Things I’m Loving


loving dahlia season.  this is the second summer our bulbs have been in the ground and they are going nuts, not just these dinner plate sized purple ones, but the smaller red and whites that only had one bloom last year are looking much more promising


i don’t know whether i’m loving this or hating it but will err on the optimistic side.  our tiles in the entrance, kitchen and laundry are up and new vinyl planking is to be laid next week.  our old cement foundation is such a mess and looks like it was hand mixed so i think the installers are going to have lots of fun with the prep, meaning lots more $$$.  it will be lovely when it’s done so fingers crossed everything goes smoothly 


early mornings together-ish.  love these boys x


i cashed in one of my christmas prezzies this week and enjoyed a manicure / pedicure.  seriously loving my fluoro orange nails


i’ve tidied and tidied this week and i’m loving my reclaimed desk.  organised and ready to start the year off as i mean to continue


Things I’m Loving

Christmas always seems to pass in the blink of an eye for me and this year has proved no exception.  Ethan’s birthday is at the end of November and we seem to focus on that a lot then get blindsided with HOLYSMOKESTHERESONLY3WEEKSTILCHRISTMAS!!!  But, I was pretty organised this year, being at home with Nixon left me lots of time to get my online shopping done and avoid the mall-crazy for the most part.  I do love Christmas, we had a brilliant, relaxed day at home with our immediate family and it was just right.  Nix was a darling who enjoyed the wrapping paper immensely and Ethan was grateful and gracious all day.  Win!

But {let’s be honest}, I did ask Dave and E if we could ‘pack Christmas away’ this morning.  I would love to get those big plastic storage boxes up high in the garage for another year but my request was overruled by the guys – Ethan response probably motivated by laziness, Dave’s by tradition {“you have to keep your tree up until New Year!”}.

Anywho, I’ve just finished my box of Scorched Almonds so lets get cracking shall we?


I love this photo of Dave and I.  We were setting up for our family Christmas picture {which you can see on here on FB} and snapped some test shots first – the camera was on the lawn on a rung of the ladder but it worked perfectly!  Dave is the most kick-ass gift giver ever and completely spoiled me rotten this year.  I take care of the shopping for everyone else because it takes him multiple excursions to get everything on his list for me!  Yes, I’m a very lucky girl.  We celebrated our 9 year wedding anniversary two days before Christmas so there have been lots of happy celebrations around here lately.

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It’s quite hard to go for a walk with Nix and the dogs when he is in the buggy as I just don’t have enough hands to hold on to the stroller and the leashes.  The Ergo works well and is comfy for me, but he doesn’t love it, I had to switch to the front position half way around the neighbourhood.  I love this selfie of us as he looks itty-bitty, hiding back there!


I went to bed early-ish last night with the May/June issue of Frankie I purchased to read in hospital when Nix was born and had yet to read!  The centrefold was this delicious print that I whipped out and stuck in the toilet with some washi tape that Dave found for me in Japan.  Love the colours – so me!


All the toys in the world and homeboy loves the gold ribbon.


Our Christmas table was perfect!  Laden with turkey, ham, pork and all of the trimmings plus traditional Polish pierogi made by my sister-in-law!  So yummy, best Christmas day ever for me x


My big boy and my Christmas baby.  We told Ethan that he was going to be a big brother on Christmas Eve last year, so it was kinda special having Nixon here to love on and marvel over – he’s almost 6 months old!!!!!

Joining in with Meghan for Things I’m Loving


Things I’m loving

So I am a bit late in posting but I wanted/needed to be thankful as this week has been rough.  Tears, frustration, anger, stress and anxiety  beat me down, almost.  We survived and I can think of many things that make me smile again.


Ethan forgot he was wearing his headband from a Samoan dance performance and sported it whilst we were grocery shopping.  He would never voluntarily do things like this so I couldn’t resist snapping a pic of my quickly disappearing little boy!


E has no problem dressing up for Halloween though!  We had an amazing evening on Wednesday walking around our lovely neighbourhood with some other great Mums.  There were so many safe houses, some of them decorated to the hilt!  We kicked things off at the Scout Den where a very scary House of Horror had been installed, so scary it was almost a bit much for our nearly-eight year old Trick or Treaters.



We love fireworks and Guy Fawkes but three out of our four dogs do not.  Poor Louie started off at the foot of the bed and inched his way up until he was sharing Dave’s pillow.  I love a cuddly Shi Tzu, even if the poor guy is shaking with fear.


 Loving a little lunch Date with Dave.  Bombay pizza from GPK has been my fave since I was 18 and it still has not let me down.  Banana on pizza is the business!  Also getting used to my iPhone 5, this is an unedited pic and i think it’s pretty amaze, though I have experienced the yucky purple halo that many critics have attributed to the lens in the new phone.


 Loving that our new truck is no longer our new truck.  We had it for 15 days and found out the odometer had been disconnected.  This was the cause of much distress this week.  Dave got it sorted and got our money back and we pick up our new truck tomorrow.  Buying cars is so stressful!


Loving the blue sky patches that are getting more and more common, we have had some fab weather the last couple of weeks, you can definitely tell as the water trucks have started returning to our neighbourhood {better go check the tank actually!}.


I am loving my wee brass animal collection that is growing, slowly into a full-blown ornament menagerie!  I have a family of pigs and a little bird arriving any day now via Trade Me.

Brass Animals

Things I’m Loving Friday

Oh yes. This week has been all kinds of good. I survived the Boat Show, Ethan has been delightful {YES!!!}, there has been time and funds for shopping and some projects have been completed.


6 long weeks are over. Ethan is beyond excited, he has planned the food, snacks, and welcome for his dad, made signs and picked out beer. We are READY!

Orchid Bloom

Loving orchids that bloom and bloom!  I have one of last years plants that is shooting up at the moment,  can’t wait to see it’s cheery blooms again.

Katherine Wilson Dahlia

Loving my new most-beautiful-shoes-ever.  I’ll show you those another day.

Soft bait

This boy and his un-wavering fascination with fish keeps me fully loved up.  We are going on 6 years of obsession and there is no sign of waning interest.  His school holiday treat was a bonito soft bait, most commonly used for catching Marlin while game fishing.  Now he has pride of place in the fish bin!

Chilly bin

 Loving sweet Friday bloggy treats!  Anything that arrives via courier in a chilly bin has got to be good – it’s the rules.


Loving this pretty shot of Zurich at sunset I found in the photo stream, but also loving that Dave will soon have a new phone with which to take less crappy pics!

Taking off

SO much loving that this is the last airplane shot I am going to see for a while {I Hope}.  Last sleep without Dave and an early trip to the airport in the morning will see our little family back together again!

Have a fab weekend everyone x