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 […]

Mid-Year Report

Tyler received his mid-year report last Friday, and we had a parent/teacher interview the other night. He’s having a fantastic time in Year 5, doing well and enjoying everything about school. In the past I have documented the boys’ reports here on my blog, just in case I lose the originals. It’s important to me […]


Apologies, my friends. I realise I have been AWOL on this old blog of mine. Indeed, posting has been slow for the past couple of months. Not surprisingly, the reduction in blogging frequency has coincided with starting my new job (and the multitude of changes that came along with that). My motivation for blogging has […]

Tuna Patties

Do you ever have those crazy/busy days when 5.30pm rolls around and you still have NO clue what you’re going to make for dinner? Not only that, you haven’t remembered to get any meat out of the freezer and you are faced with the prospect of eggs on toast unless you can think of something […]

Puzzle time!

So we just told the kids that we are going to Fiji by giving them this puzzle … We’re not going until October, but just the thought that we will be on a tropical island sipping cocktails by the pool in a little over 3 months’ time may be the only thing that will get […]

Learning hero

At the start of this year, Tyler came home and announced that he had been chosen to be the very first “Learning Hero” of his class. A note came home explaining what was involved: You have been selected to be our “Learning Hero” this week. This is quite an honour. During this week all the […]