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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:


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


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


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. 


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.

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! 


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


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:


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

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.


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:


And Miss L rocked her look:


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


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


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). 


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


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:


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.

9:37 PM Thu-9-Oct-2014 - 2 comments - [ post comment ]
As we drove over the hill into Raglan I felt that old familiar feeling, I always get.  A feeling of peace that only seems to come to me when I arrive in Raglan for some reason.  It really has to be the most magical, serene places.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous, blue skies for miles and so much warmth in the Spring day. 

We got down to the water around 4pm, and the girls had a roaring good time bucketing water from the shallow up to the beach and all over themselves:


The water however was freezing.  In and out they ran.  My eldest in a water suit at least, but the toddler in a rash suit.  I said to them, let's go back now...time to get out of the water.  There she was shivering and shaking like mad, and refusing - stubborn as a mule!!  Eventually we got her back to the unit and into a warm shower!


Once we were settled, we also went and explored the playground on site at the camp grounds.  I love Kopua Motor Camp.  They are so friendly there and they have great facilities, plus they are right there on the beach (at least the bit we like to go to).  Check out this awesome jumping pillow pad they have - the girls had a great time on it:



9:04 PM Wed-8-Oct-2014 - 2 comments - [ post comment ]
On the way to the beach last week, as a way to break up the trip I stopped at the Bridal Veil Falls track for lunch.  It's a wee way off the beaten track and my eldest was feeling pretty car sick by the time we got there.  But we had a lot of fun once we got there and had some food.  The track starts in bush canopy and was quite refreshingly brisk.  I love the cool of the forest!


We came out, into the sunshine and that's when the spring sun warmed us nicely.  We headed to the first look out, which is all on the same level. Last time I went, we had A in a stroller and that's as far as we got.  This time we decided we would do a bit more of the walkway.  There are a LOT of stairs:


But the track and boardwalks are all really well constructed.  Everything felt really sturdy and A was able to hold onto the railing the whole way down the stairs.  She had one or two falls but what surprised me was her complete determination to complete the walk all by herself.  So when she fell down, I would scoop her up for a cuddle and offer to carry her, but no way mum!  She had to do the lot herself including coming back up.  L was always miles ahead.


The view was amazing from every look out point we came to.  We didn't go all the way to the bottom because L decided not to, though I am convinced that A would have!  L loved all the rainbows in the water fall and I even managed to capture one here:


And of course, what is a walk without a snack break.  Here is a very suspicious A looking at me as they both munch down some vegan chocolate cupcakes.  L declared them to be excellent - no icing which she has decided is better.  So more of a chocolate muffin:


6:39 AM Fri-26-Sep-2014 - 1 comments - [ post comment ]
I am so tired. I can not wait for this weekend for hopefully some decent sleep.  Fingers firmly crossed of course!  This morning I was so tired in fact, that I made a very silly mistake.  I was about to brush my teeth, but I noticed that i needed to move some of the paste in the tube up.

Without too much thought at all, I pinched the bottom of the tube between my thumb and index finger and pushed them along all the way to the top.  In a dream, I watched almost every last bit of toothpaste in my almost new Sensadyne tube fly through the air and land on the other side of the bench.  It was almost graceful. the way it flew, but then kinda started to sink down the side of the basin like super bright blue slime.

I just stared at it for a while and the tube and thought "man, that was stupid".  Then I wiped it up and got on with my day.  My husband came downstairs just now, headed for the bathroom and then comes out looking awfully confused.  "Umm, did you use the toilet last?" Yup I say.  "Are you okay?"  Yup I say.  Then I realise that I didn't he is wondering why bright (like NEON) blue is coming out of me alt Yup, it's been a LONG week. 

6:41 PM Sun-24-Aug-2014 - 4 comments - [ post comment ]
between dieting (err healthy lifestyling), study and work, I haven't really left the house much over the last few months.

I've been not only suffering serious cabin fever, as I really only seem to see the house, the school and the supermarket, but I've been suffering serious mummy guilt. My poor kids have been largely left to their own devices while I get on top of study and assignments the last few months. And it saddens me that there is no end in sight, as the study and work must continue.

So tonight, I decided to change things up a little. I needed to get out of the house, but also spend some time with the kids, as well as get in a little exercise. So, with a treat dinner of pizza in hand, we drove out to Huia. It was great having a picnic pizza dinner, and get to spend to quality time with my kids, where the TV couldn't deter anyone from talking. After a bit of a walk, and a play in the park, and game of tag began. 

Its these moments, when chasing the kids around, I realise how unfit I actually am. But I pressed on, because, lets face it, no pain no gain right. I even managed to catch them a few times.

We definitely need to do it again. The kids had a blast tonight, and are already planning the next picnic dinner. So long as the weather plays along, Sunday night family picnics could be a new tradition.

10:14 PM Fri-25-Jul-2014 - 5 comments - [ post comment ]
Keeping kids entertained over the winter can be rather hard at times. I'm finding that the little boys are finding it especially hard, and they want to run around and burn off steam. My little girls are quite happy to craft all day, however the boys take a little more entertaining.

I have however found an activity that keeps them busy for hours. It was set up for the little boys, however the girls love it too.

I have a container, which has small wood chips in it. I have a few small diggers and trucks, along with a range of small plastic bugs, dinosaurs and animals. The boys spend hours using the diggers moving the wood chips around, burying the animals and finding 'treasure'. It like having a little mini sandpit inside.

I brought everything from either The Warehouse or K Mart, and it cost around $12 to set up. Well worth the hours of entertainment the boys have had from this!

So if your at a loss as to what to do with your wee guy on a rainy day, or you a studying mum and need some peace and quiet, give this a go!


10:00 PM Fri-25-Jul-2014 - 4 comments - [ post comment ]
Over summer the kids and I had some fun with Ice. Fizzy Ice to be exact.

Fizzy Ice....

you will need:


white vinegar

baking soda

food colouring


Step one:

This step is a good one for a rainy day. mix together some vinegar and food colouring, and fill balloons with as much as you would like, tie the balloons, and place in the freezer. This ice much easier and faster just using ice cube trays or containers. We decided balloons were the go this time. Make lots of different colours to add to the fun :)

Step two:

Once frozen the fun can begin! Cut the balloons off and discard. Place the ice cubes/balls onto a tray.


Step three:

Get the kids to sprinkle baking soda over the ice and watch the show! Add more if needed. This is a fantastic science experiment for small kids.


I highly recommend dark clothing for this experiment, due to the food colouring. Also, make enough to do this experiment several times, and just keep a stash in the freezer. It does take a while for them to freeze, and littlies aren't too good at waiting, so its great to have some ready to go at the last minute.

Have fun!

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