Saturday, April 29, 2017

Never again.

The youth in our ward hosted a bi-stake dance last night. Maybe 100 attended. Overall, it was a huge success, but the youth, only way to say it nicely, suck.


I would have taken lots of photos of the night if I weren't so angry at the fact that it took 2 hours for someone the get up and dance. I thought for a while that it was the music. The bishop even suggested it was the music, but I don't think so. Youth these days have a complex where they're all popular online, but offline, they're all, what we liked to call in our high school days, social rejects.

Too cool = Nigel no mates.

90% of the youth know each other. They attend church together. They attend school together. They stalk each other on Facebook. They're each others friends on social media, but in real life they were all strangers. Social awkwardness was obvious when kids pulled out their phones to walk by a group of other kids who were also on their phones. Youth held up the walls of the chapel when I had the priesthood take away the chairs that lined the edges of the gym.

It got better over the night, dance wise, but that was because some idiot genius put on I Wanna Sex You Up by Color Me Badd.

With 25 minutes to the 11pm hour, I turned the house lights 15 minutes earlier and had my brother start sweeping the dance floor.

I would happily be reassigned to my position in the primary for another 18 years over attending a dance with these youth again.

The Gospel is true Internets .. but the youth today are phone addicted imbeciles.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bye for 30.

Back to WA for another round of work.

FHE last night was a good reminder of how much I do like my family.
Can't live with them.
Can't live without them.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Morning prayers the other day and there was one irreverent.

Avi is never irreverent. Never.

Pineapple & Feijoa coladas last night.

She said she'd give me 10 points if I was on My Kitchen Rules.

Tyler-Jay was blessed today.
The priesthood at work ...

.. and then you look again and see it.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Working bee with Nan at Ma's house this morning. Jeston was itching to light the big fire and when he got a half yes from Nan, it was lit and blazing before she could change her mind 5 seconds later.

The boy obviously got a good dose of the European blood in us all with those eyes.
6 weeks today. Get's his first set of Imms tomorrow.

Today was a good day.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

More Easter

Every Easter since I could remember, one TV station use to play the 1973 version of Jesus Christ Superstar. I was never ever allowed to watch it, but there were Easters where I was able to sneak 20 minutes of it and by the time I was at High School, I'd seen most of it over 6 years.

Loved it - musically.
Religiously, I know it's pure blasphemy.

It came up in music class as a musical to analyze when I was sitting School Cert - 5th form. I was ecstatic and came home from school and told my Aunties I needed the soundtrack. They said no and then rang the school and complained. If it weren't for the fact that my music teacher at the time was also a Pastor of a local Christian church, they were ready to pull me from the class. I came home and asked for the soundtrack again. I begged for a whole month before they caved and one day and there it sat on the dining room table waiting for me.

I listened to it all night, stopping to change from Side A to Side B several times. I took it to school the next day to show my classmates that I too had the soundtrack. I lost it that day at school. I retraced my steps during the day and even missed the bus home trying to look for it. I couldn't figure out how I'd lost it when I'd kept it to safe and close. I never ever found it. I'd owned it for less than 24 hours.

I was married when I told my Aunties that story and when I told Larry the story he told me I'd lost it because I wasn't supposed to have it.


So this Easter, I spent some time YouTubing it because I still love it - musically.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easters ...

Easter has been a bit weird this year.

I sent Hubs to Auckland with my parents on Friday. I missed her by 9am. Every bad thing that could have happened to her happened. I forgot to pack her allergy medicine and she got allergies up there. I forgot to warn them about what she eats, and she had an issue in the bathroom that had her crying on the phone to me. I watched The Walking Dead that night and was still a lil bit upset about how upset Hubs was, that I shed a few tears when Carol and Daryl found each other again in episode ten.

Then there was the trip to Danniverk.
Then drama with a delusional Chinese Coconut.

Hub's will be back tomorrow.
Pictures from the week.

TJ in Hub's doll stroller pushed by Aunty Avi.


We're hoping his blue eyes are from the milk-man.

Nanny Mitch.

The Bishop postponed the Youth Dance on Thursday night because of a cyclone. It was a good call by the time 8pm came around and the cyclone hit, because we were out of power until Friday afternoon and can you imagine the chaos of a bi-stake youth in the dark? There would have been a lot of repenting to do after that night had it gone ahead.

Working on the decorations the day before was stressful. We showed our appreciation by filling up the Bishops office with the decorations. The Bishop also has a bloon phobia, so - good times. To see that video, scroll back to the top and take a look on my Instagram grid to the right ------>

.. and just because this is always funny.

Monday, April 10, 2017

All the babies.

The naughty boy.

Avi figured out how to cuddle and be nice.
It lasted 2 seconds.


For 4 weeks, we've coddled him. We are now reaping the benefits of coddling a newborn baby, however, I take issue with the idea that you have to leave them in their crib to 'cry'. They just spent 9 months inside a safe haven and now you want us to leave him and let him cry.
No bueno.
I'd rather a naughty baby than a sad baby .. and he's sad in this picture because he's wondering where all the coddling at?!

The easter bunny visited her.

I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and sending the little fish to Auckland to my sister, with my parents, for the easter weekend. She is eager to go to see the StrongArms and spend a chocolatey weekend with them.
While she's gone, me and Avi I will sleep.

Term 1 of school is over this week.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I sing the body electric.

Easily one of my favorite songs, from the instrumentation to the lyrics.

Not sure how the composer got inspiration from Walt Whitmans poem of the same name, but apparently he did. It was an awkward poem to develop a thesis for a critical analysis on because it was all about the sensuality of the human body and I was a teenager at a Mormon school where thinking about anything beyond your clothes made Heavenly Father sad.
Poetry = art.
Viva Bohemia.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Moment continued ..

Still having a moment, but it doesn't stop me from blogging!

We're getting the remnants of that cyclone that hit Australia last week.
It's been raining all day.
What did we do on a wet day?

Tummy time for The Boy.

It's supposed to rain more in the next day or two than what's normal for the entire month of April.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Having a moment.

I go through these funks where I experience a stupid person during the week and decide that everyone in the community is a stupid person too. Usually this leads me to removing everyone from my friends list on social media, muting or deleting conversations, making accounts private and forgetting about it for a while. Eventually I get over myself and things go back to normal again and I take heed to the mantra to "Love one another".

For some reason, my body makes itself sick every time something like this happens. So I currently have the flu. The flu wasn't the reason for not being at church today, the stupid people were. I've also taken personally someone elses run in with stupid people during the week.

Just lately .. there's been some wacko stuff going on in the ward and community and I feel safer removing myself from them all for a few weeks. I'm very appreciative that it's general conference for us next weekend and I don't have to see them all til Easter .. even then, it would save my sanity to drive to Masterton to Indy's blessing that Sunday just for the extra week of bliss.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

These babies.

Avi is not really interested in the new babies. I don't know that she thinks they're any different from her new puppy at home. She may very well like the puppy better. Ayla is missing from the group shot, I'm sure if she were in the picture she'd be crying.

Tyler with his great-great grandmother.
This is my Mum's Mum.
My brother says dragons live forever.

Sisters brood in Tāmaki Makaurau.

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...