was there really life before the belly?  The baby belly, then the post-baby belly and now the 4.5 years on belly.  Sobs into pinny “I’m waiting on the Flat Belly Diet Book, I swear I HAVE ORDERED IT!”

Cook Eat | The Best Pancake Recipe

On the Target product check on TV3 tonight, they road-tested store bought pancake mixes.  The host pointed out that the most basic pancake recipes only have 4 ingredients, so it’s a little disturbing when the ingredients listed on a pre-mix constitute an entire paragraph!

So in an endeavour to save you from the supermarket shelves, and maybe encourage you to branch out from the Edmonds Cook Book, I share with you our favourite pancake recipe (Dave should know a good pancake, seeing he grew up eating off the griddle an’ all!)


The Best Pancake Recipe

1 c. flour

1 tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

3 tbsp. sugar

1 c. milk

1 egg

1/2 tsp. salt

Combine dry ingredients. Add milk, egg and oil. Mix until smooth. Heat non-stick pan over medium heat until water beads. Do not oil. Pour pancake mixture in 1/4 cup amounts. Turn when tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Remove from heat when pancake stops steaming.

These are THE BEST pancakes, we have them every Sunday.  This week Dave added chocolate chips and they were divine.  I love them with butter, lemon and sugar – that’s definitely the kiwi-connection as DJ considers this the most absurd topping ever.

Original recipe found here

What’s shaking on the farm

Auckland Sunset by you.Stunning Auckland sunset from our lawn, staining the sky tower bright pink IMG_6245I have been trying to get a pic of the lights at night since we moved in, this picture sucks but at least you get some idea of the fabulous view.  

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There is a new boy on the farm and his name is Jim.  He is a beautiful 18 month old boxer and he is figuring out how he fits in with Scooby and Louie.  There have been a few scraps but things are settling down and as you can see, Jim is quite fond of us – he would not get out of the car yesterday when we were leaving!

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Ethan and his Daddy get to ride to kindy together every morning, they love heading off in the truck together, it’s their own stinky, diesel-y boy time and Ethan loves it.


After seeing his Daddy catching chickens Ethan began to practice Chicken-whispering himself.  After a few fruitless chases, he got his strategy sorted out and was so proud when he captured his first hen and safely returned her to the run.

Family Lunch

My uber-talented little brother leaves next week for his next international mission – off to Europe to gig on a luxury cruise for 4 months.  So we had a big family GTG for him today at Mum and Dads.  I think I weight about 5kg more than I did this morning.  swear to god.

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