31 December 2010

Holiday I'm loving you

Every which way you look at it, this holiday rocks. And whilst I'm still technically 'taking a break', I figured if I didn't keep up with the amazing memories and fun we've created, it'd all be a big blur. Or that's what I'm telling myself anyway.

What is there to love about this holiday? Well......let me tell you.

Seeing confidence and pedal power growing

And growing...note the cool Darth Vader duck horn donated by Uncle Sam

The satisfaction in getting airborne

Finding a ‘Punch Buggy’ shoppe. Noah and Daddy scored 4 each here, and while technically they weren’t ‘on the road’ I let them have the spoils. Official Punch Buggy Count this holiday so far = Noah 9, Daddy 8, Mummy 5.

The indulgence of a child-free night. Our first ever together without the boys. We made the most of it by taking in a road trip to Auckland to catch up with dear friends Andrea, Andrew and lil Mackay. We were treated to a fab night out at one of Ponsonby’s institutions S.P.Q.R. Oh and a night in a super king bed and no early wake-up call = something akin to bliss.

And in case you’re wondering the boys were angels for Nana, Poppa and Nic. P.H.E.W!

Our daily dozens to creatures calling

The cheekiness of it all

Yep, so, so cheeky.

A family mini golf outing

Lending a hand with Poppa’s mowing

Many nights wiled away by Carcasonne. An addictive and entertaining game which was a hit with us all.

The chance to hang with Uncle Nic and catch up on this past year

Little people exploring their wide, wide world. It is apparent that being here enlarges and magnifies their world. The colours more vivid, the sounds more crisp, the sky brighter, the smells so fresh.

Amongst all this goodness, this joy, I've only managed to find a couple of things not to love:

Mosquito bites - I'd forgotten how bad that 'next day' itchy feeling was. At the time, it's fine but the next day we've fallen apart in a mass of red, blotchy welts. Ick.

Having to try and find a click beetle at midnight in a room full of holiday mess, suitcases, clothes etc. We got there in the end, turns out it was under the bed, but it was flippin annoying being woken out of a deep sleep at the time to rummage everywhere!

And having molars on their way = a sometimes grumpy Mylo. Poor poppet.

But there's no way the holiday love is over yet, since our holiday continues, we're off to Taranaki in the morning to stay with GeeGee for a couple of nights on our way back to Welly.

But as this is my last official post for 2010, I'd like to say thanks to you, this year. Two thousand and ten. You rocked, well most of the time. And we're kicking off the New Year with exciting times, as we will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of English Grandma & Grandad at the end of January for seven weeks.

I'm excited to see what else 2011 will have in store for us too. And as long as it's full of family, friendship and fun, its gonna be a goodie.

Happy New Year one and all!

26 December 2010

What makes a Merry Christmas?

I feel a incapable of writing this post. I just can't do it justice. My brain has apparently decided to go on holiday along with the rest of my body. It's been a struggle even starting each sentence.

Maybe it is because I have read so many wise and beautiful words lately about the wonder of Christmas, and the real reason for the season. And as hard as I try, I just can't seem to come up with anything more wise, or poetic and beautiful.

So all that leaves me with is sharing a little of what made our Christmas merry and magical.

Boys and girls in PJ's for most of the morning. And no-one minded in the slightest.

A chip off the old block? Learning a few tips from his talented uncle.

The wonder and awe in little eyes.

Thankfulness and excitement.

Exploring all new sounds and sensations.

A furry friend come to visit.

The enjoyment of having the whole family together for this one day of the year.

A treasure hunt

A coy boy on his new bike from mum and dad. Great having an uncle who owns a bike shop - thanks Uncle Sam - you rock!

Could there be another chef in the making?

Mid-afternoon siestas and quiet time

Handstands, tag and frolicking amongst the daisies

Kite flying and ball throwing.

And so, so much more. There's just no room to tell it all. But we'll remember it, oh yes, we'll remember it. We will savour every last minute just as we savoured the great food and fine company.

 Photos a combined effort by me and our talented inhouse photographer Nic.

Wherever you were, whether surrounded by sun or snow, we hope that there was much to make your Christmas a merry one. We hope you were surrounded by loved ones, and you found time amongst the glitter and gifts to reflect on the beauty that is this life.

That's it from me for a few days. I'm indulging in some keyboard 'time out'! Family to be with, and fun to be had.

Merry (belated) Christmas everyone.


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