Friday, 31 December 2010
Wednesday, 29 December 2010
Tyler was in a helpful mood this morning, and who was I to stand in his way?? Dave and Leona are staying with us for a couple of days, so I did a big cooked breakfast and when I was about to launch into the dishes, the wee dude offered to help.
I always find it interesting the varied positions which Tyler seems to find comfortable to watch tv.
Chris is off to Te Anau for the night, to catch up with a bunch of old school mates, one of whom he hasn't seen for 20 years. Naturally he wanted to look his best :) so I gave him a haircut and finally persuaded T to have one too.
Apart from that, we are just chilling out - playing Connect Four and cricket, eating more than is good for us and enjoying the company of family. And soon friends, as the Harwoods arrive on New Year's Eve for a couple of days. It's so good to have a house big enough to accommodate everyone! Although with two 6 year olds, a 4 year old and a 7 month old, I'm guessing the house will seem quite full ;)
Sunday, 26 December 2010
Back to our house where Chris had laid on a feast (with plum puddings from Mum and honey & ginger-glazed carrots and a salad from the Howards). We had turkey, ham, new potatoes from our garden, peas, carrots and several salads. Then a brief rest followed by plum pudding with custard and cream, brandy snaps, fruit salad and jelly. There were 11 of us altogether and it was so nice to have everyone here and still have lots of space.
Friday, 24 December 2010
I am off to the Basilica to sing twice tonight - firstly at 7:30pm for Christmas Carols & Vigil Mass and then at 11:30pm for Midnight Mass. It will be great to sing some really traditional Christmas music.
Monday, 13 December 2010
Monday, 6 December 2010
Living round the corner from 'The Christmas Shop' is dangerous to one's purse!
Monday, 29 November 2010
Sunday was a scorcher, so we took our newly-acquired jetski out to Oreti River and blatted around on that. Then we tied the biscuit on a first Tyler, and then Tyler and I together hurtled around. Tyler wasn't content with level of bumping over the wake and actively tried to make the biscuit jump, shouting Yeeehaaah! all the while (while his mother on the back was just shouting fullstop).
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Saturday, 13 November 2010
We had a busy day today, up early to cheer on the Preston Russell Law Vikings at the Corpor8 rowing - they won, hurrah!! - and then a joint birthday lunch at Eat on Windsor with the Howards and Mum & Richard.
Singing tomorrow at the First Church sesquicentennial celebrations morning service - I have the solo in Psalm 23, the 'Vicar of Dibley' setting by Howard Goodall. We are also doing Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence and the Clare Benediction.
Me: Did you have fun singing with the minister?
Tyler: Yes. Mum, what's a minister?
Me: (Thinking - how can I summarise this?!) Well, at church on Sunday's he stands up in front of everyone and tells them about things that are in the bible.
Tyler (firmly): I know what's in the bible.
Me: Do you? What?
Sunday, 7 November 2010
Saturday, 6 November 2010
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Friday, 15 October 2010
Tyler: Muuuum! Come and look at this!
(Muuuuum comes running)
Tyler (face artfully decorated with bubbles in the shape of a goatee): Look at me!
Me: Oh you look cute, you look like Daddy.
Tyler (standing up and looking in the mirror): I'm all man!
(Me: hysterical laughter)
Saturday, 9 October 2010
Well as you can see, no photos! But not for lack for trying. I am about to throw in the towel with Blogger and move everything over to Wordpress. Watch this space....
He's like two different dogs *lol*
Last day of the school holidays so I have been sorting out Tyler's summer uniform. Of course the weather has to turn nasty just as they go into summer uniform. And touch starts this week too. Typical.
Sunday, 3 October 2010
|Tyler and Scarlett|
The next morning we went to the Museum, and Tyler really enjoyed the rainforest butterly exhibition. He had a beautiful black and yellow butterfly sit on his finger. He also had heaps of fun playing with the kids interactive science exhibition.
|At the rainforest butterfly exhibition|
Edited for the umpeenth time: As you can see I've managed to get some photos to load, but they have been severely distorted. To see them properly, just click on each one (and then hit the Go Back button on your brower to return to the blog)
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Saturday, 25 September 2010
UPDATE 5pm: No results yet as they were running late and I had to nip home to feed the kiddies. However, Oratorio was so-so (with one glaring error), Comic was great so hoping to place in that, own Selection was a disaster and Duet was ok, despite some probs with the piano accommpaniment. Voice is very ragged, so I may not do Lieder class and just give up the remains of my vocal chords to the Scholarship class. Back later......
UPDATE 10am Sunday: Didn't update last night, too tired and quite frankly I was bummed out. Came second in the scholarship, basically because I made some errors in the timing of a couple of entries in the test piece. Technically it was fine. And 'Let the Bright Seraphim' rocked! But thems the breaks. It's what happens on the day. I even pulled out of the Lieder class so I could give it everything in the scholarship. I did end up with a first in the Comic, so I'm very happy with that. And despite what I felt was a disastrous 'Rejoice Greatly' in the Own Selection class, I came 3rd. Haven't seen the adjuicator's report on that yet, and I'm curious to know what it says!
So summing up: 3x 1st, 2x 2nd, 1x 3rd and 1x 3= Not too bad an effort. Not to mention about $600 in prize money - having said that, the money is totally not what motivates me when it comes to singing.
Feeling a bit jaded this morning, which is the norm. There are a couple of classes this afternoon which I'm not in, so I can go along and just relax and enjoy other people's singing. Not to mention I can listen to CD's other than those of the songs I've been rehearsing!
Sorry it's been all me me me meeeee! Normal Tyler and family updates will resume shortly :)
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Sunday, 12 September 2010
This is my equivalent of Chris' 'man-cave'. It has the computer, piano and finally a bookshelf to hold all my music.
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Sunday, 15 August 2010
The day started at Sparrow's fart with Tyler demanding to see 'The List'. This is the list I had to make up at his request with clues of where to find his presents. We tried to get him to cuddle up in bed with us and doze off and though he did try, I gave up at 6:30am when he started to sing 'Happy Birthday to me' rather loudly. Once the initial oohing and aahing over the various presents was completed I was able to leave him to it and crawl back into bed for another snooze :)
1pm we were invaded by his little friends and the fun began. Firstly the present-opening followed by 'Pass the Parcel' and the Chocolate Game. At 2pm Wayne McEwan, the Magic Guy presented his show complete with live rabbit and the kids absolutely loved it. We threw rugs down on the lounge floor and the kids hoed into the birthday food - all the usual suspects: cheerios and tomato sauce, savouries, lollies, chips and I even made some fairy bread. All washed down with fizz. Good luck to the parents trying to get their kids to sleep tonight ;)
Here are some photos: