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Elliot, Max, Vic

on July 17, 2008

Caught up with Ali (a school friend of mine today) and her children.  It was great to see them but also realised just how much I miss them.  They live a couple of hours away we don’t get to see them that often – last time was about a year ago.  Having kids at school, and both of us with husbands and kids that play sport in the weekend means we can really only meet during the school holidays now.  We both drove for an hour to meet in the middle, the kids had a run around in the park for an hour and a half, then we had lunch and more play at McDonalds.  The kids all played well together although Elliot still thinks he’s the Kung Fu Panda and had to remind him not to hit the others!  Here’s a photo of Jack (7), Abbey (6), Max (5) and Elliot (3).
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Alive and Kicking

Ramblings, Vic

on September 28, 2007

Just another quick one – there is a BIG update coming soon!!

Many thanks to everyone that sent cards, emails, texts, flowers and pressies for my birthday – you know who you are! I’m having a great day and really looking forward to my weekend away – flying to Auckland, shopping, cocktails and dinnercheap windows 10 key with the fabulous David and Claire (friends from London), a night in a hotel, and being able to sleep in – bliss! And I’m so looking forwardwindowskeysto lunch at Wagamamas – one of the many things I miss from the UK but is now here (although not in Wellington – yet!)

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Happy Birthday

Marc, Ramblings

on June 27, 2007

It is Marc’s birthday today. Hardly saw him as he had to work, but we’ve just come home from having a very nicewindows 10 product key meal at Taste in Khandallah this evening – just the two of us which was lovely.

I know I to do an update – so much to tell, so little time! Will try to get one done this weekend 🙂

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We’re Still Here!

Elliot, Max, Ramblings

on May 16, 2007

Max started morning kindy on Monday 23 April so we’re now well into our new routine – now all have to be up, dressed, eaten breakfast and out the door by 8.30am every morning, which means we’ve had to set an alarm in the morning – for the first time since the boys were born! Max has settled in really well and there is now a lot more structure – I guess getting them into more of a routine for starting school. It’s now five mornings a week (instead of three afternoons) so he gets pretty tired by the end of the week which means a very PMP grumpy boy! It’s nice having mornings just with Elliot, and then a couple of hours in the afternoonwindows10explained with Max while Elliot naps – but now I don’t get any free time to myself (unless I can convince Max he also needs a nap in the afternoon – has worked twice so far!)

Other things that have happened:

Do you remember Softy – our monarch butterfly caterpillar? We came home from Max’s first day at kindy to find Softy out of the cocoon and drying his wings. We watched him over the next few hours until he climbed up on top of the fence, flapped his wings a few times and off he flew. We still have Silky and Smoothy in theirWindows 10 Professional OEM Key cocoons, but they should be hatching in the next week or so.

The boys spent a day out and about with Grannie Annie. She took them to the beach at Petone, the park and for a picnic. Max was most excited that he had had two picnics – one at the beach and then another when they got back to Grannie’s house.

They also spent a day out with Grandad and Ngaire, but as it was a public holiday they didn’t get to go on the steam train at the train museum (unfortunately it was closed). Marc and I took James (one of Marc’s ex-colleagues – visiting from Sydney) out for lunch and then on a tour of Wellington. He came back to our house for dinner, and had a great time playing with the boys.

The following weekend was Elliot’s 2nd birthday. We didn’t have a party for him this year but we did go out for brunch and had fish and chips for tea. Thank you to everyone for the lovely presents, and especially those of you overseas who sent him clothes – he got so many that he won’t need to wear too many of Max’s hand-me-downs!

Marc has been away travelling a lot – he had that week in Sydney, has just returned from eight nights away in Las Vegas, is in Auckland today and tomorrow, home all next week, then back to Auckland for two days (looks like that will be happening once a fortnight), then he heads back to Sydney for another four days the following week.

As for me – I’ve been busy taking the boys to kindy, playgroup, music, supermarket shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, kindy and playgroup committees and all those other things mums get to do! Have also spent evenings getting my business up and running. I’ve been sorting and displaying samples, packaging up stock, and now just have to get people to see the products! I seem to be off to a good start – sold 23 cards in two days last week, and have four ‘coffee and card’ events booked in so far for May/June. The products pretty much seem to sell themselves as they are fantastic quality at less than shop prices. Will just have to see how it goes.

Today He’s Two …

Elliot, Friday Five

on April 28, 2007

I can’t believe my little baby boy is two today. Two years ago today when he was in such a rush to get here – I was cleaning like a crazy woman all morning, lay down for a restwindows 10 key Online in the afternoon and he kicked so much I couldn’t sleep, my contractions (which I thought were just baby kicks/stretches) weren’t bothering me but Marc was timing them nonetheless, then made me get into the car, took me to hospital and 36 minutesbuy windows 10 key after leaving home and two pushes later Elliot arrived into the world!

Happy Birthday Elliot …

Another month gone….

Elliot, Marc, Max, Ramblings

on April 20, 2007

Bet you were wondering what we’ve been up to? I realise the last big update was a month ago – we’ve been pretty busy, so I’ll just note the major things we’ve done:

Marc’s football team had a pre-season game on Sunday 25 March which they won, and Marc’s legs seem to be OK (he was out for most of last season with Achilles problems). He’s played again a couple of times since then, and all’s going well.

I did a turn at parent help at Max’s kindy before end of term. It was nice to see what Max gets up to there and how much he’s changed since he first started going. The younger kids now follow him around including three or four girls who always want to play with him. He’s off to morning kindy at the beginning of next term (five mornings a week) so he’ll be the youngest for a little while. It will be interesting to see which of the big kids he follows around!

