Friday, December 26, 2008

Xmas Day 2008

We had a very quiet Xmas Day - just the four of us at home. Georgia woke up first (at 5:45am) and promptly woke up the rest of us so by 6am we were all in the lounge opening the presents left by Santa. I've uploaded some photos of the kids opening their presents while still in their jim jams!







The "main" present was the Guitar Hero Band for Playstation - it has a guitar, drums and microphone.



Harry made a clay face self portrait at school which he surprised us with on Xmas Day. Karl and I are fighting over who gets to hang in on their office wall!

It was lovely talking on the phone to Miriam, Elaine & Adam, Dee & Bruce, Malcolm and Anne. Also got heaps of Xmas texts from other friends and relatives. Later on we also "skyped" with Elaine and Adam so they could watch the kids using Guitar Hero - loads of laughs!

Lunch was a very quiet affair but nice for a change.

Afterwards Georgia went next door to Bethany's place to play on their new trampoline and ended up staying for dinner. In the end the kids didn't go to bed until 9pm and by then we needed more than a drink or two!

The money the kids received from grandparents, aunts and uncles was burning a hole in their pockets so today (Boxing Day) we braved the crowds and headed into a mall. Harry blew every cent on Lego, DVDs and a Polly Pocket toy. Georgia has only spent a small amount so far (a DVD and silver shoes) as she's trying to persuade Karl and I letting her spend the rest on a mobile phone. Don't fancy her chances ....

We're now looking forward to the arrival of Malcolm, Deborah and girls tomorrow. Should be a good few days!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Prizegiving

The school prize giving assembly has just finished and the very proud parents were there to see Georgia awarded Excellence in Information Technology and Reading! Here is what was read out as the presentation was made:

In Information Technology Georgia has been a Digikid. She has created various projects including slideshows, comics and eBooks. Georgia regularly supports both peers and teachers teaching them to apply new IT skills. Georgia has also created and maintained her own blog, 'Georgialicious' and posts to it regularly. Her blog posts are amusing and well laid out; she has a regular readership. In Reading Georgia is reading well above her chronological age, and shows insight, comprehension and the ability to analyse and discuss books she has read. She reads avidly and with great enjoyment, choosing from a variety of genres.

Year 5/6 Disco



Last night Georgia went to the end of year disco for Year 5/6 students. It's a 'special' disco as it's invitation only and paid for by the school ie it's not a fundraising exercise. It's also the very last social event at primary school for the Year 6s.
It seems we are at 'that' stage - Georgia didn't want me to walk her to the door and also didn't want to smile for the photos! Oh dear, I can only imagine what is to come in the next few years ...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Big Clay Day Out


Auckland Studio Potters in Onehunga hold an annual Big Clay Day Out and we went along this morning. Georgia painted a vase and Harry painted a bowl - both are getting fired.

They both had a go at throwing clay - Harry made another bowl and Georgia made a cup - again both are getting fired.



Georgia also painted a tile while Harry had his face painted (with a heart!) and had a go at slingshotting!
After all that we headed out for lunch and Harry got his photo taken with Santa at Sylvia Park. Once we got back home we finally put up the Christmas tree and decorations. 17 sleeps to go ...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Cultural Concert



Thursday night was our annual Cultural Concert at school. It's pretty low key with food stalls followed by the whole school performing Christmas songs and various cultural group performances. All finished off with the obligatory Santa visit complete with lollipops!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The End of an Era




Tonight we said goodbye to our friend Wendy as she heads off for an adventure in Abu Dhabi for a couple of years. Wendy has been working with Harry since the middle of 2003 supervising his therapy and providing ongoing support for our family. In five and a half years we've had many fantastic therapists but Wendy has been just about the only constant support we've had and we could never have survived without her. She has helped us with developing programmes for everything from getting Harry to speak, toilet training (Harry literally sat on the toilet for a week), learning to eat new foods, playing with other kids, shopping, eating out, behaviour, attending school - you name it, she did it. So thanks Wendy, you have made a real difference for our whole family and we will always remember that.

Harry, Lindsay, Sarah and Wendy 2006

Christmas Laugh

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Hunua Falls



Yesterday was a beautiful day so we after lunch we headed off to Hunua Falls - about a 40 minute drive from home. There was a choice of walks ranging from 5 minutes to 4 and a half hours - we chose the 20 minute track up to the lookout. Next was the obligatory walk down to the falls for some paddling - Harry stripped down to his undies of course! We hung around for about an hour (it was very hot) then headed home to clean up before heading to the Guppies for a BBQ. A great day.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

He's Home

Good news - Karl is now home, still feeling sore and unable to eat solid food for a while. Looks like a diet of soup, yoghurt and scrambled eggs and gradually work his way up to normal food. All going well he'll go into work on Friday for at least part of the day.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Karl's in hospital

Georgia and I dropped Karl off at hospital at 9am today for some minor surgery. He was pretty nervous but was whisked away by a very friendly looking nurse so I suspect he is going to be better looked after there than he is at home! By 1pm he was out of recovery and back in his room but sound asleep. The kids and I called into see him about 5:30pm and he was apparently feeling quite dizzy and sore and definitely looked a strange tinge of yellow! Still, he's got his own room, his own nurse, a TV, nintendo DS, Blackberry, cooked meals and no kids so I don't feel THAT sorry for him! If all goes well he will come home tomorrow but there is a possibility of one more night if necessary. I'm picking he's hoping for the latter ....

Sunday, November 23, 2008

All I want for Christmas ...


Harry finally lost his first top tooth on Monday and the one next to it is loose.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Harry's Big Day Out


Harry went on a trip today to Parakai Springs. We dropped him off at the organiser's place (Kerrie) at 10am this morning and Harry gave her a big hug because he hadn't seen her in a few weeks. When Karl picked Harry up again at 6pm Harry was a very tired little boy with slightly sunkissed cheeks despite a hat and loads of sunblock. He tells us he went down the waterslide a million times and loved his first ever taste of sour cream and chives chippies!

He's going to sleep well tonight unlike Georgia who has her friend Bethany here for a sleepover. No doubt they'll play in G's room for hours, watch a DVD on a laptop and then talk til all hours. Just what every 10 year old girl loves to do!

While Harry was on his trip today G had her swimming lesson and I finally managed to buy 'The Onedine Line Series Two' after waiting months for a 20% off DVD sale at Whitcoulls and saving up $35 worth of discount vouchers. The result was a $79.99 boxset for $29.99!


While out an about I noticed the new Singstar ABBA for Playstation 2 has been released - hope Santa buys it for me!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

2008 in a slideshow

Sibling Rivalry

Harry was just looking at our new family blog and immediately asked if he could have a birthday slideshow like Georgia. I should have known this would happen ... So here are some pics from his 8th birthday back in July. It was also celebrated at Superbowl with ten pin bowling followed by lunch at Burger King - Harry's favourite!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Big One-Oh

After much deliberation Georgia decided to celebrate her 10th birthday at Superbowl for laser strike and ten pin bowling with a few of her friends. It was a big day starting at 9am at the hairdresser for a whopping big haircut with the obligatory straightening of course. Next, we picked up the icecream cake then headed home to get dressed! Georgia's ears had been pierced just a few days before after about five years of nagging so everything was looking just perfect for the big day ...