Because of their late night I had told the children to sleep in and chill a bit this morning.
So they did.
They watched a movie and then sometime midmorning I had a quick shower and began kicking them along.
They were in a real go slow silly mode so after a while I began to get quite frustrated.
As I stated to them later – I let them sleep and rest late so when I ask them to move they should respect my wishes and move!
But because they didn’t the last hour before we left got very stressful for me.
I could see the morning disappearing and I had several things I had to do before their matinee.
I was near tears when we finally left the house around 10:30.
They got a good talking to in the car on the way into town
Went straight to the library to drop off and pick up books.
Then we zipped around to ‘Deville
‘ cafe to meet Kathy.
As it wasn’t long before the children were dancing again I got them some lunch.
The kids baskets there are always a hit.
Full of fresh fruit, juice, popcorn, cheese & crackers etc.
The strawberries were very impressive!
I had a delicious vegetarian Quesadilla.
It was absolutely delectable and had a complete half pan fried avocado beside it
It was really lovely to catch up with Kathy.
We don’t see enough of each other and now she is moving back to the North Island we will see even less.
The kids being nice to me after their rough start to the day
I had to run to get them to the theatre by 12:30 so it was a quick bye to Kathy and we were off.
Seb had picked up Cat’s motor for me and he was following me around the city trying to pin me down long enough to give it to me!
Eventually caught up and had a chat for a few minutes.
His work has just put him through a dive course which he absolutely loved.
He is also about to go through some aquacultural training which will up skill him – at least on paper!
He’s had the skills for a while but it takes time to get to the paperwork.
I had some time to fill in before picking the children up again so sat in the car and updated my blog while I had time and peace.
From the theatre we went back tot he studio.
It was a pot luck party.
There as food for Africa!!
Peta is quite strict about having healthy food so there was a fantastic range of fruits, vege sticks, sandwiches etc.
There was water and orange juice – no fizz or lollies etc.
It was great.
Kids enjoyed chilling out together and watching a dvd of the show.
Azzan was glued to the screen for most of it.
At half time he and I walked over to Countdown.
He is very concerned about the family who have lost their house in a fire this week.
So I let him choose some groceries to put in the box as he has been putting in his muesli bars after every performance
I had talked quietly with Peta about Azzan’s concerns that he was not dancing well in one of his dances because he didn’t have a partner.
She took him aside later on and had a wee chat with him.
I am so impressed with how she handles these kids.
There are so many of them but she takes the time to make each one feel special.
She asked him how he felt about the dance and told him that she thought he danced so well and that he danced much better as a solo.
She told him that she thought he was a brilliant solo dancer.
He came away feeling much happier about it all.
We went straight back to the theatre as it was time for the evening performance.
I didn’t bother going anywhere o just sat in the car till it was time to go in through the front entrance and enjoy the show for myself.
It was great.
Everyone did so well.
The little ones got some very loud claps – they were so cute.
There are 4 older boys in the dance company.
It was wonderful to see them dance.
They have all been dancing for 10-12 years and obviously still enjoy it.
There were dancers of all ages and stages in life.
A group of ‘mature’ women brought the house down when they came on dressed in very buxom outfits and wigs brandishing wood spoons dancing to ‘Think‘ by Aretha Franklyn.
As it was the last night there were some presentations of flowers to Peta and the other teachers.
Then Peta presented the iPod to the child who had sold the most tickets.
I was completely blown away when she turned and gave it to Mahalia.
I have no idea how many friends of ours went, but it was obviously enough.
Thanks so much to you all for naming her.
She was absolutely delighted.
As Azzan and she had decided it was best for only one name to go on the tickets for the competition they were going to share the prize.
But Azzan was quite happy when I said he could have my iPod as I never use it these days.
We walked back to the car.
Put the key in the ignition and turned it and….
nobody home – again
So I called the AA again.
They were great and despite being told they would take 45mins the guy arrived in 5.
The kids had just begun watching a dvd.
Thanks goodness for AA membership and laptops
We got back home and I left the car running for ages.
Actually forgot about it.
Cooked dinner for the children and me.
Put them to bed and was about to go to bed myself when Frances reminded me the car was still running!!
I am hoping it will start in the morning so I can get into town to organise a new battery.
The one in the Terrano is the same one that was in there when we bought it and it is definitely in need of replacing.
We are coming to to the end of a busy 2 weeks in town.
Not too sure if I really enjoy being in town all the time.
It will be good to get home but that has been delayed by a day as I have yet another funeral to attend on Monday in Blenheim.
Margaret has been a lifelong friend of our family and was close to Mum.
I cannot not go to it so we will head over to Blenheim tomorrow.