28 June 2013

Things I'm Loving 28.6.13

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.

Peely Wally
Loving this absolutely delightful children's story that I found in the library last week. It has been a much requested story at our house since then, so much so that Mylo can just about quote it word for word now!

The boys were so into the story that when I suggested they make their own Peely Wally and baby bird they didn't need asking twice - this was our rainy Saturday morning activity last week.

It's been a while
With one thing and another it had been aaaaaages since I'd taken the boys down to Te Papa for the afternoon. It was remarkably quiet being a Friday afternoon (and the day after the storm of the century here in Wellington) so we had the run of the place. When you spend an hour here you barely scratch the surface of all there is to see - on this visit we hung out in the natural world area, discovering all the native wildlife, watching the Colossal Squid movie, hanging out in the Discovery Centre, and discovering the position of the Southern Cross in the galaxy.

Not forgetting the opportunity to crawl all over the North Island getting our bearings of where our friends and family live and all the places we have been.

As the time crept closer to 5pm on the longest night of the year, we decided we'd better head home especially with the stormy southerly ready to pound us for Round 2 (it didn't stop raining all weekend). Which made it even more amazing that we were greeted with these amazing skies as we left Te Papa that night. 

Thumbs up for the brownie
From time to time, Mark takes his special recipe chocolate brownie in for the daycare teachers.

This time they made they thanked him by getting the children to help make a special thank-you banner which Mylo was so excited to unravel and show Daddy when he got home.

Gourmet Pizzas
Loving having a hubby who is an awesome cook - way better than me (although I do try and hold my own in the baking stakes).  Last weekend we got our usual $3 pizza dough from The Mediterranean Warehouse and Mark whipped up two very tasty, very different pizzas. The first was one we've had before but not for a while - Mince Potato and Rosemary pizza, and the other one which was a first was divine - Pear Camembert and Caramelized Onion. He got the idea as we'd had some nashi pears sitting on the kitchen bench not getting eaten so figured he might as well put them to good use and so googled 'Pear and Camembert Pizza' - God Bless Google! So it was a pretty good use of some otherwise unwanted ingredients if you ask me - an utterly unusual and delicious combination!

Counting down the months
I watched this trailer the other day for the official LEGO movie. It doesn't come out until April next year, but it looks like it is definitely going to be a good one to watch! And with the school holidays not far away I'm pretty sure there will be an abundance of kid's movies about to hit our screens soon too - Monsters University, Despicable Me 2 and Epic just to name a few!

Basket fungus
We had quite the unexpected science lesson last weekend when Mark brought in a funny looking item from the garden - it looked (as Sarah Lee suggested) like it could easily have been dumped in the garden by the storm - having been picked up from some far shore.

During the day, we found a couple more of these strange exhibits in various stages of growth.

But in fact, after a shout-out through Instagram and Facebook we discovered it was actually a fungus - a basket fungus and apparently common in NZ. Amazing to think that our Creator created this - an innocuous looking fungus but one that contains a special surprise that will pop out when it's least expected!

A bit of a result
Last week I got quite the surprise when my name was picked out to win an amazing boots and bag combo from Overland Footwear through Instagram. And they were super quick to deliver them - I had them in my hot little hands (or should that be on my hot little feet!) the very next day. Wow - talk about super service.

And talk about feeling like a gal about town - this coming from someone who usually doesn't spend more than $50 on boots it was quite the moment of excitement for me in what was an otherwise pretty nondescript week!

So......how are you holding up through these deep winter months peeps - if you're like me, you're probably feeling the need to dig a little deeper to find the moments to love amongst the days of cold, damp and rain. But if you're prepared to look hard enough for the nuggets of gold in the every day, I'm sure they really are there!

Here's how you can join in this week:

Link up below with your blog post telling us what you're loving, and grab the Things I'm Loving button below for your post too. Don't forget to share the love by visiting all the other lovelies who have joined in - the linky is open till same time next week!

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JuRita said...

Love those boots. So awesome!
Such a cute craft too :) I need to get back to doing simple things with my little ones.
Have a great weekend!!!

CHD said...

Lots to love this week. I love the bird art you did with your boys. That fungi looks amazing. And, boots arriving in the mail makes a perfect day in my book- and if they are free even better. Te Papa looks great...we might be there in a few weeks time. Cx

Nikki said...

Love your lovings! The boots are amazeballs! The pizza is amazeballs! And that book looks super cute! x

Leonie said...

Always an interesting and happy list! Lucky you! Have a great weekend x

Bron said...

Those boots are amazing, my favourite is red....and you have a very clever hubbie whipping up such yumminess.
Not long before we get to visit your lovely North Island for ourselves. xx

Catching the Magic said...

Yah for those boots and bag! Most deserving winner ever and most stylish Mamma too! Love your creativity with your gorgeous boys too and glad you are having some time with them to have fun between everything else. Stay well, keep happy, take care beautiful lady. You are amazing xxx

boysmum2 said...

We too are anxiously waiting for all those great movies to hit the theatres so we can have some fun times out soon

Notchka said...

Yum - the Pear Camembert and Caramelized Onion pizza. I have to say there wouldn't be any uneaten Nashi at our house, they are my very favourite!
Oh and I'm crushing on those boots - have tried them on, so I know what a score you have there!!


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