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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

and now for the photo-heavy catch up

may was a blur and mostly spent at home recuperating, but there were doctor's visits, weekly blood tests and what seemed like twice weekly hospital visits.  in ONE short week i'd been to the hospital more times than i'd been in the entire 31 years i've lived in wellington!

our local GP is now a familiar destination, which is a big change for hubby who hadn't been to the doctor in SEVEN. YEARS.

Men.  seriously.  take better care of yourselves...

10 days after the surgery, he was now legend at our local GP practice and this student doctor was very excited to take Clive's blood pressure.  

eventually life returned to [our new] normal, and in no particular order, this is what we've been up to in the past 3 months

pink t-shirt anti-bullying zumba class

#4 daughter playing in the A netball team
juggling netball AND rowing during the winter has been a challenge for her
one that she's risen to

her school fancy dress (3 days ago)

interview day for this event where i'll be volunteering

zumba kept us sane

#3 daughter got a new weekend job
that kinda got lost in the 'late april blur'
in fact she found out she'd been offered the job while her dad was in surgery
never has our enthusiasm for something one of our daughters has achieved been so lacklustre!

mothers' day.
considering i was meant to be in sydney drooling over michael buble that weekend, our girls did well to 'throw' together this awesome basket of goodies for me

zumba.  more wonderful zumba
my first few classes back were actually quite hard because i was SO distracted and felt guilty for being away from home, but with each class i went to, it got easier to be there; and they were an absolute necessity for my mental health!

culinary studies continued and when her class was in the production kitchen, we came and ate in the restaurant.  proud mama moment, especially when the maitre d comes over and tells you what a great kid you've got

where would we be without our needy cats eh...

note paws firmly planted on my phone

 trying to type here...

there was that one time we ran out of coffee beans

that made me sad (and cranky)

french-themed high tea

 i did eventually get that mini break in sydney
and boy did i need it

i treated myself to a night in a nice hotel
this was my view

i got to catch up with family 

eat these pork buns

 and this edible work of art

oh my...

and have fun with benefit cosmetics
(which aren't available in my city)

i tried my first ever BARRE ATTACK class

it was awesome

think ballet-meets-pilates-meets-yoga

and it was tara's birthday - YAY!

 i bought these boots

back home there was a night out that included line dancing with my zumba girls

i discovered the joys of distress products and made time to scrap

our family enjoyed the benefits of 'bread week'
(#3 daughter's study)

but not NEARLY as much as we enjoyed the bread that came packed with chocolate and custard...

we won the prize for 'best sideline family support at netball'
(ok i made that up, but if there WAS an award, we totally would've won it)

my dad got to see his favourite football team in action

there were mini celebrations along the way
(the final resolution of a stalled wound post-surgery)

more scrapbooking

milestones like getting back on his motorbike 

more high tea

this time a chocolate-themed one

rowing season started

wellington turned on a fine day for the first local regatta - yay

a 'casual' 8 kilometre row to the airport and back

#3 daughter got her restricted drivers' licence

remember when #2 daughter went to berkeley?
she left something (or someone behind)

he just left after a 2-week visit
we approve

then yesterday my baby turned 25!!!!!

this is a text i got from her this morning:

"oh god, i just realised i've moved up an age bracket!  no longer 18-24 *sad face*"

i replied:

"that's how i felt when i was no longer 40-49!!!!!"


...and as if our future wasn't looking bright enough, in 2 weeks' time we will have high tea here:

stay here

then jump on this

 and go here

then here

and lots of other places too!!!


mandyb said...

wahoooooooooo i love this picture post....and all the zumba and food and friends and food and family and food and scrapping....ohhhhh you'll have pics of our scrapping stuff in 2 weeks...and maybe a pic of me!!!! hee hee

and yah for the how many sleeps now!!!!????

cat said...

I loved the catch up with all the great news. And I had a ginger kitty that looked just like yours. He was an awesome cat