And with the blink of an eye, we now have 2 teenagers in our family! I remember the day this little 8lb 11oz guy was born - and just like that he's now nearly as tall as me, has bigger feet than his Dad, and can proudly pronounce Pi to the 11th decimal space.
We celebrated today with both sets of Grandparents and a Destiny cake (10 points if you knew what the symbol on the cake represented :)
As usual, the amazing Cake Carrier was ever present to do his important duties...
We love you so much - our gentle, clever and quirky guy.
The school lunch boxes are already getting a bit low, and while browsing one of my recipe books (A Good Baking Day - 500 recipes from the kitchens of Rural Women New Zealand) the Weet-Bix Biscuits recipe caught my eye.
These biscuits are quick and easy to make, and taste yum! I've had to limit the kids from eating them so that there are some left for the school lunches!
I would totally recommend checking out this book A Good Baking Day for this recipe and many other delicious Kiwi baking treats! Thank you so much to Cat for this fabulous book!!
We've just come from a short family holiday - a much needed time away together.
My lovely Aunty and Uncle let us stay at their beach house, such an awesome spot where you can get away from civilization... but not too far away.
I was once again blown away by the beauty of New Zealand beaches, and by how awesome God is...
The kids loved exploring the beaches, swimming in the freezing water, having a go at fishing, and spending heaps of family time relaxing, playing board games/cards, laughing, crochet and reading. The 3 boys even found and completed a kitten puzzle! Hehe.
Just having this short break has reinforced that we need to make the effort to do this regularly - to make sure we connect as a family, and create great memories for our kids.
Looking back at our photos from the same location 2 years ago, and 3 years ago, it's hard to believe how much the kids have grown!!
So here's to carving out time for those you love, instead of letting the busyness of life take priority.
Here's to amazing generous family who let you stay in their homes.
Here's to New Zealand - such a beautiful place to live!
Here's to my precious husband and kids - I love you guys heaps.