Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Our Summer Holidays – Part 2 {Camping at Mahia}

Mahia 1

We’ve just enjoyed a lovely week-long camping holiday at beautiful Mahia. (A Peninsula located on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, between Napier and Gisborne.)

My Dad, step Mum (“Poppa” and “Granny Lynn”) and brother Tom came up from Christchurch and my sister, Holly, her boyfriend Jermaine (and their cute dog, Boogie) came down from Auckland for the holiday which was awesome. As well as great company (including very intense 500 card games in the evening), we also enjoyed brilliant weather, great food (camping with Dad and Lynn is better described as ‘glamping’); and lots of lovely beach swims. Jermaine’s family live nearby so we had the benefit of local knowledge – he showed us an awesome river swimming hole, took us to the Morere hot pools and organised a fishing charter for Andrew and I! (I caught a Hapuka (grouper) wahoo!)

We had one heart in throat situation where newly toilet trained Pipi decided to take herself off to the bathroom first thing in the morning before anyone had woken and we awoke to find her missing! Words can not describe the fear I felt at that moment. Long story short, it all ended well and despite getting lost coming back from the toilet block Pipi managed to find a helpful lady who soon tracked us down! Oh the relief, but needless to say is not a situation I ever want repeated again!

We had such a lovely time, it was so nice to catch up with family in such an idyllic spot. It was hard to leave and get back to reality, but not to matter – we are back there at Easter with a group of friends from church! Yay!

Mahia 2

But for now, it’s stationary sorting, covering school books and trying to get re-accustomed to waking with an alarm in preparation for school starting back next week!

Have you camped with kids before? How did it go? (I find it definately helps having a few extra pairs of hands around!)

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Thanks for reading!

Jen x

Our Summer Holidays - Part 1

Summer holidays part 1

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!)

Summer holiday collage

If you’ve had a lovely Christmas and New Year (and Summer holidays, if you’re ‘down under’ like me!)

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Jen x