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I Come Clean

The good thing about kicking the kids into the backyard is having the house to myself for an hour. Well, that’s the dream.

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I Am Properly Screwed

We’ve finally (we think) solved the bed issue in the house.

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Gayle - August 30, 2014 - 8:22 pm

It’s so refreshing to know I’m not the only one who struggles with the sleeping arrangements of a large family :-) and also the “fun” of assembling flat pack furniture!!! LOL My best investment was bunks from IKEA, the bottom is ground level so the top is quite lower than normal bunks and it helped a great deal with the frightening height with my girls :-) sadly they don’t come apart into two seperate beds tho.

Bruce Devereaux - August 30, 2014 - 10:50 pm

Lower beds would require me to kneel to kiss goodnight. I’m too old for that (well my knees are). Otherwise it would have been great :)

Bruce Devereaux - August 30, 2014 - 11:14 pm

I worked out how to do this without taking everything apart :D I bought new big screws from local hardware and left the bigger ones where they are – I figure they’re not making it less structurally sound…I hope. But the main thing is, I spent 8 hours today cleaning carpets, clothes, asses and home brew bottles, and NOT undoing and putting together six beds. So I’m happy :)

Texy - August 31, 2014 - 3:04 pm

We have exactly the same beds! Gave hubby so much hell with so many things! Had to modify so much to get it to work!

You did a great job! Think putting the beds together with the bolts was better! And you should just find better screws for the slats!

The Storm Before The Calm

As immortalized in song by those big haired bards, thunder bolts and lightning are very, very frightening. Especially if you’re four.

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Naming Rights

“Your daughter thinks you’re an idiot,” Tracey wandered into our bedroom to tell me this morning. She delivered this in a matter of fact sort of tone I couldn’t have pulled off had the tables been turned. It’s hard to sound uninterested when you’re grinning like an idiot.

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KezUnprepared - August 26, 2014 - 9:29 pm

Haha I have heard that 4 year olds know everything! ;)

Bruce Devereaux - August 27, 2014 - 8:07 am

They’re much cuter than 2 and 3 year olds too. Mainly because they can tell you why they’re crying.

Fathers Day Giveaway – Licorice Box

My dad loves licorice. Fathers Day is a guaranteed licorice and a couple of Phantom comics from us. This year he’ll be thrilled to bits with his licorice box I might even forego the comics.

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Mrs B - August 26, 2014 - 10:38 pm

My Dad is the greatest because he is always there, protective and loving

Sharon - August 26, 2014 - 11:08 pm

I love my dad, he can fix anything, and he can even do it with instructions over the phone. :)

Regan - August 26, 2014 - 11:45 pm

My dad is just great at everything he does

Teena Peacock - August 27, 2014 - 5:59 am

Greg is like the kids dad, and you lived with him Bruce, and you of all know how funny that is!

Lisa - August 27, 2014 - 8:13 am

Because he is always there, he may laugh at you when you want to cry but he always offers the love support & incouragement you need. He is loving, strong, loyal, funny, brave.

Sarah Niemand - August 27, 2014 - 9:10 am

My Dad is the greatest because he told me “The stupider you look, the longer you get to stand in the shade”. He’s right!

Stacey - August 27, 2014 - 10:15 am

My family


All heart

Loving husband, father and grandfather
Energetic Grandfather
X-tra special

Emma - August 27, 2014 - 3:35 pm

I love that my Dad is VERY opinionated, but he always says dont believe what I say, go and find out for yourself. That’s special.

Mick G - August 27, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Dad has always been there for us and stands by our side whether we are right or wrong helping to guide to us reach the correct decision

Fiona - August 27, 2014 - 5:11 pm

My dad raised me right, tough but fair. But with the grand-kids he’s soft as air! Let’s them do what they want to do and not afraid of vomit or poo!!

Linda - August 27, 2014 - 5:15 pm

We didn’t have much growing up, but we never “wanted” for anything. I hope my kids feel like this when they grow-up. Oh and he loves licorice and sharing!

Colin Svanberg - August 27, 2014 - 5:20 pm

He taught me life’s important things – to keep away from wicked women, not to drink, swear, gamble or smoke – couldn’t get a ‘fyna’ bloke!

Katie - August 27, 2014 - 6:13 pm

My Dad always answers the phone in a high pitched, foreign voice and pretends they’ve rung the wrong number.
Cracks me up every time.

