Naturopath, nutritionist and former bodybuilder Jess Blair, 32; her husband, Warriors player Adam Blair, 32; and their two sons, Harlem, 7 and Taika, 14 months, recently moved from Brisbane to Auckland. She explains to Sinead Corcoran how Sundays have changed for her family. We’re used to moving around by now, but every time we do, we hope it’s the last time. Obviously when you stay in one team you don’t move around as much, but Adam has changed teams so we’ve moved around a lot. Before coming here we lived in Brisbane for three years, then before that Sydney and before that Melbourne. Adam moved to New Zealand on January 3, and the kids and I moved on the 21st. We had to come over later because I’d injured my leg. I had a little routine knee surgery that was supposed to mean I could go home the same day as the operation, but when I woke up it hadn’t gone very well and I was in a full leg cast. Adam had to fly back over to Australia to collect me and the kids, because I couldn’t even pick them up.
We rented this house without even seeing it – no photos, nothing. We really wanted to live in Westmere and wanted to get Harlem into the local school here, it’s just up the hill from us. Taika is at daycare every day except Wednesdays – that’s our day together.
We all eat dinner together and the kids have to eat what we eat. On a Sunday night I try to cook a roast, and a whole heap of vegetables that I can use during the week. Adam and I are both very healthy, but it’s still important to us that our kids be kids. Harlem is a child and if he sees all his friends eating icecream on a Friday then I’ll obviously let him have one too. It’s about what you do 90 per cent of the time, not 10 per cent of the time, and he’s 7 now so I want him to be making his own food choices too.
At home we don’t keep anything unhealthy in the cupboards, but at the end of the day he’s still a kid. Last Sunday, Adam was working and it was just us three, so we got Uber Eats smoothies for breakfast. The kids love them, and sometimes I’ll pour them into iceblock moulds with probiotics and freeze them. That way the kids can eat an iceblock for breakfast and they don’t even realise it’s healthy. I don’t know if I could get them to eat a really vegetable-y one yet, a green smoothie is probably pushing it.
Sunday used to be Adam and my day together. If Adam’s away it can be hard to stay in touch, with the time difference, but we try to Facetime as much as we can. If he is home, we’ll have breakfast together and then he’ll often take the kids to the park to give me a break, so that I can have some time for myself. We probably do need to spend more time together but it’s so hard to fit it in when the weeks just roll by.
We’re a little unit and we’ve learnt to rely on each other. Here in New Zealand it’s just me, Adam and the kids. In Brisbane we had all our family and friends, so if we did want to do something as a couple we could ask someone to look after the boys, but we’re making it work.
On Sunday mornings we try not to get up straight away. Every other day I’m just “go go go” from 7am. I go to bed by 8pm on a Sunday night because I can’t stand being tired on a Monday morning.
You’ve really got to drag me outside to do anything. I’ve been here two months and haven’t done a single social thing. I’ve only got a handful of friends here in New Zealand, but I’m quite OK being by myself. It’s not that I’m introverted, I just love having an early night, because it’s so important to me to be very
“Sometimes I’ll pour smoothies into iceblock moulds and freeze them. That way the kids can eat an iceblock for breakfast.”
productive during the day. I don’t like my routine being messed up. Reading is my time for myself. In the afternoon I put a movie on for the kids and I read. I love memoirs and biographies, and lots of health books. I have a library full of those because they give me ideas for recipes and for my work. I love going to bed on a Sunday knowing everything on my list is ticked off. On a Sunday, every little thing in my house needs to be organised for the week. Every Sunday morning we go to the h Grey G Lynn L markets, k that’s where we buy all our fresh produce for the week. I make all the kids lunches for the week on a Sunday and clean the entire house.
Jess Blair moved to New Zealand in January with her sons Harlen and Taika (pictured) and husband Adam (below right).