Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Hellowin by Rome.

Jeston ..

Coronation day vampire Anna from Frozen.

Waimea won the school Halloween costume comp today. That's Brother 3 on the left. He tends to call his kids imbeciles when they photo bomb with the same expression.



Robyn. Not 100% sure what she was.

Carter was too scared of any other costume.



Zombie Ngawi.


Miss Leven.


Shaily and I drove around and threw lollies at kids. Then we sat in the chapel parking lot and ate Scorched Almonds.

Halloween is like sharing time on steroids with costumes.

10 of out 10 - AM.

Loved this song back when I was an 80s youngin'. It was the only song on my 90 minute cassette tape ... side A and B. I had used the paper-ball trick in the top tabs to record over a Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Christmas program.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

9 of 12.

Late start to the day today. Everyone went to bed at the same time, but they were all struggling to get up this morning. I appreciated the silence at 6am and not the usual dulcet tones of arguing. Just when I thought I had got rid of them for the day, I was reminded that I had school photos this morning at their school. This usually takes an hour, but I got out of there 15 minutes shy of 3pm. I feel a little ripped off.

Halloween tomorrow. I'll be doing what I was doing last year. Driving around avoiding everyone. The YW last night dropped off cards they made for everyone here to tie to their mailboxes if they're in the Halloween spirit. I'm tying mine to my Grandmothers mail box. She's always prepped. Took 4 of 5 to town to get Halloween stuff. Worst idea ever. I always run away from Mitchy when we go to town with her tribe in tow. Needless to say, dropped some imperative F-Bombs in the KMart.

When they saw their Nan sitting on the playground, it was a race for the first hug and even with one leg up on Ngawi, Hubba lost.

PA Juniors. Rome, Ngawi & Aunty Tashi.

Seniors. Waimea, Jeston & Robyn.

Hubba liked the social aspect of school and tried to line up for the school shot .. I'll reconsider public school, just not this school.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

8 of 12.

How did 15 become 12?
Spending 6 days alone in a country that isn't yours? Not on.
I know this, I spent 4 in Canada, completely alone back in 1999. Stayed in the hotel and dined on vending machine junk.

Sunday is the day of reprieve.
I love 8.30pm.


15 days was actually 17 days.
Brother 1 called this morning.
17 days has become 12 days.
Nobody better be tricking me, it's been the longest 7 days of my life.

The repercussion of having a MDO last Sunday has caught up on me. The All Blacks play USA this Sunday at 9am. This Sunday was a better day to take one.
I'm trying to work this out ...
40 minutes per half.
10 minute half time.
9am kick off.
90 minutes total.
Boom. I'll make it for 3rd hour.

That confession is between God and I.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

7 of 15 - Finale.

School resources came in over the holiday weekend, so we got back into it after a 3+ week break. Puzzles continue to boggle her.

She's a whiz at writing letters. She can identify around 20% of them.

Back yarding.
Remember the hoop Papa Greg put up a few months ago? Today Rome's friend Raiha swung from it and when she fell, the hoop fell with her, infact, she was still holding it as she lay on her back on the ground. Not sure who she was kidding when she decided to swing from it in the first place.

Drama & drama visited.

.. and these guys fell asleep watching TV at 7.30pm.

Four lunches for four naughties.

8.30pm - Bedtime for them, down time for Camp Mother.
Scandal and Revenge calls.

Heard the best news today. Just when I was beginning to think NZ  really was a little backward, I see an advert for a new Sci-Fi channel while watching a "How to hold a golf club properly" youtube vid. I've only been waiting for 5 years.

7 of 15 - Morning Report.

Shaily knows not to push boundaries, lest she lose her WiFi. Her weakness is needing WiFi for a social life.

Ness got a punch in the face from Jeston yesterday for calling him names. This is justice. She did not retaliate as usual because that punch was an eye opener and she knows his strength will overpower hers in the near future.

Jeston smiles when he knows he's in big trouble. It's a smile that will make you forgive him immediately. He's also afraid of the hallway at night and will scream like a girl if you scare him as he walks it. (I must record it).

Rome says 'nah' alot. For every 'nah' she says she get's her ears yanked. Seven times before breakfast this morning and easily a hundred before she was picked up for school. She's rocking red ears with her blue school uniform today.

Hubba wants to know when Mum Mitchy is coming back to take her kids home to their own place. In monotone this morning, she told Rome to 'shut the door' instead of a chirpy 'goodbye' as Rome left for school.

Needless to say, I miss their Mother for all the reasons that aren't the actual act of missing someone.


MDO = Maori Day Off.
Playing hooky. AWOL.

I didn't know the whole family had an MDO on Sunday, but all the same, it's not nice to critique someone who wants to practise their free agency and when you're asked where you were from a person who is known to have an attitude problem, it's unnecessary to dignify them with a response.

People in the ward are doing worse things than taking a Sunday off.

Pretty stoked there is school today.

Monday, October 27, 2014

6 of 15

Today was very ... yelly.
Between selective hearing and fights, I've reached 1/2 way up the wall.

Pancakes at Nans for lunch.

Hanging around because it's too wet to do much of anything else.

Today was just a long day. The end of the long weekend where your plan A and B didn't pan out because of weather and your C plan is nothing. Glad there is school tomorrow. Tonight might be the earliest I've been to bed in a while.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

5 of 15 - PM

No kids. Smoked fish for lunch. Processing meat from brother 3's hunting escapades. BBQ at Nans. More golf. Kids in a tree. Hartman. Date & Walnut loaf and Ngawi with two legs.

I have a photo of these two back in 2003 at our Pops funeral. I wanted to redo the photo, but when I told Shai to jump on Uncle Harto's shoulders, things got majorly faux pas.

Pretty tired, but I've been promising Shai karaoke since Friday.

Summer part 2

Nessa envisioned this shoot with my nephew Ellis. They pulled it all together very well. Hubs was supposed to be in it, but got stage fright...