Thursday, 22 November 2012

Bliss bluss bloss bossy

Don't worry, I didn't really get it either.

We went to the bay with all 5 kids for the long weekend (Canterbury holiday)

I should really stop there, because that, in itself is a huge HUGE step for us.
To be fair, James's parents took his kids and we took mine, but still...
5 kids, 2 parents, 2 in laws, and a little bit of rain.

Benj had never been to the bay before so it was all new to him. 
He loved it. 
He was already asking when we can go back.

It was interesting seeing the personalities come out when they were spending time doing 'on holiday' things and not glued to a screen like at home..
I could quite easily see who was fighting to be alpha dog...
There were only a few moments where it felt a little 'Lord of the Flies' 

 The house is still a work in progress.
Simplicity is not exactly a feature.
Sometimes I view it a little bit like scrapbooking. 
Why do you need 4000 buttons and ribbons when the photos should speak for themselves...
Maybe you have to visit Queen Charlotte sounds to get my drift.

We saw dolphins from the house, and almost got to see them up close.
But I won't go into that right now... 

This is my favourite house in the Sounds. 
It reminds us of the Twilight house..
But none of you sophisticated ladies probably know what I mean... do you ;)
It hides away, fairly unassuming.. 
A great example of a sympathetic Sounds house, imho.

There was a point where Pop felt homesick. 
I jokingly said "yeah, it's horrible here isn't it, man, I wish I could go back to ChCh too..." 
She didn't really 'feel' me. I couldn't grasp how you could feel homesick when you were actually WITH your mum at an amazing place. 
Perhaps it was that there were so many NOT family members, doing things rather differently than what she is used too...

I rebelled against my no added sugar fiasco, and had 3 roasted marshmellows... 

There was a time of eel catching...
Can I just say, they are not easy to catch, nor are they pretty. 
This one was just a baby, so they let it go. 

I don't think that we will be returning to this place that James has grown up around.
Not for some time anyway.
I am sad for the children.
I want a place that they can create memories,
like the ones James has. 

But times are changing...
Relationships are strained, and life is, as it has been for an age, taking it's new turns and tumbles.

We shall see, ridiculously huge 
House at the Bay.

Saturday, 10 November 2012



When they're good...

They're fantastic.

Things feel successful and cheerful.
I look forward to things like Christmas... 
And holidays.

Things don't seem quite as tough at the moment.
Though I'm sometimes scared to say that and jinx it...

I love these guys.
Sometimes it's so hard.
Sometimes it's divine.
Sometimes it's a mix, depending on who's hormonal.

But I love them. 

Friday, 2 November 2012

The end....

Not really. 
Just, the end of being 30 as yesterday was my 31st birthday. It was great. Much better than the year before! 
James was lovely, and I got lots of things I have wanted for a while. Lucky girl. 

Tomorrow marks the end of my first year at Uni, and my last day as a professional photographer. (but, really, like I'm ever going to stop taking photos).

I have my final exam at 9.15am and my final wedding at 3.00pm


I like to think that it really was out of my hands.

Each morning has consisted of pretty much the same routine (as mentioned in previous posts..) 
Get up, get kids ready and out the door, sit down, eat breakfast - new fav is pomegranate and porridge)
boil jug for bottomless coffee
And... hit the books. 

Somedays I actually want to HIT the books..

It's been amazing. I feel like my brain is going through neurogenesis (see what I did there) 
I think everyone should have a go at studying as an adult at some point, it's so totally different than when we were at highschool (for one thing, I'm not pregnant yet!)

 I love the fact that I love what I am studying, it keeps me going.
Ha, I say this now, but I have two stats papers to complete next year, plus 5 others.....

The kids wanted to get me something for my birthday yesterday. I asked for a painting of something (anything) The card on the left is from my lovely mother-in-law and the painting on the right is from Pop.... so funny, they are so similar with no correspondence between the two of them!

James got me this art deco ice server, although I had no idea what it was at first! 
We have this amazing antique shop that we love to go to (how it survived in the earthquake I'll never understand) and he bought it from there. 
I adore that my husband knows how to shop for me. 

I had just assumed he'd do a quick dash to the mall... 
I should never have underestimated him!
Love you hun.

So, tomorrow, I sit the exam.
I'm not too nervous, but there's still time for that! ;)