Wednesday, October 22, 2014

turning 10 (july 2014)

In July our oldest reached the double digits.  We decorated the table with wrapped pressies for him to open in the morning and strung up the bunting that we'd be taking to the party place later in the day.  We still use our play cloths for wrapping things, they're so versatile!

We were so lucky to have this wee darling staying with us from Christchurch (along with his parents,  my sister and husband).  As ten is quite a milestone we had a bigger than usual party at a laser tag place and it was fantastic.  I can see why people do these kind of parties all the time!

We took lots of water, gummy bears, chips, pretzels and cheerios to eat.  The laser tag was so much fun! Maybe I need to do a laser tag party for my 40th next year.

The cake was a simple chocolate cake with green coloured coconut and chocolate finger biscuits (which we removed for R).  The plastic toys on top were quite an inspired idea.  I'm really not that into birthday cake making to be honest, so I was pretty happy with how easy it was.

Monday, October 20, 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 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 worm them constantly for the past dew 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.

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.

Monday, September 29, 2014

turning 8 (december 2013)

It's so nice to celebrate birthdays with family and grandparents.  Having a birthday just after Christmas has obvious disadvantages.  But the nice thing is that more often than not, we're with extended family.  B and I gave our eight year old a much coveted greenstone necklace.

Nana and Grandpa gave him a wonderful gift. A set of real tools (and a tool kit) and an old printer to dismantle, an excellent eight year old pressie.

Nana and Grandpa threw him a lovely party.  DaddyB made sticky BBQ ribs (his favourite) and there was a very colourful cake made by the birthday boy.

He decorated the cake just how he wanted it.  A sponge cake with whipped coconut cream and strawberries.  Pretty much the same as the one we'd had in Auckland. He got to light his own candles too.  I love how much the boys can do for themselves these days.  It really is a great stage right now.

Happy birthday gorgeous boy.

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.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

the family dinner and games

We had two extra boys sleep over recently.  I can't actually remember what dinner was but the dessert was something special.  We made coconut dairy free ice cream and let the kids go crazy with the toppings.  We had peaches, marshmallows, mini waffle cones, chocolate chips and sprinkles.

Oh yes, we had little umbrellas too.

At the end of last year I blogged about a library book I had called "The Family Dinner".  I loved it so much that B bought if for me for Christmas.  It's part recipe book, part dinner ideas book.

We've been trying out some of the games and conversation ideas.  It was quite handy with all the rowdy boys at the end of dinner.  We played I have never... 

One person starts with a statement that's true for them "I have never been to Christchurch".  If you have been to Christchurch then you have to raise a finger.  Once you have five fingers up you're out.   It may also be a drinking game but we didn't get into that ;)  It was a really nice way to get to know the boys' friends a little better too.