Swim Star!

I know, it has been a MONTH since my last post. But does anybody read blogs these days? I can honestly say I read very few of them now :-( So I don’t expect many people are reading this one! Perhaps the end is nigh …

ANYWAY. I have to brag about my boy because he is AWESOME. Tyler had swimming sports this week, and he totally smashed it!


He did pretty well in swimming sports last year, coming 1st, 2nd or 3rd in all his races. He went to interschools for backstroke, where he came 4th in his final. This year, I was expecting similar results. There is one boy in particular who always seems to beat Tyler when it comes to swimming, athletics, etc. He’s always just that bit faster/better than him, so Tyler and I (and everyone else, to be honest!) were expecting this guy to edge Tyler out. Tyler just wanted to do his best and if he placed or got through to interschools, it would be a bonus.

Well. He won his freestyle and backstroke heats, and came 3rd in breaststroke (not his strongest event).


He won his freestyle and backstroke finals!! He looked so shocked when he was given the first place rod for freestyle, as he was so sure this other boy was going to beat him. Tyler’s teacher, friends and classmates went crazy with their yelling and cheering! I wasn’t quite as surprised about him winning backstroke, as it is his best event. But to win both was just so cool. He was so surprised, happy and humble about it.

He’ll be off to interschools again in a couple of weeks’ time. Not bad for a kid who doesn’t swim in a squad or do ANY proper swim training! I keep saying (to both my boys, actually) that they could probably do very well in swimming if they decided to join a swim squad and train regularly. The kids they are beating are ones who get up early in the morning to train, and do lots of competitions. I guess you have to really love it, and really want it. My boys are too obsessed with soccer I think to have time for swimming practice! That’s all good, I just want them to be happy. :-)

Proud mama, signing off.

Crunchy Noodle Salad

You guys. I didn’t know that in some places (America, and probably others) people made salads and other stuff with instant (2-minute)(Ramen) noodles. As in, they can be used in other ways besides the packet instructions. WHO KNEW? I thought they were just for poor Uni students, hungry teenagers, young guys who have gone flatting and don’t know how to cook, and for taking camping. Having said that, Rob and Tyler do like eating 2-minute noodles for lunch on the weekends. I don’t really eat them now, but I ate my fair share of them as a teenager.

Anyway. It turns out they can be used in salads, so I made up my own version using several different recipes I found on the web. Served it up for dinner the other night and got rave reviews from everyone. This is really, really yummy! Try it; I know you’ll all agree.

Crunchy Asian Noodle Salad

2 packets instant (Ramen) noodles, crushed
1/2 cup slivered almonds
2T sesame seeds
1T chopped peanuts
4-6 cups finely sliced vegetables (I used green and red cabbage, celery, red onion, capsicum and carrot)

1 flavour sachet from the noodles (I used chicken)
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 tsp sesame or peanut oil
2 tsp soy sauce
2T sugar
2T apple cider vinegar
pinch salt
cracked black pepper

Spread noodles, almonds, sesame seeds and nuts on an oven tray. Bake at 220C for 8 minutes, then cool.
Place vegetables and noodle mixture in a large bowl. Mix dressing ingredients together, then pour over the top and toss to combine.
Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

First and last

Is it just me, or did the summer school holidays in NZ go really, really quickly?! It feels like those 6+ weeks really flew by (and my boys agree).

This coming school year can be described as a “first” (for Ethan) and a “last” (for Tyler). Ethan’s first year of high school (Year 9) and Tyler’s last year of primary school (Year 6).


For Ethan, going into Year 9 is not as much of a huge step as it is for some kids, as he didn’t have to change schools. His school starts at Year 7, so he has done his intermediate schooling at the same place as he will complete his high school education. But Year 9 is pretty different from intermediate, so it’s still a big change for him. He started back last Wednesday. I was allowed to take a photo that morning, but I wasn’t allowed to post it on Facebook or Instagram. I’m sure he will be okay with me posting it on my blog though. :-)

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So far he seems pretty happy about how the new year is going. He didn’t have any of his good friends from the last 2 years in his form (home) class, but there are some boys who he knows and I think he’ll become closer friends with them over the year. He has a nice group of friends that he will be able to hang out with before school, morning tea and lunch (as well as weekends and holidays, of course). They are a pretty close bunch and I don’t think being in different classes will have any impact on their friendship.

