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Saturday, April 5, 2014

so here's what's new (part deux)

which brings us to january

because we didn't go camping this year, i was able to spend a crafty weekend in the wairarapa at my friend's olive grove scrapbooking

i also got to spend a few days in another part of wairarapa at my friend's beach house

 then on january 20 SOMEBODY arrived back in the country from a semester at berkeley
SOMEBODY was a little excited

the plane was LATE and we were EARLY
why are the people early and the planes late when you're waiting to see a loved one?

later that day some of us went to the races

it's also the day the earth shook again
there's nothing quite like hearing an earthquake coming over a loud speaker system
(as it did that day at the races)

SUPER.WEIRD and freaky

ps: we did not win any money

the next day my baby turned 16


my baby and i

a week later zoe and i were 'models for a day' and had some professional photos taken
it was a LOT of fun

then on feb 1st, our zumba instructor took a free public class to launch FEBFAST

the following weekend was the SEVENs tournament, where i volunteered at the street parade

(terrible job, as you can see...)

this is the kenyan team.  always popular.

yeah, we made the news too.  the dude in the middle is a tv journalist and his lovely wife goes to zumba with us.  connections people, connections!

also, fun fact: georgia (on the left) and i share a birthday

and this is my friend Steve.  he's the team liaison for fiji

once the parade was done, i drove this lot to rowing camp a couple of hours up the road
i was parenting helping for the weekend

before we hit camp though, the girls insisted i drive them to "MOSSIE POINT" to release my inner 8 year old (trust me, she's always lurking) on this rope swing over the river 

then it was down to the business of training 3 times a day

rowers that train 3 times a day are HUNGRY.
we prepped, we served, we cleaned up, then we started all over again

but the view was pretty great

and then there's the spoils of victory 

the following weekend was the movie night fundraiser i'd been organising [for the rowing club]
here, my band of merry helpers and i are putting together the treat bags

then there was that one time i made CREME BRULEE
for the first time ever

i didn't read the recipe, so my valentine's day creme brûlée was actually served on feb 15, but hey - it turned out like the picture and that's ALL i cared about!

then there was steph's zumba hen's night


then it was off to another rowing regatta - this time NISS (North Island Secondary School Champs)

98 schools compete.  NINETY. EIGHT.  and that's just the north island!
what a week - so much fun, except for sleeping on the floor of a bar in a racecourse, but hey - it's for the kids...

again with the food...

same thing, different venue
the boats always need to be put IN the water, taken OUT of the water, rigged, de-rigged, cleaned, stacked

rowing is not for the impatient, that's for sure

lake karapiro.  man it was hot there, but check out that view looking down the course [from the finish line]

again, rowing is oarsome...

this was in the main office at the regatta


while i was in cambridge, i got to catch up with a friend i hadn't seen for 23 years.

23.YEARS.  we were in an antenatal group together in 1989
our 'babies' are 25 this year

happy crew and their coxswain

and we brought home some bling!  (well, the boys did)

i barely had time to unpack, wash my smalls and re-pack before we headed to auckland for a girls' weekend to see bruno mars


he is a musical god.  i swear.  what a show.

in auckland, i got to catch up with some family.  they just happened to be fostering these kittens.
oh. my. cute

then it was MY BIRTHDAY!!!

i have to admit to feeling a little 'meh' just prior to my birthday
i mean, 50 was a hard act to follow ya know?

51 however, did NOT disappoint

the ship that mr scrappy and i will cruise on in september for our 30th wedding anniversary was in port ON MY BIRTHDAY!  this was cause for great excitement 

oh, and my husband also gave me these diamond earrings

(spoilt much?)

and we CONTINUE to enjoy my food bag
tamarind chicken.  man, this was gooooooood

oh - and i bought these shoes

the end.

