Maeve is 1

posted bystav
January 4th, 2011

I cant believe it - the year has just flown. One moment we were expecting then the arrival, the next minute, after one of the most chelleging years of my life, Maeve turned 1.

We took a lot of photo’s and some video,  and, wehn I get around to it, I’ll post up a slideshow.

Interesting how the socail dynamic chenges when you have a young family. For some reason, inviting mostly the mothers group and some freinds with children of similar ages, we ended up with 26 kids and around 34 adults in our backyard. The weather was superb and the kids (and some of the parents) had a great time.

By Poplular demand

posted bystav
January 11th, 2010

Here’s a few more pics of Maeve - Maeve Ann Elizabeth - sister to Wilson and precious daughter to TK and myself.

Maeve Ann Elizabeth

Freshly wrapped and weighed at 9 pound

Freshly wrapped and weighed at 9 pound

Staying true to theme - a little sleep

Staying true to theme - a little sleep

Maeve Ann Elizabeth Kirk. Born 2nd January 2010

posted bystav
January 11th, 2010

This post is under duress. Duress only because I have to get some photo’s up. Maeve was born about just over a week ago, and while we had plenty of time to take photo’s, life at home is pretty hectic with Wilson as well.

That said, it’s all going pretty well. TK is well and Maeve is ticking all the right boxes as far she can at just over a week old.

Meave - any fresher and she woul dbe tomorrow's

Meave - any fresher and she would be tomorrow's

adieu 2009 - 2010 is a whole new game at chez ESSR!

posted bystav
December 31st, 2009


It’s hot in Melbourne. Last night the mercury struggled to dip below 26 degrees which, under normal circumstances, makes sleep difficult.

But it wasn’t the heat that kept me awake last night. It was an adrenalin fueled nervousness and the strong aroma of excitement that I haven’t felt since the few days before I got married. Not even the effect of a six pack of IPA could relieve last night’s “head miles”.

After a visit to the obstetrician yesterday afternoon the reality of what our new year will involve registered. It was like a thick slap to the back of the head.

2009 was a challenging year on the business front and at home, raising Wilson, was equally hard work. But the rewards are paying off and we are the proud parents of an amazing son. Our gift for the New Year will be another child and whole new set of challenges.

2010 – roll on and break out the cigars!

Out and about - family style!

posted bystav
November 24th, 2009

TK and the captain

TK and the captain

Spring! The weather is fining up and it’s that time of year to catch up. These pics were from a BBQ at Mum and Dads while my Aunty was over from New Zealand recently.

Slide show below will load shortly.

These pretzels are making me thirsty!

posted bystav
November 9th, 2009

Wilson is developing and comprehending essential communication skills at a rapid rate. Which is just as well, because you can easily dehydrate in the warm weather we are having at the moment.

"Here ya go Dad - make sure you keep your fluids up!"

Thanks for the photo Gayle.

August - weekend away.

posted bystav
November 1st, 2009

TK’s sister, husband, Lex an Lil came out from the US back in August. during the vist we all piled intot he car and headed down to the Otways for a few days. It rained, and rained and rained. It was bloody cold, then it rained, and rained some more.

So we stayed at this fauna park, kangaroo, wombats and birds everywhere. The kangaroos were so freindly that you actually had to watch they didn’t come and sit in the loungeroom with you.

The tour talk in the rainforest canopy walk. I drew the short straw and had to lug Wilson in the back pack. It was going alright until the lunch stop and Wilson decided to grind a vegemite sandwich into the back of my neck.

Green is nice

posted bystav
November 1st, 2009

Wilson scored a hand me down pair of gumboots. They’re green!