Monday, December 20, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Newspaper article about the Chopper Challenge

Monday, December 6, 2010

New House

In case you haven't heard - we've finally bought a new house! Well new to us anyway! It's in Onehunga, about two minutes walk from where we are renting and it is going to require major amounts of work after we move in!

Check out the photos below. We don't actually move in until around 19 January so these are the photos with the belongings of the current owners. Some of the work we hope to do over time includes:
  • a new kitchen
  • adding on another living area
  • moving the garage to make room for the new room!
  • moving the cute ex-water tank that has been converted into a small shed!
  • adding a gate at the end of the property (look for the trellis) so we have our own entrance to the park/reserve that is behind us!
Will keep you posted with photos as we tick off a few jobs in the next few months ...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Georgia's Latest Masterpieces

Clay work by Georgia

"Farmer and Sheep"


Monday, November 29, 2010

Harry's Helicopter Ride

After lots of excitement and anticipation over the weekend Harry finally got to ride on the Auckland Rescue Helicopter this morning!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Merry Xmas 2010

I couldn't believe it when Georgia agreed to be in the Santa photo this year in return for a chocolate from Santa's elf! Takes after her father ...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Monte Cecilia School Fair

Harry persuaded us all to go along to the Monte Cecilia School Fair in Hillsborough today. The Water Walkers were the big hit of the day!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Chopper Challenge

Thank you so much to everyone who has sponsored Harry for the Chopper Challenge in the last few weeks. He raised $220 and came third in the whole school which means he has won a ride on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter on Monday morning!!!! Expect more photos after that .....

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Georgia @ Dentist!

First trip to the orthodontist this week - lots of photos, x-rays, moulds etc taken. I never realised it was going to be so entertaining and couldn't resist a few future 21st photos! Of course, it was only funny until they told me how much all the work is going to cost over the next few years ....

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Mattress Slide!

Here's the main event:

And here are the bloopers ....

and ....

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy 12th Birthday Georiga

New mobile phone, movies to see The Last Airbender, dinner at Lone Star and a day at Rainbow's End. Yep, Georgia's 12th birthday was action packed!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Wearable Art Fashion Show

Harry took part in a Wearable Art Fashion Show on Friday. Here is a transcript of the host read as Harry headed out to the catwalk:

"Harry has entitled his costume ‘The Paradise Star’ because it represents his concern for the beaches of New Zealand. Harry is most proud of the message on his shirt. So take a look when he comes past."

Check out the movie clip below - it's less than a minute long!


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Harry's choir performance

On 1st and 2nd September Harry performed with the Elm Park School choir at the local music festival along with choirs from other primary and intermediate schools. We were so proud when the the Elm Park School choir sang 'Africa'. Check out the video below but you'll have to excuse the shaking as Harry sings his solo 'do do wah' in the chorus - I could hardly see through the tears! Harry is 3rd from the left in the second to front row - just to the right of the teacher.

Grandma went into hospital on the Tuesday and couldn't come along so Harry did a repeat performance of 'I have a dream' at the hospital for her on Friday afternoon.

Monday, July 26, 2010

An interview with Karl in Chicago

Click on the link to hear an interview with Karl in Chicago last week. Warning: the topic is work related and about the new strategy for Plant and Food!

Friday, July 2, 2010

School Assembly

At assembly today Harry was given an award for personal presentation (ie wearing the correct uniform to a high standard all term) and also performed in the choir!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Karl's World Famous Cheese Sauce

Made especially for Norma!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Making a difference

The two little darlings are registered to do the 40 hour famine this weekend - with a twist. Harry is going to try and not eat for 20 hours (version for younger kids) while Georgia is going to try and not talk for 40 hours!!!!! I'm not sure who is going to have the most difficulty!!! We started at 6pm tonight. If you think you could sponsor them for a few dollars please go to the links below - it's pretty straight forward. They are aiming for $37 each and are pretty close already. Thanks!!!!


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Harry @ netball practice

Lunchtime netball practice for Harry today. He's very enthusiastic but still has a few rules to learn ....

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Out for a spin

Yesterday, Leonie and I went for a spin at Pukekohe! It turns out that racing around a track in a mini at 200kph can give you motion sickness!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Ohope Beach

On 14 January we headed off to a rental house at Ohope Beach for a week and what a time we had! The weather was pretty fabulous and we were staying across the road from the (very quiet) beach, a mere 2 minute walk away. Every morning was spent at the beach, sometimes the afternoon too, and the kids filled in many hours burying each other, making sand castles, body boarding etc. In between we visited the corn maze, went strawberry picking, swimming at the Whakatane aquatic centre, ate a lot of BBQ food and caught a few sightings of Moko the dolphin! On our last night the heavens opened and the rain started, it still hadn't stopped when we left about 10am the next day but we were happy!

Harry and Holly

First day at Baradene College

Georgia had an orientation afternoon at her new school this week - meet the teacher and find your classroom sort of thing. She was a bit nervous although wouldn't admit it and it must be scary not knowing anyone. Still the thing she was worried about the most was the uniform - it was a very hot and humid day and she has to wear the long, lined black skirt and the lined black blazer! She was still complaining about the uniform when she got home but was a lot happier having met her teacher, seen the classroom etc. When asked what her classroom was like she announced with disgust, "We have spinning chairs but there isn't even one computer!" Oh dear ....

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Xmas Holiday Last Days

While in Palmy we stayed with Anne and Nathan and it was the first time Karl and Harry had been to their awesome new house. It was a quiet few days as we were all feeling pretty tired but we managed to squeeze in a few movies - Lovely Bones for Anne and Belinda, Alvin and the Chipmunks for Karl and Harry, Princess and the Frog for Miriam and Georgia. Also managed to catch up with Jennifer and Alastair as well as Ma and Pa briefly. We had a fantastic last day up at Kowhai Park in Wanganui with the rellies. It was only a little windy but very sunny and hot. We had a picnic and the kids were barely sitting for 5 minutes as there was so much to do! We had to drag them away to go home for a BBQ with Anne and Nathan. We left early on Monday morning and arrived in Auckland by 3pm. It was a wonderful two weeks seeing many loved ones but it was sooooo nice to finally sleep in our own beds last night. Now we have to recharge our batteries so we are ready for a week at Ohope Beach later in the month!

Kowhai Park