Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Sometimes Hubs and I sit here and grit our teeth because she's SO YUMMY & CUTE.

Baby #6

They call him Luca. He's pretty delicious and is the 2nd boy of the 7 babies that arrived in the family in the last 5 months.

I wish I did this with Avi, but at 2 months old if she could talk her only words would be helllllll no.


Sight words: We're currently at 21 sight words. I try to add 1 a week, but for the next 2 weeks she has 5 to learn: run - he - out - do - red.

Her writing is OK. The repetition in the writing books bore her and she starts to slack off towards the end and her e's begin to look like o's by the end of the line. I've had the alphabet on her blackboard for the last week and she's run back to that a few times to spell things out on her desk blackboard.
Mum, how do you spell idiot?
And how do you spell Jeston?
But that's the same.

Maths and Reading. Doing OK with math. I have not yet added in multiplication and division. Later this week she'll learn how to count in 10s. The reading books we have from the school are awesome. She can read with them fine with very little help.

I can submit her application for home schooling towards the end of July. In the meantime, I'm researching for Nessa's application to home school.
It's a headache.
She's a headache.

Monday, March 28, 2016

No más de chocolate

Thanks to Proper Tasty, I found a recipe to use up my Hot Cross buns and chocolate. These were gluten free and unless I put more butter on than what's healthy, they tasted like what you'd expect from gluten free bread. The chocolate needs to vanish from my house so I can start that diet I've been starting every year for the last ten.
You will need:
Hot cross buns & chocolate.

Break up the chocolate, like so.

Butter the buns.

Do this.

1 c of milk (unsweetened almond in this batch)
2 tbsp splenda (or sugar)
1 egg

150°c for 30 minutes on bake.

Rush Munroes double chocolate is Gluten Free.
It will be a good night stomach-wise for Edge after this dessert.

Sent the last lot up the road to The Livians.  I don't like bread pudding and this resembled bread pudding. Aunty Marva use to make 'bread sop' all the time.
It makes me gag just thinking about it.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter.

It's been a slow Easter.
A mellow Easter.
A good Easter.
My freeloaders were not forgotten this year.

An Easter where it's true purpose was not forgotten either.

Thursday, March 24, 2016


Winding down with Miss Ross.

Ending the night with The Blues.
Mon homme.

By today's standards, she's basically talking about a Catfish.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Maori words.

As much as I don't think knowing Maori words would be beneficial, I think that knowing some Maori words may be beneficial. So we've started her kupu with the days of the week. I actually think she knows the numbers to some degree, but our kupu hou thus far consists of Monday through to Sunday in te reo.
Kia ora.

I must remember to video her singing the national anthem in Maori one day.
You'd swear she was singing in Japanese.

Actually she knows kai - food and haere ki te moe - go to sleep.
Tena Koe.

Monday, March 21, 2016

New resources.

New resources came in from school on Saturday and the subject is: Animals. I asked last year for them not to send anything with snakes in or anything involving snakes. They sent two books that had whole page images of rattlesnakes. I put those away. We won't be using those at all. Knowing they're in my house makes me neurotic and I put the books in a plastic bag that went into another plastic bag and into another bag .. just in case the snakes turned real and slithered into my bed.

Don't judge me .. ish like that happened in the bible.

I went to the Parentals this morning because all the animals are there. We were going to observe what the animals did around us. Where they slept, what they ate, how they looked for food etc, but then I got stuck listening to a visiting Aunty who raved on for an hour about Maori Land Court.

I would have preferred the snake in my bed.

We got an assignment done nonetheless and Hubs was able to answer questions about animals.
Some animals move from place to place. Can you think of some?
She remembered the salmon swimming up stream from Alaska: The Last Frontier and wild pigs from Uncle Jestons stories about hunting and chasing the pigs as they move around.
Some farm animals and pets have homes we give them. Where does your pet live?
Winston lives in Papa's shed (and it's a disgusting thing) and Snowflake lives under the palms at Ma's house.
Some animals build a home: Do you know of any?
Birds make nests and spiders make webs. (not an animal, but it's ok)

Shaily-Fish got her teeth blinged this morning. She'll have those babies on for a few years. I call her waha (mouth in maori)-bling(flashy jewelry in homie). She was always a waha, I just added the bling.

Still delicious.
Still a cry baby.
Still cute though!

Baby #6 came last Wednesday. I have no photos but he was big and juicy and they named him Luca.
#7 will debut in June.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Wake Me Up.

I passed the picture on Facebook and something made me scroll back up to it. I downloaded the book on Kindle thanks to the information on the left and I'm going to bed early tonight so I can read.

Church leaders always say the Afterlife is closer than we think and that only the eyes of the faithful are able to tap into that Spirit World.

