Thursday, January 28, 2010

Celebration time!

We went out to celebrate our first house at the Smith and MacKenzie restaurant in Chartwell.
The food was fab but the service a bit to be desired. We had to wait 30 minutes between each meal and that was including the kids! thought they would have at least sped up for them, plus Esmee was so tired she threw the biggest wobbly in the toilets...won't go into that here!

Next day Esmee and Granny got right into cleaning. Esmee had the squirt bottle down to a fine art with a real determined look on her face. Great job!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Home Ownership

After two months of rental hunting and three weeks of open homes and private viewings, we have joined the ranks of home ownership. Almost. We put in an offer which, after re-negotiation, was accepted after only 1 hour!
Now we need to await approval of the LIM, finance and builders report, and then we get the keys.
Move in date is 10 February which is super fast (much to the lawyers disgust!) but this can be negotiated earlier subject to the above being all okay. This is so exciting.
Obviously we can't show photos until the house is completely ours but when it is prepared to be bombarded!
So we are super busy packing and tidying. With the help of Granny and Grampa it is going super fast.
But it has come at the perfect time as we have to be out of our rental by Feb 12th anyway - totally cutting it fine!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Chill out Time

With our moving date fast approaching and the stress starting to snap and frazzle we decided to head over to the beach and join Granny and Grampa for a few days in Whangamata for some Chill Out time.
It was so nice. The weather was cool, not too hot, slightly breezy, a cooling drizzle, nice morning sunshine. And of course the cooling water.
The kids loved the water. And digging in the sand.

We could feel the stress melt away. Just what was needed.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sleep Terror

Today i think Esmee had a sleep terror. At least that is the only explanation i can think of for her suddenly waking up screaming and calling for me, but when i went to her she couldn't 'see' me. She couldn't focus or even look at me, arching her back to get away from me, was so beside herself i thought she was going to pass out!
Thankfully it only lasted 10 minutes (but even that was too long!) and after she realised it was me she calmed down and went back to sleep.
She has been acting a bit like a princess - a spoilt one! - recently but i'm certain it wasn't an act. Will note this down and inform the pediatrician when we see him next month.

A quick google search has brought up this if anyone is interested:

Sleep terror disorder is also known as "night errors." Sleep terror is characterized by the following symptoms that a professional looks for when making a diagnosis for this condition:

Recurrent episodes of abrupt awakening from sleep, usually occurring during the first third of the major sleep episode and beginning with a panicky scream.

Intense fear and signs of autonomic arousal, such as tachycardia, rapid breathing, and sweating, during each episode.

Relative unresponsiveness to efforts of others to comfort the person during the episode.

No detailed dream is recalled and there is amnesia for the episode.

The episodes cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Quick Update

Over the holidays, both our amazing kids did some amazing things that i thought worth mentioning.
Yes, Xander hurt his arm, but thankfully he didn't actually break it - it was a 'greenstick fracture' which is more of a bad bend in a very young bone.
Xander can now swing himself on a swing! He is so proud of himself and our last venture to the park he spent the entire time on the swing.
Esmee is mostly toilet trained. She wears nappies only at night time and only when we go out and i am unsure how long we will be out and/or where/when we will have access to a toilet. She is doing really well, and just this week has had no accidents. It's even gotten to the stage where she gets upset to even go in her nappy at night!
You may not think these huge events, but i do :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lilliput Farm

Nanna and Grandad took us to the Lilliput Farm Animal and Fun park north of Taupo on State Highway 1.

The kids (and adults) got to feed all the animals.

Esmee was too scared and preferred to put the bucket close to the fence for the animals to help themselves. I had to grab the bucket before they devoured the whole lot though!

I think Grandad enjoyed the animals more than the kids did!

As a special treat, after lunch, the kids got to ride the pony at the end.

Esmee was terrified and was going to get off after 1 minute but then finished the ride when Grandad said he would hold her hand - so cute!

Thanks for a wonderful break Nanna and Grandad!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Well we are home from our mini holiday in Taupo.
The kids and i stayed for the week while Alan came back to Hamilton and worked.

We got up to all sorts of mischief.

Swimming in the paddling pool - it was so nice in Taupo!

Fishing on the boat - and we actually caught a fish (have to get a photo from Grandad though).

Xander and Esmee were treated to a friend visiting from Wellington. I used to babysit Cherie and Jane and they delighted in playing with the kids. Jane especially took to the kids and vice versa.

We even had some time for learning. We bought a phonics reading game for Xander and man did he enjoy that! So clever, but you already knew that ;)

We entered a poker competition with the boat on saturday when Alan came back and Xander thought it was great fun zooming across the lake in a race. At the end we jumped in for a swim.