31 October 2010

Sight for sore eyes

One very swollen, oozing, painful, bloodshot eye is peering along with the good one at the computer tonight. So I'll make this quick. And no photo evidence sorry, as I am truly a sight for sore eyes. I know this because Mark keeps wincing when he looks at me :-(

The past few weeks have taken their toll - meeting some additional deadlines by working from home in the evenings as well as a few too many late nights blogging all adds up to one run down body telling me enough is enough.

So whilst I find I have pretty good mental endurance to keep going and going like a poor Everready bunny beating its drum, its always my body that finally gives out one way or another. It knows (far better than I do) that it is the only way to make me stop when I would otherwise just keep going at 100 miles an hour through life.

Combine the most wicked case of conjunctivitis I have ever seen on anyone (yay for me!) with the rather underwhelming dining experience that we had at Gusto on Friday night (shame as we hardly ever get to do 'dinner for two' and we were really looking forward to it), and it makes for a forgettable weekend.

I'm off for an early night with my tea bag compress, and a trip to the doctor in the morning awaits.

I hope you all had a more upbeat weekend..!

27 October 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Football Practice

The Cheerleaders

Goal Count - 7!

Goal count - 8!

Under clouds fair racing by

Can I Dad? Can I?

Monkey Boy

My turn

David Beckham's left foot - eat your heart out

Aw man...let me back out there!

25 October 2010

The Alphabet Weekend

A is for an all-round awesome long weekend.

B is for Banoffi Pie - finally made it.Yummo! Paisley Jade's recipe is so easy to follow. Although we didn't have a round flan dish deep enough so had to make it in a square dish. That meant we ended up using  a whole cup of cream instead of just 1/4. Pure naughtiness. Can I just say I'm in HEAVEN!

C is for cherry blossoms. So soft and delicate. I  wish I could jump in a pile of blossoms so deep that I could lie there and make cherry blossom angels ;-)

D is for dinosaur movies - we never get tired of watching The Land Before Time. Such wholesome story lines and cute characters.

E is for enjoying friends. Two nights in a row this weekend we headed out for dinner with friends and didn't have to cook. Rather nice for hubby for a change!

F is for flying fox. Even I had a go on it today.

G is for gardening. Lettuces, cherry tomatoes, courgettes, peas and strawberries all planted...check!

H is for helpful Harries. In the kitchen or garden, they're never too far away.

I is for index finger. It's always there or there abouts on this kid!

J is for an early morning jaunt to the duckpond. The gardens are just glorious right now.

K is for kotuku. My favourite bird at the zoo.

L is for lightsaber. Let's just say that equalled one happy bunny.

M is for mint cookies and cream icecream. In a cone. To die for. This lot look pretty satisfied too.

N is for 'nice one Noah'. Not only do you look the biz in your football gear, you took to the field and played like a real footballer. We are very proud!

P is for pizza bread. Left over french sticks, ham, and pineapple under the grill for lunch today.

Q is for quite unusual cloud formations in the sky tonight.

R is for rhododendron. So varied in colour, so in bloom right now. Loving it.

S is for my sous chef. Noah loved helping press the biscuit base, spread the caramel and banana and whipped cream on the various layers of the banoffi pie we made today. Of course he managed to find a way to sample each ingredient as we went.

T is for tepees. If you're wondering about all the extra stakes in the garden, we have a cat who is addicted to digging in ANY fresh dirt he can find. And when we've lovingly spent hours planting out the garden, we're not about to let him get the better of us. You might be crafty Murphy, but hopefully we're craftier!

U is for unexpected peek-a-boo. Now you see him, now you don't!

V is for very unglamorous. Me in garden gear that is. Threadbare trackies and an old work fleece. Well let's face it, it's all about the loving way you hold the plants when you plant them in the ground. I hope they're not going to sabotage their growing just because I'm not planting them in my Sunday best!

W is for wee adventures in the park. Just the boys and me, while Markie helped a friend clear their jungle of a backyard for the afternoon.

X is for extraordinarily ordinary weather. It was rather disappointing in Wellington this weekend to put it mildly. Definitely not the glorious sunshine the Metservice predicted that seemed to be shining everywhere else in the country but here. At least it didn't rain and we got to do everything we wanted even if it was cloudy or windy or both at the same time.

Y is for a young boy who rode all the way to the botanical gardens and home again today. It's quite a long way for a little dude who showed great stamina and only a little complaining towards the end. It was nothing that a bribe of chocolate milk and a biscuit couldn't fix though.

Z is for the zoo. A lovely hour spent this afternoon catching up with the happenings of our favourite animals. Ewoks included ;-)

And if it sounds like we spent most of the weekend eating, you'd probably be right! But it was
all so darn good!

24 October 2010

What he's loving

Lately this 4 year old

has been loving:

Star wars
Return of the Jedi is by far his favourite of the three movies. This then turns into lightsaber fights with daddy, and the latest sticker chart reward goal was a lightsaber of his own, he's had to save up for 20 stickers so it's been a few weeks in the making. After scoring a goal today in football (see below), that was the last one all sewn up. Up until now the iPod Lightsaber application (complete with appropriate noises) has been a good alternative for Jedi fights.

Being able to do his own buttons up, and it's really not that long since I was wondering when he'd ever figure it out! All it took was having his buddy Beck here for a sleepover. When he saw Beck doing his own pyjama buttons up, that was all the motivation he needed to do it himself. It was almost worth the very early start the following morning (5:30am) when two excited boys couldn't bear to sleep any longer. Thanks to Mark for picking up that early shift! Oh and we've done our buttons ourselves every night since!

Drawing people
This person has a jetpack on and rocket fire coming out.

And this person is on T.V.

Becoming a footballer, getting into it new boots n all. He was WELL disappointed when the first game got cancelled with bad weather last weekend. Not so this weekend. Off he went. And was the only person in his team to score a goal today - Go Noah! No hand holding required from Daddy this year, a far cry from the timid three year old who made his first foray into football this time last year. What a difference a year makes.


Toy Story Yahtzee
Noah received this game for his birthday. And its a great way to introduce kids to the classic game. Woody is the 'wild dice' so he counts towards any other character you're trying to get, and if you roll Lotso (the baddie), you can't use that dice for the rest of that turn. You get three rolls to get as many of the same character as possible, and then put your token on how many you scored, one through five). It's a great quick game as you only get five turns (one to try and get each character) x 3 rolls per turn. And it's as good with two players as it is with three or four. Counting up your points at the end is really good practice for number skills, particularly as the score rarely gets above twenty. A great Christmas or birthday present if you're caught short for ideas!

Next week he gets to have another friend for a sleepover (Mum & Dad better prepare themselves for another early start). That'll be three sleepovers in about six weeks. Which equates to 3 pre-6am Sunday mornings for us....yawning and extra coffees for us on these days! But he LOVES it and that's the main thing!


And in two weeks' time, we're having a very special one-on-two night with Noah for Guy Fawkes - yay it's a Friday night this year, so no worries about staying up a bit later either.

We're gonna make a special night of it and have takeaway New York style pizza from Wholly Bagels, get a few sparklers (and maybe a rocket or two) in - we don't think Noah has ever seen fireworks up close so that'll be interesting! Then we'll head upstairs to our room to watch the fireworks on display from the main Wellington show at 9pm - it runs for 15 mins and we can only see the really tall circular ones but it'll still be a blast....(ha ha, I wrote that and then realised it actually will be...a blast!). I'm already looking forward to it, can you tell?!

So life is pretty cool right now if you happen to be four!


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