He has chosen Music, French, Sports Institute and Visual Design & Communication for his options this year. No doubt he’ll play water polo for the school again, and I am hoping he might join one of the bands. I really hope he will have a great year and enjoy his learning!


Tyler is in his last year of primary school (I know, I can’t believe it myself). He was pretty excited about going back yesterday. It was the first year I had not been there in the morning for the ‘first day of school’ photos, but I texted Rob and asked him to take some. He did a great job!

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Tyler likes his new teacher, who is into sport/PE (always a bonus for my boys!), and he has several good friends in his class. It will take a few days to settle into a routine, but he loves school and I know he will really enjoy this year. He’s already been chosen to be the PE monitor, and was one of the first to receive a reward (lolly) from the teacher. I think she’s already seen his leadership capabilities … she sat down quietly next to him yesterday to get his opinion on who the troublemakers might be in the class, and who shouldn’t sit next to who! He said he was a bit surprised (but I think secretly quite chuffed) that she asked him those questions. He’s a good person to ask!

He will no doubt participate fully in every ‘extra’ sport he can this year, from zone days to swimming to athletics … I am sure he will give 100% to all of it and have a successful year. He is a bit worried that Year 6 will be ‘hard’ academically, but I know he’ll be fine.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the year holds for both my boys. It will be challenging for each of them, in different ways. But I’m sure it will also be rewarding and enjoyable!

A new year

Welcome to Twenty Fifteen (19 days ago, I know, but better late than never). 2015. That’s a bit freaky. This year – FINALLY! – is the “Back to the Future” year, where we will have hoverboards and flying cars and clothes that automatically adjust to fit. Can’t wait. Haha! :-P

I’m excited about the start of a new year. I don’t really make resolutions anymore – been there, done that – but I do like to see it as a chance to start afresh. Just FYI, the last big (belated) resolution I made was in 2012. It was about washing the dishes immediately after dinner each night. I wrote about it here. You’ll be pleased to know that I have pretty much kept that up for the past 3 years. There have probably only been 2 or 3 occasions where the dishes haven’t been done straight after dinner. I’m confident that it’s now a firm habit that won’t be broken … and I can also say that I don’t even mind doing the dishes! Our dishwasher broke about a year after I made that resolution and we took it one step further by deciding not to fix or replace it. So there are more dishes to wash than before, but they still get done each night without fail. :-)

Last year was a bit up and down for me personally and for others close to me, but one of the things I enjoyed doing throughout the year was putting notes in our blessings jar (I posted about that here). During the year – not every day, just whenever – we wrote down little (or big) things that we were thankful for.


On New Year’s Eve, we opened the jar and read through all the blessings inside. There were a LOT! Mum & Dad also had a jar, and my sister had one too (Mum made them for all of us). So we got together at my parents’ place on NYE for a BBQ and then we opened our jars and had turns reading the blessings out loud. It was so nice!


Some of the things we had forgotten about, so it was really good to be reminded of them again. The exercise brought back lots of great memories, and some funny stories were told. There were lots of laughs, and a few tears. Dad only wrote ONE blessing for the whole year! We gave him a hard time about that, but saved his one until the end. It was a really long (typed!) one and boy was it a tear-jerker. It totally made up for not putting any others in! The boys wrote heaps of blessings, and they were very special to read. I was very touched by some of the things they wrote about. They said they were thankful for their family, friends, holidays, being able to play sports, animals, beaches, having everything they need, living in a beautiful place, etc.

We’re carrying on with the blessings jar again this year, because why wouldn’t we? It was a completely positive experience and one that helped us to a) be more consciously thankful every day and b) spend time looking back and appreciating all the good things. Despite the hard/sad/bad stuff that happened during the year, we ended the year focusing only on the good stuff. Some of which came out of the hard/sad/bad stuff … there are always lessons we can learn, there’s always a silver lining.

I’ve kept all the notes from our 2014 blessings jar and I intend to keep them every year. One day, when Rob & I are old and wrinkly and grey, we’ll be able to sit down and re-read them … what an awesome experience that will be!

So bring it on, 2015. I’m ready to appreciate and be thankful for all you have to offer!

