Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Today is my Husband's Birthday
Happy birthday darling, even though it is hard to forget it it is equally hard to find something to buy when Christmas has just past the day before.
Somehow I always manage to make it a Birthday themed day and not a Christmas themed day.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Day

Merry Christmas to one and all
May you have a joyous family day
May you have a day to remember
May your family and friends be as close as you want them

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve Tradition

I managed to find several Christmas Books over the years and have started a lovely tradition in our family of reading them on this lovely night.

I have the usual great one....
"Twas the night before Christmas...."

Which we all know so well with the stockings hung by the firplace and visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads.

And then I also have the New Zealand flavoured one....
"A Kiwi Night Before Christmas"

Twas the night before Christmas, and all round the bach
Not a possum was stirring; not one could we catch
We’d left on the table a meat pie and beer,
In hopes that Santa Claus soon would be here

We children were snuggled up in our bunk beds,
While dreams of pavlova danced in our head;
And Mum in her nightie, and Dad in his shorts,
Had just settled down to watch TV sports,

When outside the bach such a hoo-ha arose,
I woke up at once from my wonderful doze.
I ran straight to the sliding door, looking about,
Jumped out on the deck, and let out a shout!

The fairy lights Dad had strung up round the door
Let me see everything, down to the shore.
And what did I see, when I took a peep?
But a miniature tractor and eight tiny sheep,

It has a true New Zealand flavour to it and compliments the traditional one so nicely.
By the way, a bach = a holiday house by the beach

So that is how we end Christmas Eve as we try to settle the boys down to sleep on a sunny light evening with the temperature still warm and the humidity still high!
Do you have a tradition that you love to follow on this day?

Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Shh It's Christmas

Yes Christmas is coming, well for those that have maybe been asleep for the last month and had forgotten!
We are so close yet I am missing a few things and have found 1 thing.......


I have the Christmas spirit which is great, just a shame that "The Book Depository" did not quite have the same spirit that I had! They managed to screw up thousands of orders coming down under to New Zealand. Consequently the wonderful new addition to our family, that little mischievious "Elf on The Shelf" didn't arrive until 2 days ago.

Therefore he has sadly had to go into hiding until next year. Never fear, I have welcomed him into the family and shown him round the house, feed and watered him for his long sleep ahead and explained the situation to him. He is perfectly happy to finally be in a new home and not stuck in a shipping container at the immigration warehouse, so is happy to not meet the children until next November/December and has now gone away. He will be back though.


One thing I like about Christmas is the music. I love Christmas carols and I doubly like singing along to them. However this year I think someone is trying to tell me yesterday I sadly got struck down with Viral Laryngitis! In plain simple terms.....I have lost my voice!

The boys think this is funny and my husband cheered! I hit him.
The boys have been unwell with viral infections since Dec 1 and I knew it was only a matter of time before I gained something. I just wish it had been their cough and cold instead.
Ok I feel really quite well, apart from a little tired and no voice, but that is not helping us get everything completed in time for the up coming holiday.
I was sick last Christmas from Christmas Eve through till just before New Year, so I can't believe I am so close again. Hopefully the cough and cold will never come near me and the voice will have returned before Tuesday!


With everything that is missing at present it is lovely to find something that has been missing.

I have found a job

I have secured a position at the hospital 3 days a week.
It has only taken me 6 months! However when they tell you that they had over 70 applicants, shortlisted to 4 and you get the position then you start to  realise just how hard the job situation is at the present moment.
We have never had a situation like this in nursing for as long as I have been a nurse!
There has never been an abundance of nurses there has always been a shortage of nurses!
The jobs have just been few and far between and when you do find something worth applying for so does 50 other people. I have been shortlisted several times for interviews but sadly there has always been someone just slightly better qualified than myself but this time it was my turn, yea for me.

So on that happy joyful note I will wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful joyous New Year.

Monday, December 17, 2012

End of Year

After nearly 15 years down under in New Zealand I still haven't got use to Christmas being in the heat.
I also, after only 4 years, haven't got use to school finishing for the year in December either.
It is all or nothing here in New Zealand!
But having said that I don't think it really matters when school finishes to receive 2 excellent school reports.
It makes any parents day/night/week/month etc when their child brings home those ultimate words written on official paper telling you how they have achieved throughout the year.

School reports came home today and despite all the struggles we may have had throughout the year there is nothing better than the tingle of pride you have when reading your child's report.

2 awesome school reports arrived in our house today and we are very proud of them both.
Some work to be done in some areas but nothing that can't be overcome throughout their schooling, I mean hey, they are only 7 & 9 years old at present, but I am also aware that the time will vanish faster than we expect.

