THREE children under five means chaos often reigns supreme at the home of Holly Ife and her comedian husband Dave Hughes.
Not to mention the fact their most intimate moments are often shared with tens of thousands thanks to Dave’s roles on both TV and radio.
But as the family looks down the barrel of a year on the road while Dave returns to the stand-up comedy circuit, Holly reveals a life of laughs really is the best medicine
“THE KIDS were crazy in the cinema,” I lament to my husband over the phone.
“In a quiet part of the movie, Sadie started shouting that she needed to do a poo, so we left and went to the bathrooms. While she was on the toilet, Raff was yelling at her to ‘poo faster, poo faster’ so we could get back to the movie, and she was yelling back, and meanwhile Tess was trying to get into the sanitary waste bin. And there was someone else waiting to use the toilet! It was so stressful.”
My husband laughs.
“That’s great, I might use that. What were their exact words to each other?”
Ahh, the joys of being married to a comedian.
Loving someone who rarely takes anything seriously is mostly fun, but there are rare occasions when I wouldn’t mind a bit more sympathy and a bit less ha-ha.
Especially when he’s away touring and I’m running around – and I mean often literally running – after our three children under five.
After years of Dave doing breakfast radio on Nova 100 and The Project, this year he is back courting his first love, stand-up comedy. The kids and I (hopefully equal first in the love stakes) are trying to juggle life on the road with the commitments of family life.
For the first weeks of the year we were at home in Melbourne together and it was great having another parent around, especially at the busy times of day when he used to be at work – breakfast, and dinner/ bath/ bed time.
Initially, he was second-guessing my daily schedule, but I only had to yell a couple of times “BABE, I KNOW WHAT I’M DOING, I KNOW IT’S ONLY 5PM, I’VE DONE THIS ON MY OWN SINCE THE KIDS WERE BORN, JUST FILL THE FREAKIN BATH!!!!” before he realised he may as well just do it my way.
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