We’ve also spent a lot of time with Ian and Ngahuia – who live down the road (both colleagues of Marc when he worked at Dell – and he now works with Ngahuia at NetApp). Ian’s daughter Megan has been in New Zealand (visiting from the UK) so we took Ian and Megan along with us to playgroup, music, swimming, Junglerama, and the local park. Max and Megan are a couple of weeks apart in age and got on really well….

We also spent a lovely relaxing weekend with them at their holiday home over the hill in the Wairarapa. The weather was great and the kids (and I&N’s dogs) spent most of the weekend running outside.

The following week was end of term for playgroup, music and kindy – with Max having a party at kindy on the last day – not because he is moving up to morning kindy – but because Linda (his favourite teacher) was leaving to move to another kindergarten. She has been fantastic with him and he (and the other children too) will really miss her.

My mum also had her birthday during that week, so the boys and I had lunch with her, and that night Marc and I, my sister Ali and her partner Clay took mum out for dinner to a fantastic Cambodian restaurant in town where we had a lovely meal – we’ll be going back again I’m sure.

Easter was nice but busy. I attempted to make Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday. I used the recipe in my breadmaker book and they turned out to be absolutely revolting – next year I’ll do it the real way and knead everything by hand. Saturday the boys had a birthday party to go to for Max’s friend James who was turning 4. His party was great and the kids enjoyed a treasure hunt, pass the parcel and playing musical statues (which was entertaining as it’s pretty hard for 4 year olds to stand still!) After the party we went to Ian and Ngahuia’s for a BBQ – the weather was pretty mild so we sat outside to eat dinner (possibly the last time for a little while though). Sunday the boys were excited to find the Easter bunny had left them an Easter egg each, and they also enjoyed running around outside finding the ones hidden there.

They were also given Easter treats by Ali and Clay, Nana Jan, Grannie Annie, Clay’s little niece Emma (she’s not even one yet!) and some money from Grandad Len and Ngaire – thank you to all of you. The rest of the weekend is a blur as it went past so quickly, but I know we enjoyed a really nice BBQ dinner at Grannie Annie’s, we collected and put together bunk beds for Max, moved the boys bedrooms around, farwelled Megan, Marc played football, and I managed to do a little bit of gardening too!

We then had two weeks of school holidays to fill – so have had lunch on various days with Marc, Grannie and Nana, morning tea with Auntie Ali, various playdates with Max’s kindy friends, a visit to the library, a birthday party for my friend Nickie’s son Ryan who turned 2, and Max and I did lots of weeding and hacking of bushes on fine afternoons while Elliot slept. Marc is currently away (for the second week of the holidays) on a training course in Sydney so it’s been pretty hard going entertaining both of them all day, everyday! Thankfully he gets back tonight.

I’m also busy setting up a little business so that should kick off in the next couple of weeks – I’ll tell you more about that soon.

Not making any promises but I am going to try to update more often (more than once a month anyway) in the future!

Happy Easter


on April 8, 2007

Happy Easter everyone!210-060 pdf The boys had a great time this morning hunting around the garden for marshmallow easter eggs. We’ve had a busy couple of weeks so I’ll try to update sometime over the Easter break with what we’ve been up to – a bit difficult at the moment with Elliot sitting on my knee! 70-243 exam

Time Flies

Elliot, Max, Ramblings

on March 22, 2007

I can’t believe it’s been over a week since my last entry – we must have been having fun!
We had a nice quiet day on Wednesday followed by dinner at my windows professional key friend Anna’s house with her children Zach and Stella. Thanks so much for a lovely time (and meal) – we all enjoyed it.

Thursday morning we went to music and took along Zoe from down the road, while her mum was helping out with swimming at school. She is a lovely little girl who behaved beautifully, but I’m glad I don’t have three children to keep an eye on all the time!

Friday morning Marc surprised us by arriving home earlier than expected – he’d managed to catch an earlier flight from Auckland, so was home at 7.30am. The boys jumped all over him, followed him around everywhere and Elliot kept walking up to him, holding up his arms and saying ‘cuddle’. So I think I can honestly say we were all pleased to see him come home 🙂

Saturday we had a lovely time with Marc’s old boss Pete (not that he’s old), his wife Jan and their little boy Finn, who came to us for lunch. The boys all played really nicely together (Elliot and Finn are about the same age) – it’s just a shame they live over in Australia as it would be nice to spend more time with them.

Saturday night the clocks went back so the boys were up at 5am instead of 6am! After our nice early start on Sunday we dropped the boys off at Marc’s mums house (Grannie) for a few hours while we went round the shops looking for a new watch for me. I’ve lost the winder off the side of my old watch so I can’t change the time. I didn’t find anything I liked there, but have since found (and bought) a lovely Tissot watch.

This week has also been busy. It’s gone something like this …
– Monday morning playgroup, Monday afternoon kindy for Max and nap for Elliot, then in the evening I went to the kindy committee meeting (I’m the secretary on this committee)
– Tuesday morning Max went to play at a friend’s house and while Elliot had his nap in the afternoon I did a second coat of paint on the fence out the front
– Had a playdate with my friend Siobhan and her children Tyler and Mikayla on Wednesday morning and in the afternoon Elliot had his nap while Max and I did some painting, drawing, coloring and reading.

It’s Thursday once again – we had music this morning, Max is now at kindy, Elliot is asleep and I’ve been typing this instead of doing the housework and folding the laundry! Had better get a move on to get something done before I have to go and collect Max.