Monday, October 26, 2009

Labour Day

The four of us and Georgia's friend, Bethany, headed off to Sylvia Park this morning. The three kids had a play in the "water walkers" which were a huge hit and caused many laughs. In the afternoon we headed up to the Sky Tower as the weather wasn't so great. As well as great views and afternoon tea in the cafe we also spotted one sky jumper (looking petrified on his way down) and a group of sky walkers (photo below). The kids are now on the playstation and Karl and I are having a well earned drink! All in all a very good day.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fantastic Achievement!

This week the principal presented a small group of children, including Georgia, with their certificates for the ICAS English exam administered through the University of New South Wales. The levels of achievement are participate, credit, distinction and high distinction. Georgia' received distinction which puts her in the top 9% of Year 6 students in New Zealand. Normally low key about this sort of thing, Georgia didn't tell me at all but the next morning I found the certificate had been secretly pinned to the wall in my office! We are very proud of her.

Georgia's 11th Birthday

Last week was Georgia's 11th birthday. Thanks to a "friend's" suggestion (but Karen you know who you are) Georgia had a four hour chocolate themed party at home with a mere 11 girlfriends in attendance! It's Georgia's last year at primary school and because she's heading off to a different school to all her friends next year it was also their last chance to have a bash together!

Luckily for me Elaine and David were staying with us although I'm not sure if they would call it lucky! Once everything was ready, the boys headed out for the afternoon and Elaine stayed to help out which included vacuuming twice during the party! Entertainment included a chocolate fountain (Karen's) with 1kg of chocolate, eating a cake of chocolate game, icing sugar game, the pineapple lump game, watching Twilight and singing to VERY loud music! Elaine and I ended up shutting all the doors in an attempt to block out some of the noise and shut ourselves in the kitchen!

The sickly lunch menu included the usual savouries, chocolate pizza, chocolate fudge and chocolate mousse etc. You get the picture! Karl made both the fudge and the mousse which was a first for him! To top it all off the girls had fun decorating their own cupcakes which were also - you guessed it - chocolate! Thanks to the lovely Leonie for making them! These were put together on a stand and became Georgia's very unique birthday cake!

Finally, at 4pm the girls headed home with their decorated cupcakes and loot bags made by Aunty Elaine! Each bag was decorated with the letter of the girl's first name so there were lots of oohs and ahhhs.

As for presents. There was a dilemma that went on for many weeks but the birthday girl finally decided on an iPod update and it's pretty cool I have to admit! The old iPod shuffle was an 8th birthday present and is apparently completely inadequate for an 11 year old! The new nano takes video so we passed it around a few friends and family to record birthday messages before wrapping it - lots of fun was had! Other gifts from family and friends included cothes, books, money, CDs, gift vouchers etc.

Apologies to those of you who have already seen these photos of Facebook!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Trip Home

What a saga! Desert Road, National Park, Napier-Taupo etc closed on Sunday due to snow. They stayed closed on Monday which was the day we were due to leave. Late Tuesday morning everything was still closed so we made the decision to drive back to Auckland via Wanganui and up SH4. David very kindly agreed to come along with us to help out in case we got stranded so off we set. Surprisingly it was a pretty quiet journey for most of the trip. The scenery was beautiful and there was plenty of snow around so we made a few unscheduled stops! We finally made it to Tokoroa for a late lunch around 4ish and then made it back to Auckland at 7:30pm. Poor David caught the 7:25am train back to Palmy today and isn't due to arrive until 5pm.


5 Star Accommodation

Georgia painting a still life!



Georgia and I stayed with Anne and Nathan in their brand new house while we were in Palmy. We were originally staying until Monday but ended up staying a day longer because the central north island was virtually impossible to drive through on Monday! Luckily our hosts were happy to have us a bit longer than planned ...


Uncle Mickey Turns 70

The original reason I decided to head down to Palmy was for Uncle Mickey's 70th birthday held on Sunday at the Cloverlea for lunch. I think there was around 80 Robinsons there all up - many of whom I haven't seen for too more years than I care to remember. All six of the surviving Robinson siblings were there which was lovely - Mickey, Lila, Eileen, Doreen, Joan and Shirley - along with many of the cousins, some partners and a few of their kids.

Happy 251st Birthday!

On Saturday we threw a party for the combined birthdays of Ronnie (89), David (64), Kevin (49) and Owen (49). Strictly speaking their birthdays are on the 12th but a good time was had by all. It was a shame that Aunty Marj was still in hospital as it wasn't the same without her.


Straight Hair

Georgia got her hair trimmed and straightened on Saturday while we were in Palmy. It still hasn't been washed ....

Who has the longest hair now?

Desert Road

Georgia took these photos on our way down to Palmerston North last Friday.