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MEET THE FAMILY

 

Hello!  I’m Sara-Jayne and I write the blog, take the photographs, write the theme tune…. You get the idea.  I was born in Worcestershire, England, in the March of 1976 before the big heatwave.  I’ve been married to my Disney groom, Gavin since 2008 and we have three beautiful, boisterous boys aged 7, 5 and 2.

I grew up in Redditch, Worcestershire, and went after A Levels at High School to read my Undergraduate Law Degree at the University of Glamorgan in Wales.  After graduation I continued on, to undertake the Legal Practice Course at Glamorgan Law School and post-graduated in 1998 with commendation.  After years working in Insolvency at KPMG, in 2006 I retrained as a teacher, studying the Postgraduate Certificate of Education at Southampton University and subsequently gaining employment at a local junior school.  I gave up teaching in 2014 shortly before our third baby was born, to dedicate my time to parenting and my photography.

Besides being a mom to both my boys and the furkids, my loves are photography which I began learning in late 2013, and storytelling through my writing.  I also love planning and throwing parties, when time allows, and I enjoy baking and making pretty things.  My favourite sport is rugby union; I was a tight head prop throughout law school and for some time afterwards until becoming married in Walt Disney World in 2008.

If I had to choose three words to describe myself, they would be impulsive, creative and daydreamer.  I’m a pisces, my favourite colours are blue and orange, lucky number is 7 and my most consumed food is probably garlic or bell peppers.
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Gavin Jones is the brains/chef/chief dish washer of the family.  He was born and raised in Hampshire at the end of the aforementioned heatwave in 1976.  Working at IBM since graduation, he suffers from being faced with endless questions concerning anything remotely technical or computer-based in Sara-Jayne’s life (and often her parents’ too).

His main hobbies are traditional and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, following the UFC and playing computer games (which rarely happens).  His evening activities mainly comprise of wrestling with the boys and doing the dishes, which keeps him very occupied especially when the two activities combine.  Gavin’s appearance varies drastically throughout the year depending on length of beard and hair, which annoys his parents greatly.
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Jensen Indiana Jones is the first born baby of the Jones family.  Arriving on 15th February 2010 and weighing in at 9lbs 8ozs, at 60cm in length he was the tallest baby his midwife had ever delivered to date.

Jensen loves nature and the great outdoors and is keen to protect any creature he comes across in his garden, particularly the toads and sloworms.  He loves Star Wars, Super Mario Brothers, Batman, anything related to Disney and especially Peter Pan and Pinocchio. You can find him playing in the mud kitchen [apparently the Muffin Man works there too] modelling Play Doh and LEGO, and making YouTube videos.

His favourite foods are anything that swims in the sea, blackberries, sandwiches, Heinz baked beans with mini sausages and corn on the cob.  Jensen has become a very keen reader, which is keeping us on our toes.  His little notes around the house range from sweet to downright scary at times!  At the weekend he loves creating levels on Mario Maker, studying jiu jitsu, and is currently working his way to an orange stripe belt.

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Lyoto Elvis Romeo Jones is the middle child of the family.  Born on St. Valentine’s Day in 2012, weighing in at 9lbs 3ozs, he’s a blonde, boisterous three and a half year old with a heart of gold and a very cheeky smile.  Whereas Jensen is all about protecting the environment, Lyoto wants to see how it’s put together and will happily dismantle anything – so much so that he earned the nickname “The Destroyer” in his first year of life.

Our little cannonball started preschool last year and has a range of friends whom he gives nicknames to such as “best girl”, “funny girl” and the like.  He loves Luigi, cars, mud, superheroes and imaginary play.  His favourite foods are ice pops and pistachio nuts and his favourite catchphrases at the moment are, “Me love it!” “Perfect” and, “That’s cool!”

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Hero Hefin Casey Jones is our Summer baby born in 2014. Having the same birthday as Tom Cruise,  he’s our first baby to be born with hair, and our first baby to sleep soundly from the get-go.  If all babies were as easy as Hero we’d have had five more by now – or I’d just have less wrinkles and grey hairs.  Both of our other boys were walking at 8 months old and so Baby Hero very kindly gave us a break by not following in their footsteps so to speak and waiting until he was 11 months to become fully mobile.

