21 December 2012

Things I'm Loving 21.12.12

I wholeheartedly believe that no matter what is happening in your life, there is always something you can be thankful for..no matter how simple it is.

Rubber ducky...you're the one
I organised for our Corporate team to go out for a curry and bowling night as an end-of-the-year wind-up, and most of us did a Secret Santa. Mine was totally random but cool at the same time. A giant rubber ducky, who we renamed Jemima Puddleduck to be our team mascot for the bowling. She also looked super cute wearing my sunnies, don't ya think?

Gonna light up your world like nobody else
I love the fact that Telecom have such a cool tradition at Christmas, lighting up Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with separate trees each year. And the fact that you can design your own display to be shown on the tree at a particular time is even cooler. I took Noah down to see it as a special treat last weekend and we enjoyed lying under the tree looking up at the changing lights listening to the sounds of Christmas blasting out on the speakers all around us. Here's a wee clip of the fun we had.

I think you can tell how much Noah loved his special outing with Mum too.

Gingerbread galore
The chef at Te Papa has created an amazing lifesized gingerbread house which we visited the other day. It took 180 hours of baking and who knows how many cups of flour, but lordy it smelt divine. Hard not to jump the fence and dive into it.

Pebble angels
Happens every time we got to Te Papa. Amongst the big air jumps they always make time for some pebble angels. Love these 2 pickles to pieces - even with all the pebbles that come home in various pockets and other orifices afterwards!

Winner winner outside dinner
Loving the warm weather last week. Warm enough for our first outdoor dinner - and what better dinner than the one the that gets gobbled up the fastest at our place? That Spag bol went down singing hyms!

Cupcake heaven
Last week I had the coolest experience doing a cupcake decorating class for 2 hours. I got to play with all kinds of molds with the fondant icing and got shown various techniques and cool tricks like using rainbow dust and glitter to zhush up the decorations. I especially enjoyed making the snowflakes and holly. Not wanting to dumb down the difficulty of it all, but being a mum with young kids, it felt a lot like I was just mucking round with playdough!

I can definitely see more fancy cupcakes in my future now I know how fun and easy it is!

Angry Birds Star Wars
Loving the fun of Angry Birds being taken to a whole other level with the new Star Wars version. Each level is a different Star Wars character who does different things, Obi Wan-Kenobi uses the Force, Luke Skywalker uses his lightsaber, Hans Solo uses his gun. The kids are ALL over this at the moment.

iPhone Screenshot 4

The holidays are here
Today is the last day of work for me for a good 2 and a bit weeks. Yeeha to that! We're heading up to Nana & Poppa's bright and early tomorrow morning, and so looking forward to seeing them  as well as hanging out with Sam and Alesha, Nic and Kim. I can't wait to be in the warmth of the Waikato and in the wide open spaces of the country.

Whether you are having a traditional cold Christmas amongst snow and dark evenings, or you're like us enjoying a cold beer and putting another saussie on the barbie in the heat of the summer sun, I hope that you all have a very blessed Christmas and that you're able to reflect on and remember the real reason for the season.

Jesus, a Heavenly Saviour born in the most unexpected of circumstances, yet still the King of Kings who changed the world forever. 

And that is such a nice segue into this year's fantastic clip from St Paul's shown at Vector Arena's Carols by Candlelight in Auckland last weekend. And one of my very talented bloggy friends wrote this story, can you believe it!! Simone, thank you for creating this most amazing and unique insight into the Nativity story. Our world is truly a more blessed place for it.

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jacksta said...

ha. I downloaded the free stars wars angry birds and totally thought of you and your boys. funny

Miriam said...

Great list as always - have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas full of the love of the awesome JC xx

Catching the Magic said...

Wow! So much to love in this beautiful Christmas cheer post. The video you put together of your special time with Noah under the Christmas Tree nearly brought a tear to my eye!! Stunning photographs too.

Where did you do the cupcake course? They look amazing!

Love that video and story by Simone too.

Yah for eating outdoors (I have one of those Weetabix bowls).

Have a fabulous holiday with your family. Your friendship over this year has been very cherished. Wishing you and your family every happiness for 2013,

Sarah, Dan & girls xxxx

Sammy said...

Love love love! Merry Christmas clever girl, I am so glad I know you xxx

Bron said...

Hey I just discovered that same clip and was preparing to show my kids church kids on Sunday...it is so clever.
Love the pebble angels and all your Christmas cheer....

Merry Christmas and thanks for hosting this every week.xxx


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