Friday, April 4, 2014

so here's what's new (and not so new) in my life

yes it's been a while (how did it get to be april already?)

so here's a recap

a photo heavy one at that!!!

on the first family event that occurred while katelin was at Berkeley, i made this, and whoever was handy got to do, well - this

i didn't end up using it as much as i had originally intended, but 'katelin on a stick' certainly got plenty of outings during her 6 months away.

katelin on a stick a-la bestie meredith

here's katelin on a stick at our thanksgiving dinner
we figured knowing 2 americans was cause enough to have a thanksgiving dinner

remember abby the hitchhiker from ithaca that lived with us for 3 months?
she cooked thanksgiving dinner

including pie

from scratch.  just in case you were wondering

back to katelin on a stick...

at some point katelin on a stick acquired a goatee
she did NOT find this funny

katelin on fathers' day

and here she is atop the Christmas tree

eventually she came home, and i think her exact words were:

"can we burn this now?"

at the end of the year Mikaela left school
she had one year left, but chose instead to head to WELTEC
(community college)

oh, and she got a scholarship to study free

7 weeks in, she's loving her food and beverage studies
what she doesn't know about stocks and sauces isn't worth knowing
ok - after 7 weeks, that's not technically true, but she's loving it and that's all that matters!

in november we threw a surprise high tea bridal shower for one of our scrap mates
apparently 'we' (not me) stalked her pinterest a/c and set the table with all her favourite colours and decorations!

we also made her a tag album with marriage advice

although many will tell you that we didn't have much of a summer, there were still plenty of days where we could eat at cool places with cool views like this
apparently you're never too old to ride a toy fire engine...

we continued with MY FOOD BAG
we haven't eaten the same meal twice since last september
i am very happy about this
no-one ever complains that we have the same thing twice
because we don't

then in december i took part in the fat mum slim gift exchange
the experience was a bit of a mixed bag for me, in that my GIFTOR was very very young and didn't perhaps put as much thought into my gift as someone a little older might have.  she also 'outed' herself prior to me receiving my gift meaning it wasn't a secret to me.

my GIFTEE was easy to buy for and she LOVED her gift, but she wasn't particularly active in the group we had going which was meant to enable everyone to 'stalk' their secret santa (with a view to buying their favourite things)

i guess i was hoping for a 'perfect fit' for my secret santa and we'd become great pals
probably a bit of a stretch, but the whole thing was a fun experience nonetheless and i'll certainly sign up for it again this year

my package ready to head to its destination across the sea!

my friend Christine, who is a CAKE GENIUS and who apparently loves to make lots of work for herself :P put on a movie night for The Hunger Games

details people.  DETAILS...

then it was christmas and i only had 3 children here
that was kinda tough, especially on christmas eve when i only put out THREE pillowcases instead of the usual 4...

anyway, christmas happened
my parents were here and i took my mum to a party i was going to
(she's wearing my clothes!)

i got sooooooo spoilt at christmas
this is just MY stash!
there's a gold iPhone in that pile somewhere too!!!

hard to believe less than 5 years ago these two hated each other!
well, maybe not hated, but they did not get on AT ALL!!!

summer happened

but allow me to back up 3 weeks

mikaela and i went to australia

to see our respective besties

it was very sunny and warm

and i also learnt how to hula hoop

this i enjoyed very much
(you might be able to tell from my expression)

i'd be so good at poker
...said no-one ever...

did you know the 2nd monday of every march is COMMONWEALTH DAY?

no.  me neither,
the commonwealth (just in case you're wondering), are all the pink countries on the map
we're the ones that have Queen Elizabeth II as our Queen

anyhoo - Mikaela and fellow Ranger Nicole (senior girl scouts) got to be flag bearers!
Mikaela held the Maltese Flag

the church service was actually pretty cool

my friend christine taught us how to play SWISH

i prefer to call it FULL CONTACT SOLITAIRE
we loved it!
as a competitive card playing family, we embraced this new game with gusto

mr scrappy did some home improvement (in preparation for the new driveway)

here is the new driveway

and then it was new year's eve!

stay tuned for part deux!