I made my own mayonnaise today for the first time. I’ve never bothered before because I don’t have a food processor and I knew that you had to add the oil V E R Y slowly, yada yada yada … BUT. You can make perfect mayo using a hand (stick) blender. In about 2 minutes, […]

I’m gonna say it here.

Some days I scroll through my Instagram feed and I feel a bit sad. I follow a couple of younger (twenty something) acquaintances, and their feeds are always filled with selfies. Now I don’t begrudge anyone the odd selfie or two, and I don’t even have a problem with selfies per se. But (some of) […]

Observations and ponderings

Some people drink many cups of tea/coffee during the day. Many, many cups. Some people need to have 3 morning tea and 3 afternoon tea breaks every day, in order to make copious cups of tea/coffee. I hardly ever have morning or afternoon tea breaks. It usually rains when I have left my umbrella in […]

The big ONE-oh

“Ten years old, huh? A decade, double digits, the big ONE-oh!“* It’s official. Tyler has reached “double digits”, heralding the beginning of a whole new stage called the “preteen” years. That stage has been fun so far with Ethan, and I’m expecting nothing less with Tyler. Tyler was beyond excited to go to bed last […]

The acting bug …

… I think Tyler might have caught it! I posted a while back about “What a Knight”, the production that Tyler’s syndicate have been preparing for since last term. Tyler won the T-shirt design competition which meant that HIS logo was featured on all the T-shirts worn by the chorus, backstage crew and anyone in […]

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Last week, Ethan was away in Tauranga (about 4 hours drive from here) competing at the annual AIMS (Association of Middle and Intermediate Schools) tournament. This is a huge sporting event involving hundreds of schools, in 17 different sports. This year there were over 7,500 competitors! That’s bigger than the Commonwealth Games, by quite a […]

What a Knight

We are pretty proud of Tyler right now (and he’s pretty proud of himself, too). There are about 120 kids in Year 5 at his school, and all of them are involved in the Year 5 production (in some way, shape or form). Tyler has a small speaking role, which he was very excited to […]

Love your life

I write 3 posts in 3 days and then nothing for 2 weeks? That’s probably the new normal on this blog of mine. Lately I have been thinking about a LOT of things. Family, priorities, contentment, happiness. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve read quite a few articles and quotes about finding happiness, challenging […]

Birthday boy

I know what you’re thinking. I’ve been AWOL for ages, then I write 3 posts in 3 days? Yup, that’s how I roll, people! Today is a special day. It is my husband’s birthday. He is 41 today. He is also AMAZING. Like, totes amazeballs. (I literally cringed as I typed those words). I feel […]