Sunday, April 13, 2014


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

8 - being his charming self
9 - finishing his drink after seeing the Lego movie (they loved it)

I've been playing with a borrowed lens today which I now really want to own.   It's a Canon 50mm 1.4  for fellow photo geeks like me.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

things I'm loving...

Finding a whole heap of unblogged photos from earlier this year (click on them to see bigger).

This set of cups I found at the Riccarton markets for $5!  
I've been searching for some of these for a long time.  

They're my favourite for picnicking and for the back yard.  I'd love a second set if anyone sees one.

 The cute cards that the boys made recently, their drawings are so cool.

 This gorgeous photo reminding me of how sweet our boys are.

Our snowflake decorations that were hanging above the dining table... and that they remind me to say "yes" more often.  One of the boys asked me how to make paper snowflakes. My natural inclination was to give him a quick demo and get back to my chores, but I sat down and we spent a lovely time together making these.  The other brother joined in too and then we had to hang them.  So pretty.

 This magnetix heart I discovered on the coffee table.  I do feel so loved and I'm so grateful.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014


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

9 - dressed up to go to see Rio 2 at the cinema
8 - playing with cornflour and water oobleck

Friday, April 4, 2014

gold coast day 8

Breakfast at Ashy's Clean Eating Kitchen.  So delicious and we could all share.  Yay no dairy!

 Then a wee visit to the gorgeous modern art gallery (GOMA).
  Apparently arcade games can be art these days too.  I've noticed that this family friendly exhibition (Kangaroo Crew) has just started showing in Auckland this week.
and a last few treats from the breakfast place before we headed home to NZ.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

goodbye summer

We farewelled summer in style recently with an end of summer bbq, bonfire, marshmallow night with good friends and neighbours.  Their massive water slide was a hit.  As the rain buckets down outside tonight, I thought that it might be a nice time to post these warm photos before we put our clocks back this weekend for the end of daylight saving.

Sunday, March 30, 2014


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

8 - his hair is getting long!
9 - rediscovering his star wars lego collection

Saturday, March 29, 2014

x race

Today we took part in some seriously awesome and sweaty family fun.  It's called the X Race and it's all over New Zealand.  Teams of two, one parent/adult and one child, compete in challenges and race to be the first over the finish line.  Well actually you go in "waves" so it doesn't actually matter who crosses the line first as you all get timed individually.  There was a lot of running (though you could walk), through gorgeous native forest and on tracks through paddocks.  We had to roll down a hill (I came close to vomiting), build things, do a painting, solve puzzles and answer quiz questions.  We loved it and it will be on the to do list next year for sure, with perhaps a bit of running training thrown in for good measure.  We'll be sure to bring a water bottle too as it's thirsty work!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

sunday rainbow dinner

Inspired by the need to get a photo of my parents (who are here this weekend) in costume (for our photo wall), I decided that a little theme dinner was in order.  I strung up the bunting and got out everything colourful that I could find.
Yesterday at the local church garage sale I found the perfect unicorn table cloth and napkins for 50c.

 Magic drink... a couple of drops of food colouring in the bottom and lemonade changes colour!

 Minifigure place "names".

 Yes it does look a little like a small girl's party but we had a lot of fun.

I took some photos in the backyard before dinner...
This one is going on the wall.


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

8 - at the model aeroplane open day today
9 - geared up for our colourful rainbow themed Sunday dinner (more pix to come)