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kymmage
11:55 PM Sun-25-Oct-2015 - 2 comments - [ post comment ]
We went out to dinner tonight.  This is a rare thing for us.  Especially as we tried somewhere new.  With a 3 year old who can't sit still, and an 8 year old who has to have her meals exactly the way she imagines them, or.....it can be a bit of a nightmare.  But because it was for my birthday, it happened.



We sat down and Miss 8 immediately started talking our friends ears' off about her latest computer game.  Thankfully, he also plays so it was a 2 way conversation.  Miss 3 tried to butt in a few times which caused some serious frustration for Miss 8 too.  We got through the ordering of the meal and our waiter was awesome.  He took lots of notes around L's meal to make sure it came out right, and she liked it.  Plus at one point he took it back to the kitchen because they had added something that she didnt like.



Miss 3 was so taken with him that she told us all when he left our table the second time that she loved him.  I said to her, everyone can do with a friend who cares.  Next as he was delivering my meal to me, she said "hey, hey" in her easy way, pulled on his shirt, looked him in the eyes and said "hey, I love you".  It was one of those meaningful looks she gave him too.  She does it to me all the time, it's almost like her "hey, you have got this! you can do it. I believe in you.  I care about you" thing.



He was thrilled and told her that he really needed to hear that today - he had been working since 3am.  After he left the table we told her that it was a really nice thing to do.  Then she gave us all Big Hero 6 fist bumps.  hee hee.  I love how open 3 year olds are.  Sometimes she says things that you might not want her to say, like any preschooler....but then there are these moments too.

kymmage
9:41 PM Thu-17-Sep-2015 - 3 comments - [ post comment ]
When I was my eldest daughter's age, I use to make up Raro and then freeze it in plastic cups.  The next day, I would have a solid piece of fruity ice in the bottom of my cup and I would chip and chip away at the ice for about an hour, eating it all up.  It was great fun!  I suspect I had more patience those days!!



I had never mentioned this type of fun to my girls, so I was surprised to walk into the kitchen the other day to find them pouring juice into their plastic cups and then putting them in the freezer.  The next day, after school they sat down on the couch and indulged in something fun and new for them. 



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I had to laugh, the sound and the smell brought back all those summer days at home, chipping away at sweet watery ice. 

kymmage
7:10 AM Tue-15-Sep-2015 - 2 comments - [ post comment ]
We just signed up to get fibre to our door.  We can not wait as our internet has been a bit iffy lately and given how we use the interwebs these days, it's not really workable.  Now as part of this we knew we needed to get some signatures and we were kinda dreading it.  Our surrounding neighbours that we know are nice enough, but we all kinda keep to ourselves.  Then there are others we don't know at all.



Cue Sunday morning and there is an unexpected knock at the door.  Nervous lady says hi and I recognise that she is one of our neighbours i have briefly waved at.  She says "Hi, I am hoping to get fibre installed and I need a signature?" Poor lady, as I just about squeal "YES!" at her and then call my husband to the door.  He is confused at my excitement til he sees that he has forms to sign.  Then he joins me ha ha. She has already done most of the legwork and has only got one overseas landlord to get.  She was so happy to hear we own our place, because it made our signatures easy.  We were thankful that she had started the process for us. 



So we had a funny little moment all together daydreaming about fast internet before she went on her way.  After I closed the door, I did another excited squeal which brought the kids running.  My eldest was completely overjoyed with the news too.  Though the whole thing was lost on Miss 3. 

kymmage
9:50 PM Sun-30-Aug-2015 - 2 comments - [ post comment ]
I bought this hair dye a week or so back, but I hadn't had a chance to use it because of sickness and various other things. 



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When I saw it I expected it to come out quite a vibrant purple, while still being in a "natural range" so to speak.  i.e. it wasn't going to be rock star vibrant.  Anyways, I gave the kids fair warning yesterday that I was dying my hair.  I went into the bathroom and started the process.  My eldest announced to my youngest that I was dying.  That led to some concerns from Miss 3, obviously!  But she was ay once she checked on me.



Then my eldest blanked me for the whole 30 min process, right down to asking me how I got into their house without her mother knowing.  And then, "where's my mum?" She has been a bit annoyed ever since I bought the dye and told me that she was worried that once my hair changed I would forget I was her mummy. 



Once the dye was washed out though, she got over it pretty quickly and said that it was not as she imagined it would be.  I have to say I feel the same.  It is purple but it's almost quite dark.  It looks like I dyed my hair black with a sheen of purple to it instead.



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I guess I'll see how it looks in the sunlight in the next week or so.  I'm sure I will get some comments tomorrow at work.

kymmage
9:22 PM Tue-25-Aug-2015 - 3 comments - [ post comment ]
So over the last few weeks I have been talking to friends about re-embracing my surreal-ness.  I don't know why, but I have become this person who is mostly just frumpy and kind of getting old before my time.  When inside I am weird as weird.  I like me, but the outside isn't reflecting the inside.  And that for me is the problem to solve.



