February 2015 saw Grant and I going to our first 50th birthday celebration in New Zealand: A colleague and friend of Grant's celebrated his big birthday at a stunning restaurant in the city: At the beginning of this month, Colleen was still hanging in ...


Throwback: February 2015 Little Things - Part 1 and more...

Throwback: February 2015 Little Things - Part 1

February 2015 saw Grant and I going to our first 50th birthday celebration in New Zealand:

A colleague and friend of Grant's celebrated his big birthday at a stunning restaurant in the city:

At the beginning of this month, Colleen was still hanging in there:

We went out on our boat and visited Waiheke for a coffee:

This is a view from the top road in Oneroa, Waiheke, looking down and out over Oneroa Bay:

Luke dressed up for House Captain auditions back in 2015:

I took a drive down to Northcote Point where I snapped this photo of Auckland Bridge:

I also took a few shots down at our beach:

Luke and I went on a movie date one afternoon:

Sarah won the swimming cup at school that year:

And it was very cool because Lauren Boyle had won this cup when she was at Sarah's school! (Lauren Boyle swims for New Zealand and has competed in a few Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games too.) See whether you can spot her name below:

I started Pilates again back in Feb 2015, although that didn't last too long, sadly!

Sarah went off to school camp again:

Grant, Luke and I went out for dinner at our favourite sushi restaurant and I had to make a rule of no devices at the table after I used my phone to take this photo:

We went to the Auckland Lantern Festival that year and it was the last time it was held in Albert Park before it moved to the Auckland Domain:

And we were also lucky enough to witness some incredible cricket at the Cricket World Cup 2015 at Eden Park:

This was a busy fun-filled month! And there's more to come for February 2014...


Throwback: Australian Tennis Open - January 2015

More throwbacks!

We visited Melbourne to watch the tennis back in January 2015:

That year we stayed in a fancy hotel and I made sure to take a good few selfies in that place - haha!

I always catch up with my friend, Sarah when we're in Melbourne. I love that special woman!

That year I also caught up with my old University friend, Megan, and her family:

And here's my darling husband back in 2015:

We've been lucky enough to go to the Australian Tennis Open for a few years now and I still feel incredibly grateful that we get to watch such brilliant tennis live, at that amazing tournament.


Throwback: January 2015 Little Things

Throwback time! 

Grant's brothers and their families left in the beginning of January, just after Grant's birthday, so we had about a week back in Auckland after we got back from holidaying up north. One day we went into the city and had a walk around the waterfront - I love this photo that I took of our boys back then! 

January 2015 was also the month we threw a baby shower for my sister, Colleen!

And Grant's parents only left in the middle of January, so they were still here to celebrate with us:

And we had a good few pool and beach days that year:

January 2015, over and out.



Queen's Birthday Weekend 2017

After hosting a cosy curry evening at home on the Saturday night of Queen's Birthday weekend, we drove up to Algies Bay on the Sunday morning, to spend the rest of the long weekend there with friends. I love long weekends! Also, we got super lucky and enjoyed the most spectacularly beautiful winter's day out on the water, before the grey weather arrived.

We started the day by doing some fishing in the gulf and caught over 30 fish, but sadly all of them were about the size of this little one above, so we had to throw them all back! Boo. But the boys had lots of fun reeling those babies in, so all was not lost.

And after a few hours of fishing, we pulled into Kawau Island to have a late lunch...

(I love this island life.)

(Check out this fun activity below, and spot the two little islands in the background of this photo - they each have their own tree! Crazy.)

... and we then cruised back to Snells Beach where our friends' boat is being moored...

... and caught a gorgeous sunset after a glorious day out on the water.

And then Monday saw us going on the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail - just before enjoying a light lunch at the restaurant there.

The walk through the forest and the Kauri trees was absolutely stunning, and getting to appreciate the sometimes crazy art sculptures along the trail was a real treat. There was also classical music playing in the trees in one section of the walk which was a truly soul enriching experience and both the adults and the kids were totally transfixed by that. Such a great day. And weekend.

New Zealand, you're a very beautiful place.

Queen's Birthday Weekend, over and out.



Sarah's School Ball 2017

Besides all the family birthdays that we celebrate at this time of year, it also happens to be the school Ball season - and last weekend was a mad dash of activity and excitement, with Grant in charge of Luke's birthday party and me on Ball duty. Aw, just look how grown up this girl looks:

After her hair appointment, I dropped Sarah off at a friend's house in the early afternoon where she was having her make-up done, getting ready and celebrating with a few friends who were also there...

... and then we were off to a Pre-Ball function at another girl's house (which parents were also invited to attend). It's always so lovely to see how beautiful everyone looks dressed up, and get to catch up with the parents.

The kids hang with their friends, take loads of photos and then hop on the buses that were organised to take them to their Ball at a hotel venue in the city. Such an exciting evening for all of them!

And here are some photos that were taken at the Ball: 

Sarah with her Year 12 water polo premier team girls:

And Sarah with some of her Mount Maunganui holiday 'squad':

And wow, well done for getting through all of these photos, guys!

Sarah had a great time that night despite having a sore, aching back (more about that soon), poor girl. She's at school with a lovely bunch of kids and I've so enjoyed getting to know so many of them over the years they've been together (some since junior school). Good friends are really important to these teens and I'm incredibly grateful that Sarah has some good people in her life, people who love and care about her and always have her back. 

Ball 2017, over and out.


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