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Celebrating Autumn

Celebrating Autumn

At the beginning of May we celebrated Samhuinn, the mid-point between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice. In the Druid tradition, this is the time when we honour those who have gone before us and recognise that as we journey into the dark of the year, we give our soul much needed rest. This is also … Continue reading

Summer Snaps

Summer Snaps

Although we’ve been back in Wellington now for several weeks, I’m only just managing to get some of our summer pictures off my camera and onto the blog to share with all of you.   We had a wonderful summer – spending a whole month up north with our families, but it has been lovely … Continue reading

Almost Two

Almost Two

This time next week, our wee guy will be two years old. Two!!! He’s not my little baby anymore ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I can’t really be sad, though, and I don’t miss those early weeks/months (much) when we have so much fun these days. He’s a bright, busy, boisterous, boyish boy, which still amuses me quite a … Continue reading

Springtime with Family

Springtime with Family

The school holidays are still a highlight of our lives – counting down the weeks to family time – and these ones just been have been particularly lovely. B.’s parents came to visit us in the first week, and then we visited my family in Auckland in the second week, and we’ve had many a … Continue reading

Food for Thought (and Little Tummies)

Food for Thought (and Little Tummies)

I took a big step last week, and sent in my resignation letter to the school I taught at before T. was born – I’m officially not going back to work for the foreseeable future. Hooray! Hooray?? I knew, ages ago, that I was going to make the decision not to return to work after … Continue reading

Time to catch up!

Time to catch up!

It’s been a whirlwind couple of months, as evidenced by our distinct lack of presence here, but luckily it’s been for a most exciting reason – we bought our first home! We’re still working through all the things that a major move involve, but we’ve been settled in for nearly a month and are feeling … Continue reading

Catching Up

Catching Up

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks – I went back to work temporarily, we had a whole heap of visitors one after the other, and – most exciting of all – we bought our first house! Moving day is less than two weeks away now, so we’re surrounded by boxes and ongoing mess but … Continue reading

This Moment

This Moment

{this moment} – A ritual for the end of the week. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. S.

This Moment

This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. S.

This Moment

This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. (I’m late this week because we had an amazing weekend – we met our donor’s parents, T.’s third set of grandparents! More … Continue reading

Cooking with Aunt Daisy

Cooking with Aunt Daisy

I was recently moving all our cookbooks (to make space for a project I’m working on for the little guy) and came across this gem: (Aunt Daisy was a New Zealand radio celebrity from the 1930s onwards). I don’t think I actually ever looked at it properly when it came home with my sister and … Continue reading

This Moment

This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. Inspired by Amanda Soule…visit http://www.soulemama.com to see her moment and scroll down to her comments to be linked to many other moments … Continue reading

This Moment

This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. Inspired by Amanda Soule…visit http://www.soulemama.com to see her moment and scroll down to her comments to be linked to many other moments … Continue reading

This Moment

This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. Inspired by Amanda Soule…visit http://www.soulemama.com to see her moment and scroll down to her comments to be linked to many other moments … Continue reading

Holidays Continued

Holidays Continued

We’re nearing the end of a wonderful 3 and a half weeks away on holiday with our respective families. It’s been really lovely, so I thought that following on from our last post, it was time for another photo update. T. has been loving spending time in the paddling pool. We also managed a couple … Continue reading

Family Holidays

Family Holidays

Family is really important to us, and we’re very lucky that we are able to have big long summer holidays together every year (thanks teaching profession). Our usual pattern is to head north every year for a good 3 or so weeks and spend time with each set of parents at their beach houses. We … Continue reading

For S.

For S.

Sometimes itโ€™s hard to start, hard to know where to begin. My mind is too full, too full of all the good things. And there is so much in my life that is good right now. It has been such a full year. My son is growing, heโ€™s big and strong and loves music and … Continue reading

A Few of His Favourite Things

A Few of His Favourite Things

It’s been fascinating watching Little Bear interact with his world and learn how it all works. He has developed very clear preferences about activities and toys! Without further ado, a few of his current/recent favourites:     S.

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Little Bear!

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Little Bear!

Our little guy turned one last month – one! A whole year! I’m still reeling in disbelief, I think… While I continue to gather my thoughts on how this first year has gone, I wanted to share a few pics and details of his party! It was such a pleasure and a privilege to be … Continue reading

Lessons Learned on our First Family Road Trip

Lessons Learned on our First Family Road Trip

ย ย I just rediscovered this blog post, written back in April, and set aside because I hadn’t added photos. It makes for amusing reading – amusing in hindsight, but also in the knowledge that we haven’t attempted another road trip since… We recently drove from our hometown to Napier, on the east coast of New Zealand’s … Continue reading

Where has the time gone?!

Where has the time gone?!

It blows my mind that our little guy is over 9 months old now – that he’s been out of me longer than he was in! We’ve had a bit of a bumpy winter, with terrible nights (often up every hour…) but with a bit of professional help last week, we seemed to have turned … Continue reading

20 weeks here

20 weeks here

This week our Little Bear is 20 weeks old – nearly 5 calendar months. It blows my mind that he’s been out of me for half as long as he was inside – I can only imagine what the 9 month mark is going to feel like! My life is so incredibly different to what … Continue reading

A Full Life

A Full Life

I always make a point of trying to avoid saying “life is busy”. The phrase seems so over-used in today’s fast-paced society that I don’t even know what it means anymore. So I’m not going to say that I’ve been busy lately. What I am going to say is that life has been full lately. … Continue reading