I am …

Reading … “Waking Hours”, the first novel in the East Salem series by Lis Wiehl. It’s good so far. There are a few more books in the series so I should be set for reading material for a while. I’ve just finished reading Miranda Hart’s book “Is It Just Me?” (brilliant) and “Close Your Eyes”, […]

Getting away

It’s the school holidays here in NZ (our version of “Spring Break”) so we decided to take an opportunity to have a family vacation up north. Rob’s family live in Whangarei, which is classified as the “Far North” and is about 2 hours drive from where we live. We ventured a lot further north this […]


Wow, I can’t believe my baby is 11 today! The time has just flown by, and soon he will be off to college and I’ll have no more primary school kids. In no time at all I will have two teenagers in the house (it sometimes feels like I already do). Tyler has been counting […]

Ruby Anniversary

*Warning – this post contains LOTS of photos!* **Apologies if you’ve already seen these photos on Facebook** It’s no secret that I have amazing parents. In August, they¬†celebrated 40 (FORTY!) years of marriage, and my sister Leah and I wanted to do something really special for them. First, we surprised them with tickets to a […]

Best Mum?

I thought my kids might be getting too old for me to post little anecdotes about the funny things they say. I haven’t done it in a long time! But I had to share this one. It’s perfect! Conversation with Ethan (age 13) last night. Me: “Do you love me?” Ethan: “Yep!” Me: “Am I […]

Kids Can Cook!

A few weeks ago we started a new Thing at home. Ethan and Tyler are now in charge of cooking dinner once a week. Tyler cooks every Monday and Ethan cooks every Thursday. At the moment they still need a bit of help/advice from us, but we basically let them do everything by themselves. All […]

Cross Country

Tyler had his cross country last week – his last one at primary school, ever! Last year he came 6th, which was his best result. His goal for this year was to beat last year’s placing, and he did it! He came 5th! Unfortunately it’s only the top 4 who go through to interschools, but […]

Salted Chocolate and Caramel Brownie Tart

So the guy in the middle turned 42 on the weekend: “What’s with the beard?” you may be asking. Yeah, I’m not really sure. He knows I HATE it, but he continues to grow it. I have been promised that it will definitely be gone before summer (i.e. 1st December) so I’ve resigned myself to […]

Game Day!

I have to share these photos of the awesome “Game Day” my sister Leah organised for my boys during the school holidays. With one of them recovering from a serious injury (see last post), both of them getting over colds and the weather decidedly ‘iffy’ at this time of year, she needed to plan something […]

Pray first, pray more

Life has it’s ups and downs, doesn’t it? One moment you’re driving along in the sunshine, windows down, great music playing on the stereo. You’re singing along, looking forward to something-in-particular and feeling grateful to be alive. Nek minit, you’re dealing with a crappy situation, wondering how things changed so fast! Many times the ‘crappy […]