so: day one (yesterday)
day two (today)
i had a very gentle day working from home: a little skype how-to-make-mersli (sic) tutorial with my mum, some ironing (woah, that's blogworthy!),
sam's inimitable stylez: twisted fat-pants tucked into socks and samoan safety boots x
he still makes me so happy x
girlz nite with the duckweed divas! x
watching city of bones with my mike #allyouneedislovequilt
five yellow sunflowers from my darling
celebrating twenty-five wedded years #missingthemullet x
joel + raych (on phone) + me
ze making of ze hot cross buns #grannyandjoel
#playajazzchord joel at jazz fest playing up a storm.. video on my insty feed
wasgijing with mum + dad x
KTYBUG goes to waiheke #herbiegoesbananas
it's as beautiful and tranquil as it looks.. pukeko + tui + doves!! and sleeping in a narnian tent x
a little lunch of smoked salmon, ringawera artisan bread and PASSIONFRUIT!! dreaming of boating holidaze, a dip in the sea at palm beach x
trekking out to man o' war vineyard with the man i adore, sharing a good glass and a platter for two x
little espressos and a lamb shank dinner at this gorgeous spot
#anzacday #spottheseagull x
our last happy day on waiheke island.. coveting the boathouse on the beach at little oneroa.. lunching on a delish veggie pita pocket stuffed full of refried beans, avocado, fresh tomato salsa and salady bits with little yellow flower petals.. dozing on the ferry on the searide home.. a perfick celebration of twenty five years x
homey stuffs: unpacking, washing, repacking for the wild week in wellington.. making epic chook with roasted veggie salad.. and finally, half way through the hols, blackening my fingertips in the name of deskooling x
yarp.. a mommy bloggeur from the internet. so fab to finally meet up!!!!! x
rendezvous.. jeez it's great to squeeze this face x x
massive day tripping around welly. . patting a kangaroo, a tortoise, chatting to a pelican.. a ride up the cable car + sibling playground antics.. espresso at verve for momma. . love this beautiful city and its people x
would you, could you..?
flew on a jet plane away, away.. carrying this girl in my heart #loveyoutothemoonandback #daywhatever x
mike's latest thing: lines and walls of toppling dominoes..
miss k's wedding #beautifulbride #maythefourthbewithyou
dropping the lads off and sneaking out for a quiet drink with this gumby #firstdaybackatskoolmyheadisbuzzing
the pre-dawn efficacy of loading up the slow-cooker with cumin-browned kumara shards and mum's guava + chilli jam glazed lamb shanks #needsfreshgreenbeans
brilliant. .. such a professional show.. highlights: cell block tango, roxie's puppet scene, mary sunshine! !! have woken up with ALL THE SONGS in our head!! #allthatjazz #ohsomeonewhospeaksnatalie
a little espresso out, a little flick through the frankie, a little friendship gem found:
wow. you guys. #lovefromthebirdieswhohaveflownthenest #burstintotearsmoment #mothersday
waaah this just arrived in the post.. super-creativity and love #youareourmother
red corduroy skirty cuteness landed in my lap today #handmedown #theanswertolifetheuniverseandeverything
sammo got an "outstanding excellence" for his year 12 speech + skypeys with this girl
spent the day with this cherub. . cleaned house together, met mates for lunch together, talked and talked and talked together. . now he's found a book series. . won't see him for a day or two
ran up the minden (twice!) and did some leetle dress + skirt alterations #cinderellayoushallgototheball #thisisstagenottelevision
sam.. . on saturday his band got through to the regional finals of the #smokefreerockquest + on sunday he successfully auditioned for another stage show + today he hung out with our leetle tweens at the theatre #dancingthroughlife
my trusty rusty shoesies + nailing boxfit + finally feeling fit (woop woop!! we've had fifty happy days already!) #sundaymondayhappydaysetc
catch-ups with these cuties:
another hilarious sunshine hour with these faves
sammo + paggypaggy at last night's ball.. fab friends
piles and piles of late-midsummer leaves
eleven skool kids plus he + me loading miniskips at TMT #nomorerhymesnowimeanit #serviceday2014
thursday lunchtimes with these little ratbags #theheartandsoulofmagteam
up at the crack of dawn conjuring up a friday night lentil lasagne (20 years on it's still a family staple) reciting latest movie lines in my head (you is kiiind, you is smaaart, you is important) and getting smiles-and-booties pics from our adorable nephew (awwwww)
skool ball 2014 #vintagehollywood
in welly together..
h'official ball pics have popped up!
"i'd like something a bit different.." #twiceyearlyhairdo
sammo's antics in the whiskey lounge lounge #fridaynightincarnieville x
half an hour later, he's rocking with the band
the boys are back in town..
sushi, seaweed salad and dancing clouds (aka miso) in my happy mug x
pre-bday drinks and a getting-smaller number on the scales x
out for birthday dinner + speeches with these fine lads x
+ this from my girl:
babygirl's 21st birthday: the first year we've spent our birthdays apart: waaah!
+ a bit of crazydediKATEdness:
snuck out on the town with this babe...
not a particularly happy occasion, but happy that we were counted: "save our maui, save them today!" #thelast55
sunday-morning sneaky vibes x
après-skool the holiday moment: pjs and fluffy ugg boots and my darling all you need is love quilt and mr firth x
my favourite time of day: him tucking me into bed with the next instalment #themagicfarawaytree x
mort's hilarious sense of humour x
these two have arrived: staying for TWO WHOLE WEEKS!!!!!!!! x
1. my tutor class came third in the obstacle course! 2. wee girlie in my tutor class won the talent quest! 3. foy house won the house singing!
BONUS: sam + aro + mrs wing rocked an impromptu open mike!
a pinch and a (non-alcoholic) punch for the first (and the rest) of the month...
these two snuggled up with tangled.. #freezingday "hi mum, we've got new beanies!"
skool's out, nails are already blackened, whiskey lounge is rocking, and these girls.. wow x
also, today's little thought from HoNY, on the first day of hols, from someone half way across the globe: she speaks my mind..
it's been such a joy, having the kids all together for this day and a half. today we headed to our mountain-on-the-sea. something magical happens when we go walking.
i read soulemama's words today:
"this nest of ours - may they carry it with them wherever they go and always find comfort in coming back to it - whether in heart or in place."
i feel the same way.
ten pin bowling with the kids!
wowsers - one hundred happy days! oh, how i've LOVED this journey, travelled on fb with family + friends, and archived here. i confess that some days, it's been a 10pm challenge to recall a moment of happiness, and a wonderful encouragement to hear the notification bell on my phone signalling a post up in the #100happydays backstage carnieville edition group. i shall miss thee.
and.. they're off.. like a streak of greased weasel's water... heading hundreds of kilometres in opposite directions, in search of their next #100happydays..
right then, "let us not say farewell, but as the french say it, au revoir!" (movie line)
bonne chance et bonne journée x