Roll on Rugby Season

Autumn begins {officially} tomorrow, though some would argue it actually began in December!   All hope of summer is lost so we might as well look forward to the winter sports season hooray!

Kumeu Rugby Club held its first junior registration evening tonight and the turn-out was good, not surprising really.  We all figured Rugby registrations would be up this year following the awesomeness that was the World Cup.

If you are considering enrolling your kids in either Soccer or Rugby, now is the time to act.  Your local clubs will be holding their registrations now, they usually have at least two or three.  To give you an idea of fees, our rugby dues this year are $90.  Definitely an increase from last year, however this includes shorts, socks and a mouth guard (new members also get a bag), though obviously this will vary from club to club.

Take your cheque book to a rego event as often the clubs eftpos facility will be behind the bar and not open.  Also, if you plan to order club clothing eg training jackets etc be prepared to do this at registration as the club will put in one order once all money is received.

It was lovely to see Milo supporting grass-roots sports, plus it provided a welcome distraction {and some afternoon tea!} for the kids whilst the parents were queing and writing cheques!

What winter sports are your kids {or you} getting into this winter?  I’m thinking I might get into some swimming training with my future sister-in-law….ahhhh dreams are free and good intentions are worth everything right?


Tuesday | Yes. I did get stalked by a hot air balloon today

At 7.15am this morning my balloon stalker appeared, all noisy, huffing and puffing over our house, whooshing and wheezing away and whipping the 372 neighbourhood dogs into a frenzy.  That sounded real nice.

Then after I had dropped Ethan off at school and was heading to work, I rounded a corner and who was there, all up in the air and like “haaayyyy”.  Balloon Stalker.  I stopped and took this picture on the side of the road to see if I could gt his balloon license plate in case he kept this up {did you see what I did there? up!}.

Around the next bend, and he was all “haaayyyy girl, I’m going to land right here in this street”.  So I stopped and took another photo because he was so much closer this time that I for sure thought the balloon stalker police would be able to ID his ride if I had to make a complaint.

People are so weird.  Get a hobby.

Monday | Musical Thank Yous

There are so many wonderful things going on at the moment which I will share with you soon {one of which is a SUPER exciting blog project right HERE!}, so I just wanted to take a little moment or 11 and be thankful that this year is not last year, that my Dad is not suffering and that all of those I love are happy and healthy.  We have had our share of hard times but things seem to be on the upswing this year.  A wise lady {whom I still work with} once told me to watch out for little signs that show you are on the right track.  I wholeheartedly believe this.  The universe, somehow??, finds ways to provide affirmations that you are doing something right.  If you can’t see the signs, it may be time to shake it up a bit and try something new.

The Verve | Lucky Man

Nas and Damian Marley | Count Your Blessings

Alanis Morissette | Thank You






Read | Essential Reads

Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adored this book.  I would read it again.  I don’t often say that these days however this book is beautiful.  The characters, imagery and locations conjure an amazing world of an olden day circus that is so far beyond our realm of understanding that you really don’t want the book to end.  The dark side of this twisted tale is harsh and often slaps you out of the magical reverie Gruen creates, but the contrast works perfectly.




Pups | Little Face

Little Face, Dash, is our second hand dog. Dave found him on Trade Me and if waking up to this little guy all up in your business on a lazy Sunday morning isn’t loveliness then I’m not sure we can be friends.
{ps. Now that E is too big and cool to snuggle with me in bed I have to make do with the Shi Tzus, woe is me}


Life Lately | IPhone Snaps

What a busy week!  No posts at all {smacks hand}.  Good things are just around the corner though : )

We had a blast at the opening game of the Super 14 season!  Little guy was SO happy his Crusaders won, although the other 30,000 or so spectators were not so pleased.  It’s ok Piri, I forgive you x

Isn’t this spider amazing?  Shot on my IPhone 4s with PhotoJojo macro lens, get yours here

We had some stunning sunrises last week, here is proof I was up early enough to catch at least one of them!

Have I told you that I will NEVER Hot Air Balloon?  No?  I WILL NEVER HOT AIR BALLOON.

There was a wee bit of celebrating this week, we enjoyed dinner down by the river and snapped the ferry arriving from Auckland.

Ethan is back in his weekly routine of swimming, touch practise, touch games and trombone.  Yes, we like to keep him busy!

We had some major storms last Friday, no power for 6 hours and no interwebs for 48!  High drama all round

Sometime even Ethan stops moving for just a little while.


Cook Eat | Strawberry Oreo Muffins


We picked a 3kg bounty of strawberries last weekend and just about managed to chomp through them, however the remainder were on borrowed time.  I chopped them up in the blender, saved some for cereal in the morning and baked the rest into these pretty naughty muffins for Dave and Ethan.

For the recipe base I used the Edmonds recipe {below}.  I halved the sugar amount as the strawberries are plenty sweet enough on their own.


50g butter softened

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1.5 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup milk

1 cup ish chopped strawberries

6 Oreos crushed up in a ziplock

Cream butter & sugar in a bowl, beat in egg.  Sift in flour baking powder & salt, dissolve soda in milk.  Combine all ingredients using minimal stirring.  Spoon mix into greased muffin trays.  Top with crushed Oreos.  Bake at 200° for 12-15 minutes.