Sunday, August 17, 2014


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

8 - Hanging with the grandparents, doing puzzles and eating popcorn.
10 - Doing his own 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.

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...