09 September 2014

Big Weekend Away (Number 2!!)

It's that time in our family life again where another child was due for his Big Weekend Away!  You may remember my blog post here in 2010 when Symon took our older boy away for his big weekend.

These weekends away are so precious and important to us as a family - a time for our kids to go away with their mum or dad and have some good quality one on one time to talk about adulthood (you know, growing up, the birds and the bees etc).

Thankfully Parents Inc. have made the job easy for us by producing an awesome CD series that you can just pop on in the long car ride away, and pause to discuss anything during the CD.  A fabulous resource for families.

Our youngest boy loves everything science and computer related and also loves adventures, so Symon and him had a great time exploring Auckland war tunnels, catching a movie together, checking out an arcade gaming parlour and getting to see the Mythbusters Live show amongst other things.  

Somehow Symon managed to get VIP seats for no extra cost at the Mythbusters show, and then the most awesome thing happened... our boy got to actually go on stage with the Mythbusters and take part in an experiment involving a high speed camera.  How cool is that!?!?

Growing up into an adult can be rather daunting for kids (and us adults!) and so we both feel it is so important to be involved in guiding your child through this process as best as possible.  Rather than ignoring or redirecting the growing up questions to other people, peers or school, us parents need to take the bull by the horns and get involved.  Mixing it up with some quality bonding time and fun makes it so worth it, and really memorable.

Symon is a pro at this by now, and I'm a bit nervous now that it's my turn to do it for our 2 girls!  I am looking forward to planning some fun girly adventures and pampering though.

Here's to raising fabulous adults!!

Here are some great resources to assist in your Big Weekend Away:

The Big Weekend with Parents Inc. 

Feel free to email me if you have any questions or would like more information!  

p.s. A massive thank you to Shelley (Symon's big sis) for being an amazing hostess!

07 September 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Sending my love out there today to all the Fathers, especially the 3 guys in my life that are all amazing Dads (my Dad, my Dad in-law and the dad to my kids, Symon).

There are a lot of absent Dad's around these days, so I am ever so thankful for these 3 men who have stuck by their wives, and stood with their families to create secure loving homes - something that is so rare, and even more valuable!

Even if my guy is sometimes absent in mind, at least he is present in body...

Happy Father's Day!!

26 August 2014


The sick bugs have hit our household this past week - so what better time than now to gather together some of the awesomeness from over the last few weeks and be thankful.  It's amazing how much just choosing to think on the good stuff can fade away the current blues...

So thankful for: Family and friends, Sunshine, Laughter, Food, Animals, New babies, Caring Hearted People, Silly People and photos to remember them all by!

Oh, and music... so thankful for that!!

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