Well done boys, Mum and Dad are very proud of you both.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Friend Making Monday - Christmas

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: All The Weigh so we can all see your FMM questions and answers.
Please invite your blog readers to add their links so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Christmas Questions

1. How will you celebrate the holidays this year? As normal we will be relaxing at the caravan at the beach. Although we are spending Christmas Day at my mum's house in Rotorua.

2. What’s the weather currently like where you live? We are heading straight into summer, so it is getting warmer. Shorts and T-shirts have suddenly appeared from everyone's wardrobes!

3. Do you decorate your home for the holidays? If so, share a picture please! I love decorating for Christmas but I have to be in the mood.

My mum brought the boys one each of these advent draws when she lived in Spain, however the draws are very small so nothing every gets put in them it just sits and decorates instead.

This was brought to signify a very special year in our family

In 2001 Steve and I went to London for a holiday, we treated ourselves to this snowman and reindeer as a reminder

I collect snowmen, so this is my new decoration for this year

Alex wanted the Santa to keep the snowman company!

4. What is your favorite Christmas movie? As it is heading into summer here then I notice that they don't seem to play many Christmas movies, however, I love them. I use to love Miracle on 34th Street, but I will happily watch Christmas movies, so any really.

5. What is your favorite Christmas songs? I so love Christmas songs. 'Oh Holy Night' is a favorite but I will happily put on a Christmas CD and sing a long all day. I have discovered a new album this year ........ a Christmas one by Lady Antebellum (Who I love listening to so much) it is called "On This Winter's Night" it is a beautiful album and the songs are gorgeous. Some traditional some new.

6. Do you have an advent calendar? Yes, I have a tree that I purchased from Avon many years ago. It has drawers underneath that are numbered. So you decorate the tree one day at a time. I love it. I got it in England many years before I moved to New Zealand. So it is very special to me. It has a wind up key on it and playes "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" as the tree spins round.

7. Do you prefer color lights or white lights? Coloured lights definitely

8. What is your favorite food to eat over the holidays? When I lived in England then Christmas meant mandarins and Quality Street Chocolates, warm food and lots of it.
Over here in New Zealand, with it being summer then it has moved on to Strawberries and lots of fresh summery food.

9. Do you display a live tree, or do you prefer fake trees? I like a fake tree, sorry. Although I have had a real tree one year when we stayed home for the holiday period. Seeing as we always go away at Christmas and someone else lives in our house at that time then I have fake as it is unfair to ask them to care for a real one!

10. What would you need to make your holiday perfect this year? No rain! Last year we all got flooded at the campsite. It made for a fun holiday watching all the campers in tents packing up in 20cm of water! But otherwise just happy healthy family to have fun and laughs with.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Mother to Son

I am sure this has been seen many times, but I think it is awesome and so true, definitely something to work towards.

20 Things A Mother Should Tell Her Son

1. You will set the tone for the sexual relationship, so don't take something away from her that you can't give back.

2. Play a sport. It will teach you how to win honorably, lose gracefully, respect authority, work with others, manage your time and stay out of trouble. And maybe even throw or catch.

3. Use careful aim when you pee. Somebody's got to clean that up, you know.

4. Save money when you're young because you're going to need it some day.

5. Allow me to introduce you to the dishwasher, oven, washing machine, iron, vacuum, mop and broom. Now please go use them.

6. Pray and be a spiritual leader.

7. Don't ever be a bully and don't ever start a fight, but if some idiot clocks you, please defend yourself.

8. Your knowledge and education is something that nobody can take away from you.

9. Treat women kindly. Forever is a long time to live alone and it's even longer to live with somebody who hates your guts.

10. Take pride in your appearance.

11. Be strong and tender at the same time.

12. A woman can do everything that you can do. This includes her having a successful career and you changing diapers at 3 A.M. Mutual respect is the key to a good relationship.

13. "Yes ma'am" and "yes sir" still go a long way. So do "Please" & "Thank you"

14. The reason that they're called "private parts" is because they're "private". Please do not scratch them in public.

15. Peer pressure is a scary thing. Be a good leader and others will follow.

16. Bringing her flowers for no reason is always a good idea. Remember Mum too!

17. Be patriotic.

18. Potty humor isn't the only thing that's humorous.

19. Please choose your spouse wisely. My daughter-in-law will be the gatekeeper for me spending time with you and my grandchildren.

20. Remember to call your mother because I might be missing you

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Tooth Fairy

Alex is 7, in fact he turned 71/2 this week, and desperate to have some wobbly teeth.

