Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Avi Doll.

She could pass for a doll.
I wrapped her up just like I wrapped Baby Ty the other day.


She cute.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

TyTy - 2 weeks.

He's alert.
He's impatient.
He likes the camera.



Today at basketball, Hubs scored 4 points for her team and they won their game.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Long week.

We discovered the new baby likes Africa by Toto.

It's been a long busy week and that's without the baby being here.

I've been overwhelmed with church stuff all week. Every day has revolved around church this week. I'm not complaining, it's just the first time I've ever put any real effort into 'serving'. Our Youth started a 12 week challenge two weeks ago. It's a good thing, they're getting into the spirit of the challenge. It's inspiring.

Yesterday they did The Amazing Race around Hawkes Bay and it was pretty amazing and I'm not talking about the two times I almost crashed (because we wanted to win) or all the swearing I did while driving.
Group Red - My group. Silver Medalists.

Group yellow - The Winning group

Group Blue - The group that came last and the group we wanted to beat.

I lost my mojo in the first two weeks so my challenge is for the next 10 weeks. We will end it at the temple at the end of May. I spent last week finding names for our kids to take through and found 75 family members that need their work done. It was a pretty awesome find.

Namaste.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Life lately.

Hub's and our TyTy .. and that teddy bear.

Protecting him from that one fly in the house.

He's delish and his Aunty Avi still isn't too sure about him.

Three freeloaders now.

A visit to The Livians was a good break away from being stuck in the house for a week. I forgot to take a photo of Avi while we were there. She is huge now. A tower compared to the new Chinese Prince.

Tonight The Tylers are sleeping away from home. I'm taking advantage of the scream-less night and going to bed earlier than usual. I thanked Mitchy this morning for dealing with Hubba as a newborn.
I would have lost my mind years ago had it been my job. This is probably why Tyler needs 3 Mums to help her with one job, but she's doing well regardless of my thinking she's a cabbage most days.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Monday to Wednesday.

For those who didn't follow the Instagram updates from the 6th to the 8th.

Today he had his heel prick test.
I lost my ish.
I'm softer than I thought.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Meet TJ.

Tyler-Jay.
He's pretty delish.



Aunty Avi visited today and pretty much wants him gone.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy Birthday to me.

Guess what I got for my birthday?

8.2lbs of him.
It's been a long 3-days.
Bedtime.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Ready.

Birthday Week.

Larry would have been 57 today.
On Wednesday I will be 38.
Rome will be 9 on Thursday.
Anytime now, we could have our baby boy.
I hope it's on Wednesday myself!

Love you forever and always mate!
See you when I get there.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Book Two.

http://starrseries.blogspot.co.nz/
Click image for the link out.

The happenings.

I finally finished the second book. I'm still an amateur when it comes to writing a book, but I managed to pull it all together and got decent sales on the first book and enough people to moan about when the second book was coming out. I was late in completing it for sponsors and lost a few, as mentioned before, but I got through it and it's done. There are still a few things to do before the paperback version will be available, but the digital file is good to go.

Tyler's about ready to blow. She finished work this week and has been home resting or following me wherever I go. The nesting phase hasn't come yet, but her parents bought her a changing table this morning that has found a place in my living room because we have too much baby stuff everywhere else. Hopefully looking at it every day will inspire her.

We got rid of Hub's this morning and went to see Shaily at the Relay for Life event at the sports park in town. She's running/walking for 12 hours. It was pretty inspiring and I got me a squad to do it with next year.

Big sister and little sister yesterday. Avis is going to eat the new baby up.

Shaily got her braces off during the week.

Hub's is going fantastic at school .. and she's been wearing that dress since Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The waiting game.

Come on Little Balls.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

New Week.

The town was overrun by Matatini last week. I told myself I wouldn't succumb to the fad of the week, but I did. I spent 4 days sitting in front of the TV watching each group. Didn't have an idea what they were saying or what they were singing about, but after 3 or 4 groups, they all started to sound the same.

And I still watched.

Then Avi stayed last night so things won't be back to normal till tomorrow. I even tried to persuade Hub's into staying home from school today so Avi wouldn't get too bored with me, but she preferred school.

We are officially on baby watch.
She could blow at any time.
I'm not sure if the acupuncture helped, but the next 2-3 weeks will be the longest yet for Tyler & Aunty Tashi.




Apparently Tyler has dropped.
I'll take that photo later.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Matatini week ..

Matatini is being hosted in Hawkes Bay this year. You can tell there are too many people in Hastings at the moment. I went to the super market on Saturday and the whole place was out of toilet paper and milk. I've never really got into the spirit of Matatini. I never really embraced my Maoridom to be honest, but over the last few days I've stepped it up a notch.

Matatini is basically a kapahaka/dance festival for the top Maori dance groups in the world to come together and compete. In all honesty .. I didn't know what it was up until 4 years ago and it's been around for 23 years. The event occurs every 2 years in various locations around New Zealand and this year it's in Hawkes Bay.

Tyler would come home and tell me about haka powhiri practice they'd have on Sunday afternoons. I think it was only after the 3rd or 4th practice I asked her what it was exactly and what it turned out to be was exactly that, a practice for the people here to learn dance movements for when they greet the visitors who will compete in the competition. 47 kapahaka groups are staying at venues around the Bay and we have a group from Nelson at our marae.

I had been helping my Mum at our marae down the street over the last few weeks. I didn't want to because the crap going on down there is enough to make me want to never admit I have a marae, but my Mum needed the help and so I obliged. We did what we could and the group arrived yesterday.

For the first time in years I stood and watched a powhiri on my own marae and it was a little emotional because it had been so long. We use to frequent the place as kids, but it's a bit of a ghost town now. I watched our kids run around and play like we use to and it was bitter sweet. Bitter because the politics of the place are ruining it and sweet because the place still has a lot to offer.

Today they had the haka powhiri, the thing Tyler and her group have been practicing for months. It was held at the sports park in Napier and was set to host thousands. I was advised to go. I was promised it would be amazing, but the idea of that many people made me cringe and I said no.

I watched the opening thanks to people who went Live on FB and it was amazing.
AMAZING.
I regret not going.

Here's Ty being hearty Maori.
It will be her last performance this side of her pregnancy.
For the first time in a while, she made her Millz proud today.



I totally hope this works. It's long, but it's moving.
I wish I knew the the structure of a powhiri, but I don't.

Kudo's to the uploading of the video: Anaru Ratapu.
I'd just like to add how much New Zealand media sucks. Matatini coverage barely got five minutes on prime time news, but apparently Kim Dot Com's eligibility for extradition is more important than the biggest powhiri of the year.