Showing posts from 2014

So This Is (Almost) Christmas...

So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
A new one just begun

Lyrics from: 
And that pretty much sums it up...
2014 - I will, in some ways, be pleased to see the back of you. Here is hoping 2015 treats us a little kinder, and moves us that little bit closer to our goals and our dreams.
However, there are a few things I will be sad to see go: * My baby girl will start school in 2015! * My little man will start kindy, be out of nappies completely, and move into a 'big boys bed'... no little baby left at all! * I lose the role of 'stay-at-home-Mum', and have to suddenly morph into 'the main income earner'!
Yes, 2014 wasn't all humps and bumps along the road, and 2015 see's some major family-changes taking place.

We have celebrated hubby's birthday; in small town style! A family walk (see above), and a cake (below). It's about all he would have got in Auckland also!

There have been interviews, and rejections, and …

Things Are A-Happening...

This is a short and sweet postas it is almost 10pm; and we just can't seem to get a good night sleep yet (our day started at 5:30am this morning, and that was a GOOD night!), so we'll be heading off to bed soon!
But before we do, I just wanted to pop in and give you our latest news... it's ALL good, although not quite as good as I would like JUST yet, but it's coming together!
We have a house, We have a house, We have a house, Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!
So hopefully we will get in before Christmas - but the current tenant is only moving out next weekend, so it depends on a few different things going to plan, and it all coming together nicely for this to happen! But we are praying for, and hanging out for, Tuesday 23rd being MOVING DAY; as are Mum and Dad I might add!
Once we're in, I will share some photos!
I have TWO job interviews this week!
Yes, TWO interviews, and I am waiting to hear back about a third job this week (and hoping I can get, at least, an interview for thi…

The Unrealness Of Our Reality...

I am on a roll, now that the words have started - they are spilling out all over the place!
It has been the oddest four to five weeks ever - it feels like we are living in a third dimension, another world! 
We have come 'home', for me quite literally, as we're still currently living with my parents! So, I don't feel like I have moved per say... a BIG move like this takes time to settle, yet it feels like we have been here forever.
Driving around streets we are familiar with, and catching up with friends we have stayed in touch with over the years; just adds a touch of surrealness (is that actually a word) to this!
I don't feel either here or there - I am not missing Auckland at all (other than our church *sob*), but I don't feel connected or rooted here either; with no home of our own, nor a job and stability, it feels like we are on a LONG vacation.
A long challenging vacation, that is taking it's toll on everyone.
Lets be honest - living in someone else's h…

Nobody Ever Promised It Would Be Easy...

Everything about this move has been a struggle... at least it feels like it! I know, in reality, it hasn't been - but right now, it is!
There is still no job BUT, there is an interview on the horizon... so Tuesday week I'll be donning the good clothes and the make up, turning the charm on and oozing confidence! Probably everything I won't be feeling inside; but sometimes you just got to 'fake it until you make it'! This job has been tailor-made for me, using all the skills I currently have; it would be the perfect 'get me back into the workforce' job, challenging but not too stressful (I think)!
Then there is the house... what house? The house that does not yet exist house; oh yeah, THAT house!
That sign should read 'Property, Not People'!
The Silver Lining:
I had an appointment with WINZ the other day; 7 weeks with no income was becoming a little too stressful for me! What a blessing - my Case Manager ended up being a guy I went to school with! He is aw…

I WAS Going to Blog Tonight...

But I have rejoined Facebook *sigh*, and it is already sucking the life out of me! I wish I didn't have such an addictive personality ;-)!
Anyway, on that note - please come tomy facebook page for my blogand 'like' it; to be kept more up-to-date with what I am doing, and how everything is going! I am hoping to novelty will wear off soon, and I will be able to use it just as the tool it is meant to be (hahaha)!

Hubby has been downloading all my photos onto a private google+ account, in order to keep them safe! And we have just discovered how to download them and then upload them onto here - a bit of a long-winded way around, but I can start finally including more photos in my posts again!
Here is a current one of me:
New hair and clothes... celebrating the move south! Oh, and getting a job - eventually!
There is so much to say, but I have wasted my time on facebook; arghhh! Suffice to say, I have big plans - the first thing will hopefully be a whole new look!
But until I have more…

SOOOOO - we are here...

So - we are here, we made it safe and sound; and almost all of our gear arrived safe and sound! There were a couple of little bits of damage, but nothing worth recording!
Eeeek - that reminds me, insurance! I need to sort out insurance...
Things are slowly, after only 5 days, slotting into a quiet and workable routine. It has been hard on my parents, as much as they LOVE having us here; but they have been incredible, and we are feeling very blessed. I think coming here first has been our saving grace - it has allowed the children breathing space, and a chance to gain their footing! And I think it has made it a little bit easier for me as well, it felt like a holiday initially; but reality is slowly slipping in between the cracks, and I am starting to relax and breathe again!
We are now slowly starting to try and fit back into small town living - looking into Kindergartens for the older child, trying to decide what is best for the younger one, making decisions about whether we rent, or st…

Keeping It Real...

