Wow! No time no blog! We’ve been enjoying the most lovely Summer holidays.
I haven’t pulled out my DSLR that much preferring to take most of my pics on my phone and then share to Instagram. (Gosh haven’t the cameras on phones come a long way in a short few years!)
We’ve packed a lot in these holidays, but managed to get in a lot of relaxation at the same time (well as much as you can with 3 busy kids) – it’s been great. Just before Christmas, at the beginning of the school holidays I took the kids up to Mt Maunganui to stay with my Mum and Step Dad. They have a place really close to the beach and we enjoyed a lovely few days with them, walking along the beach and around the Mount, picnicing and eating yummy icecreams. We also had a lovely swim at the hot pools and I enjoyed some child free shopping time!
We returned home and pottered around at home doing a few things like berry picking and preparing for Christmas and I completed a few sewing orders. Then we headed down to Otaki to the in-laws for Christmas day. It was such a nice time because all of Andrew’s family was there. He has seven siblings and all of them including wives/ husbands/ boyfriend and kids were there, plus Nana and Grandma. Three of my sister in law’s have had little baby boys during the past year, so it was especially nice to see my 3 new nephews too! On boxing day a few of us went out fishing on Andrew’s Dad’s boat too which was fun. We caught a few fish and saw a whole lot of dolphins, which was AWESOME! (Check out the video of the dolphins here.)
Once we returned home I sewed a couple more orders and birthday gifts, cooked a few meals from Chelsea Winter’s book ‘Homemade Happiness’ (my Christmas present to myself); and we toilet trained Pipi! (Yay!) We also caught up with Andrew’s little sister Elysia (and boyfriend, James), his Grandma and older brother, Nathan who all popped past Hastings briefly on separate occasions and then had my brother, Dad and Step Mum arrive up from Christchurch and stay a couple of nights before we all headed away on our camping holiday in Mahia.
(I’ve saved the Mahia trip to be the subject matter of the ‘Part 2’ holiday post, because goodness knows I’ve squeezed enough information and photos into this one!)
If you’ve had a lovely Christmas and New Year (and Summer holidays, if you’re ‘down under’ like me!)
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