Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

getting a bit of a sleep in


We're blessed (or cursed) by early waking children.  Six am is pretty good in our place.  Unfortunately B and I always stay up far too late and tend not to want to get up so early (ear plugs in and roll over).  The kids are not allowed to watch tv in the morning either so usually that means they play and are noisy.

A wee while back I bought a $3 pack of markers from the warehouse.  I wrote the boys a note "Mummy and daddy are sleeping in till seven o'clock. Please don't wake us up.  There are new marker pens for drawing and paper..." 

 I also left out some handmade books (just cut paper stapled into a cardboard cover) and the boys made an animal book each.  They were gorgeous and the sleep in divine.   I think I need to do it again soon.

Friday, October 29, 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, October 28, 2010

awesome toys


Technically big bits of dyed muslin may not be "toys" but they really are fantastic.  I bought them at the Michael Park Steiner School Fair last year and gave them to the smallest one for his birthday (they wrapped up his pop up soccer goal).  Since then they've been used creatively in so many forms... gift wrap (for real and pretend gifts), huts, blankets, baby swaddling, costumes, head scarves, wings, as a backdrop for lego pirates, animals etc.  (more photos below).  The fair is coming up again next weekend and if you can make it to Auckland with your kids I would highly recommend it.  It is an awesome magical day for the whole family.


The huge pegs are from Spindlewood in Christchurch, a lovely store full of natural toys and art stuff.  We made the boys a wee "room" each behind the french doors.  They happily sat there and had their afternoon tea and then played zoos.



masses of wrapping

as a sword belt

as a backdrop for fishy photos


as a cover on the hammock which led to vigorous swinging


a cape

a nest

wrapping for pass the parcel


and a variety of huts

winter of doom

Gosh that title may be a bit excessive but I am well and truly ready for some good health around here.  This winter we've all had a ridiculous number of coughs, colds and flus.  At one stage they thought I had pneumonia and I was sent off for a chest xray.  Right now I'm just recovering from yet another nasty, nasty head cold.  Got it Monday night and Tuesday and Wednesday were a write off.  Thank goodness for the lovely mummies in our neighbourhood.  I had five different mummy helpers over the two days, taking the boys to and from school and afternoon activities.  I've been surviving on Lemsips and much napping.  It was so horrid having beautiful weather and not having the energy to supervise the kids playing outside.  Bring on the weekend!!  Crossing my fingers that no one else gets this cold.

Friday, October 22, 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.

Friday, October 15, 2010

this moment

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Monday, October 11, 2010

in the navy




On Saturday the NZ Navy had an open day at their Devonport base.  It may not look it from my photos but it was super busy... to the point where I started to feel a little woozy and overwhelmed on one of the ships.  Might have been sea sickness ;o)


  




Sunday, October 10, 2010

the dl (download)



Don't you love it how sticking out your tongue helps with concentration?  It's been a while since the handbag camera (aka the G9) was cleared off so I made it my mission tonight. I found photos of Motat and the very cool new (old) double decker tram.  We didn't get to go on the tram but the cars were big fun for the kids.

Taken today outside Eden Park (we went for the opening day).  The kids very excited to see John Key and our new Mayor Len Brown.  If we were even slightly into sports there were a lot of famous players to grab autographs from.  Nope... our two just did a haka out the front.  Nice to see all of the "gold coin donations" going down south to help with the Canterbury earthquake appeal.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

help?

Please try this linky and let me know if it works?
It's a little video of the boys and I rocking jingle bells, yes that's B as the lead singer and me on the drums.  Insanity!!

Thanks so much xox

Friday, October 8, 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, October 7, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

skater boy




Note for Nanas - protective gear was worn at all times (you can see his helmet in the shadow).  Okay he's only four and he's not really skating yet. I took him to the skate park recently so he could have a go on his board (he saved up for it a long time ago but it mostly stays in our laundry). It was a school day so the park was empty (thank goodness) and we had a blissful time, him pottering about with his skateboard and me taking photos.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

school holidays - a few pix

Not one to be out done by his brother (this moment)

Jamie Oliver's Beef Wellington (kinda like a giant sausage roll)

The boys taking photos for KidsClick.

Pine cone, peanut butter and seed bird feeder that 2 begged me to let him make.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

morning off

B had the morning off from work the week before last (a rare and wonderful thing).  We headed to a a yummy local cafe for coffee, carrot cake and cards.  The boys were at school and kindy so it was a lovely adults only time.  I don't think we would try and play Race for the Galaxy with them... maybe in a few years.  The carrot cake was really, really good and the company perfect.

Friday, October 1, 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.