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31 January 2012

New Beginnings...



Today our youngest daughter started school... our baby.  She decided that she didn't need us to take her to her classroom... but she let us anyway.

Our oldest boy also started High School.  New beginnings and a lot of changes for us this year (I didn't bother offering to walk our oldest to his class ;).


This morning I decided I'd take the special "first day of school" photo.  Then I got reminiscing about all of the other 'first day of school" photos and found them all.

Super cute - I just had to share...





Change and new seasons are exciting, fun, scary and crazy all at the same time.

Trying to embrace it all the best we can... and so thankful to the amazing person who invented the camera as well.


xoxo

30 January 2012

Bring it On!

 
Eight weeks people... 

That's how long these precious children have been on their school holiday for.


Eight Weeks!

We've had a wonderful Summer holiday together... at times there has been fighting and bickering, but there have also been some great memories made and heaps of fun had together.


And also quite a bit of growing going on in a certain young man's life...


I have loved the holiday mode we've been in as a family, but I am super keen to get back into routine again.


Yes, I know I look slightly crazed... that's what eight weeks of holidays with 4 children does to you...


Just kidding!

Sort of.


Yes, bring on 2012 and all that it holds (including trying to buy matching pyjama sets for my children).

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27 January 2012

Things I'm Loving...


I wholeheartedly believe that no matter what is happening in your life, there is always something that you can be thankful for... no matter how simple it is.  

Wow, this week has gone by so fast!  Here are a few of the things I am loving at the moment...

Loving my bedside clock (and coaster)...


Loving Licorice Allsorts!  Probably some of my all time favourite lollies...


Loving waterslides set up in the backyard...



Loving this...


Totally loving my afternoon "winding down" tradition lately.  Ginger Beer + Gary Larson = Good times!


Loving my family (who are all back to school next week!)...


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26 January 2012

Makings...


Currently I'm making this "Ugly Granny Square Blanket".  I call it ugly because it's being made out of my random scraps of wool... but I secretly think it's rather cute (and Symon has recently started referring to it as his, so obviously he thinks it's pretty awesome too).

I'm not sure how much crafting, baking or blogging I will get around to this year... we'll just have to wait and see.   One thing I know for sure, if I can squeeze in a little bit of crochet here and there, I definitely will!!


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25 January 2012

Wordy Wednesday

Loving these Scriptures that I've spotted on Pinterest (click on each one to find original source)...





 Beautiful words, full of hope!



24 January 2012

Easy Peasy Creamy Dessert


As a young 18 year old bride, there weren't too many tasty treats that I could pull out of my repertoire to make for my poor new husband.  I think I spent way too many weekends surfing at the beach with my Dad, rather than baking in the kitchen with my Mum.

When I think back to some of my early cooking attempts, I almost cringe in horror (well, lets be honest, I do actually cringe in horror!).  I remember microwaving shop-bought pizzas for friends who visited.  They were floppy and cold by the time each one had had it's turn in the microwave. 

I also remember being asked to provide a rice salad for Christmas lunch on my hubby's side of the family.  My rice salad consisted of boiled white rice with a few peas, pepper and salt and corn pieces. Symon still reminds me (with fake fondness) to this day of my horrid attempt at a rice salad.

Thankfully, time heals wounds (as well as teaches you how to utilize cook books).

There is one recipe however, that I learned while at Manual (or technology as they call it these days) while at Intermediate School that is actually delicious! The cooking class teacher who shared this recipe with us was a genius!

This is one of those things that I whip up when I have nothing much in the cupboard, and is soooo easy to improvise with (but does contain raw egg whites, so not the best thing obviously for pregnant women or those with egg allergies).


Ingredients
2-3 egg whites
½ - ¾ cup sugar (castor sugar is best, but normal will be ok if that's all you have)
1 - 2 pottles of fruit yoghurt (if you don't have yoghurt, you can improvise with the syrup from tinned fruit)

Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form then slowly add sugar, beating until it is a glossy, thick consistency.

Fold in yoghurt until well mixed (if you don't have yoghurt, slowly add about half a cup of fruit syrup while mixing with the beater.  

Dish mixture into individual bowls/glasses, top with favourite fruit or chocolate chips, and chill until needed.

So there it is - go and make it right now, I dare you!


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23 January 2012

♥ Holiday Bliss ♥


Our holidays have come to an end, just as it feels like Summer has decided to arrive in New Zealand.

Boohoo.

We just couldn't let our holidays slip by without our annual pipi collecting trip...


Of course there was also some crab collecting, as well as a bit of starfish eating by Boo (the naughty dog ate 4 starfish in the end!  Ewww!!).



I love the beach and all the adventures the kids have while there.  So much to explore...



A day perfectly ended by eating pipis and cockles on fresh white bread, drizzled in vinegar. Sooooo good!! (and the ONLY way to eat cockles in my opinion).



Farewell Summer holidays... I will miss you (but I won't miss the sand you left behind in the togs, and the bits of uneaten starfish strewn around on the beach).


Tomorrow I start my new job - the first proper job I've had since becoming a Mum nearly 13 years ago!!  I'm excited about the adventures before us this year.


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20 January 2012

Things I'm Loving...


I wholeheartedly believe that no matter what is happening in your life, there is always something that you can be thankful for... no matter how simple it is.  

Here are a few of the things I am loving at the moment...

Freshly baked gingerbread men... delicious!


Funnys (via here)...

Loving Russian dolls!  My newest addition to my obsession...


And these amazing ones spotted in a cabinet at the Auckland Museum...


Loving that my boys built themselves a hut to sleep out in the other night... then all crept back into their own beds at 1:30am in the morning when it was pouring with rain!


Loving having fake lollys (crochet Licorice Allsorts) in the lolly jar.  Way less tempting to sneak out a few now...


Loving Milk Duds... oh yeah (they make up for the fake sweets above).


Loving my four gifts from God.  I love them to bits, even though they sometimes drive me crazy...





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