Sunday, October 22, 2017

Longest labour weekend ever.

The girls made muffins. Hub's had chocolate chips in them and Rome's had .. wait for it .. cocoa pops. Rome, you are your mothers daughter.

Tried out the Zambrero in Napier. It's New Zealand's equivalent to the Chipotle chain in the USA. 7/10. I'd drive 23 minutes to get another burrito, but that's only because Thai House Express is just down the road and that place is 15/10. Just realized this picture has nothing to do with the aforementioned.

Big girl. She was stuck in the babies bouncer. She had to roll out of it like a Walrus.

Ty-A and Ty-J.

Goldfishing.
They don't sell these in NZ. I paid $8 for that pack from the Americano store in Auckland.
Worth it.

My pretty.

Can't wait for her to go back to school.
She's a pain in the ass.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Love On Top

Because sometimes .. you just need some Beyonce.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Nessa= 15.

Nessa was born when my digital camera wasn't even 1MP.
It was my first digital camera and was a Clicksmart 310 by Logitech.
It was blue and white.
Nessa turned 15 today. If we gave her blue eyes and lightened her skin color, we could be looking at the Stiddy Boy.


Miss him tonight!

His Mum has been touring the last few days, but he went home to her today.


Kia Ora Whaea.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Phone unload.

Nearing 8 months.
Neither of them can crawl yet, but they both broke their first tooth last week!


He's ours for the next three days.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tis true. Home is where the heart is.

My home is my temple.
Nothing matters outside the walls of my home.
It's full of junk food, it smells nice (most days), I have some ugly wallpaper and there is dust in places that don't even matter.
I love coming home at the end of the day.
I love it here.












I was never cut out for the city.
I am and forever will be .. a bumpkin.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Auckland, Hamilton, Temple, Friday 13th.

I spent the week in hells equivalent with my sisters kids, but it all ended with a refreshing peace and serenity in the temple today. I wish I lived closer to the temple to be able to attend more regularly and even though I can't use the Napier-Taupo roads as an excuse for infrequent attendance, the fact is .. the uphill battle on my low cc vehicles tell a story of a number of failed WOFs.

Different feeling when going to the temple with strangers. The dynamic in my ward isn't at the same level. It's a sweet n sour ordeal. Which is sweet and which is sour?
In that order.

My sister and her husband went through for the first time today and were sealed to their kids. The same kids I've had to deal with all week. They surprised me though, they were angelic .. even the worst one was angelic.

It's a milestone for them.
They're a part of Club Forever.

Shopping for a temple dress yesterday, I had a bit of a reality check. Temple people, when they die, are dressed in their temple attire. I thought about that when making a decision on a dress and decided on a dress that would be the most easy to slip on my body when it's riddled with rigor mortis. Just wanted to be courteous to those who will dress me.

I always run into people from school when at the temple. It's seriously a clause of attending CCNZ. It use to make me cringe until I ran into all the right people yesterday and today and there is beauty in being able to shop for your LDS undies and not feel an ounce of embarrassment about it because your student body pres in 1995 is up the same aisle buying hers too.

My grandmother turned 88 today. She's going to outlive us all. Glad she was able to make it up here for the sealing.

And finally .. you know how I feel about photos of myself, but I'm sharing this because it has everything I'd expect a selfie to have.
Purpose and significant retrospect.

Only good things happened on this Friday the 13th.
Home to my Stiddy boy and his big baby mother tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hello Spring.

Spring is here.
Blossoms, warm days and lamb tails .. then everything will dry up and I'll start complaining about the heat. The best thing about summer is the fruit.




Getting out of dodge this weekend to Tamaki-Makau-Rau.
Not looking forward to the drive, but looking forward to the dumplings.
I will miss AviVi and my Stiddy-Boy next week!
I'm sad thinking about it.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Past 5 days.

Our PA babies are faring well.
Indy-G is 6 months.

Our Stiddy boy is almost 7 months.

Avis rules the roost at 20 months.

I started making a skirt at the beginning of the week using fabric I found at an op-shop that cost 70 cents. I had a general idea of the kind of dress I wanted to make, but it was too complicated for a first timer when I did a mock up using paper towels. I opted with the skirt part of it instead and even that had me rethinking stuff. I needed a gathering foot for the tiers. Didn't know what a gathering foot was so I figured out how to do it without one. I tried to do it the half-assed way, but decided against it and went back to my sewing roots (when I was 10 at Intermediate) and pinned, tacked then sewed.
Up close it's pretty tragic, but if you stand about 20 feet away, it's fantastic.
She loves it and wore it to church today and it didn't fall off.



Date night with the ladies of the house Livian.

Sinned and watched The All Blacks game during the last hour of church. Bishop was surprised I was even at church today. It's nice to know that he knows my religious priorities are, at times, not on fleek. You can't repent for not watching a live ABs game.
The ABs owned Argentina.

Week one of the school holidays commence tomorrow, but here's something cute.

Happy October Internets!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

Kapahaka 2017.

Spent last week getting the school kapahaka costumes ready. I can proudly say I now know how to get the thread from the top of the sewing machine to the needle part at the bottom there. I managed to sew two dresses on the days my Mum didn't come and they didn't fall off the girls during their performance today.

Whispered some advice into Romes ear, which may or may not have included the F word, about not being shy and she felt lots better.



Hub's has been counting down the days to their performance since the beginning of the month. She was given a little part in there to get her roopu to prepare (Hope! Ki Raro). This is why she had a plume in her hair as opposed to just feathers.

Senior girls dress rehearsal this morning.

I don't remember if Rome took off her pink socks or not.



E-Papa.




Avi was just wondering what the hell was going on and why they all dressed like that.

Our Reid whanau.
Darrell and Leven doing their thing!


May I say .. am I glad that's over.
Last week of school before Term 3 holidays.
Temperature hit 26°C today.
Can you believe it's almost Christmas time.

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