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Friday, April 17, 2009

photostory friday - movies, noodles and bright lights

as the girls get older, it becomes increasingly difficult to get the whole family together at one time, which makes our [rigrously planned] family time even more precious.

we took the opportunity to see one of our favourite actors, use one of the vouchers i won at the school gala, and attend a community event and rolled it into some family time last weekend.

at the end of a beautiful sunny day in wellington, we went and saw this movie

not as funny, but still very enjoyable. the 'hamburger' exchange? one of my favourite lines in movies. EVA. in fact, we can't even say the word around here without reciting the movie. we're weird like that.

After the movie, we walked along the waterfront
then had dinner here - wagamama noodle house. it was early - usually it's jam-packed
from there, we went to the 'night glow' at the basin reserve.

the 'basin' is best known as wellington's most famous former cricket ground (we now have a large stadium). to many, it's basically new zealand's largest roundabout, but while i was writing this post, i discovered that it used to be a lagoon!

early settlers planned to turn it into an inland anchorage for the city, but in 1855 an earthquake raised the flat by two metres and the lagoon became a swamp. [you learn something every day!]

dusk - it gets so dark so fast now!
we found a spot high up and settled in

the battery on the canon died just before the light show started (must check BATTERIES!!!) but my little panasonic lumix really held its own.

taken on the canon
they were doing bursts of gas to keep them afloat/aloft/inflated/upright?
so bright!
one last shot before the camera died...
taken on the point and shoot. i think it holds its own pretty well, don't you?
after the light show, we went in for a closer look
so bright! and toasty warm it was too!

PhotoStory Friday
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auntiegwen said...

I do think you should adopt me as an auntie for your children, I wanna come live with you. I'll keep my room tidy, promise !!!

Melinda said...

Looks like you had a great family day. Love hot air balloons just not sure I would ever get in one. I want to try this noodle joint you keep talking day I may come tens of thousands of miles to do just that!

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

looks like one fantastic evening!!

Wayne said...

sounds like you had a perfect day, and the hot air baloons look so cool

thankyou for sharing

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Sounds like a great day/evening. The hot air balloons are pretty cool.

Jonny's Mommy said...

Awesome photos! I think the camera did hold up well.

Now, are you guys in the cold weather now?

Here in the States we are getting the warmer weather and it is staying light longer. I'll have to read up on New Zealand, won't I?

Anyhow, the photos are great!

Elaine A. said...

What great shots of the hot air balloons - so pretty!

Sounds like a great family day...

Reluctant Housewife said...

What a fun day. I love family time.

I love the pictures of the balloons.

Mike said...

I love hot air balloons.

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Anonymous said...

How fun! There's nothing like family fun!

I have always wanted to see hot air balloons in person! I would even like to ride one someday! Love the shots!

A Crafty Mom said...

How cool is that? Those are gorgeous photos! I love the helium balloons, I am an addict and have been up a couple times. Amazing. I'm glad you had a fantastic night out!!!

L~ said...

wow - check out those balloons! So pretty. Looks like a great day!

Maggie May said...

Just love those night lit up hot air balloon pictures. Brilliant!

Straight to Your Hart said...

Beautiful hot air ballon pictures!

The "hambooger" saying is used all the time as I know somebody else who enjoys that saying!

Krystyn said...

What a fun evening out! The pictures are great!

lisaschaos said...

Wow what a good time you had! Love the balloons and yes, your little point and shoot held its own very well!