Draw with Jazza

I’d never heard of Jazza until 3 weeks ago, when my daughter, 12yo Lizzie said “Dad, I want to go to Comic con, my favourite Youtuber is going to be there.”   She showed me this video, and I really think she was half joking, half hoping, but I thought, yeah, we might be able to do that..  

She may have squealed when I told her I’d bought tickets, and that it was in 2 days time…   We had an awesome day, but the highlight by far was Lizzie meeting Jazza and both of us getting to watch him draw.

I even caught a t-shirt, but something happened and by the time we got home, and it was gone.. I blame the #ZombieBanana  🙁  

So, Jazza, if you ever read this, There’s a few things I’d love you to know…  

I’ve been so inspired that I’ve binge-watched maybe 150-200 episodes of both the Daily Jazza and Draw with Jazza. I even picked up a pencil and found that with the help of your “How to draw – Facial Construction” video I can, in fact, draw more than a gender-specific stick figure (which is what I’ve been saying for the last 20 years…)  

I also really enjoyed the Pictionary episode, and totally commiserate with you Jazza, because my drawing may not be artwork, but I do tend to rock at that game.. BTW, I think you might have had the kids version, Pictionary Jr??  

I watched FUNDRAISER: Jazza Studios needs your Help! and We can’t believe this happened… ❤ and, i cried. Several times…  

I’m also really impressed by the bits I get to see of the real Jazza, the husband, the father, and the teary triple+ funded Indiegogoer.

I was somewhat of an absent father in the younger years of my kids’ lives, and I so totally regret it (and try and make up for it with memories like the comic con trip). I was building a business and working upwards of 90 hours some weeks and making a mess of my life. I’ve since got my act together and now have a job that leaves me some family time, but just wanted to reinforce with you how important family is. 🙂  

The point of this post, other than to share my man-crush of you with the world, is to say how sad I am that I really can’t contribute to the funding project. At some stage, I’ll find a way to contribute, if you ever need some man-power, let me know, we are only 1.5 hours away.

Also if you need a tech crew for something like comic con, so you can spend less time setting up and checking cameras and more time interacting with your fans, let me know.   Jazza,

Your community is awesome and I guess I’m now a part of it. Thank you for being you. Stay cool, stick with that beautiful blend of braggadocious humbleness, keep Mrs Jazza close, she’s clearly a keeper and look after MJ.  Above all, stay grateful, it will take you far!  



Basketball Coaching

A new project I’ve picked up for at least the Summer 14/15 season is coaching Lizzie’s MLBC Lakers U10 Girls Basketball team! My nephew Andrew was coaching but had to give it up due to other commitments.

It’s going to be an interesting challenge but the club has been a great support with a coaching evening and handbook and lots of affirmation and offers of help.

Beccy has also offered to be my Assistant Coach, but not sure how she will go, as it might be that her training is the same time.

I’ll keep you updated with the team’s progress.

MLBC Lakers, Live it, Love it, Lakers


Minecraft Party

Lizzie had her 9th Birthday on the weekend as a Minecraft party where yours truly was crazy enough to setup 8 computers (plus a server and my laptop) on the dining room table so Lizzie, Beccy and her friends could all play Minecraft together on a dedicated server.

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The Cake (Closeup)

We had lots of Minecraft themed foods, with raspberry licorice as TNT, red, blue, green, yellow, brown and orange M&Ms as redstone, diamonds, slime balls, gold nuggets, coal and carrots respectively. There was also cookies, chicken (nuggets), torches (chips), sticks (fries) and of course the cake:

They had a ball, though there was some griefing at times, and the noise was a bit overwhelming for the aspi’s at some points.

We even had one of the other dads join in for “5 minutes” when he came to pick his son up.

There is a collection of further photos below.

One further addition was some signage around the house. We had the sign on the front door, as well as signs on the girl’s bedroom doors. in keeping with the warning, I setup iPods in each of the girls rooms, plugged into a dock/speakers, playing Skeleton and Zombie sound effects through the respective web pages. The Zombie’s worked much better, they just have better sound effects.


Happy birthday – google style

Lizzie said today that we should check what the picture was today on google, because it’s daddy’s birthday and they have special pictures on special days. It was really cute, and it turns out she was right,  it was the 25th anniversary of the Bucky ball, a particular Molecule named after Richard Buckminster Fuller


The Navman Book

It is a sign of the times when Lizzie sees that the Melways has moved from it’s normal spot in the pocket behind the front seat, and asks where the “Navman Book” has gone.


Lizzie Loves Books

Lizzie just loves books, despite being only nearly three, she is constantly picking up books and just flicking through the pages. She seems to prefer thicker books over the thinner ones, and I’ve already had to take a couple of bibles off her as the pages are so thin they tend to tear easily.

She was sitting up on the couch the other day, and I asked her what she was reading. She said “A rainbow book”


For those who cant see it clearly, the book is none other than the Oxford Paperback Dictionary. She wouldn’t put it down either, until she had found something to use as a chapter (Bookmark).

Another (related) favourite is the “rhetasaurus” aka Roget’s Thesaurus


Lizzie loves order

Lizzie has what I term OCT: Obsessive Compulsive Tendencies. It’s not OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) as it is not really causing a problem, but she definitely has tendencies that way.

She will often line up her toys in straight lines and sort things by height and colour where other kids would just bunch them up together.

A case in point: a few days ago, Bern found her opening the zip of the bean bag, and when She reminded her that she wasn’t to do that she said “but I thought the beans needed to be sorted”

Of course, I’m totally the same, and so is my mother… 🙂


Fast Food Confusion

Driving through Lilydale yesterday, Lizzie piped up and said:

“Look Mummy, it’s Hungry Macs”

maybe she knows something we don’t about merger talks between McDonalds & Hungry Jacks (Burger King).


Cold Glasses

Bern has had a nasty bout of conjunctivitis recently, and it’s been rather warm, and therefore bright, so Bern has been wearing here sunglasses more than usual. This morning Liz told mummy to “Put her cold glasses on” and it was a few seconds before Bern twigged that Liz meant her normal, prescription glasses. Cold is opposite to sun, so if one pair were sun glasses, the other must be cold glasses.


From the mouthes of babes

A conversation I had with Liz at 7:30 this morning.
Liz: Where’s Mummy
Me: Out
Liz: Where, at Tennis?
Me: No at the gym.
Liz: Oh getting littler.

How cute is that!