The children and I hopped in the spa together then they hopped out to watch ‘Ratatouille’ – Julie gave it to the boys for a combined b’day pressie and Azzan just ‘had’ to watch it.
I checked the clock and decided they had enough time to watch it and still have an early night.
Shanni was very tearful – something that only happens when she is over tired, so I definitely was aiming to get her to bed earlier than usual.
Herbie phoned me while I was in the spa so we ended up solving the world’s problems till it was dark.
It was nice and relaxing a great for my knee just to wallow a while in there.
I know I should really have been icing it but the warmth and the elevation was great.
I came inside and the children were still engrossed in the movie. They were finding it extremely funny
Dinner was a non issue as they had all been grazing on whatever they felt like – we were all a bit over food by this stage of the weekend!
The children all said good bye to Julie as they would hopefully still be asleep when we left.
It took Azzan & Julie quite a long time to say au revoir as they had to have their final French lesson
The clock said it was 8:30pm so I was thinking they really should get to bed if they were going to get anything remotely like an early night.
Then somehow we realised that the clock was wrong and had been turned back to pre-daylight saving time
So the early night had not happened after all and I had several VERY tired children on my hands.
Mahalia does not do tired at all well
Tim had disappeared and we had no idea where he was.
I eventually traced him to Nathan’s room.
He had gone upstairs to say goodnight but Natey was busy on his computer so Tim had blobbed out on the sofa with a book and just wasn’t capable of moving far.
I sent Hali up to get him and Nathan frightened her
It doesn’t take much when she is tired but it took Tim forever to calm her down
Monday morning I was up before 5am and Julie & I left at 5:40am.
Had a good trip out with only a few photo shoot stops.
Julie got some great sunrise photos.
It was actually very cool and the dew on the grass at Okiwi made me feel like it was Autumn – not nearly summer!
We had breakfast at Starbucks, found Julie’s hostel and then began working out way through my list.
First stop was the hire place to organise wedding things.
Got that sorted and then it was the shop stock up.
Did what we could and then carried on out to Richmond.
Once we had done a few things there I had time to pop in and visit our friend Don who has cancer and is waiting for bureaucracy to sort itself out so he can begin treatment!
We had a lovely time entertaining him or was he entertaining us – whatever!
We enjoyed our visit. Kathy was at work so missed her smiling face.
Soon after we got there Cat arrived so it was quite a merry party.
Then we headed off to get Nathan’s b’day present and back into town to finish off the lists.
We enjoyed a leisurely lunch at Deville – Cat was able to give Julie some good tips on what to do and where to go for the rest of her South Island experience.
Cat left me at an internet cafe for an hour so I could work on my Photomax project.
We said our farewells to Julie, grabbed a drink and headed home.
Went down to Waterfall to unload the shop stuff.
I was quite tired so just wanted to get it all unpacked, priced and head home.
Tuesday was a beautiful day.
I was planning to start school.
But Cat was home!
She spent the morning with the children cleaning and de-junking.
It was great but once again no formal academia.
Shanni typed up her story on the computer.
She is working on a story for the Sylvanian competition.
I was very impressed that she stuck at typing it all by herself.
Tim wanted to get out early on the water and do mussel work as it was so calm.
He was a bit frustrated because Nathan’s leg was too sore and he couldn’t raise Richard so he ended up down on the wharf conditioning ropes until Richard was finally available to help.
Once Cat had finished the cleaning I heard the weedeater start up – it went for most of the day!
She had quite a mission on as the lawns hadn’t been mowed for months.
At midday I was feeling so bodily exhausted that I just had to go sleep.
The past few days with very little sleep had finally caught up on me.
I gave the 4 children instructions as to what to do for lunch and then told them that the only reason they were to come disturb me was if someone was dying!
I pulled the curtains and crawled under the covers and didn’t emerge for 2 hours.
When I came too, I staggered out to the living room and found Tim was home and having lunch with Alan.
Andrew, Tracey and children were also here visiting.
After several glasses of orange juice I managed to wake up.
Because of my iron levels being lower than usual at present I need to be taking the tablets 3 times a day, not just 2 like I have been. I didn’t have my glasses on and Hali had cleaned and rearranged all the containers of vitamins. I reached in and grabbed the bottle of what I though was iron pills and then after I had swallowed it realised it was Cascara (which normally is at the back so I hadn’t realised they were in similar containers) – oh well! I spose it will counter the effects of the iron pills-!!
Tim took Nathan & Alan out to do some more mussel floats after their lunch – he has quite a mission on at the moment so needs to get out and do them whenever possible.
I chatted with Andrew & Tracey for a while. When they left with Jack, Josie was not at all happy about leaving so I suggested Azzan and Hali might like to walk her home at 5pm. They were all very happy about that plan They were having such a lovely time in the tree house.
Dinner was easy.
I really didn’t feel terribly inclined towards food but I found some fish fingers that Alan had brought in so we had them with refried rice and eggs and stir fried veges and salad. There is still a a mountain of carrot cake left from Nathan’s b’day so dessert was taken care of easily too
I had fed the 2 wee ones early and read stories to them so Tim was able to tuck them in while I dished up our dinner.
I crashed out and watched the first part of ‘Mansfield Park’ – by Jane Austin. A most delightful story – so proper!
Today we have woken to rain – quite steady but no wind as yet.
So I guess Azzan won’t be walking around to see Josie too early.
Tim is heading out to do more mussel floats with Alan as crew this morning.
I am off to try and see if we can manage to discover the realms of academia today…..