Thursday, September 11, 2014


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

8 - Investigating the contents of our friends' pink bin.
10 - Sickness and sadness, thank goodness for books and video games to help pass the time. 

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.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014


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

8 - enjoying popcorn (again) from the beautiful popcorn bucket that Mum and Dad brought me back from America.  It's so pretty that I want to make popcorn all the time.
10 - these spring days are making us think summer is almost here... good time for popsicles (technically zoku pops) and wearing shirts from teefury (great tv/game/comic/literature inspired tees for $US11).

Sunday, August 17, 2014


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

8 - Making ID badges for his club, the Viper KIngs.
10 - Doing his puzzles in peace at the coffee table (newly painted by me!!).

Saturday, August 16, 2014

saturday sport - rugby

Anyone else excited about the All Blacks playing Australia tonight?  Well there are some keen people in our house getting up at 630 tomorrow to watch the recorded game.  Here's our big 10 year old rugby player in his mouth guard and headgear glory this morning.
Turns out that it wasn't their final game of the season, there are two more to go.  They were playing on artificial turf today so no mud for a change,  We usually go in our gumboots and all of the players get super grubby.  NanaD and Poppa are in town and so could come along which was lovely.

 It was a good day... the team won 13 to 9.

Monday, August 11, 2014

saturday sport - football

Saturdays around here are filled with porridge, football and rugby.  Being a one car family it often requires negotiating and car pooling with others, sometimes even taking the bus.  Both boys have been playing hard this year and I'll get some rugby photos next week at their final game for the season.

As it was a local game we rode our bikes there and went for coffee and treats at Cosset afterwards.  Love love love taking R there and letting him choose from their big range of dairy free yummies.  This was a chocolate cupcake with ginger icing and he had washed his hands!

I love riding my bike with my Wonder Woman helmet!

Sunday, August 10, 2014


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

10 - Rereading an old favourite, Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone
8 - Always the last at the oranges and the party table, he eats more than an adult these days.

Sunday, August 3, 2014


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

8 - Wearing a button shirt for lunch at the Foodtruck Garage
10 - With Grandpa and his gorgeous loom band necklace (made by younger brother)

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 27, 2014


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

8 - Strange old toilets in Taupo
10 - In rented waders at the river about to try fly fishing

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.