Wednesday, October 31, 2012

getting outdoors

I needed a change of focus this afternoon so (inspired by LittleMinx) grabbed afternoon tea and the camera and headed to a local creek.  I had intended on taking the boys to the beach but it was a bit windy (and further to drive).  Once we were there they were very reluctant to leave.  It was so nice to be outside in the sunshine mucking about.



Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Couscous for dinner on World Vegetarian Day.

 Board games in the holidays.

 NanaRobyn making super cute felt doughnuts.

 Both boys are now members of Lego Club.

Trying hard to wiggle those front teeth.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

is it weird...

...for your kid to like green (spinach) smoothies so much that you catch him drinking the dregs from the blender?  If I forget to make one this wee guy is usually the one to remind me.  I think he just loves food!

Monday, October 22, 2012

pimp my kitchenaid

B made my Kitchenaid (permanently) into Wonder Woman for my birthday!
I love it so much it's almost silly.

Progress shots...

  I am a life long Wonder Woman fan and I have the loveliest husband ever.  
He is so very clever and gorgeous.

Here I am with my little sister (AuntyKatie).

Thursday, October 11, 2012

bangers and mash dino style

 Why shouldn't they play with their food?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


We had friends over for brunch recently.  Brunch is lovely.

Monday, October 8, 2012

free stuff to do with your kids

Recently we went to a fascinating Indonesian shadow puppet show by the Auckland Gamelan Group (yes it was one of the Pick & Mix free shows).

People often ask me how do I know about all these cool free family workshops/events/festivals?  Mostly it's by reading.  Reading the local paper, the Our Auckland mag, posters, newsletters, keeping my eyes open for fun and free stuff to do.  Because we go to a lot of things people tend to mention things to me too, as they know that we might be interested.  I often note things in my phone diary or paper diary if they sound interesting.  I'm not sure about other parts of NZ but Auckland has so much stuff on all the time.

Here are a few places you could look at/bookmark/subscribe to if you're interested:
Auckland Council events page (you can search for "kids" and "free")
The Edge (Aotea Centre, Civic, Town Hall and Aotea Square)
Free family events on Eventfinda
Auckland Libraries school holiday events, Spanish classes, board games and storytelling these hols
Tiny Thrills often has upcoming events on her blog.
Appologies if any of these links are broken.

Getting hands on with the Indonesian shadow puppets at the workshop after the show.

What's coming up (From "The Aucklander"):
Southside Arts Festival (October 12): A month-long showcase of local talent and creative enterprise in fashion, music, art, theatre and dance. The festival has scored a real coup with internationally renowned dancer and choreographer Parris Goebel as this year's ambassador. The south Aucklander was named top female choreographer at this year's World of Dance Awards and has also been choreographing music videos for megastar Jennifer Lopez.
Cult Couture (October 20): One of the marquee events of the Southside Arts Festival, it features emerging designers push the boundaries of fashion in front of judges.
Living Room (October 26 to November 4): Aotea Square is the focal point for this annual public art event, choreographed by MaryJane O'Reilly. Performances include choreographed BMX displays, hip hop fused with digital video art, and a bus tour around the city centre with the Java Dance Company.
Parnell Festival of Roses (November 3-4) Set among the colour and vibrancy of newly bloomed roses, this free family festival features horticulture-themed craft and food stalls, and entertainment.

And just in case you think that we go out doing cool stuff all the time, we don't...

Sunday, October 7, 2012

mummy making

  1. Make a body, head and limbs with foil
  2. Wrap in another layer of foil
  3. Cover with moistened strips of paper towel
  4. Leave to dry and then smear with pva glue to seal

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Happy to be eating lollies while sitting on the bench and watching a talent show.

I am loving these holidays.  We had visitors for the weekend.  Grandpa stayed till Monday morning (bloody Jetstar) and NanaRobyn is staying on for the week.  We went out to the driving range, to the beach, to a cafe for brunch and the Wynyard Quarter too.  Yesterday the boys had a pyjama day, we played board games, Just Dance 3 on the Wii (for a bit of exercise) and I did the groceries while Nana babysat.  Today we had the neighbours over for a wee goodbye party as they leave on Thursday.  It's been so nice having lovely neighbours with littlies.  We will miss them.

This afternoon the boys started making Egyptian Mummies.  We used a library book but I have found the instructions here too if you want to try it out.  Mostly it's just been nice to be at home, mooching about. playing a bit on the tablet and Nana's iPad and not going to work or boot camp.  I was feeling so shattered from the early mornings and hard out exercising... slowly recovering.