01 May 2016


Lately around these parts we've been laying low as hubby recuperates after having his knee surgery. It's taken a full week for him to start to feel normal again, and in that time I've realised that the nursing profession is definitely not my calling!  I am so thankful for our nurses and doctors and free medical care here in New Zealand.  It's so easy to grizzle and complain at times when it comes to the health sector (or education etc), but compared to many parts of the world, we are truly blessed here in New Zealand.  Yes, there are sometimes problems and things that need addressing and solving, but we are so blessed and need to keep reminding ourselves of that simple fact!  😊ut

Loving nearing the end of making this bright granny square blanket... just stitching in the loose ends and looking forward to posting some finished pics soon!

Love our precious extended family.  These blondies are so cute!

Love Boo... she's been unwell lately and is getting on in years.  This is her favourite place to nap at the moment.,,

Constantly breathless at the beautiful sunsets, sunrises and moody, cloudy skies I've seen lately. God is amazing...

Click on the photo to view a larger version of this one below...

The school holidays are over and the kids are all back to school tomorrow.  It's been a good break!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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23 April 2016

Boy's Bedroom Reno

We've finally finished the last of our children's bedroom renovations - that's 5 rooms down (4 bedrooms and 1 laundry) and approximately 9-10 more indoor spaces to go.  Eeeeek!

Symon is currently recovering from knee reconstruction surgery he had yesterday - it's been a long awaited operation, and knowing a week ago that he had 1 week til the operation then a rest period of 2-4 weeks afterwards, we did a crazy thing...  we decided to do a full room renovation and fix up another room, all in 1 week, while still working normal hours as well.  The Block, Drake edition.

We were a little bit crazy, but pretty much did both rooms in under 1 week and it felt full-on but so good to get them done!  Sadly, this bedroom (one of our first room renos in this new house) had some major cracking on all walls after the repiling had been completed, so need plastering, sanding, gapping and repainting of the walls, ceiling and trims.

I discovered that I would not do well on one of those renovations shows, especially when cooking meals, doing washing and looking after kids in the middle of it all.

Anyway, we also tackled our son's bedroom.  I was so sad when I realised afterwards that I had never taken any proper 'before' photos of his room!!   Somehow when we moved in,  I took before photos of every room in the house except this one!

So we only have one photo (that was the one they displayed when the house was for sale), and a few others I took mid renovations.

Photo from previous owners advertising...

Some of our mid-renovation photos...

And the after photos...

You can't see it in the photos (cause I didn't take any!), but this large room had pin holes all over the walls, was a strange white colour (with old blue paint showing through the white) and had a giant hole in the ceiling that was badly patched up (apparently a grandchild of the previous owners had been running around in the attic and put their foot through the roof).  The doors were covered in old stickers and peeling paint, the original sash window was broken, door handles broken and the ceiling old and yellowed, with old torn curtains.

We repaired everything (including the sash window and hole in the ceiling) and gave it a fresh light feel with new paint and curtains.

It's always a bit tricky when renovating a room for your teen, as mum's ideas and thoughts are definitely tamed down... so colours were kept to black and grey and there was absolutely no hope of a rug ever being allowed in this room (no matter how hard I tried).

The room looks fresh, tidy and so good!

Love the shelving...

Boo wanted to do a bit of modelling in this photo, so here she is striking a pose for you all...

Moving from a double bed to a single and taking out an unused desk has give so much more space. Shelving gives a great place to store our son's many books, and fixing the TV for his Xbox to the wall has kept his drawers free of clutter.

Room Details:

Walls = Dulux Half Haast with Okarito ceiling and trims.
Accessories = Posters & poster frames from Kmart, shelving & TV wall bracket from Bunnings, bean bag & chair from Kmart, curtains from The Warehouse.

Next room on our renovation list is a major... converting our kitchen, dining and 3rd lounge into an open plan kitchen with dining/cafe areas.  So excited - and won't be starting this till hubby's leg is all go. 

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11 April 2016

Anniversary Celebrations

We have recently arrived back from an awesome few days away celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary (thank you to my Dad & Mum for having our 4 kids while we were away!).  We didn't go too far from home to celebrate, but had the most awesome time relaxing and going on adventures together!

My Aunty & Uncle have a beautiful beach house that they let us stay in (thanks so much guys!!), so we got to wake up to this awesome view each morning...

We so needed some time to relax alone, de-stress and unwind.  Perfect few days just for that.

On one of our days adventuring we explored a beautiful local beach called Ocean Beach...

We spotted a trail and decided to walk up it for the view.  We then spotted a lighthouse quite a way up, and despite Symon having a stuff knee (he is booked in for knee surgery in less than 2 weeks time), and me wearing jandals, we decided to hike to the top.

We made it a few gorse scratches and 1 broken jandal later.  What an amazing view!  Seriously so blown away by the beauty of my homeland New Zealand!

On the day of our anniversary we went out for a delicious lunch together...

Such a fabulous time away.  So thankful for the past 20 years, and we both agreed we would do it all over again.  I am so thankful to God for this guy!

p.s. Spot the dog

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