In October we finally saw it happen. His first baby tooth started to wibble wobble.
However sadly a few weeks later he informed me that "hey mummy, did you know my new tooth is already coming through?"
So to avoid complications of tooth retention and have crooked front teeth we whipped him off to the dentist who kindly removed the offending over staying little tooth.

She mumbled at the time that there may be a high chance of it reoccurring with the other bottom front tooth, but as it was not wobbly at the time, she was loathed to remove it too!

He has gained 2 more wobbly teeth since that time, 1 on the top and 1 on the bottom.
On Monday I came home from a night out to be informed that "Hey mummy do you know my new tooth is coming through already!"
Just what the dentist suspected, another retained tooth.

Today he happily, he seemed happy about it, skipped off to the dental service and had the other bottom front tooth removed.

He had to have another injection to numb his teeth and he was so good about it. Not a flinch from him, mummy even got to assist with the suction, although the dentist said I was not a very good assistant as I kept kissing the patient! Apparently that is not allowed!!

So after tonight 2 teeth will have been collected by the Tooth Fairy and none of them have fallen out on their own. Let's hope the top wobbly one gets itself sorted and falls out naturally!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Christmas Spirit

I am not sure whether unemployment is doing it or if things have changed but suddenly this year I seem to have found the Christmas spirit.
My husband has known for years, well at least since I was pregnant with our youngest, that as much as I love Christmas it just seems to take me a long while to get into it and then suddenly it is Christmas Eve and we just go with it!

When I was pregnant with Alex in 2004/5 I lost the Christmas spirit, big time.
How I got through Christmas I am not sure, how we even had presents for family members or food on the table at my Sister-in-Laws I am even less sure of, simply is a good thing we went away that year to someone else's house as otherwise Steve would have been at home with a 1yr old and a pregnant wife who couldn't have cared less!

This year I seem to have got it together, ok the Christmas cards are not written and posted nor is the Christmas Letter with all our news from the year, but other things are coming together.

Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas

This year I am taking part in Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas. And so far I am loving it. Ok I haven't written anything or taken any pictures but the thoughts that are running through my head means that very soon there will be a sudden influx of words and pictures and I am hoping I can keep up!
I am loving receiving a new prompt each day and this is making me think about Christmas. The memories are flowing and suddenly I am enjoying every day of December.
More on this to come in another post soon.

12 Days of Christmas

I will post about this seperately but I found an awesome gift for the boys Teachers on Pinterest which occurs over 12 days.
In basic terms they receive a small gift everyday for the last 12 days of the school term.
Today is Day 1 and the gift was well received by both teachers, Ben's teacher was so happy and smiling, there were hugs all round and she was so enthusiastic for tomorrow.
I will share the link and details soon, just have some pictures to take for it.

The Diary

In normal this time of year fashion, the diary in the kitchen is full. In fact if someone offered me a job now I would ask them to let me start in January as I surely couldn't fit in any work in the next few weeks!
But everything is flowing and fitting together nicely. We haven't had any double ups this year, nothing that is happening all on the same day, everything has found its day and fits in nicely with other things we have planned. It means we don't have a spare day between now and Christmas Day but it is going to flow smoothly till then.

Now if I could just get rid of the pain in my wrist (tendonitis/tendinopathy) we would be firing on all cylinders!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Christmas layout

I finally have 5 minutes to sit and try out further things with my photo storage programme.
Memory Manager 3.0 by Creative Memories
It can do wonderful things as I discovered today. There is also an update available to 4.0, that will get downloaded soon to my computer!

That meant I just had to do a layout with the picture I scanned.
This is the boys with Santa in 2009! I know, an old picture but so easy to work with....

Not sure I like the numbers I used for the date. Will go back and play with some others I have. Unfortunately I am fussy and things have to look perfect. These numbers just don't quite fit with the overal look for my liking. Funny how you see these things after you have posted it!!

Great Idea

I attended a craft fair a few weekends ago and came across a gorgeous little garden attraction.

Ok before I talk about that, I know our garden looks like a rain baren desert! It is a work in progress at present, at least it is looking flat. We are in the process of leveling so hopefully we can sew grass seed in the next week or two. Will keep you posted on that progress.

Now on with the main reason for the post!
The above picture is of a bird feeder, made from a cup and saucer/bowl.

They are screwed and glued into the top of the green pole and then you place in garden and watch the birds happily eating or even bathing in the saucer part if water is placed there!

The boys are able to fill with bird seed and the cats are unable to get the birds!
The birds are loving their new treat, hopefully when we do sew the seed they will leave it alone in favor of the tasty treats in the cups? Here's hoping?