14 July 2015

Road trip...

We've just returned from an awesome week away.  For the last 3 years Symon and I have looked forward to attending "Gathering of the Generals" in Auckland.  It's a gathering especially for pastors with awesome sessions hearing stories from other pastors, lots of time spend together for questions and mentoring and an opportunity to make new friends, share your stories and have some much needed rest and relaxation.

My awesome parents looked after 3 of our children (as well as our dog) and our eldest son went to film camp, so it was just Symon and I for a week!

As well as attending the gathering, I made sure we had time in between sessions to check out some of Auckland's great cafes and stores that I had heard about.

Here are a few of the things we got up to (please excuse the poor quality of some of my pics as they were taken on my phone)!

We made sure we checked out "Junk & Disorderly" as soon as we arrived in Auckland.  This place is amazing from it's old treasures to it's new items - even the pink toilet!



We had the pleasure of having dinner with Symon's big sister and family.  We got to hang with our great nephew and meet our great niece for the first time as well!




During our time at The Gathering of the Generals we got to hear from and hang with amazing people and made some really good friends...





We visited some awesome cafes like Little Sister Cafe...










And "Dear Jervois"...








I also made sure we popped into Smoove to check out some of their awesome recycled vintage dresses.  Thankfully they have little toys and things just next to the changing rooms to keep children husbands happy while you try on dresses.  Symon was quite taken with their original Jaws Viewmaster set.





I had to take a photo of this amazing yarn bombing in Devonport...




We had the best time away and some much needed alone time together.

On the way home we picked up our eldest who had just completed a 5 day Film bootcamp with EDENZ.  We got to sit and watch everyone's creations (animation, gaming, film etc).  He loved it and made some great new friends.




And then it was home to these sweet cherubs.  Love our family!



16 June 2015

Loving...

We've had sick kids and adults here at our place - so it seems like the perfect time to do a post about a few of the things I'm thankful for at the moment (in other words, let's look at some pretty pictures to help get my mind off cleaning up after crook children!).

Here are a few things I'm loving:

Loving this cute owl cushion I found online...



Loving this delicious macaroon - pineapple and toasted coconut!




Loving school dress-ups...



Loving these wooden earrings by "Natty"...



Loved celebrating my Mum's birthday last week - we (my Mum, Nana and Aunty) had Thai for lunch and this soup (Tom Kar) was sooooo pretty and delicious!



Love road trips with these guys...



Love spontaneous lunches with friends (scallops!!!)...



Love New Zealand - Aotearoa...



Last but not least, I love crochet!  I've been slowly making these diamonds to make into a blanket...



There - thankfulness definitely helps!  Hope you are all keeping warm and well.



03 June 2015

Happy 16th!



Happy birthday to our eldest today - 16 years old!  We are super proud of this guy - growing into an awesome young man.

We didn't have a special party or anything today, but he did have a few mates over for the long weekend (imagine guys and mattresses everywhere - so thankful for a big house!).  An awesome bunch of friends... so awesome they even helped him cut his cake.



Happy birthday Jasher!!!  We love you heaps.





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