Sunday, July 19, 2015

holiday in Taupo

The first weekend of the holidays we spent with our good friends in a Taupo campground.  We hired neighbouring cabins, spent much of our time walking by the lake, drinking coffee and geocaching.  It was cold but in a refreshing way, rather than the -4 degrees we had there last year!

B managed to squeeze in some fly fishing and I got in a few op shops on our way home.  Happy families all round.  On the Sunday night we ate at the Lone Star to celebrate a special 11 year old's birthday.  He was stoked because they gave him a Lone Star tee shirt.  He was even happier when he got his presents this year as he got music, books and video games (just what he wanted).

I've been a mum for eleven years!

Friday, June 26, 2015

geocaching record (for us)

It's been months since the kids rode their bikes (or us ours) and so we set out to pump up the tyres and get some geocaches near Ambury Farm Park. The eldest brother was reluctant but within minutes was happy and wanting to make it a more regular event.  Go figure... it always seems to happen that way.

In all we found twenty caches!  Those are those smiley faces on the screen shot.  Our best haul ever.  Despite the drizzle it was a really nice way to spend some time together, outdoors and moving our bodies.

If you want to give geocaching a go there's a free app and you can learn more about it here.  Everyone we've introduced it to has loved it.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

the family job

Most of the last month has been spent packing, bagging, knotting and delivering over 4000 phone books. Bloody hard work which has consumed our home and our weekends.  It has been a good lesson in hard work for the boys but thank goodness we're done!  We don't even get a phone book ourselves (you can opt out here). I think they're a big waste of resources for most internet savvy people.  Daddy B thinks we might do it all again next year... I'm not so sure, perhaps I'll just get more work someplace else.

Friday, April 10, 2015


I love converse shoes and the boys and I got a new pair each in the holidays.  Mine are the grey shoes.  No shoes will ever live up to the awesomeness that are my Wonder Woman sneakers but they're still pretty cute.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

keeping myself in the picture

I remember reading an article a while back about mothers not being keen to be photographed, and a kind of movement to encourage us to be in the picture. As the photographer I'm often behind the camera but found these on my phone and decided there needed to be some piccys of me on the blog too. Photos from summer, face paint, no makeup, make up... it's all good! I'm forty this year!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

splore 2015

Splore was once again a feast for the senses. This year I didn't take a camera, just my phone. We camped in the Theme Camp area with our "Makey Connection" camp. Not much sleep was had due to some noisy Wellington neighbors so we have plans to sleep elsewhere next time.

Team Larnach had the most amazing bird costumes for the Saturday night and we cobbled together some Peter Pan themed outfits.

Highlight #1 was performing at Splore with my wonderful water ballet troupe, The Wet Hot Beauties.  We performed on five Saturdays in Feb/March and I think the Splore show was my favourite.  

It was so much fun to be joined by fifty or so festival goers in bathing hats, including our two boys.  The kids loved it so much they joined us for the next show too (will post a photo sometime).

Highlight #2 of the festival was seeing the Correspondents in the Living Lounge.  They were unbelievably good.  To be honest I hadn't even heard of them until a week or two before.  If you ever get a chance to see them live JUST DO IT!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

dryer repurposing

So we've been without a dryer for a few months now (has both good and bad points) and we decided to use the old drum as a fire of sorts.  It wasn't quite what I'd seen on pintrest but it turned out pretty cool, and perfect for toasting marshmallows or sitting around at night.

Monday, April 6, 2015

geocaching takes you places

We've been doing heaps of geocaching this year.  It keeps on getting better and better.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

egg hunt

A local real estate agent runs an Easter Egg hunt each year.  This was our first (and last, as it's only for ten and under) and the kids had a great time.  R knew he wouldn't be able to run (with the cast) or eat (dairy allergy) any of the eggs but still wanted to participate.  Big brother got bonus eggs and I took fooze balls and fruit bursts to trade.  It was very well run.  Each kid 6-10yrs, ran and grabbed one ball each, then ran through a roped off maze bit and traded their ball for an egg.  Then they did it all over again.  The smaller kids could have Mum or Dad help them and were in a totally separate spot.  There were free hot cross buns on a bbq, a coffee vendor (thank goodness), a clown and a fairy, and of course the Easter Bunny himself.

Friday, April 3, 2015

one a penny two a penny

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One a penny, two a penny
Hot cross buns!

If you have no daughters 
give them to your sons. 
One a penny, two a penny 
Hot cross buns!

Monday, March 16, 2015

friday the 13th

Uh oh!  School called at midday to tell me he had hurt his arm and needed someone to come and pick him up.  I was at work with a tight on air deadline so DaddyB had to stepped up to be the rescuer.  Ten hours at Starship and we finally made it home, his arm in a cast.  Both bones near the wrist are broken.  Luckily it was quite a clean break so should heal up quickly.