Saturday, November 7, 2015

school holidays - week one

 Yes boys you can spend your money on lollies at the dairy.

Day one... no sport... no need to get out of bed hurray!  The boys crawled into our bed too and we all read books together (actually the kids were reading Horrible Histories with the Zinio library app - free magazines).  It was blissful.

 Day two: fishing, geocaching and rock pooling.  Biggest geocache ever!

Day three: Took the boys and their friends to the wave pool and hydro slides.  Three hours of entertainment for $4 each!  Had to stop for a wee play in a new playground on the way home.  Kids tired but happy.

Day Four: guitar practice (he's giving it up next year)

  Day five and six: library and then a lovely visit from cousin Ben and Uncle Matt

Days 7 -9: All about the football tournament... Nationals baby! We were well and truly outclassed though, next year we'll know better than to get ourselves into a tournament with teams two grades above us!  Oops. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


September was a bit of a mixed up month.  We had one boy down with the flu for almost a whole week.  Once he started coughing I quarantined him to his bedroom for days, where he slept, read, listened to the radio and hung out with the cat.  I felt a bit mean but miraculously the rest of us were spared from the bugs... thank goodness. Eventually he came right and I got to leave the house again.
Online shopping seriously saved my life, I got quite miserable despite having a full fridge.
I spied this new look NZ flag flying proudly the day after they announced the top four.

It was so good to be outside again (and not sick) that I made a special effort to pretend I was ten (and not almost forty) and say YES to the kids requests of climbing up high with them and having flying fox races.   

Saturday, September 19, 2015

the beautiful game

It feels like it's been a long football season this year.  Probably as I'm the manager (10th grade) and as the top team, we've had two evening training sessions a week plus Saturday games.  It's been really great to watch though, all of a sudden they're playing and passing like superstars. A big change over the past four years!



Tuesday, September 15, 2015


A wee after school party this year for turning eleven.

It was a spy/pokemon party so we had a "laser" challenge course.

They dressed in disguises for the chocolate game and played an interrogation game "who am I?".

After the cake and games we ordered in some pizzas and the kids watched a movie together.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015

assembly practice

Rehearsing for their class assembly.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

x race

 We did the X Race again this year (like last year) and it was an all blue affair.

The littlest team member was still in a cast and so couldn't run (so hard to stop him!) and had to wear a plastic bag for the rather long water walk. It was deep and tricky.

Once again an awesome family event.  Next year we won't be slowed down by that cast!