Tuesday, July 29, 2014

MOTAT in the july school holidays

Motat is fun any time of year (especially at Halloween) and we head there most school holidays when we have a yearly pass.  These holidays our plans to visit the zoo were thwarted by gorgeous sunshine and mass crowds, so we ended up at Motat instead.  The boys and I had a fun day doing activities related to flight.

The boys made parachute men and strawkets.

Took a trip on a wee train/fire engine thing.

This part was really fun.  They constructed things from paper plates, cups and serviettes and then put them in a wind tunnel to see how they worked.  They could then add to or change their contraptions to improve them.  Some of the "drop copters" also went for a fly.

The boys had passports that they got stamped at the different stations.

Along with the holiday activities, the science roadshow was in town.  There was a lot to see including this man demonstrating the powers of liquid nitrogen (the balloon is about to pop). It's science term at school now and so hopefully they've gone back a little inspired... you never know.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


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

10 - Playing us a lovely tune at Motat.
8 - "This is my favourite part Mum!" he says excitedly rotating the hand dryer in the bathroom.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

breakfast of champions

Six weetbix and milk!  We had four hungry boys at our place this morning post sleepovers.  Our two usually eat three weetbix and then a couple of bits of toast which makes little brother take ages in the mornings.  We're thinking that perhaps more weetbix and less/no toast could be the go on school days.  What do your kids eat for breakfast?

Sunday, July 13, 2014


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

8 - Both boys loved having little cousin Samuel here for the week.  This guy couldn't keep from hugging and cuddling him constantly... bubs didn't much like it after a while.
10 - Big brother is smiling as Sammy comes in for a smooch. He is LOVING the nintendo DS that he bought with his savings and birthday money.  I love gaming time.  He gets a limited time on it each day during the holidays and little brother and I have been playing Zelda on the Wii U.

Sunday, July 6, 2014


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

10 - happy birthday baby!  We made a super easy chocolate cake with Ewok action figures and chocolate fingers.  He celebrated with friends at Laser Strike (I want to have my 40th there!!).
8 - enjoying the gorgeousness that is the Time Out Bookstore in Mt Eden.  Bliss.  A great place to buy birthday gift vouchers with a lovely kids area at the back.

Thursday, July 3, 2014


I am so behind in blogging.  My bloggy mojo has definitely left the building this year.  I'm not sure where it's gone but I'm only just really keeping up with the weekly posts... they are good though to keep it ticking over.  Life is full on and busy and perhaps some time I'll put more photos up but I'm not sure.  These are of some lovely trout that B smoked a couple of months back.  I quite love doing food photography.  Must go to bed now...

Monday, June 30, 2014


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

8 - intense... helping me try out my new phone camera (it's an iPhone), I am loving it! This is straight out of the camera on one of the black and white modes.  Obviously it's not a perfect shot (spot the random clutter on the table) but wow!
9 - making sausages for the first time with daddyB, they were delicious

Sunday, June 22, 2014


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

9 - slain by balloon sword
8 - waiting, a rare quiet moment

Sunday, June 15, 2014


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

8 - showing off his latest collectable supermarket card... look how dirty his hands are after soccer!
9 - hot and happy after a Sunday afternoon playing touch rugby and soccer with friends.

Friday, June 6, 2014


While B was busy doing fishy things last Sunday I took the boys down to the waterfront.  It was yet another gorgeous sunny day in Auckland and lovely to stroll about with my sweeties, jumping and splashing and looking at the super yachts.  I realised that the boys had never been down the far end of the viaduct before and so it was nice to take them somewhere new.
After enjoying the luxury boats we headed to the Cloud on Queens Wharf to check out the Queen's Birthday celebrations.  There were Highland dancers, bagpipes, English markets, Devonshire teas, wooden games and a puppet show.  We played some tennis and went on a Famous Five adventure.

The boys helped the Famous Five find the missing crown jewels by decoding and following the clues, learning a little bit about Britain in the process.  They also loved laughing at themselves in the carnival mirrors.

This cool bike repair station (free) was nearby too.  It had every tool a cyclist might need, a handy rack to pop your bike on while fixing it and a pump.  How wonderful.  I love all of the innovative and creative things that seem to pop up at the waterfront.
We found a sweet spot for reading... this wee container library is a place to borrow and leave books for others to enjoy.  We didn't have any to share but it's good to know for next time we visit.

Sunday, June 1, 2014


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

8 - playing tourists down at the waterfront in the sunshine today.
9 - celebrating Queen's Birthday in style at Queen's Wharf (also on tomorrow).

Sunday, May 25, 2014


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

8 - working on a board game project he came up with himself.  Inspired by a container in the cupboard full of old game pieces including some cute wooden frogs.
9 - skinned knees and star wars pyjamas.