Friday, September 27, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

sewing bee

I spent much of today sewing and chatting, drinking tea and eating cookies at my friend Pippa's.

It was a rather nice way to spend a wet Tuesday.

I had no sewing projects on the go, so got out some of my Christmas fabrics (the $2 a metre stuff) and made a tablecloth and some more fabric wrapping bags.  Yay Christmas is soon(ish)!

I love Pippa's new cardigan! It's a lot like my frankie one but RED!  I love red.
It's my birthday soon too if anyone wants to buy me one ;o) Teehee.

Monday, September 23, 2013

so tired

Sometimes the fact that he usually wakes up before 6am catches up on him.  So today we forced big brother to have a nap... DaddyB making some crazy threat about never being allowed to read another book ever or something like that.  It worked!  Our sweet nine year old has been quite cranky and emotional lately.  Needs his sleep but always wakes up so ridiculously early!  At least he doesn't wake anyone else up these days.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

the amazing dinner - pacific island

This week the Amazing Race teams were staying on Bora Bora, an island in French Polynesia.  They had to do snorkeling and jet skiing and search for pearls.  The jet skiing looked really fun.  The boys arrived at dinner tonight looking like this!  I hadn't mentioned dressing up so it was quite funny.

   We bought a mango and a young coconut for the first time ever. 

Our experienced coconut guide, DaddyB, chopped off the top for us.

And everyone had a wee drink straight from the coconut.  Big brother didn't like it much but little brother had quite a bit to drink... then he said he didn't like it much either.  I saved the rest for our smoothies tomorrow.

For our Polynesian dinner we made poisson cru (raw fish marinated in lime and coconut cream with cucumber, spring onions and mango).  Not popular with either boy but they did try a couple of mouthfuls.  B and I really enjoyed it and there's a bit left for tomorrow too.

 The pork and pineapple kebabs were pretty yummy.

 We ate them with vermicelli noodles cooked chop suey style.

After dinner we sliced up the coconut flesh and gave that a try too.  So soft and squid like.  We ate it for dessert with pineapple, mango and coconut ice cream (recipe here).  Next week New Zealand!!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Team Player of the Year... so proud.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

rubbish sorting centre

I think this was the most interesting school trip I've been on as parent help (and there have been many). The kids and parents all learnt a lot.  It was pretty awesome for photo ops too :o)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

treat time

These trendy (or is it trending or on trend these days?) treats are a cross between a croissant and a doughnut.  Called a cronut they really are delicious but apparently quite rare.  I was lucky enough to be dropping B into work on Wednesday (in between the America's Cup races) and got to try one. Nom nom.

Monday, September 16, 2013

the amazing dinner - USA

Okay well the dinner wasn't amazing as such but it was related to something amazing... The Amazing Race!

With a new series of the Amazing Race just starting on TV2 this week we decided that we'd have a themed dinner and then watch the (recorded) programme together.  The boys were very excited.

Knowing that the race always begins in the USA we talked about what food is specifically American. The boys came up with hot dogs. We had them with fries and slaw (American?).  We bought ketchup and American mustard especially and some soda to drink.  Later we thought that we should have had cherry pie!

 Everyone had to bring one interesting fact about America to share.

Did you know that there are three towns in the US called Santa Claus? 
And that the average American drinks 600 sodas a year?

 Our seven year old outdid us all by arriving at dinner with a whole page of questions for us to answer
...competitive much?

 Next week our dinner is going to have an island theme as the teams have stopped in Bora Bora... any suggestions of food or beverages are welcome.

Does any one else out there watch the Amazing Race?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

new toy

Frivolous but lots of fun.

Monday, September 9, 2013

big fair bake

The boys and I did a bit of fair trade baking last week.

If you don't get the big deal about fair trade watch this... and then please consider buying fair trade next time you're buying coffee or chocolate or bananas... we can all make a difference.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

fathers' day adventuring

On Sunday I was working from 1-7pm, so we made the most of a family morning together.  We went into the city and did a bit of geocaching.  Our first one was apparently hidden on Grafton Bridge.

We searched for ages (while trying to be subtle about it) but no luck.  There were some good views to check out though.  And the camera did give the illusion that we were being touristy rather than suspiciously searching for the cache.

I have some more pictures from Sunday and plan to post an introduction to geocaching sometime soon.

I've been up since about half three this morning with this wee guy.  Some sort of vomiting bug.  Thank goodness he's not a toddler anymore is all I can say.  Poor love was quite out of sorts last night, I did wonder if something was on it's way.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

playing doctors

Saturday morning and there's a large pile of medical scrubs lying on the floor in our hall.  Why you ask?
Well Friday night was the annual school quiz night.   This year the theme was "tv show".  We gathered some supplies and went as our own version of "Grey's Anatomy".  We were all dodgily named doctors: Dr Mona Lotts (sex therapist), Dr Bobbit (pencil surgeon), Dr I.P.Freely (chief urologist), Dr Brown (rectal specialist)...

Late the night before, Dr Bobbit had the inspired idea that we needed name tags.  Luckily Dr Feelgood and I have some surgical photoshop skills and whipped these up.  The trickiest bit was coordinating all of the team to take and email a last minute photo of themselves in their scrubs.  Dr Lotts happened to have a box of 100 lanyards in her garage, handy!

We took our snacks in foil cartons and had an alien in a specimen jar as the centerpiece.  Our props helped us to win "best dressed" even though there were up against two tables of Mad Men, a Happy Days team complete with small ride on motorbike and the kids from Fame.  Although we mightn't have  been the cleverest with the answers we definitely had a lot of fun and got to be a bit crazy.  Many sifty parents the next day.