Top Dad | Father’s Day 2014

He’s Dad to three daughters. He gives his all to connect with them individually. They each have very different personalities, that take a lot of skill and energy to work with! They demand his energy, time, humour and patience – and, most of the time (!), he wouldn’t have it any other way. He gets home from work and leaves his work-hat at the door. He’s so good at putting on his ‘Dad hat’ with a genuine heart and mind. If he does have to catch up on work he tries to wait till later at night… though his daughters can quite easily, between them, burn the candle at both ends! He needs his coffee and was very deserving of breakfast in bed on Father’s Day, 15 June, this year!

Happy Father's Day!

Miss 10 (nearly 11), his oldest daughter, is a fan of all things science-fiction and Minecraft. She’s not into sport much, but loves to dance and sing. She shares a love of music with her Daddy. She isn’t one for hugs and kisses. She’s hard to comfort when upset. The best tonic is laughter and a light-hearted distractive approach – which her Dad is the best at. She doesn’t seek out attention, but will withdraw to her room and independently entertain herself for hours and hours. Her two younger sisters are much more verbally and physically demanding of their Dad’s attention – so Dad has to make sure he schedules special one on one time with his oldest daughter. He’s so good at this. He’ll take her out to watch the latest movie or play a board game with her. Sometimes they fire up the Play Station and play ‘Sing Star’ together.

Happy Father's Day

Miss 8 and a half, the middle daughter, is very boisterous, doesn’t have a volume switch, is extremely physical and attention seeking. She has unstoppable energy that can be exhausting and draining at times – as well as uplifting and inspiring. She is constantly testing her body to see what she can physically achieve. She’ll be in the swimming pool, seeing how far she can swim underwater, doing headstands on her surf board, egging her Dad on for a game of tag or a session down the ‘batting cage’ or at the climbing wall. When she does sit down she’ll still fidget, or stand on her head whilst watching something on the TV. She likes history, reading and writing songs. She’s a deep thinker and often anxious about the world’s problems and how they affect us as a family, and her as an individual, this can cause some in-depth, impromptu, late night, conversations!

Miss 4 years and 4 months adores hugs and is very loveable. She is definitely a sensory seeker, like Miss 8. She will try all types of food, even spicy. She has a very easy going personality with an imaginative and creative mind. She loves to cuddle up with her Daddy and chitter, chatter away to him about what she’s been up to. She also loves to splash about with him in the swimming pool and be carried high on his shoulders. She’s still small enough for her Daddy to throw her in the air and give her ‘Daddy rides’. She giggles and laughs with a big heart and smile.

Miss 4

And then, there’s his wife! What a man to handle three unique daughters and still find some time to be attentive to his wife.

He’s a very caring, attentive and generous man and his daughters adore him (as do I) x

So grateful for this man!

It’s been Father’s Day in New Zealand (and a few other countries around the world) this weekend. Seeing as the man of the house is father to three New Zealand born daughters we decided to celebrate his awesomeness this Sunday, here in America.


I reckon, for most parents, the best mother’s or father’s day is one when the children are happy and not tearing each other’s hair out (if you happen to have more than one).

Well, today, we did pretty well.

A few jolly gifts, consisting of much needed beer drinking glasses (whilst we wait for our container of goodies to arrive), some clever gadgets to clean children’s sticky finger prints off countless electronic screens (a pet hate of the man of the house) and a couple of toy cars that can be remote controlled with the man of the house’s iPhone (had to get two so we could have races), as well as caramel chocolate.

On Father’s Day morning I took two of our children out, while he enjoyed some one on one, relative quiet with our eldest. In the afternoon we frolicked in the swimming pool, delighting in our Miss 3 learning to swim (one of those parental ‘highs’ that make it all worth while!).

We’ve dinned on a curry for dinner (found a nice take away in the student area of UCSB) and are chilling out with happy children this evening. Pretty perfect really!

We are looking forward to moving into a permanent place of residence for a year on Wednesday (finally) and are happy in the knowledge that are home in New Zealand is being well looked after by a friend.

All we need now is to have two happy school girls (currently we have one – at least we’re half way there…!); introduce Miss 3 to the local pre-school; and free up some time for Mamma to do yoga and run; whilst Daddy finds a decent soccer team to play with and a decent tennis partner (oh, and the paddle board and kayak to arrive from New Zealand).

So, Happy New Zealand Father’s Day to the man of the house! Congratulations on being an amazing Dad for just over a decade now! Your three daughters love you more than they always show you (hee, hee!) and thank you for being a super Dad in trying to keep everyone happy whilst settling into life in a new country.

We love you xx