Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Merry late Christmas

Christmas 2020 was pretty mellow. So mellow I didn't take any photos of the occasion that are worth posting. It was small and right to the point and then everyone went their separate ways for the rest of the afternoon to slumber off the good food, which we got rid of so we weren't eating left overs til new years.

My Christmas present to myself was an iPhone 12 Pro Max and the perfume Glam Jasmine by Michael Kors. Hub's got a scooter and AirPods. The iPhone 12 has officially outshone any actual cameras I have.

It's obvious been less active on the blog. Blame 2020. It's been a year of unknowns and there have been more global downs than there have been ups. I don't want to shut the blog down completely, because I know there are a few who appreciate it, but I am in the process of going off public and figuring out the best way to make it private without it being too much of a hassle for you Internets.

Not looking forward to returning to work. The atmosphere at work continues to be toxic and the one thing that needs to change is the one thing the powers-that-be turn a blind eye to. If I didn't have debt, I'd be happy working a 20 hour per week job. This brings me to my to-do list for 2021. The top of that list and the highest priority is to eliminate debt - non essential debt. I am excited about doing that.

Hubs will begin Year 6 this year at school. She's curious, opinionated and becoming quite the independent and self-sufficient 10 year old.

Contemplating study again, but it's a hassle with a full time job. I have a few more weeks to decide. 

Sunday, December 20, 2020

An unload

Tinks and Aunty Larelly.https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=17xLKZWW9hq5xh1O9VRTwP7BYDLUoT8oa
Fell over his bike and hit his head! Still in good spirits.https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1t8lcTqm3vo8qazY2TI3hPtkDMGw6CrHjhttps://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=16rmpOXXkbQj0kceGDuDPZcshtscxsNtN
Revelle. Grumpy Smurf.
Plums from the backyard.https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1dp0b6Vkikeec5Qs-7osVdoKNHnognsBvhttps://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1nxxoQwt50aBTkQpFJJVq6CqI9yjIkjHAhttps://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1V3o525RthnR7thQ2oPQf3fZ91wjoZaR0
Aunty Avi.
Papa O.
Nanny Mitchy!
These two.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Baby Revelle

We are in love all over again over our new baby.
Revelle Kaye Marva Craig Baxter-Love ...
... and she’s all ours!

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Baby R and Tinks

Shailys rainbow baby arrived today. 
A rough start, but things are looking up. 
Nau mai ki te whanau Baby R!
Tinky is having a sleep over tonight so her parents can have themselves a drunken luau 😂
Work for 2020 is over. 

Monday, December 7, 2020


  1. a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.

    Two things to tick off my bucket list.
    Glamping and Huka Prawn Park. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Happy December

November was a busy month. School starts to shut down in November and exam season starts. Our boys have been leaving since the beginning of the month and we’re down to the last 17 juniors. They’re all on camp this week out of town so we have a few days where we aren’t required at work. Like today, the perfect day for a blog catch up.

We only just got through Thanksgiving week. It was also Tylers one year wedding anniversary and they went away for a long weekend so my house was plus 3 kids. On a Monday I thought it was a great idea to have Thanksgiving with 4 kids, by Friday I wasn’t thankful for much and barely made the turkey edible.
In between the baby getting sick and three kids with three different personalities, I didn’t forget about it being Larry’s 8 years, but didn’t quite have the time to sit down and reminiscence with Hubs like we usually would. On the flip side, distraction has always enabled me to bypass the sadness of missing him actually being here each time that day rolls around. 

Covid-19 is still NZ, but not enough for lockdown.

The baby girl hit 5 months yesterday and has just started sitting up on her own. The four days I had her, while her parents were living it up, reminded me of how committed you have to be with a baby. She’s nothing like the boy was - which left me with PTSD when I think about it 😂), but still dependant. Don’t know how mothers with more than one do it. 
Surprising Hubs this week with a night out of town. Her thanksgiving weekend was ruined because of kids and she got a little overwhelmed over it and deserves a night away. 

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...