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.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
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.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
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
Saturday, September 27, 2014
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.
|Totally unrelated photos today. Wee bowls we made from air dry clay using this tutorial.|
|I'm loving my special bread rising basket|
|It makes lovely shaped bread as long as I don't over prove it|
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
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.