Kaz - August 27, 2014 - 7:36 pm

F-arting machine!
A-lways right- well he thinks so
T-ight with money
H-ilarious when drunk
E-ntertaining with music talents
R-ad dad, love him to bits!

Diana - August 27, 2014 - 9:07 pm

He’s mine. No more, no less than that.

Maria Stringer - August 27, 2014 - 9:09 pm

Sadly I don’t have my dad with me anymore but he loved liquorice of any kind and this will bring happy memories

DIANA O - August 27, 2014 - 9:20 pm

He’s a real man, not a wuss. He can do it all and so much more, from saving me from spiders to fixing my car when it breaks down, and every other little thing in between. He’s the best, he really is.

Helen W - August 27, 2014 - 10:46 pm

This is perfect for my dad who’s sweet as licorice, tough as bullets, nutty as almonds and sleeps like a log. There’s no FYNA dad!

Rebecca Baker - August 27, 2014 - 11:33 pm

My dads the best,
Well becos…
He’s MINE!

salvatore - August 28, 2014 - 12:29 pm

My Dad was one of the most self-less people I have ever known. His life was difficult, his trials many.
He tells me how proud and happy I make him feel, then in the next breathe, here , pull my finger!! ha ha. Hes my strength and best cuddler ever!!

Kim - August 28, 2014 - 5:36 pm

My Dad has taught me how to build things, I have helped him build about six fences, I love working and apending time with him.

jody buhagiar - August 28, 2014 - 5:46 pm

No other person makes me feel like me! Dad is my protector, helper, listener, guidance. Happy fathers day dad! love you :D

Jacqui Saunders - August 28, 2014 - 9:53 pm

My Dad has donated blood over 620 times, saving over 1860 peoples’ lives, he is the greatest!

Skye - August 28, 2014 - 11:01 pm

He is one of the greatest people I know. Smart, funny and kind and I’m lucky I can call him dad.

Amanda Gorton - August 29, 2014 - 12:27 am

Dad knows the secrets to a happy household…..junk food and fermented grapes!

Michelle V - August 29, 2014 - 6:25 am

He’s in his mid-70′s and is colour-blind, yet he completes 1500+ piece jigsaw puzzles! He is such an inspiration!

Michelle Harris - August 29, 2014 - 12:27 pm

My father’s name is Max
His outlandish opinions are sent to tax
He rants and he raves
But we love him that’s fact

Karen Millard - August 29, 2014 - 12:35 pm

My Dad may look like a Licorice Log watching TV but he’s the greatest because he’s taught me to think outside the Fyna box!

Maddie Sullivan - August 29, 2014 - 5:49 pm

The three most essential things in a mans life,
Is beer, the racing channel and don’t forget the wife!
My dad is a typically male it’s true,
But daddy you’re the best and I love you.

Alison Apps - August 29, 2014 - 9:52 pm

Being a step dad, my partner spends 99.9% of his time with the kids. Picking them up from school, taking them to sport and spending time with them. He really deserves all the respect and love as he adores them. He is amazing.

Doug - August 29, 2014 - 11:59 pm

Dad taught me to help around the home, it is as much a man’s responsibility to clean, cook and raise kids as much as a woman’s

Lara Daebritz - August 30, 2014 - 12:42 am

Repeats stories, muddles our names,
Yells at the TV during football games…
Farts incessantly, drives us mad…
But we love him cos he’s OUR Dad!

Lisa - August 30, 2014 - 6:49 pm

He can translate mums conversations.
Remember that thing we brought from that shop a few months ago? – yep my dad somehow always knows.

AmberB - August 30, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Because even though he isn’t my biological dad, he has always made me feel accepted and loved. He’s my hero :)

Rachel dos Santos - September 1, 2014 - 12:43 pm

He taught me how to sneak lollies, chocolate, chips, and other snacks when Mum wasn’t looking! Liquorice is his favourite!

sonia c - September 1, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Even when we are in opposition, particularly cricket (hes a pom) and one side is not speaking to the otherside, he still will make a “truce” gesture by making dinner.

Saraskye - September 1, 2014 - 5:02 pm

He always lets me have tonnes of fun…unlike mum!!!

luigi - September 1, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Love dad’s sense of humour. He can always make me laugh!

Gayle Richardson - September 2, 2014 - 11:36 am

F for Father
A for Always there
T for Trusting
H for Hairy back
E for Endless commitment
R for Rescuing me when needed!