Friday, October 31, 2014

a f t e r s c h oo l... after school

After spending all day at school the boys were keen to go back in the afternoon to dig and play.

Monday, October 27, 2014

happy birthday honey

We made DaddyB a Breaking Bad inspired breakfast in bed...

and celebrated with friends at home with an afternoon tea party (which sort of went till midnight).  It poured with rain that afternoon which thwarted our backyard plans but didn't really seem to matter much in the end.  Fi and Matt brought a delicious cake (plus a special dairy free one for R) and it was lovely.  The kids were sad when all of the other kids went home, we had 15 here at one count, which may be the most we've ever had!  We tend to have other families over but not en masse and it was actually quite nice.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014

8 - carries his EpiPen everywhere himself these days
10 - love

Sunday, October 19, 2014


 A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014

8 - he's loving these old 3D glasses frames and has worn them constantly for the past few days.
10 - off in the woods searching for a geocache.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


 A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014

8 - learning to ride, having so much fun.
10 - learning ro shoot with DaddyB.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

star wars reads day

So apparently this is a yearly event at libraries and book stores all over the world.  Who knew?  Our library was transformed into a Jedi Library.  Filled with all sorts of Star Wars books, graphic novels, non fiction, craft books...  We brought quite a few home with us.

There were people dressed up, books were read aloud by a costumed librarian and then the kids did lots of Star Wars themed crafts while soundtrack music played.  It's amazing how familiar music really makes you remember films.  And it's quite nice to have music in the library too.  Think the boys are keen to do it all again next year.

Sunday, October 5, 2014


A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014

10 & 8 - First experience of playing in falling snow on the Desert Road in the holidays.  Amazing time.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

top trumps

I thought they were so cute the way they were playing Star Wars Top Trumps together, passing the cards back and forth with their toes.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


 A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014

10 - he fell on his scooter and chipped his front tooth.
8 - reading and waiting at the dentists while the tooth was fixed, thanks ACC.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

gold coast - day 8

We checked out and ate breakfast at the (dairy free) "clean eating" place over the road.  I do think that calling this whole diet style "clean" implies that all other food is dirty which isn't really my cup of tea.  The food was delicious though, and you do feel quite virtuous eating it.

I have since read that the restaurant has closed down as it wasn't doing too well, except for perhaps in it's target demographic of lycra clad diet/exercise obsessed young Gold Coast women.  It's a shame as we all quite liked the food.

We bought some treats to go and headed into Brisbane to see the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art before catching our flight home.  It really is a very cool place, I'd love to go back there.

  They had a wonderful kids exhibition on with lots of interactive things to do.

Then it was time to navigate the rental car back to the airport and head home.  We made a silly mistake of letting the boys have a coke zero (long story involving duty free bourbon and excess coke) and the youngest spun out big time.  I had to resort to getting him to count and recount floor tiles at the airport just so I could fill out the departure cards in peace.  

When we got back to Auckland at 1130pm we had all of our bags x-rayed and fully searched by the customs guys.  Despite them reassuring us that it was just standard procedure, it definitely wasn't.  One of the guys actually said "you're the 12th family we've had through today at $700 each", which made us suspect they were looking for a family smuggling something in.

getting back to blogging... maybe

Totally unrelated photos today. Wee bowls we made from air dry clay using this tutorial.
On Wednesday I did a wee photo shoot for a lovely New Plymouth family and they mentioned that their daughter's teacher back home reads my blog!  So hi teacher!  It still seems strange to me that people read this, especially since I'm really not doing it much these days apart from the weekly photos.

I'm loving my special bread rising basket
I realised that I still haven't blogged the last day of our Gold Coast holiday (from November) or the final day of Splore.  There are many fun times that I've photographed and not bothered to share.  I realise that if I don't blog them then those pictures will just stay on my hard drive and that's kind of boring.

It makes lovely shaped bread as long as I don't over prove it
So maybe there will be some random (old) stuff blogged here.  M says I should just do blogging all day every day.  Really that's not going to happen.  Maybe I should just get more into instagram or something? Argh I don't know.  Any suggestions are welcome.  What do you think?

Sunday, September 14, 2014


  A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014

8 - good morning time to get up!
10 - cooking dinner, he made kebabs and couscous, it was delicious.  I go through patches of encouraging the boys to cook and then totally forgetting to do it.  I'm determined that they'll leave home cooking and cleaning for themselves.