Christmas 2014

Oh dear, I can’t believe it’s January 5th and I’m only just writing a Christmas post! This little blog of mine isn’t getting much love of late, and I’m afraid it will be a case of “more of the same” this year. I just don’t seem to have a) time b) motivation or c) reason to blog these days. I do most of my ‘documenting’ on FB/Instagram. My boys are at ages where they don’t really want me to write about every little thing they do/say … so I think it’s going to be a slow year for blairsboys.wordpress.com. I hope you’ll still stick around though, as I *will* write from time to time. I promise!

We had a wonderful Christmas, spent celebrating Jesus’ birthday and spending time with our awesome families. I finished work on December 19th and thoroughly enjoyed having 5 days before Christmas to potter around home, bake, prepare, cook, shop, wrap, DIY, sort, read, relax, swim, and just hang out with my boys (and their friends, most of the time!) … it was just lovely.

Christmas Eve was a beautiful day so we were able to continue our long-standing Blair family tradition of having fish & chips for dinner at the beach. I took the opportunity to take some photos while we were there, before we headed to the Christmas Eve service at our church. After that, my sister and I watched “Home Alone” as we do every year. This year, Ethan was allowed to stay up and watch it with us.



Christmas Day itself was at our place, with my parents and sister. It was so nice and relaxing. Every year, the first thing we do is read the Christmas story from the bible. Tyler woke us at 7am and his first words were, “shall we read the Christmas story from Matthew or Luke?” Love that kid! I made French Toast for breakfast and then we opened presents. We ate our Christmas lunch around 1pm, went for a walk through the park in the afternoon and then came back home to watch a movie and eat ham sammies!





A couple of days later, we had another big Christmas with Rob’s family in Whangarei. There’s a big crowd of us now, over 20 in total. Our get-togethers are always fun, and loud! I was able to get a few shots of all the cousins … there are 11, plus a step-cousin visiting from Australia. Here’s the best one!









We stayed a few days up north at Rob’s younger brother’s place (plus his wife and 3 kids). They live on an avocado orchard and have lots of bush on their property, so Tyler and his cousin Brock (nearly 9) were off in the ‘forest’ most of the time, adventuring and making huts and shooting stuff with their slingshots and having an absolute ball!

To all my readers — from my family to yours — I hope you all had a great Christmas too. I hope you enjoyed celebrating and spending time with family and friends. For my Northern Hemisphere friends, I hope you’re keeping warm! And for my “Down Under” friends, I hope you have been enjoying our glorious summer!





Reporting back

Well, it’s time for the annual blog post where I gush about how proud I am of my boys, what they have achieved during the year and their awesome end of year reports. Sorry(notsorry) if you’re uninterested, but this is where I document that stuff in case our house burns down and I lose the photos, certificates and school reports!

ETHAN … 12 1/2 years old


Ethan has had a great year in Year 8, his last year of intermediate. The school he goes to is a combined intermediate/college which goes from Year 7 to Year 13, so he won’t have to start a new school next year. However, things will definitely be different for him. He has chosen his options (Music, French, Sports Institute and Visual Design & Communication, oh my!) and he will have different teachers for all his subjects. I think he’s looking forward to it. I’m hoping he’ll enjoy the variety and be able to cope with the increased demands. Only 3 more years until NCEA, wow!

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One of the highlights of Ethan’s year was competing at the AIMS Games in Tauranga. He was away for a whole week with his water polo team, along with the top Year 7/8 netball and rugby league teams. The kids had an awesome time and it was a really incredible experience for them.


In addition to water polo, throughout the year Ethan has also played soccer (both winter and summer), volleyball, badminton, tag rugby and athletics. He continues to have fortnightly drum lessons (I can’t believe he’s now in his 6th year of lessons). He doesn’t do enough practice, but he enjoys drumming and he gets the opportunity to play regularly in our church band.

He ended the year on a really high note, receiving the Most Valuable Player award for his water polo team. I wasn’t expecting him to get this award, so it was a really nice surprise to hear his name called out at the prizegiving (which was, fittingly, at the beach). He’s done a great job as team captain this year, which has required him to step up and have more responsibility, but he has done it with integrity and commitment. It’s great to see that acknowledged and rewarded, as so often the MVP award just goes to the ‘star player’ who doesn’t necessarily have that team spirit, commitment, respect, etc. I’m really proud of Ethan and his attitude towards ALL his sports. He works hard but doesn’t hog the limelight, and encourages everyone in the team. Being chosen as captain this year has helped him to grow in confidence and to work on his leadership skills, which will help him in the future I’m sure!

