Street View, with a history

It’s kinda cool that street view exists, but it does also make you wonder what you’ll be able to do by the time Samuel gets to be my age. I believe this was our house in Kaitaia (before the Jamieson Road one, which doesn’t seem to have street view – even Google has limits! – […]

Slide Video

Another short one: a little video from a few weeks ago of Samuel playing on the slide (there’s a head, shoulders, knees & toes segment, too), when he first started climbing the ladder on his own. Again, video from the still camera, so not great quality and no audio. There’s a small version (33 MB) […]

Flashback #3

One more for today – there are two more prepared videos, which I might get to tomorrow. This is a little flashback to when Samuel first started walking. The video quality isn’t great, since it was taken with the still camera rather than the video camera (and whoever was shooting it – I don’t remember […]

50 x 4

Samuel’s grandparents are all 50+ now, with Nana’s birthday on the 28th of December. We squeezed in two days of birthday events in between the Point Wells Christmas and the Whangarei one, which made everything that much tighter, but these events don’t come often! We bought her a digital photo frame (which we also did […]

Coffee Group Christmas

Things have been pretty busy recently, so not much in the way of updates, although there’s a backlog of video/photos to upload that I’m gradually getting to, along with an account of the festive season. We hosted the coffee group Christmas party this year, and it went really well. Amazinly, the weather held out, so […]

Birthday Theme

30th birthdays seem to be happening all the time at the moment! Mine is a bit under three months away, so here are some thoughts. When people ask what I want for a gift (for any occasion) I always suggest a book, which never goes down well. For some reason, people want to get me […]

Fail, fail, fail

#1: I baked some muffins to take to Vanessa when we went to see her new place a few days ago. One batch was the crunchy lemon ones we did for Samuel’s first birthday. The other was a batch of sun-dried tomato with coriander and cornmeal, which I hadn’t made before. All went well, until […]

Caught red, blue and green handed…

Last week, Samuel figured out how to climb out of his cot (he was back in the cot for a while after we moved, to makes things easier during the Internet drought of 2008). His room at the new house has a door that he can’t open (actually, no-one can open it from inside), so […]

Hey Olyvia

Olyvia turned 30 last Saturday (4th October 2008).  She probably won’t get around to writing anything about it, so in brief: in the morning she, Sam, and I went to the Matakana Farmers’ Market (good, but very difficult with a 2-year-old), then to the market at the Matakana Country Park (the one where the combined coffee […]