Wednesday, February 29, 2012

bedtime stories and loose teeth

Daddy B just home from work in his biking gear, reading our new family bedtime story... Harry Potter!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

eat dessert first

 Banana ice cream is so ridiculously easy and healthy too.  Why had I never done this till now?

We had it before dinner just for fun.

Freeze bananas in chunks then blend them up in your food processor.  
That's it.
Sprinkles optional.

If they're cold enough (your freezer is working properly!) you can even eat it in a cone.

Monday, February 27, 2012

painter men

 I hardly ever get the paints out for the boys.  They love it but I'm really pretty slack.

I love the colours but not the cleaning up.

Big brother discovered mirror writing in a puzzle book he was reading and wanted to try it out... 
Rasputin is his favourite (Boney M) Just Dance 2 dance, in case you were curious.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

last day of splore

I know these photos seem to be going on forever but I took so many and it seemed like I needed to break it up into the four days.  Also this was one of the only ones I had of the camp site with all of the kids.  Our tent is the fantastic orange and aqua one on the right.  It was the tent I camped in with my family as a girl.

It was really nice camping with a big group of families as we all made some new friends, and the kids had such a great time together.  Even better is that they all live locally so we can hang out when we're home.

After packing up the tents and jamming all of our things in the car we stopped in at a nearby river for a bit of a play and cool down.  Apart from the Friday night downpour we had wonderful weather all weekend.   We're already looking forward to the next one in two years time.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

splore saturday

On the Saturday there was head dress making, dressing up and face painting. Plenty of time for being silly with new friends too.  One of the best parts for the boys was the extended time they had with other kids.

This was the beautiful light from the cellophane windows of the playhouse.

We met lots of awesome creative people there too.  This man and his family were camping near us and he was great with all of the circus tricks and making balloon creations for the kids.  

Once everyone was painted and glamourfied our boys led the kids parade through the site to go and watch the circus.

After the circus it was back to the Rumpus Room to learn tightrope walking, hula hooping (even I can do it now!) and have a go on some unicycles.

My photos don't really show the scale of Splore or the amazing sights and people everywhere as I was mainly focussed on our wee area.  There were many different music and performance spaces by the beach, and about 8,000 people there.  It was really wonderful.  I didn't mention the gorgeous swimming either, it was lovely, until the last day when some gross yachties emptied their chemical toilets into the sea, spoiling everybody's day.  Ban the boats I say!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

splore friday

There is an area of camping at Splore which is just for "theme camps".  The dance mayhem tent was one of them and had regular dance parties.  This one was "dance with the fairies" and I took the red singleted one and the wee green one along to join the fun.  The mummies even got in on the act too.

Back at the Rumpus Room there was poi making, giant bubble wand making and a heap of circus workshops too.  The devil sticks were very popular and now he really really really wants a set.
We hung out there most of the day (except when we were at the fairy dance party), while DaddyB drove back to town to pick up the sleepy sleepover boy.  

 There were amazing little caravans and materials for hut building.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

splore thursday

 We took #2 out of school to come to Splore early to set up.
His third baby tooth came out at lunchtime.

Splore is a music and arts festival held every two years near Auckland.
B and I were working in the Rumpus Room so were allowed in on Thursday. Lucky.

 Big brother stayed in the city for his school sleepover.  Little brother spent the afternoon helping the local artists with their projects.  He was a very enthusiastic worker.

As dusk fell we ventured out to explore the site and see the art trail before the crowds arrived on Friday.  This huge swing has been at every Splore since the first one in 1998.  It's so much fun.

The lights were magical.  You can see a man setting them up in the middle of the picture.

Trialling the fluro play dough under UV lights!

Our littlest artist was right at home amongst the art and music adventures. 

More Splore to come tomorrow...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

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

Thursday, February 16, 2012

awesome auckland library

The summer library reading programme was really cool this year (we did it last year too).

There were masses of activities to keep the boys busy during the holidays.  Here they've made new covers for some of their favourite books.

This is Pippi Longstocking when her pancake landed on her head.  I love her plaits and her freckles.

Once they'd done a few activities/challenges they took them in to show the librarian.  She was so kind and sweet with the boys.  One time she even came off her lunch break and spent a good half hour with them talking about books and things they'd done.  They got stickers on their certificates and stamps in their passport.

At the end of the holidays they had a party for participants which included a very cool magic show and goody bags for the kids.  Make sure you sign your kids up next summer if you're in Auckland.