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Ethan came home with a fantastic school report, as per usual. He is ‘above’ or ‘at’ National Standards for everything, and achieved all his assessments, most of them with Merit or Excellence. The comments from his teacher were also really pleasing:

Ethan has consistently made good choices for his learning his year. He has shown remarkable progress in mathematics by moving up 4 sub-levels. Ethan is a conscientious and able learner who has applied himself fully in all curriculum areas.”

TYLER … 10 years old


Tyler has just finished Year 5, so next year will be his final year at Primary school. He’s had a fantastic year. This year he had Ethan’s all-time favourite teacher, Mrs O’Brien. Tyler can now also attest to how great she is! He has worked really hard all year, putting 100% into his school work, extra-curricular activities, sports, etc.

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He won the T-shirt design competition for the Year 5 production “What a Knight”, and his design was printed onto T-shirts for the entire syndicate. A very cool achievement to have his design chosen out of 120+ designs, and the T-shirt is an awesome memento for him to keep! Tyler also loved performing in the production itself, scoring one of the secondary speaking roles and relishing the whole experience. He learned his lines (and everyone else’s!) within a few days, and really got into the acting, singing and performing. The show was very entertaining; the kids (and teachers) did an impressive job.


Tyler played several sports this year, including soccer (summer and winter), tag rugby, rippa rugby, athletics and triathlon. He did very well at his school swimming sports, and competed at the Interschools, coming 4th in his final for backstroke. He also did really well in cross-country this year, placing 6th which is the best result he has ever had (much better than last year where he had been sick for 3 days and didn’t finish the race because he couldn’t breathe, let alone run). The little 5-a-side summer soccer team he was in, The Flame, had a great season and we enjoyed watching them play every Monday.

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Tyler competed in the inaugural Whangaparaoa Triathlon in November, and although he didn’t get a placing due to crashing off his bike (he got back up and completed the race, coming 8th in his age group) he had a great time and won a double pass to Rainbows End! He’ll be doing the Weetbix Tryathlon again over summer which he really enjoyed last year.


We were very proud when Tyler received the “Citizenship” award for his class at the Senior Prizegiving. A very special award that really does sum up the effort and hard work he has put into this year. I’ve always been quite amazed to hear, every year, how focused and disciplined he is at school … because let’s face it, he’s not always like that at home!! But he did deserve the award, and I know it will be an incentive for him to continue trying really hard next year. He really wants to get one of the Year 6 cups!


Like Ethan, Tyler came home with yet another excellent school report. He is ‘at’ or ‘above’ National Standards in everything, received straight A’s for effort and a bunch of fantastic comments about his work. The lovely general comment from his teacher really made me tear up!

Tyler has made steady progress in all areas of the curriculum and has maintained a high level of commitment to all his work this year. He displays a positive attitude towards his learning and is always wanting to achieve his best. Tyler is a diligent, motivated student who consistently strives to produce work to a high standard. He enjoys new challenges and is able to take the leadership role in class activities. Tyler is a cheerful, friendly student who has a good sense of humour and makes and maintains friends easily. He has been a pleasure to teach and I wish him all the best for next year.”

Proud mama! Rob and I took them out for dinner on Tuesday night to celebrate their great reports and achievements throughout the year. They have both worked hard and we thought they deserved a reward! My friend commented on the “halo” above Tyler’s head. My response? “Very ironic”. Haha!


The end of last year was difficult for our family, with me being made redundant and all the uncertainty that followed until I got my new job (which I then had to wait 6 months to start). The changes that came along with that job were challenging at first, but the boys have coped brilliantly with it all … it’s been me who has struggled the most! They enjoy having more time with Rob, who finishes by 3pm three days a week, and I’ve been impressed at how they have supported and encouraged me. I miss working from home and not being with them as much as I used to be. But the time we do have together is really special. I think we’ve actually benefited from the adjustments as we make more of a conscious effort to spend quality time together. In spite of the upheaval and the new routines, both boys continued to be focused on their school work, sport and other activities … and have thrived!