Eeeek - I really thought I would have a bit more time for blogging and other such fun pursuits over the next two weeks; what with hubby home and all!
A BIG FAT NO accompanies the above sentence, I don't know what I was thinking really... 
We have a four bedroom house with two bathrooms, and loads of storage - and we FILL it up, to the brim! 
We are packing, cleaning, decluttering, Trade-Me-Ing, storing, giving away and generally keeping ourselves VERY busy! I haven't even managed an e-mail to tell friends yet - there are so many people who have yet to hear of these big life changes. 
And due to the fact we are not moving into our own home after all, like we'd planned, rather we're sharing with my parents... we now have to pack under four catagories! 1) The things that HAVE to go with us to Mum and Dad's. 2) The things that have to be stored at Mum and Dad's. 3) The things that can be stored off-site at my brothers house! 4) Long term storage (e.g. boxes not to be opene…

16 Sleeps and Counting...

In the past 48 hours our life has taken a dramatic turn... lets repeat that; D.R.A.M.A.T.I.C turn, yep - it's that big! At least to me it feels THAT big!
Late last week hubby verbally gave his notice in for December as we agreed to; although we were aware that if one of the jobs came through, it could be a week or two sooner than the December date we gave.
On Monday his boss called him into his office, and told him that they were prepared to pay him out until December, and Tuesday would be his last day. Just like that. So he got a lovely send-off with a morning tea and gift, and all those little speeches people feel obligated to give - and as of 4:30pm yesterday he became unemployed; and much to the children's delight, is now home full-time with us!
So this means we are currently living in Auckland on no income - eeeek! So on Monday night I got on the phone to my parents (good old Mum and Dad), and arranged with them that we can stay with them when we move down south. I then cont…

5 @ 5 - Favourite LOCAL Foodie Blogs

So this time I thought I would share with you my favourite  NEW ZEALAND foodie blogs - I gain a lot of inspiration from these blogs, and check in regularly. I have been lucky enough to have met two of these lovely ladies in real life as well; and have been to a course run by one! I have a whole lot of other food blogs I follow as well, but these are the ones I recommend to local friends & family - there is nothing worse than being sent to a whole heap of blogs that have nothing in common with us! I will be sharing others that I follow as well in time, both from Australia and America... but sit back, relax and soak in the food-loveliness from these ladies; yum!
1) You must have been living with your head under a rock if you haven't heard of Eleanor from Petite kitchen fame, not only have I referred to her often; but she has columns in Viva, Little Treasures, Taste Magazine, Nature Baby and probably many other places by now! She has a cookbook out (of which I have a copy of cours…

5 @ 5 - In The Kitchen From Scratch

I promise I have not forgotten Menu Planning Monday; nor the 'Gratefulness Project' I have been talking about, or even the whole 'Confidence Series' I was going to do! I have had a friend here for a couple of days, hence why Monday went astray this week... but onwards and upwards!
I have got a few ideas up my sleeve, and decided I would start another whole lot of posts until I manage to get all these ideas down! It is a way of working through all my lists running through my head; but in a short, sharp sequence - so I feel like I have given you something, but I don't look at my screen 20 lines down, and go blank and never hit publish!
So I am going to try randomly, to get some 5@5 Posts up again; you may remember I did a few of them a LONG time ago (probably a good two years ago now)... you can find them hereherehere, and here. There were probably others, but these are the ones I could find quickly for you!
So without further ado - here is my current 5@5:
Top 5 Thin…

So... Some Things Have Got To Change!

I have finally read Melissa's post 100 Days Until 2015, and it pretty much sums up my entire mediocre life at the moment (except maybe the chocolate and wine - I am doing okay on the eating front)! 
I have also been the Accountability Partner for a friend of mine, and she has blown my socks off! Just checked up on her again tonight, and she is seriously following through on the stuff we talked about - I am so proud of her (you know who you are), so between her and Melissa, I have decided I just need to get off my butt and DO SOMETHING!
I have no idea what yet - hahaha, I just know that mediocre is no longer acceptable; and something has to change! I read this quote tonight as well:
The Three essential steps to success are 1) Do Something, 2) Do Something TODAY, and 3) Do Something EVERY DAY!
If you want to know your future, look to your daily routine. You don't determine your future, you determine your habits and your habits determine your future. The secret to success lies in doi…

Menu Planning Monday, Week 16 (the pantry episode)

My pantry looks like a mini-supermarket... and that can only mean one thing:

I have over-spent the budget... W.A.Y. overspent the budget. See I mentioned last week that I wanted to try bulk-buying once a month from the supermarket, and then minimise the following weeks budget in order to try saving more money. But I didn't take into account that this would mean buying double the expensive items like soy milk, dairy products, meat etc. So by the time I got to the counter; well lets just say it wasn't pretty!

Hubby has decided to take over the money - this is a good thing, as I am just not a saver... I have been trying really hard, and am doing better than in the past; but it's just not in my DNA (or so it seems). As this is more his strength than mine, it makes sense that he looks after it - we have had this 'discussion' over and over again for the past few years; but it always ends up falling back on my shoulders. I do okay for a while, but then I relax and over-spen…
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