“Hi, I’m Danya. I live in Sydney, Australia with Mr Banya, our two daughters JJ (5.5 years old) and Bee (3.5 years old), our cat Charli, puppy Snowflake, Goldie the goldfish, Snaily the pet garden snail, and Squishy and Brushy the ring-tailed possums who camp out in a tree in our backyard. We like to play, create, laugh and love. I write about us on www.danyabanya.com.”
Danya Banya is a personal blog about everyday life as a Australian family with young kids. We do lots of easy kids’ art and craft, and come up with fun things to do and games to play. Sometimes I pull out my sewing machine or hot glue gun to make some DIY toys and gifts. I also share some of our home recipes, and the occasional titbit of parenting advice and reflection.
My name is Danya. My parents made it up. I often explain it is like Tanya with a D – perhaps because my parents are terrible spellers. 🙂 As I was growing up, my big brother affectionately nicknamed me Danya Banya. He still calls me that sometimes! I’m a stay at home mum first, and blogger second. I like fascinating facts. I enjoy bushwalking and studying nature. I’m rediscovering my creative side. I love really corny jokes – the kind that you find in Christmas crackers…
Front and centre of this little blog are my two munchkins JJ and Bee. JJ is 5.5 years old, and has just started Year One. She is sensitive, kind, rambunctious and my first. Her favourite colours are deep blue, purple, aquamarine and occasionally pink. She likes funky short hair and leggings under dresses, even in the middle of summer. She loves animals and sport and listening to stories for hours and hours and hours.
Bee is 3.5 years old and my cheeky one. She talks non.stop.all.day.long, then does a little twirl, and starts talking some more. She likes blue and green, all the colours of the rainbow, and two more. She loves ballet, gymnastics and having an audience. She’s my Miss Independent, and wants to do things her own way, all by herself.
Mr Banya prefers to stay behind the scenes on the blog, but he is very much in the forefront of our family life. He is an IT geek turned stay at home dad, who loves school drop offs and volunteering for numeracy groups. Lucky for me, one of his passions is cooking, and he is mastering sous vide for the home cook.
But enough about us, you are what makes this little site a blog instead of a diary. I love reading your comments, hearing your feedback, joining your online community. I love thinking that someone on the other side of the world might be inspired to make some play dough or stamp with toilet paper rolls. You inspire me back. Fist bump.
I’d love for you to join us!