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I’m excited about what 2015 will bring for each of them. New challenges and opportunities, and lots of growing and learning. I’m sure it will be a fantastic year, and it will fly by as quickly as ever. I’ll be writing another one of these posts before I know it!

It’s December!

I know, it was December more than a week ago. I’m a bit slow this year. We always (ALWAYS) put the tree up on December 1st, every year. But this year, it just couldn’t be done because we DID NOT HAVE TIME. I think it’s got less to do with how busy we are — because like everyone, we are always busy in December! — but more a reflection of the stage/s of life we’re all at. Things have changed for us during 2014.

* Rob and I both work full time, which is nothing new, but I now commute upwards of 10 hours per week. For the previous 7 years, I’ve worked from home, giving me a significantly greater number of ‘free’ hours for things such as Christmas tree decorating.

* The boys are playing 3 (Tyler) or 4 (Ethan) sports at the moment. Usually the number is not that high. Two sports at a time has been the norm over the past few years. Not sure how the number managed to creep up like that, as it certainly makes for a lot of evenings where some, most or all of us are on a sports field/sideline or in a pool/poolside. There is only ONE day each week where somebody doesn’t have practice, training or a game.

* Ethan now has a part-time job. It’s just your standard, run-of-the-mill, 12-year-old boy job. He delivers pamphlets (leaflets/flyers) twice a week to 4 streets around our neighbourhood (including our own). This keeps him relatively busy throughout the year, as the pamphlets have to be folded or collated before they are delivered, which takes at least 1-2 hours. Plus delivery, which takes about the same amount of time. However, in December it gets ramped up BIG TIME. Last Monday he had to deliver 17 different pamphlets. That’s a lot of paper to fold and it’s heavy to carry, so he actually did 2 separate deliveries of 8 and 9 pamphlets. Which was double the amount of work.

Basically, the boys are at the ages now where they are much, much busier. They’re not busy with activities that WE are making them do or dragging them along to, but things THEY are choosing to do (and we are supporting). Aside from Ethan’s job, which he doesn’t exactly LOVE, they are very happy to have their days filled with lots of things. They’re extremely active kids who enjoy playing sport and being outside, so it’s good for them and it keeps them out of trouble!

BUT. Along with the usual “December is BIZ-ZAY”, the new changes to our family routine this year meant that we could not find ONE SINGLE DAY between November 30th and December 6th on which to put up our Christmas tree as a family. There were lots of times when nobody was home (you kind of have to be home to put up your Christmas tree). There were times when only 2 or 3 of us were home, because somebody was at work or sport or training or at a meeting. There were times when all 4 of us were home but 1 or 2 of us were frantically folding pamphlets or cooking meals or planning/organising Kids/Youth parties/concerts/prizegivings at our church (Rob & I oversee these ministry areas and last weekend was chockablock with all of that stuff).

We finally managed to clear out a few hours last Saturday afternoon when everyone was home, and not busy. The tree went up, and I instantly felt a sense of calm and peace. Tyler had been particularly bothered by the lack of Christmas spirit at our house, so he was thrilled when the Christmas music started to play and the decorations started to go up. It looks great now, and we’re all feeling very Christmassy. I may or may not be counting down the days until my 2.5-week Christmas holiday (7.5). Ethan finishes school tomorrow, and Tyler finishes next Tuesday. Most sports have wrapped up, or will do next week. There’s still a lot of Christmas shopping, baking, cooking and wrapping to be done, but I love that so I’m excited about it. Plus the usual crazy/busy “December threw up on my calendar” carry on that’s no different for our family than any other at this time of year. You know, school prizegivings, sports prizegivings, parties, work functions, Christmas parties, picnics, end-of-year stuff. I secretly love all that, too.

