My friend Rachel took these two photos when they stayed during the holidays and emailed them through.
I love them.
They just show Azzan at his best.
Everyone else on the wharf is fishing
and he is dancing
Thursday last week we were back to normal.
Left home at 6am.
First day of Term 3 for us.
It was wet.
We had about 25mm of rain overnight.
But thankfully the roads were actually really good.
The only pain was some quite large potholes which were full of rain so I was able to see them and was playing dodgems around them.
My day was made so much less stressful for me though due to help from friends.
Nuana met us when we arrived and took Mahalia & Azzan out to riding.
It was a grotty wet day so they did inside project work which they opted for in preference to no riding school at all.
Shanni had speech and during that brief half hour I popped into town to visit Carol Priest.
Next door to her shop is Mariposa.
My all time most favourite shop.
I just had 5 minutes to have a quick browse
In that 5 mins I found a top on sale which will go really well with 2 olive green skirts that I bought quite a few years ago and have hardly worn because I haven’t managed to find anything to go with them.
Shanni & I then went to the chiropractor.
Nuana picked Shanni up after her appointment while I had my massage therapy.
From there I met them all at the library.
Zipped back to the Info Centre to say hi and bye to Conor and Michael.
They were heading off to Westport.
Then over the hill to Tahunanui where I did a stock up on bulk goods at Trents.
Just had time to cruise past the music shop and pick up new reeds for Shanni’s clarinet before gymnastics.
Chrissy was there with Nathan and her boys.
But Nathan, Joel & Yari were all sick so sat it out.
Victoria took Mahalia & Azzan to dancing and then back to her place.
Chrissy took Nathan to History & More for his first tutoring lesson with Rene.
I dropped Shanni at Soundstage and flew across the town to my dentist appointment.
Everything was happening at 3:30pm so I was extremely grateful to Chrissy & Victoria for their help.
James was running late.
I sorta figured by that time of the day he would be so I had Shanni & Nathan prepped to stay put till I got back for them.
I am having a crown made for the tooth I broke a few months back.
Once that fitting was all done I took off to get Shanni.
Then got caught up in the pre 5pm traffic and crawled along Waimea Rd.
Got there at 5pm and found Nathan & Rene were still working.
She had been late arriving so the lessons was late finishing which worked well for us.
It was pretty crazy trying to get back into the traffic and head the opposite direction to everyone else.
Mental note for next time – try and figure out an earlier pickup!!
We got groceries and then were outa town fast.
Stopped to pick up the kids from Victoria and Hira then home.
It was wet and foggy the whole way home.
My eyes felt like they were sticking out on stalks by the time we finally got here
Since coming home we have all crashed out.
Nathan has been recovering.
I have been sneezing and blowing my nose profusely.
I am taking all the vitamins and mineral I can to get on top of it.
It appears to be abating which is good.
I spent about 3 hours in the spa on Friday morning with my book.
It was great.
The wet southerly was swirling around my head.
I love the spa on a cold blusterly day.
I spent time getting the gst & filing finished.
A very good feeling to have it all done and filed before the final day for once!
The mail boat came Fri arvo but there wasn’t too much to have to deal with so that was good.
I hate it when I just get all the filing up to date and then a whole heap more paper work arrives.
It would be really nice sometimes to have a break before it all starts piling up again.
Saturday morning I was working on the computer when I received a file from Bri on Sype.
I opened it and found this picture.
I figured from that that she was making an announcement.
So I called her and sure enough
Bri & Nick are now officially engaged
Congratulations to you both.
Love the ring.
Now all the plans and schemes can be not quite so secret
The other exciting news for Saturday was that the sun is now back on the house.
It has been covering more of the wharf each day and the children have been excitedly letting me know all the other points it is hitting.
But this time it was definitely on the house for way more than a few seconds.
There are also daffodils blooming and the daphne bush is blossoming.
So Spring cannot be too far around the corner.
Yesterday the children were playing – they had made some sort of running course through the house.
I heard Azzan call out –
‘…and if I fail I shall suffer the consequences.’
I am not too sure what he was trying to do but it sounded funny!
Last night I found Mo sleeping here in my laundry baskets.
He looked so funny way up there.
Today we have been doing some school work.
We carried on with our chemistry.
This time though Nathan was with us so we reviewed atoms and their make up to catch him up with the play.
Then we moved on to finding out about protons, neutrons & electrons.
I am finding it all very fascinating as I never really did science at school.
So I am learning all sorts of cool things.
Like the Periodic Table of Elements and how to find out the number of neutrons in each atom.
For those of you who are as ignorant as I was before this morning.
You take the atomic number – which actually represents how many protons & electrons in the atom.
You deduct that number from the atomic weight of the atom and the remained is the number of neutrons.
From there we read about molecules.
That was pretty cool too.
Can you tell I am having fun?
The crazy thing is that Azzan & Mahalia are comprehending it all so much better than the older two right now.
Maybe cuz Nathan is not well?
But tonight at dinner it was Azzan who had most of the answers.
I just love the way the book is making it so much easier to understand than I ever realised it was.
Over the past few days I have gotten totally engrossed and completely absorbed into the world of Grey’s Anatomy.
Cat lent me the complete first 5 series when she was last home.
I am now zooming through Series 2.
I even resorted to taking the dvd player out to the spa this morning so I could watch it before breakfast!!
We don’t have TV so I have never seen any of these before and am finding them really gripping.
I was telling Tim about all the medical things I am learning and that I am now ready to perform open heart surgery, remove tumours from anywhere you could imagine and remove metal spikes from limbs, etc
This arvo all three children were practising their music all at the same time.
Azzan was in the far corner of the living room doing scales
Mahalia was in the centre of the room doing whatever she was meant to be doing.
And Shanni was practising clarinet over near the kitchen.
Needless to say it made interesting noise music!
Tim & Anson have been out most of the day doing mussel work.
They also went fishing this arvo and brought home a lovely feed of fresh fish for dinner.
I made a beef & cheese pie which we ate with fresh carrots from Shanni’s garden.
I got all carried away before dinner and made a new recipe from my Moosewood Cookbook.
Sour Cream Orange Cake.