Now he’s two!  We’ve no idea where that time went, and despite the torrential coastal rain on the beach the day we planned his barbecue, Hero celebrated his second birthday in Wild West style with his favourite cowboy Woody – and got completely soaked in the process, wearing an oversized Totoro hoody from his cousin and feeling very loved.

  • Rochkirstin Santos
    December 16, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    It's always exciting to celebrate wonderful occasions with the family. I think Gavin and I are similar in most ways than the other family members here. We're both the dish washers, both from IBM, and receive many questions about technical stuff or anything related to computer as people assume we're tech geeks. Haha. While he practices Jiu jitsu, I'm into wushu, the Chinese martial arts.

  • Fiona
    January 9, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    It's always so great to meet the people behind the blog and I love this 'meet the family' idea – so clever. I'm also a pisces who loves photography. Amazing that your boys share a birthday just one day apart, my boy was born on February 16th and was also a 9lb 8oz baby. Your boys names are so gorgeous, love the uniqueness of them all. I'm loving your blog Sara-Jayne, so glad I found it 🙂

  • Dina
    January 9, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Oh fun and welcome to the world littlest Jones! I love reading about your family. It makes me feel like I know who is running this blog on a day to day basis. My son and I have a birthday coming up next week his on the 11 and mine on the 13th. 🙂 It's fun to share birthdays.

  • Terri Ramsey Beavers
    January 9, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your family. I love to read about the bloggers such as yourself that I follow. Making this personalized makes you seem real, if that makes any sense, lol. You have a beautiful family and are so blessed.

  • Deb
    January 9, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    This is one of the best about pages that I have ever read! So creative and with so much thoughtful detail. Astrological sign information is always a bonus, I find it an interesting study. I'm an Aries, but I cusp with Pisces, so don't exhibit a true Aries nature. I would love to hear more about the Walt Disney World wedding, sounds fun! 🙂

  • Sky
    January 9, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    You have such a beautiful family! Thank you for sharing. I'm sure your sons keep you busy! They have such cute names too, I love the name Jensen!

  • Nicci
    January 9, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    What a fun way to introduce everyone. I also love garlic and bell peppers. I would love to play rugby! Although I'm sure I would cry once I got smacked hard. And I love Jensen's middle name. We'd be great friends watching SpongeBob together.

  • Tammilee Tips
    January 9, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    What a fun family!!! I love getting to read about families of blogs. I bet all the technology questions drives your husband crazy!

  • Natalie
    January 9, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Great introductions! I love all of your boys' names–what was the inspiration behind them? (I'm totally a name nerd, so you'll have to forgive the nosiness!) I, too, went to law school only to go back and get a degree in something different: I started at law school, lasted a year, and then switched over to the British Literature grad school (which I LOVED). Your awesome About Me page reminds me that I need to get to work redoing my own!

  • Tammilee Tips
    January 9, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    What a fun family!!! I love getting to read about families of blogs. I bet all the technology questions drives your husband crazy! All of your boys sound lovely and like they keep you on your toys.

  • Diana
    January 10, 2015 at 2:28 AM

    What a great idea, I often blog about my family but have never thought to include them on an 'about' page. I have to say I love your children's names, they are so original and string sounding! I also have three little boys close in age – the youngest who was also a quite lovely and docile baby… he's two now and clearly the biggest trouble maker of the lot though!

  • Crystal Green
    January 10, 2015 at 3:07 AM

    It is so nice to get to know your family like this. I love to meet new families and learn what makes each of them uniquely beautiful and wonderful. Your header images are adorable! I imagine you're going to have to figure a way of making the other baby image fit into the images too soon.

  • Michelle Hwee
    January 10, 2015 at 5:03 AM

    What a great way to meet everyone! I have read your blog a few times and I didn't quite know as much as I do now. What a lovely family you have, I love how unique you all are and your boys has such beautiful names. I love how much thought and effort you put into introducing us all to your family. Many people are wary of this but I think its awesome, I love learning new things about families!

  • Elizabeth Weidhorn
    February 7, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    You have a beautiful website and a beautiful family! I'm very excited to be following you.
    ~Liz (Project Pastry Love)