Wednesday, November 13, 2019

School Kapahaka Week and a wedding.

Hubs & Rome repping their school in this weeks school kapahaka event. Probably shouldn't have finished work early for it, but they were worth the sacrifice.

Kudo's to Mitchy for working effortlessly and psychotically on their costumes over the last three days.


With a wedding coming up in a few weeks, Thanksgiving this year might be a no-go. All the kids want to go ahead with it, but the wedding prep is giving everyone a bit of a headache, including Bridezilla.

Between now and Christmas, there is much to do.
College Dinner
Thanksgiving ?
Wedding
End of year work thing
Finish work for 2019
Babysitting for Honeymooners
PA School Photos
Christmas
I will be glad when work is done for 2019 in 3 weeks.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Summer is coming.

It's gross hot today.
And yesterday.








It was decided on Saturday that we're having a wedding in 26 days.

And Happy Birthday to my sister who is a year closer to 40 today and who makes me grit my teeth.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Boy in Black & White

Since High School, I'd always had a passion for photography. After schooling, I particularly had a niche for black & white film photography. Larry got me a dark room and everything, but the dark room didn't last long because it came at a time when digital camera's were becoming more and more popular.

When we moved home I had it in mind that with Larry's 3D background and my Photography/Graphic Design, that we'd be able to build something with that. 10 years later, everyone is a photographer. There is software out that makes you a professional by simply clicking an auto filtering option. The competition went from photography content to software so it was an easy choice to break away from photography and graphic & design.

I still get requests to photograph a wedding, a family portrait, create a flyer, poster or company logo, but the love to do it as a career just isn't there because it's not something you need a certificate for anymore. You just need talent and I have seen some breath taking images shot from a phone by an amateur.

It doesn't stop me from doing it as a hobby.
It's still a passion.
The Boy today in Spring 2019.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The holidays

The difference between hail and snow is this.
  • Hail is a frozen raindrop.
  • Snow is a bunch of tiny ice particles that combine to make a snowflake.
So when that storm came a few weeks ago and the community said it snowed for the first time in a hundred years, it was hail.
Not snow.
Hail.



The holidays came and went with more yard work than I was use to. We pulled down a shed, we pulled down a fence and the lawns currently look immaculate. There is no one to rely on but ourselves. Ourselves being a handful sized few. These holidays preceded the last term of the school year, ushering in shades of the Christmas spirit. We have just over a week of work before labour weekend gives us a break again, then exam season a week after we get back from labour weekend.

 It's an exciting term for me because it means we are that much closer to a much needed break, but also an exciting term academically for high schoolers. I lived for exam season as a High School student and nerd.

Hub's learned how to ride her ripstick these holidays and he's not afraid of his motorbike anymore.




She's growing up too fast.
Soon she will be in exam season too, then she will leave me for the big wide world and Stiddy will move in because his 8 coconut sisters will be driving him bongos.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

End of Term 3.

My mental health has been tested this year. I've taken on the worries of others, not only at home but at work. Work right now is in a major state. Can't talk about it, but you can read one version of the story in the news if you searched my work place. Yesterday was the last day of Term 3. This whole week went slow because I wanted it to go fast.

I'd like to sleep for the next two weeks and get back the energy I exhausted on everything but me and mine over the last 12 weeks. Two weeks to put workplace platitudes away for a moment and enjoy the break. Two weeks to use the time to remind myself that adults can look after themselves.

Just deserving of a break after 9 months of 2019, but the storm isn't over. Not even close.

My favorite boy who is pretty naughty.


The wood shed.

Lots of action at my Mum's place last weekend. We downed a shed that was blocking a million dollar view. I told my Mum to keep the view. It has to have driven the value of the house up some.

The new view. The left side of the shed is completely gone now. Throwing out a fire pit idea for that spot come Summer.

The burn up.



AviVi will be 4 in January.

Indy will be 3 in March.


Prime view of Te Mata Peak & Mount Erin.

Mount Erin in the back.

I think Kahuranaki Maunga is that way, but I'm not a good enough Maori to confirm that.

2 years ago she got a RipStick for Christmas. It sat in her closet until recently when she decided it was time to give it a go.

Now she's a pro.

She's had 8 driving lessons in the last two weeks.. Most of them are in the marae car park where I've been teaching her how to turn left and right and break and get use to the accelerator. She's extremely confident and very comfortable in the drivers seat. She's probably a better driver than Tyler, Shai and Ness. We haven't driven on tar seal road yet, but I've been letting her drive up my Mum's drive way and there are two sharp corners that she has managed with ease. Today we drove on some gravel road. By Christmas I hope she is learned enough to drive between my house and her Nans.

I just need someone trustworthy to drive to town when I need a Coke Zero. Someone who won't add things to the trolley when I said they can only have one thing.

Doing something right as a parent despite everything else falling apart around me.

Friday, September 13, 2019

iPhone unload

Stiddys Halloween costume arrives yesterday. He’s going to see it today and wear it all weekend.

Aunty Marva has been gone for 10 years this week. 

New coat for church.

Got a hoard of make up for her birthday and now she’s learning. 

Did you know Spider-Man is my nephew?

The boys storage.

At Nans.

Avivi.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Catch up.

Work:
I've said it before that the term is almost over. This next school break is much needed because on top of the winter ills, this term in particular at school has had me run down. The politics of a boarding school are horrifying. The politics of the academic part of school are pretty much the same. I have contemplated all year on whether or not I should find another job, but my co-workers, who keep me there, are awesome and that I actually like my job. After coming to a decision on 2020, I also need to stay in that job because of it's flexibility, which is an advantage that will come in handy next year.

Family:
Post-divorce, everyone is ok. There was lots of damage control that fell into my hands, but for my Mum .. I was happy to be the one that caught her when she fell. I love my Mum. She caught me when Larry died and caught me every time after while I went through the process of losing someone. She too has lost someone she loves and although the circumstances of it are ugly, she is progressing and I will be by her side the whole way through that change.

The rest of the family are doing their own thing. They have kids to raise, and tribulations to overcome themselves, but they are adults and they have each other in their own homes.

Church:
I'm still a believer. I am forcing myself to get there some days because the energy level in the ward is below average, but I wouldn't want to be in any other ward.

Hub's is going to be taller than me before she turns 12. Lately, she likes to flip around like a gymnast. She's got pretty good after watching youtube videos on the subject. Considering enrolling her into gymnastics next year. If she's still flipping around by January, she must be more serious about the sport than I thought. She wants to learn to drive, but she can't quite see over the steering wheel to be able to have a practice drive safely. She's my everything.

Terrible-Twos Stiddy is living up to that. He makes me grit my teeth and say shit alot. Given his genetics, he won't be taller than me and if he is, it will be a miracle.
He is my favorite boy.

Tonight for dinner.
Mushroom burgers and I found my last can of Hatch's green chile. It has lasted nearly 10 years in the store cupboard and it tasted fantastico.


Life is good.
I currently hate the invention of the cellphone, iMessage, Messenger and any other form of contact that is emotionless, but I am content with life.

Still haven't found an armchair.