Lately …

Lots has been happening lately, so here’s a bit of an update! Tyler competed in the Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon again, which he absolutely loves. He had such a great time and was really happy with his race. It was a scorching hot day with sunshine and blue skies. Rob, Ethan and I all enjoyed watching […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]