Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New Hat

Tama got made this hat by our lovely neighbour Sharon. He looks so sweet in it- I love it!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Snuggle bunny


Would you like some enchilada with your salt?

Will had a slight incident with the salt at dinner last night...

In the city

This was another step in the path to Tamas birth. A few days after the Ultrasound we had an appointment at Maternal Foetal Medicine at Auckland Hospital. Because we were going into the city- Les combined the trip with a stop at the Australian Embassy to put in his passport application. The building itself was intense (weird elevator system) and the embassy and the people there even more so. Both the security guards with their bag searches and metal detectors. The ladies working there behind the screens- no cameras, no cell phones on etc etc. And all the people on the 'visa side' waiting to see if they can get a 'golden ticket' into Australia.

After the embassy we went to the down town mall food court and had Indian for lunch... way too much indian for someone sharing her belly with a 38 weeker. :-)

We also checked out the Rugby World Cup countdown clock. And on the way home we checked out a dairy in Te Atatu which we had been lead to believe had a supreme lolly stash- it was a let down. So we headed back towards home and got Fraps to round out the day. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Postcard from Perth

Since we have arrived in Perth we have been super busy, very tired and also fairly ill in the case of most of the members of the family. very time we go out I have the camera but also generally have an armful of Tama and a list of things to do so I haven't taken many photos and in fact most have been taken from a moving car. I am also so completely out of whack time wise I just haven't managed to get my head in the game. Les starts work on Thursday and we have 4 days left in the apartment at that point so hopefully I'll be able to have a bit of a break in the lull before we move into our house (where ever that may be). Anyway in the meantime until I get my act together here is a small snapshot of life here in Perth- fittingly just the start and finish of the day- as the rest is a bit of a blur....

The great thing about being up at 5:30am is that the river is still completely calm and still but the sun is already up so the reflections of the neighbouring buildings on the water look spectacular! This is the view from our balcony- the sun rises from behind us.


I love what he chose to say!

Will's bed is in the lounge so he goes down in our bed when it's time and Les shifts him when he comes to bed.. Tama is sharing with us and has developed some excellent sleeping habits since we arrived so we have two little boys in a great big bed.....

Of course it's also good for the mornings when all four of us are in there- we're going to suffer when we move into our place and have to go back to a mere queen size bed!

And finally as the sunsets in the west and we live in the west we gets some pretty classic sunsets right off of our deck in the apartment..... sweet!


Friday, August 26, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Not Quite

We started round 3 of toilet training in July after a few teething problems Will well and truly got the hang of it- look out for chainsaw pictures to prove it sometime soonish! But I tell you now there was a lot of 'happy and proud' around here!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


I haven't had time yet to tell the story of Tama's arrival into the world- it was a drama and life was a bit of a rollercoaster for a week or so before. It started with a fairly routine late scan to check on position and the good health of our wee dude and ended in birth. In between times I had a couple of CTG's.
When I was pregnant with Merenia I had a heap of CTG's- every three days in fact lasting anything from 30 to 90 minutes depending on her co-operativeness or otherwise. In all that time I never once heard her have the hiccups- but I did with Tama- just one more thing on the list of cute.

Monday, August 22, 2011


Today is Les' last day in the Air Force. 
And our last day in New Zealand for the foreseeable future. 
We take off around 2pm I think.
Good bye friends, ka kite ano!

Photo by Will.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

As the world turns...

I think Les and I will both miss the Air Force for various reasons.
The big kids less so.
Tama will never know what he missed out on,
And Will will miss it most of all.
His latest fascination:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Catching Up with the Corsans

Les and the kids went and caught up with the Corsans a few weeks back.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Familiar places: TAKE PHOTOS NOW

These photos were taken before Tama was born. The room changed again after he came along. We added in a small basket of baby toys and the change table, we headed into winter so the fireguard went up and a few weeks later the potty became a regular feature on our landscape. 
I wish I'd had the forethought to do another week in the life project this year- we've seen huge changes in our routine before Tama came along- two new schools and kindy in the mix- life looks quite different than last year. And of course the second half of the year will be different again. I wonder what it would have looked like had we taken the other paths.... we were offered a posting to Ohakea just before we got the Aussie job.

The thing is there are so many stories in these pictures about our life at this time- and it changes so fast and so seamlessly sometimes you don't see what aspects of your life you are leaving behind and what new things are coming in.

The bunks and the shelves are now gone to new homes and someone elses story. The change table accommodates a smaller cuter bottom and at the moment it's all sitting in a contained waiting like we are to find a new home and start the next chapter of our life story.

So it's a simple lesson- take photos now.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My Boys (minus one)

Hockey 2011

This year Kieran is playing in the Massey High School first XI. They have had a super tough season and I think Kieran has found it quite a challenge. But I think the experience of playing with and against boys who are in Year 9 -13 has been really good for him. He's also scored a couple of goals as well- which is no mean feat considering the opposition they have had.