Thursday, September 30, 2010


It occurred to me afterwards that encouraging your four year old to leap from a tree may not be the most safety conscious thing to do.  Sorry Mum!  Anyway there was nothing broken.  Both boys have a swollen right eye though from completely unrelated matters.  One bumped it on the bunk ladder and then the next day he flung his tee shirt into his brothers eye.  Ouch!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

who left this one in charge?

This wee guy made honey drinks for himself and his brother for morning tea... the ratio of honey to water left a little to be desired!  Neither boy finished their drink.  I think he was aiming for a lemon honey drink but forgot the lemon.  Too much sweet and not enough sour.  He is so helpful around the house though, it's lovely.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

trust games

Two boys and a blindfolded DaddyB led to much hilarity and excitement the other night.  The 4yr old was in charge of directions and sometimes poor B was expected to walk in impossible places.  It was pretty funny.  He had to put up with being poked by the light saber and almost being leapt on from the arm of the couch.

When it was all over there were tears (as there sometimes are at the end of a particularly good game) but I'm pretty sure they'll be doing it again sometime soon.

Monday, September 27, 2010


First week of the holidays and I'm sick!  Actually we're all a bit sick.  Some weird virus which involves spots but isn't measles, pox or anything specific.  The little one is on antibiotics and steroids (bad asthma), the big one has been grumpy for a week or so and had fluctuating temperatures (but none above 38degrees) and now I'm all exhausted and very dizzy.  Grrrrrrr.  I was in bed asleep by 7pm last night!  Now it's half eight and I'm ready to go back to bed... but of course it's school holidays so there's no chance of that. I think we'll be off to the doctor again today.  I was reading about self portraits recently on someone's blog (sorry can't remember who) and thought I'd try some out.  They had it like a challenge, shadows one week, eyes one week etc.  I'm not so good with keeping up with bloggy challenges though.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

our new photo wall

It occurred to me recently that despite the thousands of photos I have taken over the past few years, we hardly had any on display.  So one weekend we remedied that with a family photo wall.  It took a bit of getting used to (wasn't sure if I liked it or not) but it feels good to have everyone on there and to see them everyday.  I struggle with living far away from our families but love Auckland and don't know that we'll ever be back in Christchurch long term.  That's the main reason I started the blog, so that they could see the boys growing up and changing, without missing big chunks of their childhoods.  Once again... technology rocks!

Friday, September 24, 2010

this moment

{this moment} -  A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Thanks SouleMama for the inspiration.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

using technology to our advantage

Bedtime story via skype becuase Daddy has been working a lot of late nights recently.

B's edit suite has toys (Beatles figurines and some wooden bowling team?) which he uses to make up stories to his captivated audience back home.  They love it.  Obviously it's no where near as nice as having him home for dinner and a snuggled up story on the couch but it does make things a little easier when they're missing him and he can't be here. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

princess and the pea

Finally I am posting photos of the Princess and the Pea play set I made my sweet wee niece for her birthday.  It was inspired by this gorgeous one.  I had a nasty plastic doll from the $2 shop (remember I was desperate!!) but managed to get this wee princess made for me by a lady at the Titirangi Village Market.  It's on the last Sunday of the month as a fund raiser for the local Steiner school.  My sister Katie needle felted the pea (so cute) and I sewed it onto the mattress so that little brother Ben won't try and eat it!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Yesterday at the table the wee one complained that his lips hurt.  Then showed me a big white spot on his rapidly swelling top lip.  I noticed more spots coming up on his now blotchy chin and cheeks.  Uh oh I thought... is this going to turn into anaphylaxis?  Then I did something really silly.  I got the antihistamine from the hall cupboard and poured some into a medicine cup, popped it on the bench and asked him to drink it.  At that point I left the room to put the medicine away... dumb move.  The medicine cup was empty when I came back into the kitchen but I wasn't sure that he'd drunk the antihistamine and his face was getting worse!  Eventually I got him to admit that he'd tipped it into the sink (entirely expected four year old behaviour I'm sure!) and I forced a second measure into him.  

He has never had an allergic reaction like this (it's always been swelling, coughing, breathing trouble, crying and vomiting) and so I took him to the doctor just to be on the safe side.  All checked out fine and I kept a close eye on him for the rest of the day.  It seems that he reacted to BBQ rice crackers from the bulk bin at the supermarket. I'd checked the ingredients but have been warned before about cross contamination foods from those bins.  Just so glad I didn't have to use the EpiPen this time.  And I learnt a good lesson about giving medicine to kids!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

this moment

{this moment} -  A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Thanks SouleMama for the inspiration.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

It was the kindy disco last night.  He went as a cowboy and happily posed for this gorgeous photo beforehand.

I think four is a pretty great age.  So grown up, he knows so much now, but still very young and cuddly and innocent.  He's pretty fun to hang out with too always making me laugh.  I'll miss him when he starts school!  Having said that we are having regular struggles with defiance and not doing what he's told.  Regular time out too!