I want just one glimpse.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Virtual Hallelujah Chorus

I remember analyzing the score of the the Hallelujah Chorus as a 15 year old at High School. I listened to it on repeat for months (on a Walkman!) and learned to love a song, especially the trumpet at bar 57, I use to think hideous. I saw posts on my news feed a few weeks regarding acquaintances participating in the chorus.
The result is amazing.

Tracey Tuimaseve, in the other Stake here, at 2:44.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Winters coming.

Today we made some turmeric, lemon and honey lozenges for winter. If people don't steal them from our cupboard when they visit, we should have enough to last us being sick a few times during winter.
Edge loves the kitchen. Measuring, pouring, mixing and I'm standing there like a hawk trying to balance a camera and make sure she doesn't spill anything onto the floor.

1 c sugar
1 c raw honey
4 Tbsp water
1-2 tsp turmeric
Zest from 1 lemon

Combine and mix sugar, honey & water.
Boil to 200°F.
Add turmeric and zest.
Boil to 300°F.
Follow instructions below.

Used the raw honey from Aunty Bubby.

Boil to hard crack stage - 300°F. Very similar to peanut brittle.

Add the zest of a lemon.

Let sit for 3 minutes, something that is not done when making peanut brittle.

Let it cool down for 10 minutes.

It smelled awesome.

Cut while the mix is still pliable then let it sit for an hour to set.

Taste test. I'm surprised she liked it. The turmeric in it is pretty potent.

I added crushed Splenda to avoid them sticking together.

I'm not sure if Baby #6 for the family is here yet, but he was on his way all day yesterday.

Dinner tonight.

It's a crock pot kind of day. Looking at the forecast for the next ten days, it looks like summer may have left us completely. The hottest day is around the mid 20s. Today is 14 and it's raining. Good times.

I saw this recipe on the Tasty Meals page and I saved it weeks ago so that I could make it. The time has come and I woke up this morning and got everything ready for the chickens long stew in the crock pot.

For those who don't want to look up the recipe:

Chicken Thighs (I used ten)
1 c soy sauce
1 c honey
2 Tbsp crushed garlic
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp pepper
5 potatoes quartered
Baby Carrots.

Not pictured:
Add green beans in the last hour
Optional: Broil/Grill the chicken for 3 minutes in the oven before serving.

Hub's helped cut the potatoes and almost took off a finger. Also helped peel the carrots and almost skinned herself. Her last job was turning the dial to low cook. She did that like a boss. She's been running to and from the crock pot for the last ten minutes to see if it's cooked yet.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Science & Art

Kmart has a science aisle in their toy section that is awesome for the home schooling type and products are available at a reasonable cost. Last week I picked up the volcano eruption experiment and a paint your own mug kit. Hub's enjoyed her 2 hours of science and art this morning.

Selfie portrait: blue person with two pony tails. Can also be mistaken for el diablo.

Lately we've been starting and ending our day with the Children's Book of Mormon stories. Tonight she was pretty interested in Lehi's vision re: The Iron Rod. She loves church and I love that she does. I know when I was little, I remembering telling my Aunties that I wanted to stay home, but when I think back on the reasons why .. it was because we always moved between a Branch my grandfather was president of 12kms away and our actual ward here in the area.  So I blame my lack of primary participation during those formative years due to that fact.

I got Avi last night during her witching  hour and decided I wasn't going to be her friend today. Forgave her, but wasn't in the mood for it today. It's OK because her Dad is home on his R&R and she belongs to him until he leaves in a few days.

Also .. was opened to the wide world of Periscope yesterday and I love it.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Longest birtday EVER.

Aunty loves Avi and Avi loves Aunty.

As you know, Rome was 8 on Wednesday and we had a celebration on Wednesday. And Thursday. And Friday. And Saturday. It was possibly the closest thing to hell on earth, but we made it through her baptism (and final celebration) in one peace.

The Livians.
Thank you Nessa for that face and Mitchy, your 11 year old son is taller than your 37 year old self.

With my Little Shultz in there too.

Le Baptism.
So pretty Rome!

She had the giggles.

I would have held her under a few seconds longer as a bonus.

Aunty Tashi made the awesome cake.

I did not get to taste any. I was over it and came home.

This hectic week is a reminder that you should appreciate that birthdays are only once a year.

Finally .. this happened over the weekend. Jazminn's work was started and I must thank the YW from the Rototuna Ward in Hamilton who were assigned her name. We discovered later that her Dad was a good friend from my college days. I had been holding on to her name waiting for our ward to go through, but time was pressing and dates weren't confirmed for our youth. It needed to be done, so I asked Ezra who got it done.

Should be completed in the next few weeks.

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...