Sunday, 12 April 2015

Easter


I love Easter and when the Princess was a little girl I treated it like Christmas Day, a day where friends and family would come to celebrate.  We did Easter Egg hunts and I would cook a huge midday meal.

For some reason I let Easter traditions go when my marriage to the Wasband ended.  That makes me sad.

Obscene amount of eggs and goodies from teachers and my class!
The Princess was away with the Wasband this Easter,  I think she was last Easter too.  The Cowboy, his son and my twin nephews (visiting from Rarotonga) headed north on Saturday to spend a night with the Cowboy's Mum and Dad.

They have a beautiful property on the hills of Waipu.  The Cowboy, twins and I went for a walk down hill to a pond which is home to tortoises and eels.  In my excitement at the prospect of seeing the tortoises I didn't stop to consider what I was wearing, a maxi hippy dress and Havianas, entirely inappropriate for walking down hilly farmland covered in baby gorse and sheep poop, not to mention the steep banks down to the pond.  And all for nothing, not a tortoise to be seen!

The Cowboy treated us out for a beautiful dinner that night.  I wish I had taken a photo of my meal which was a vegetarian dish of roasted asparagus, mushrooms and gnocchi. It was divine, as was the red wine I washed it down with!

Early Easter Sunday morning the Cowboy got up while the boys were sleeping and put their Easter Eggs beside their beds to wake up to.  Cute!

We went for a drive to Piroa Falls.  A stunning waterfall that I need to go back to in non holiday time when hopefully there won't be crowds of people and kids jumping from crazy heights into the pool at the bottom of the falls, which made me feel physically ill with fear that a jump might go horribly wrong.
Piroa Falls
We had a late midday meal of roast lamb and all the trimmings before the Cowboy and I parted ways. He driving back to Auckland with his son and me driving further north to Rawene with my nephews.

We stopped in Kaikohe and picked up KFC for my Poppa's Easter Sunday dinner.  He loves it! We arrived at Rawene to the dining table laid out with eggs and Easter envelopes made by Poppa for the grandkids.  He's pretty cute too!

Easter at Rawene
 It was a nice Easter, spent with family as it should be.  Just not my traditional Easter.  Next year...

Rachael xo

Sunday, 8 March 2015

12 is a beautiful number


Twelve years ago today, a beautiful girl gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and then gave that beautiful baby girl to me.

Happy 12th Birthday to the beautiful Princess.

And as always, everlasting gratitude and love to the beautiful girl who made me a Mummy xo


Friday, 9 January 2015

2014 in 1

I'm not sure how to start this post let alone give it a title given that I haven't blogged since April 2014.
That's because I've yet to get a handle on finding a good life balance with this teaching business!

I've been thinking about why keep this blog open and I guess it gets down to it's a good way of recording life as I don't keep a journal, scrapbook or any other way of recording memories.  With that in mind I am going to endeavor to be more regular in blogging, 9 month gaps between posts is just a too long!

Anyway... 2014 was busy, good but busy.

Me
I had a big number birthday in October 2014 that I had decided to approach in a positive way rather than giving into depression about being so old!  Since starting university and the 'try to kill myself by falling off a ladder' incident I had progressively put on weight so in order to combat this I joined a torture chamber - a gym! After my first session I staggered home and said to the Cowboy "I need to lie down!" I now love going and feel healthier and fitter for it.  Not thinner though, too much Christmas excess, rich food and wine - a lot of wine! Speaking of food, I also changed my eating habits as I approached old age!  After doing a lot of reading I decided Paleo made sense to me. Up until the Christmas season I followed it almost religiously and seriously felt better for it. I'm now back on the wagon!

me, me and me
Teaching
I swapped schools mid year. The call of my final practicum school proved to be too much and when a job came up teaching Year 5 I went for it and got it!  I'm really happy where I am, love the school, the kids, the people I work with and the support is fantastic.

Maths Week - working on the Pythagorean theorem
Creativity
I haven't made anything at home since I don't know when. All my creative energy is used in my teaching, Got to work on that this year!

Celebrating Diwali in our Going Global study of India - Room 32/RPS.
The Princess
She is soooooo gorgeous.  Smart, cheeky and funny. She's only 11, but taller than me and takes a bigger size shoe than me. School is good, she does well.  I was so proud of her making the Science Fair finals with her project "How to make cut flowers last longer". She is mad about Minecraft and reading.  Her hair is amazing, thick, wavy and long.  Taking care of it is not amazing!

1/ She leaves me messages  2/ The Science Fair Project 3/ The Hair!
The Cowboy
He's ok :-p  No, really he is lovely and super tolerant because I am a bad girlfriend in term time- too tired and overloaded.