So first up we decided to change up my hair.  This is a picture of me before - kinda.  Look at my awesome hat!!



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And this is me just before the big chop.  I was so keen, I sat down and said "shave it off".  Luckily she didn't take me totally serious



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She opened up a book to show me pictures and told me what she wanted to do.  I was thankful that she went nice and short with it too.  The last haircut I got, the lady laughed at me when I said I wanted it really short. So I didn't get the cut I wanted.  This time, brilliant and it was only $23 - even better!



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Next up is the colour change.  I have permission now!  There is still a little concern from Miss 8 but I have promised to dye it a more acceptable colour once I have had my fun.

kymmage
10:17 PM Sat-7-Mar-2015 - 4 comments - [ post comment ]
The weather yesterday afternoon was frightful.  It was wet and stormy.  Not good weather for a chalk art festival.  So I was watching the metservice site with anticipation of a cancellation today.  I had FreeFM on Twitter and Facebook too but thankfully the weather played nice with us and it was on.



We got into the car and parked somewhere a little way away so that we would have an excuse to use the free bus around the city.  Miss A's face when she saw we were going on a bus was classic.  She was beside herself excited.  We got to the registration in good time, and were given some great places to set up. 



L set about making her outlines.  I had asked her to try and do hers by herself earlier in the morning as I wanted to try and focus on mine and A's - this turned out to be a bit of a mistake!



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I started outlining my main design of a traffic light ice block, while Miss A started on the background colours.  Using two tones of each of the colours I made this quote "kindness is cool".  Another one of those inspirations that have been playing on my mind a lot lately:



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Once the main part of the image was complete, I started helping with the background which was really just a lot of abstract lines, in lots of rainbow colours.  Miss A was very helpful with these:



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Miss L even helped me fill in some of the space too which was great.  We finished the piece in record time.



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L finished up hers quite quickly, but she wasn't very happy with it.  I encouraged her to fill in as much as possible but I think she got a bit tired:



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I asked her if she needed some help with hers once we were done, because then we were free to help her.  That's when things went a little south.  She had quite a big meltdown...followed by a little one, followed by a bigger one.  I managed to get both girls into the mall and we had some cold drinks.  Once she was cooler and more comfortable then I asked if she wanted to go back and try again but she was no longer interested.  She talked about bullying at school, people not thinking her art is any good.  I think her confidence has taken a bit of a knock, so that was a shame.



When we got back out to the event, she managed to win a magazine spot prize for racing the other kids to the stage, so that cheered her up.  And then later again, they asked someone to do a freestyle rap and she did it!  and earnt herself another voucher. 



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Prize giving was later on, and we thought we would stick around until the end.  The biggest surprise of the day was that our square with the iceblock won first place.  I couldn't believe it.  And then it was a crazy whirlwind of having microphones in front of me and questions to answer about the theme and meaning behind our image and how long it took to make.  Then I had a photographer and an interview with the local newspaper.  It was just surreal. Miss L was not too pleased about it all but I think she felt better when I pointed out that she had helped us. 



Next week I'm going into the radio station for an interview too. Yikes.  Afterwards I let the kids go and play in a fountain and then we walked back to our car and had ice cream to celebrate.  So it was a cool and successful day, but tiring and not all good.  One of the organisers came over to talk to me while the girls were in the fountain and we talked about community events and kids getting creative and the things that we both care about.  As she walked away she said "you're a good mum".  And I think I needed to hear that more than "you have won" today.  The win was pretty epic - but the bad of the day made me really need to hear "you're a good mum".

kymmage
9:57 PM Thu-6-Nov-2014 - 3 comments - [ post comment ]
Last night, I nudged my husband and said "are we going out tonight?"  After he picked up the hint, he said sure and we got the children to put their shoes on.  I grabbed the fireworks that we purchased last year and never used.  And he got the lighter.  Miss 7 was so confused at first as to why we were going out in the backyard at 8pm.  But suddenly she said "Is it GUY FAWKES?" and then she started to spring about all over the place without an answer "It is! It is GUY FAWKES!  Oh Audra, we are having FIREWORKS".



Miss 2 repeated FIREWORKS with her own squeal of delight, none the wiser to what was happening.  She has seen displays before, but she wouldn't remember anything about it.  So we got set up with some sparklers first.  Miss 7 had the first one:



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Miss 2 looked at the sparkler in awe and wonder.  She was so excited by the sight of it, that she skipped about.  Then we asked if she would like to try her first one.  This was a bit nerve wracking for us all.  But she was keen and she did quite well with her listening!  We only had to yell a bit the first time - she tried to shift the sparkler in her hand so that she was holding the powder part - alt



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Loved this photo, but I have no idea what that stupid white line is on my cardigan.  Grr.



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I think this photo says it all - she is confident, and having fun.  She didn't really shift it around or make patterns at all.  She just stood there staring into the sparks. 



