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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.