I hope you’re all feeling Christmassy at your place as well … even if, like us, it took you a few extra days to get there! :-)


Here & Now

Watching :: Nothing right now. I hardly watch any TV these days, apart from the unmissable Downton Abbey every Thursday night. I wish I had time to watch other shows that are on at the moment (Survivor, The Amazing Race, Masterchef Australia), but I guess I’m too busy. Not that watching less TV is a bad thing!
Eating :: I just finished eating my dinner. Pork chop, rice, broccoli, carrots.
Listening :: to the birds outside. It’s 7.40pm but I can still hear them chirping away. We can often hear the sea but not tonight.
Waiting :: for Rob and the boys to get home from athletics. I cooked dinner (and ate mine) but their plates are sitting on the table, waiting to be reheated. I’m also waiting for Christmas and summer … bring it on!
Loving :: Two Dots, strawberries, wearing jandals + painted toes, my Fiji tan, baby apples on our tree, freshly squeezed orange juice, Christmas, writing things in my 2015 diary.
Planning :: my Christmas menu. I’m hosting Christmas dinner at my house this year, so I’m thinking about what I can cook and bake!
Buying :: I need to buy a new washing basket, and another Christmas tree. I promised the boys we could have two trees this year. One for their ornaments, and one for mine (no more messing with my theme). I also need to start my Christmas shopping. Not too many people to buy for, as we do Secret Santa for both my family and Rob’s.
Wearing :: black 3/4 pants, striped orange/grey top, grey cardigan, bare feet.
Reading :: At the moment I’m reading “Outlaw” by Mark Sullivan. Rob just finished it and thought I would enjoy it. It’s good so far. I’m partway through reading “Loving Our Kids On Purpose” by Danny Silk and “The Politically Incorrect Guide To Teenagers” by Nigel Latta. Other books I have waiting on my bedside table include “Opening Moves” by Steven James and “Hell’s Corner” by David Baldacci. There are several books on my Christmas list, which I hope I get!

Beef Enchiladas

Everyone in our house LOVES Mexican food, and I often make fajitas, burritos, nachos, chilli con carne, chicken enchiladas or quesadillas. Last night I had beef mince, and decided to make ground beef enchiladas using my own recipe (based on what I had in my fridge/pantry). It turned out to be awesome, and I will definitely be making it again!

Beef Enchiladas

For the enchilada sauce:
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup plain flour
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2-4 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp garlic powder

1T olive oil
1 onion, diced
500g beef mince
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 cup chopped spinach
8 flour tortillas
sour cream
2 cups grated tasty cheese

First, make the enchilada sauce. You can buy this in jars, but it’s so easy to make your own. Heat the oil in a saucepan, then whisk in flour. Add tomatoes and spices, and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for at least 10 minutes. Season to taste.
Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, then add onion and cook until soft. Add beef, chilli powder, cumin and oregano and cook until mince is brown and the spices have infused through the meat. Add the spinach, and stir until wilted.
Place 1/4 of the enchilada sauce over the base of a baking dish. Spread each tortilla with a little sour cream. Spoon mince mixture into the middle of each one, then top with grated cheese (reserving 1/2 cup cheese for later). Roll up and place seam side down in the baking dish (on top of the sauce). Pour remaining enchilada sauce over the top of the rolled tortillas, and then sprinkle with remaining grated cheese.
Bake at 190C for about 20 minutes.
Serve with Mexican rice (make your own, or buy the Uncle Ben’s 2-minute stuff), quartered tomatoes and sliced avocado, with sour cream on the side.
Serves 4-6

Fiji Love

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in a month! For some of that time we were away on holiday, and since we came back (nearly 2 weeks ago) I’ve been trying to find time to upload all the photos of said holiday! We each had a camera/device so there are literally HUNDREDS of photos of our trip. Which is awesome but overwhelming at the same time.

I needed to get the photos onto the computer, edited and sorted quickly because I have a voucher for a 50-page photobook that expires soon. Today I’m at home, taking an enforced sick day because I have sick kids. So it was the perfect time to start on the photobook. I’m STILL waiting for the photos to upload (they are taking A G E S) and then I have to put the book together. Big job.

I definitely won’t share all 376 photos on my blog (!) but I’ve made a few collages so I can share a selection of the best ones from our holiday. Probably half of these are Tyler’s photos (both my kids seem to have an eye for photography). Rob took over 100 videos on his new GoPro, but they need to be edited and condensed into one video before being shared. As I told him, there are only so many 2-minute snorkelling videos people will be interested in watching!

We really did have an amazing time in Fiji. We stayed at Plantation Island Resort, which was the perfect place for our family. This was the boys’ second overseas holiday and their first visit to Fiji … they LOVED it. They loved the water sports, the beaches, the snorkelling, the pools, the food, the games (especially beach volleyball at 4pm every day), making new friends, and spending lots of time together as a family. It was PERFECT.

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