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Another of Miss 7 helping her dad light even more sparklers!  After the sparklers we set off a whole bunch of fountain style fireworks.  We were lucky, and had hardly any banging ones, and no screaming ones.  I prefer gentle but pretty for our backyard.  I was holding Miss 2 for those ones, and she was screaming with laughter at every one.  She wanted to dance with her sister on the sidelines as well.  So it was a lot of excitement, and a bit of a late night here.  But they both went to bed with no protest which surprised me because they were almost manic by the end of the display.

kymmage
10:32 PM Sun-2-Nov-2014 - 1 comments - [ post comment ]
The last few weeks have been hectic at work.  Things aren't going to ease up any time soon and I know it.  So my weekends are precious to me.  They are my time with my kids.  Not that I don't see my kids in the week, but weekday nights are all rush, rush, rush!  Get home, get dinner into them, get them ready for bed, read a story, kisses goodnight and then packing lunches before the collapse into the couch.



So on the weekend, I like to get a sleep in (sometimes wishfully) and then to have some fun with my kids.  As anyone with older kids can probably relate to though, it's hard to get them to do something with you if it doesn't seem like their kind of fun.  This morning, after spending all day Saturday indoors...I wanted out.  I wanted some sunshine, real coffee and to feel like I went SOMEWHERE this weekend.    My eldest dug her heels in on the stairs about not going.  But then I think she saw the desperation in my eyes - if not my shrill voice saying "I have to get out of here!"



We went to our usual haunt - the McDonald's with the best playground in town.  I got my breakfast and my coffee.  And the kids got their precious whipped butter....oh and those hot cakes they pretend they like in order to get their butter.  But then, something else came in the Happy Meals this time around.  Silly Glasses!!  And while I kept calling the girls "Possums" (they had no idea what I was talking about), we had a hilarious time with quite an audience too! 



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I dont know why I kept my other glasses on.  But it did make it sillier still!



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L losing herself to laughter at the silliness of A. And then trying to fix the glasses so they sat on the bridge of her nose:



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Possibly the best value for money toy so far in the latest range, because when we got home those glasses went on every soft toy as well.  L's massive dog looks ridiculous with glasses on, but somehow really smart too.  Like, I think I might ask him to maths something. 



Anyway, I just really wanted to say - make time for silly.  Serious silly.  It's serious business being silly, and I seriously needed it back in my life

kymmage
9:09 PM Tue-28-Oct-2014 - 2 comments - [ post comment ]
It was my birthday last week (the big 36) and I planned a Whovian (Dr Who) party for my friends.  I wanted something family friendly, fun and with a twist.  So I planned a dress up, a treasure hunt around the local gardens followed by dinner at a nice restaurant.  First up the costumes - everyone did pretty well.  Most of the ladies came as companions to the Dr.  One partner came as a male companion, another as an alien and a couple we know came as spider people.  All the kids came as Daleks or mega-Who fans.  And my husband dressed as one of the Doctors.  I was not quite dressed as I hoped.  I ordered a skirt online months ago and it's still not here.  Luckily by some miracle I met someone who was a costumer at a kid's party and she made me this AWESOME coat.



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My girls have Etsy to thank for their cool clothes as well as Red Bubble for the Teeshirt design.  Miss A had Daleks all over her little dress:



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And Miss L rocked her look:



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The treasure hunt involved a few different challenges and things to find.  We got lots of fun photos to share with each other and there were lots of lollies to eat, which I know the kids liked.  Afterwards we did prizes as well, which were little Dr Who mini figures. 



At dinner I had a cocktail - first in a long while - this one had apple sourz in it as well as some blue stuff called Hypnotiq



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I got this Tardis cake tin from Mightyape as well, and while it was a bit of a mission to get the cake right - a bit of advice at my local cake shop and some purchases of pre-made icing and I managed this masterpiece LOLZ



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kymmage
10:33 PM Fri-10-Oct-2014 - 2 comments - [ post comment ]
The next day of our Raglan escape, it was a lot colder and the sky was very overcast.  So we rugged up a lot more when we headed down to the beach.  The tide was way out as well and after some serious slipping and sliding in the mud by the water's edge, we came back up the beach to where the sand was drier and tried our luck at sand castles and other antics.



L did do some excellent drawings of angry birds and slingshots, but they came out quite blurry on my camera.  So here is A revealing her first well formed sandcastle ever (she tried about 8 times that morning and every time the bucket's handle knocked it over before it got a chance to stand tall). 



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Here is L's hands and feet black with sand as she builds her own:



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and lastly a shot of my girls buried though they protested that I stopped burying them too soon and they needed more, more, more SAND:



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As we were digging about we did find some rubbish and glass.  I took care of the glass but my girls both turned rubbish collection into a bit of a game and they were both very tidy conservational Kiwis.  So proud.  Later at the dairy, Miss A found a lot of ice cream sticks that needed to go in the bin as well.

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