Monday, May 22, 2017

Christmas Trip ~ Part 3 {LIGHTS}

Unfortunately I wasn't along for this excursion. Jarrod and I left a day early since I had a 21st the following day, north of Auckland. While we were making our way home the others loaded up and headed into New Plymouth(?) for a light show. Almost wish I would/could have had a look at some stage, from the photos I'm thinking it would have been pretty cool to seen in real life! 

: : Waterfall + lights : :
Who thought of such an awesome combination??

: : Fuzzy wuzzy sisters got the easy way by the looks of things : :

Friday, May 19, 2017

Christmas Trip ~ Part 2

The installment which involved a lot of catching up, family, chats, food, games, fun, and laughter. And barely any photos.

: : We had a day at the camp basically on our own before everyone else arrived : :
 I hadn't been down to the stream before so apparently that was a requirement. Kiddos had fun playing down there.

: : The camp owners had chicks at the time : : 

: : Somebody had a birthday while we were away : : 
: : Cousins : :

: : Waterslide fun : :

: : Fuzzy wuzzy tennis player : :

: : Sleepy little man : :

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

No News Is Good News . . . Or Is It?

For a while I've wanted to do another update kind of post, not fueled by photos, just talking, letting you all know we're I'm at at what I'm working on I guess. But I've been putting it off too; I guess I haven't been in the mental space or known what to say. Towards the end of last year things got pretty crazy and I didn't manage much aside from working. So all my ideas of running a serious on here through December never happened. I never managed to write something welcoming in the new year and looking ahead to what I might try to achieve in the next twelve months. Now here we are well into May, and I'm only just managing to have a go at some sort of update.

What do I say? My plans for this year aren't really working out it would seem. What I expected would be easy now appears almost impossible. Plan A didn't work, neither did plan B, plan C isn't coming together like I thought it would. What next? Where? How?

I never dreamed I would still be in the job hunting stage this far through the year; shouldn't it be easy to pick up a job in Auckland?! So if you know of anything let me know lol. ;P

Sorry if I haven't been in touch with you for ages; I don't mean to ignore you but honestly things have been rough and I just haven't really known what to say and haven't wanted to think or talk about how things are going. Also my phone is packing up; I've deleted most apps but even so WhatsApp won't open without and update I don't have space to install, I'm not receiving every text I get sent (so if I haven't responded, that's probably why), and I'm not even sure about calls. Haha I should start a Go Fund Me page ;P

I'm not really sure of the purpose of this post. I guess I'm just being real. I prefer for this to be a primarily positive place, but my life is by no means Pinterest-perfect just because I blog about it. Life certainly has its ups and downs, challenges and disappointments. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Christmas Trip

We spent last Christmas with Dad's side of the family down in Taranaki. Dad took Friday off work and left with Mum and most of the kids in the morning. Jarrod and I worked for the day and then packed up and left late afternoon. 
#firstroadtripinmyflashnewcar #itdriveswell #loveit #somuchfun #andpower 

: : Stopped for dinner in Hamilton  : : 
It was a pretty good trip, but when we completed it and got out of the car we discovered the weather was a little different than in Auckland. It was FREEZING. 

: : I decided we should go on a sightseeing excursion : :
Finding a waterfall wasn't exactly a disappointment :)

: : Also took the sibs up to see the mountain : :
Gotta love that view . . .

: : On our way back to the car we noticed a break in the clouds : :

: : Tried for a selfie but the clouds were coming back : :

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Joel & Esther's Wedding

The day I survived on ~2-2 1/2 hours sleep {and decided that really wasn't enough}

And that day that two old homeschool friends tied the knot

Sidenote: I'm officially old now. The bride is younger than I am :O ;P 
#someonegetmeawalkingstick #please #jokes

But in all seriousness, it was a good day and I was glad to be part of their celebration :)

Congrats & best wishes for your new life together Joel & Es <3

: : Entrance of the bride : :

: : Wedding party : :
L-R: Jessamae, Emma, Ruth, Esther, Nathan, Joel, Alan, Timothy, Samuel

: : Signing the registry : :

: : Bridesmaids : :

: : Exit : :

 : : Spot the key word ;P : :

: : All those lights! : :
*heart eyes*

: : Table setting {kinda : :
{Sorry, I was so tired I didn't really even think about the camera until it was over #failphotog #oops}

Thursday, May 04, 2017


{Image credit: Isaac}

"Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work."
~Stephen King