Big brother stayed home with a bad cold and a slight temperature.  He's had quite a nice day at home with me and playing on ABC Reading Eggs at the moment (we have a free 5wk trial).  If you have a child struggling with reading (which we don't) I think it'd be a worthwhile investment (although I have no idea how much it costs).

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

dinosaur eggs

We made these dinosaur eggs and they're so cute.  Pretty much a meringue with a bit of chocolate milk powder sprinkled on top.  In case you want to make some for yourselves here's the recipe (I think we doubled it)...

1 large egg white
sprinkle of salt
1/2 cup white sugar (not caster sugar)
cold water
1/2 tsp choc milk drink powder or jelly crystals

Beat the egg white and salt till fluffy, gradually beat in sugar till stiff and white.

Use a teaspoon to scoop blobs of meringue onto a lined tray.

Dip your finger into the cold water and smooth the meringues into ovals, pat down any peaks.  

Sprinkle each mound with a little choc milk powder to add extra taste and speckles to the eggs.  Do it from high above as if you're too close it makes big ugly blobs.

Bake 12 minutes or until they puff up and form a hard outer shell.  Some will crack but they're supposed to.

Happy baking!

It appears that Ben10 has come to rule the dinosaurs.

Monday, September 13, 2010


We made basic sugar cookies so that we could use our new icing tools.  They look like lots of fun but in the end though the boys just used the squeezy icing that we had in the cupboard. It was instant gratification.  They don't work so well in winter though even though I put them in a cup of hot water.  I recall the icing being much softer in summer and requiring less tongue poking ;o)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Kashin one year on

We went to the zoo to celebrate Kashin's life, a year ago she died and the zoo had a speical celebration for her.  She was one of their two elephants.  Her grave site was open to visitors (usually off limits) so that was kinda cool to see where she's buried... it's a very large spot as you might imagine!  We rushed around the zoo then went to swimming and later spent the afternoon running about the sand dunes at bethells beach (took lots of lovely pix there too).

Saturday, September 11, 2010

this moment

{this moment} - A single photo (okay I cheated today) - no words - capturing a moment from the week. 
A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 
Thanks SouleMama for the inspiration.

Friday, September 10, 2010

still allergic

waiting for the test results...
Okay we're not at all surprised that he's still allergic to cow's milk  This tiny dot is all that he has to show for it but we know that he reacts massively.  So I survived the hospital visit, including having to physically restrain a very upset boy when the nurse pulled out a big needle (in front of him!) to take his blood.  It was seriously awful and next time I'll be enlisting daddy help.  So there were quite a few Super Mario lollies eaten today.  I'm really over this allergy thing!  About two years ago a good friend told me she wouldn't be able to look after him any more because of his allergy (soon after he had an anaphalactic reaction and required the Epipen and an ambulance to hospital).  I was gutted at the time and sometimes wonder if he will struggle with friendships in the future.  Going to StarShip Hospital does make me aware of how good we have it though... there are so many families with much harder things to deal with every day.  We really are pretty lucky.  

not fun

I have our 4yr olds immunology specialist appointment (last one was just before he turned three) today and I'm really not looking forward to it.  Even though 85% of kids outgrow a dairy allergy it's much less likely if you have anaphalaxis, which sucks to be honest.  It's a daily struggle to deal with this and depressing to not be able to hope for some sort of respite.  I just needed to vent and maybe cry too... I wish my mum was here because she could come with me!  B is working and so it'll just be me and the wee guy, although he's not very wee anymore so I hope he doesn't struggle too much with the tests :o(  Wishing this morning would hurry up and be over already....

Thursday, September 9, 2010

learning to swim

Swimming lesssons are going well... it's our first term and the 6yr old (in the green hat) is already really swimming.  They're like wee fish it's very cool.  They're so cute in their tight shorts and goggles.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


We found this big birds nest on the ground after the storm at the weekend.  
We carefully carried it home and it has been sitting on our nature table for a couple of days awaiting some fine weather.  This morning the kindy boy installed it in his favourite climbing tree and we're hoping some wee birds might find it and make it their own... you never can tell.  We made the felted egg at the weekend... I have learnt that wet felting is not my ideal craft (too time consuming!).  I don't think I'll be doing that again.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

{this moment} -  A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Thanks SouleMama for the inspiration.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

make your own show curtains

It's been a while since we had the "show curtains" out but they always are a lot of fun.  They're really easy to make.  Just a bit (or two) of fabric (an old sheet would do) with a hem at the bottom and the top folded over to make a channel for a pole of some sort.  

We've used two garden stakes bound together with a hair tie at each end and poked through the top of our French doors.  It makes the dining area into back stage.  I'm not sure how it'd work in a regular doorway but I'm sure it could be done.

Sometimes they dress up, sometimes they dance to CDs from the library and sometimes just make stuff up.  It's always entertaining though.  Usually we have to make an announcement "ladies and gentlemen introducing..." and there is always a lot of clapping at the end.