By Tyler …

“Ouch!” I muttered, as I carefully put my feet on the sharp rocks. It was a Sunday afternoon and the sun was lasering down on me and my family. We strolled towards the quiet lake; we went through the luscious, green grass fields, over gates, across bridges, under trees that skyed above us. Finally we […]


A fair bit on my mind today … sharing a few of those thoughts … Tyler is off school because he is sick, so I stayed home with him. I wanted to work from home, because he has (as I suspected he would) been sleeping and watching TV all day. But my company has a policy that […]

Sweet Sixteen

So, my lovely man and I have been married for 16 (SIXTEEN!) years. We celebrated our anniversary (on 1 May) by exchanging traditional gifts, as we always do. The traditional gift for 16 years is wax. I bought him hair wax, car wax and a funky candle. He bought me a scented candle, and he […]

We will remember them

As a nation, NZ has just commemorated 100 years since the landing of the ANZACs at Gallipoli in 1915, during WWI. Because it was the centenary commemoration, this year was pretty special. I blogged a few weeks ago about how much Tyler had been learning about ANZAC Day, and how passionate and enthusiastic he was […]

Crazy busy.

It’s the start of another school term, and this one is BUSY. Mostly as a result of all the sport my boys play. Term 1 was busy too, but with their summer sports (summer soccer, tag rugby and athletics) slowing winding down, there were a few weeks near the end where our schedules were pretty […]

Lately …

Lots has been happening lately, so here’s a bit of an update! Tyler competed in the Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon again (see my previous post). It was a scorching hot day with sunshine and blue skies. Rob, Ethan and I all enjoyed watching him (and running to keep up with him around the course!) … a […]

Beachin’ it

I live on the Hibiscus Coast, a stretch of the Hauraki Gulf coast located 35km north of Auckland, NZ’s largest city. The Hibiscus Coast runs north from the Whangaparaoa Peninsula through Orewa to Waiwera. The area is home to many beaches, and is known to be a number of degrees warmer than the city because […]

Kiwi Kids Try!

Yesterday Tyler participated in the Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon for the second year. He LOVED it last year, so there was no question that he would do it again this year (and every year to come). It’s an amazing event, so well organised and brilliantly run. The venue (Narrow Neck) is spectacular, and the weather yesterday […]

Lest we forget …

Tyler’s class is doing quite a lot of work on WWI and WWII, in the lead up to the Anzac Day Centennary next month. Over the weekend, Tyler had to learn the poem “Flanders Fields” by heart. He was the only one in his class who was able to recite it without any help from […]

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 […]