Sunday, October 29, 2017

Happy Sunday PP 2017

I am not looking forward to the next 8 days. His mother is going to China for work tomorrow and he'll be with us. I'm tired already.

Primary Presentation today. I'm sure from the bottom it looked angelic and all that crap, but up where I sat was madness. The theme for primary this year was about choosing the right. I was thinking during the program about my short stint with the youth this year and contemplated who the better audience was to teach about choosing the right.

Primary aged kids are in their informative years. They're more susceptible to understanding and applying what impressions you leave with them where with the youth .. anything I taught was welcomed with attitude and a vacant stare.

After today .. I am glad to be back in the primary. I've only spent the last 20 years there. They're willing to learn what, why and when. The youth are more just when ... when can I leave church.

Lamb tails with Nan this afternoon.

My lens needs a clean. See the black dot in these last few photos?
Its either a demon or dust.
Hoping for the latter.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Nice photos.

Somebody doesn't like his Aunty Nessa-Nu very much.

Thanks to germy kids, I have been ill.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Looking forward.

General Conference was a few weeks ago. As I have always done, since Church College, I write down questions because quite often, the questions would be answered during talks. Writing questions down has become habitual. I tried to make my nieces catch on, but they're teenagers and can't sit through a session long enough without turning to Social Media for their divine inspiration.

Typically, my questions revolve around family, education, health and motherhood. Questions like, Am I doing enough as a mother, Am I supposed to be here in Hawkes Bay, Should I study this .. etc.

My last question this time round was more to entertain a thought.

I'm 38. Am I going to live til 80 completely alone?

I knew the answer to this already. It was a solid No. I have family all around me who will be at my side for the remainder of my days. I knew this.

The answer rang true in several talks where the importance of family was discussed, but it didn't seem like it was quite enough.

Days later my sister and her husband went through the temple. With their sealing on my mind, I waved off a few impressions I got. It was a day for my sister and her family after all, I forgot I hadn't just come for them.

We were sitting with the temple Matron when that question popped up again. The Matron told my sister about how today, the temple for her would be a different experience to the widow who will come today and sit in the celestial room pondering her future.

Well Holy Divinity Batman.

Sitting in that same room she mentioned pondering exactly what she had said, which was my question, a name popped into my mind. A name that both confused me and gave me butterflies. I made a WTF face to that thought inside the celestial room of the temple, and the name came again. As I got up to leave the room after my sister and her husband had entered, the name came a third time.

I was instant in my mental response and thought, I don't even know where to start with that one.
And clear as day ... in the voice of my one and only who left us 5 years ago next month ..
You start with you. 

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.

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

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!

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...