Saturday, July 26, 2014

Harry's Special Friend

Harry and Veronica have been special friends since she was his first teacher at school when he was five years old.  Sadly she has been teaching at an international school in China for two years but she is visiting NZ at the moment and got to spend some special time together.  We won't see her again for a another two years unfortunately :(

Harry's 14th Birthday

Rather than a birth DAY, Harry's had a birth FORTNIGHT.  It started off in Taupo in a motel on our way down to Palmy.  We stayed with Malcolm, Deborah, Ruth, Sophia & Bridgid for a few nights so for Harry's birthday we went to the Genghis Khan.  Deborah made a lovely birthday cake too!  On our way home to Auckland we managed to catch up with Miriam and Tony in Taupo for lunch.

Back in Auckland Harry had a party with his friends today.  We all met at home first then headed off to Jump for a two hour trampoline extravaganza!  This was followed by lunch at Carl's Junior.  Next we headed home for a play in the park, some video games and MORE birthday cake.

Harry says it's the best birthday he's ever had!

Girls Day Out

Georgia and I had a Girls Day in the holidays.  We got haircuts together, did a bit of shopping and had lunch at the divine Little & Friday in Newmarket.  Georgia had a HUGE donut! We have to do this again SOON.

Good Friends, Good Times

It was so wonderful to have Tony, Paula and Matthew staying with us in the school holidays.  The weather was just about as bad as it could get which meant we spent most of our time indoors although we did manage to visit the Viaduct, Wynyard Quarter, Achillies Point lookout and then have lunch outside at Cafe on Kohi.  We may have also squeezed in a teeny bit of shopping! We just wish they could have stayed longer!

The Best Mother's Day Yet

This year was the best Mother's Day I've had that I can recall.  I got a couple of presents from the kids but it was their cards that brought a tear to my eye.  The weather was a bit dodgy but we managed a lovely (but longer than anticipated) walk around the Orakei Basin.  Thank goodness the cafe at Kings Plant Barn was at the end so we could rest our weary feet!

Easter in Te Kuiti

Due to bad weather we had to cancel our camping trip to Papamoa Beach at Easter.  There weren't many options left for getting away - everything was booked up.  In the end we stayed in Te Kuiti - there was plenty of reasonably priced accommodation available there!  For Karl it was a trip down memory lane.  For the kids and me it was great to see where Karl grew up, the Club his parents managed, his school, the houses in lived in with his mother once his father died etc.  We also did the usual tourist stuff including the Waitomo Caves of course!

Ken & Debbie's 25th Wedding Anniversary

We were very privileged to join Ken and Debbie for their 25th anniversary this year.  It started off in Wellington with a bit of shopping and time to catch up with Tony and Paula.  We then got to see the new house in Plimmerton and had a lovely meal out at a local cafe. We also managed to squeeze in the afternoon celebrations with family and friends and then the marriage vows at church on Sunday.  I think the kids had just as much fun at home without us bugging them for a change!

48 is not so bad!

My birthday this year was the best I've had in a while.  It started with surprise tickets to the Bruce Springsteen concert - I only had about 30 minutes notice!  I also got a home made birthday cake (the third one I've ever had in my adult life), a weekend in Taupo with my bestie and dinner out at Mexico in Ellerslie.  I just hope next year lives up to the precedent that has been set this year.