Hot Cowboy photographer
Home
The Cowboy and I completed a few 'home' projects in 2014.  We 'styled' (I watch The Block) our entrance hall and stairwell around the beautiful photographs the Cowboy takes.  The laundry area of the garage also got a wee make-over and some 'styling' haha. In the earlier part of 2014 I found time to garden and grew salad greens, baby beetroots and herbs. I now grow tall weeds. We adopted a baby boy kitten in January and lost him in December along with Sequin, our 4 year old goldfish who died last week :-(

1/ Stairwell gallery 2/ R.I.P. Ninja & Sequin
Family
Crazy happenings with my family in 2014.  My Australian living brother, sister-in-law and three munchkins came out to NZ for a winter snow holiday.  It came to a grinding halt on day three with a not so fun trip to one of those indoor trampoline places where my brother had a terrible accident.  The end of 2014 saw my other sister-in-law and twin nephews move to Rarotonga and my Mumma and Poppa sell up in Auckland and move to the back of beyond - the beautiful Rawene in the Far North! We also celebrated a family occasion with my oldest nephew turning 21.

1/ Broken brother 2/ Mumma and Poppa's Rawene home 3/ 21 $10 notes wrapped around a sword for a 21 year old
Trips
The Princess and I went to my almost always best friend (sometimes second best friend) Mary Thistle's farm most holidays where I did the usual, tried to bond with herds of cows, read late at night in my 'chalet' while the Princess hung with her bestie, my bestie's daughter:-)  For my big number birthday the Cowboy and I did a trip up North.  We stayed at Coopers Beach, ate divine food, walked wind swept beaches and had spas under stars.

1/ The Princess, a snippet of her bestie & goats, Holly & Milky  2/ Making homemade Ravioli with my bestie,  Mary Thistle


Coopers Beach getaway - October 2014
Entertainment
We, that is the Princess and I, went to Disney on Ice with friends.  She was not so enamoured with it, she's at an age where she felt it a bit babyish, however I absolutely loved it.  We also went to Cirque de Soleil, which was fabulous.  We have seen How to Train Your Dragon 2 and other movies that I can't remember, clearly not memorable.  The Cowboy and I went out to dinner on fairly regular basis and hosted friends and family dinners at home.

1/ Very candlelit birthday dinner (no power)  2/  Stella Bella wine brought back from Australia by the 'Thistle's"

That's a 2014 wrap!

Wishing you all that happen upon this blog a belated Happy New Year!

Rachael xo


Monday, 24 March 2014

100 Happy Days

I'm going to give this a go, because, well, why not!

Can you be happy for
100 days
in a row?

People successfully completing the challenge claimed to:
  •  Start noticing what makes them happy every day;
  •  Be in a better mood every day;
  •  Start receiving more compliments from other people;
  •  Realize how lucky they are to have the life they have;
  •  Become more optimistic;
  •  Fall in love during the challenge.
Even when the challenge is over the collected 100 happy moments can always remind you about the beauty of your life. For that, you can receive a little 100 page book with your 100 happy days at the finish line of the challenge!

You can follow me and my 100 Happy Days here if you would like to.

Thanks for visiting,
Yours in happiness 
Rachael

Sunday, 9 March 2014

11 Years

This girl turned 11 yesterday.

I couldn't love her more.

And as I do every year, I give thanks to her mother who gave birth to her and gave her to me so I could be a mother.

Thanks for visiting
Rachael xo

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Crafting 2013

Sadly I didn't do a lot of crafting in 2013.  All my creativity went into my teaching, which wasn't that creative either! It's hard to be a creative teacher when you are just starting out.  I did create a bag for my sister in law which I blogged about here and earlier in the year I made a big cushion for the Cowboy's birthday.

The Princess and her friend made salt dough cookies for Christmas gifts with quite a bit of guidance from me.
We used this recipe which was step by step easy to follow and super successful.
What I liked about this project was minimal ingredients, flour, salt and water and minimal equipment, baking trays, baking paper, cookie cutter and a chopstick for punching a hole in the head!
Pre Cooking
We used a stencil and a metal skewer to initial each 'cookie' as they were for family members.
I painted the initials with black food colouring before baking in a cool oven, for hours!
Cooked and ready to be glazed.
The following day we glazed the 'cookies' with a watered down mixture I concocted using ochre and black acrylic paint and put them outside to dry in the hot sun.
Glazed and drying in the sun
We threaded garden twine through the holes and attached them to each family members Christmas gifts.  Unfortunately in the scramble to get Christmas together I didn't photograph them tied to the gifts, trust me they looked so cute.
Brown paper wrapping looked cute with the 'cookies'
This was a great child friendly crafting project, one I think the Princess and I will make a tradition of and do each year using a different shape.

Thanks for visiting.
Rachaelxo