Very Busy 4 days

May 26, 2007

Sorry for the interuption in broadcast but it has been a very busy few days.  Wednesday I had the niggles of the flu and it was a horrible day outside so just plodded around trying to do housework, catch up on different things and then we had to go out for an hour after dinner and I just didn’t feel like blogging.  Thursday, well Thursday went by in a blur…Up early and then making sure I had breakfast then 2 beginner scrapbooking friends came over with the last leaving at 12.30, getting david up getting him lunch, trying to re-start some swap pins for Senz which didn’t end up turning into anything worth swaping.  Having to urgently make a few new ones for 2 Pin Swaps on 2 forums that I am participating in.  Then off with Richard when he got home to do grocery shopping etc, the joys of only having the 1 car.  Then home and quickly doing more house work, get David dinner, make our dinner and then tidy up from that.  6.30 rolls around and our Real Estate Agent comes around for us to sign the papers to put our house on the market.  We have these all signed now and will be officially on the market in approx 3 weeks…Argh….

Friday dawned and it was up early to get David and I already to get a lift up to Senz with a friend of mine who as we know 2 Janine’s is known to David as Auckland Janine.  Up to Senz and had an amazing time looking around and doing some purchasing….Unfortunatly i didn’t run into anyone that morning from SE.  Richard ended up working from home that day so we got picked up at 11.00am and home and lots to do that day.  Starting to de-clutter and get the house ready.  Richard and I (me especially) are big hoarders.  Always have been, always will be.  That night we met our Morgatge Broker…wow this is really starting to sound real. 

Saturday morning dawns and Richard and David have a boys morning while another friend and I head up to Senz for the morning.  More purchasing and I keep looking at everyone to see if they have one of the awesome SE Pins and Meg organised and Tanya Leigh made…I had at least 20 people over the course of the 2 days ask if I had any to swap or mention that they loved them.  Just before I left I had a scheduled Make & Take at the Cricut/Cuttlebug Stand and now I just love the Cricut even more and def want the Cuttlebug, just love, love the embosing folders etc.  Richard and I have discussed it and I am going to sell my Sizzix and Ellison machines and some of the dies that i don’t use any more and use the money from that to buy one….So if anyone is interested please do let me know…Each machine will have 3-4 dies included in the package.  Home and housework and lunch and then back into Senz quickly as when purchasing some awesome new K&Co product i purchased 2 of the same thing by accident to back in and exchange that.  Onto the supermarket to get extra cleaning products.  Roast Lamb and veges for dinner and then crashing in front of the TV.

This morning woke with headache but thankfully gone now and Richard and I are doing jobs around the house….Possibly going to 2 open homes this arvo if the weather doesn’t pack in.  I am the huge task of going through and packing up all my Scrappbooking gear and deciding what to keep here and what to put into storage.  I am also going to use this time to get rid of quite a bit of stuff I don’t want.  So i will be doing quite a few give aways over the next few weeks if anyone is interested.

Well, must be off but will update hopefully more about Raro tonight.  My aim is to update my blog each morning when I first get up and the house is quiet and David hasn’t gotten up yet.

Have a wonderful day and a Huge Big Happy 5th Birthday to Hannah’s son Ethan….Yay Ethan, way to go birthday Boy.

Kia Orana Rarotonga

May 21, 2007

Well, 2 weeks before we were due to leave we had booked a maxi taxi as we knew we would have heaps of stuff, well at 5.30am on the morning we were to leave a normal taxi arrived.  Luckly we had decided to take a smaller pram and this car didn’t have an LPG tank as we managed to fit everything in just.  Arrived at the airport and found that as we had David with us we could go straight up a queue and check in with out really waiting which was great.  It was called an Elderly or family passenger queue.  Checked in and proceeded through security after having breakfast.  Air NZ had advised to be ready to go through Security at least 2 hrs prior to departure becasue of the new security requirments.  Well, we went though in about 3 mins flat and then had at least 2 hrs to kill before our flight was due to leave.  When we had got our boarding passes they had said to keep an eye on the departure board and it would tell us what gate we had to go to.  Well 10 mins before what was supposed to be our boarding time we still didn’t have a gate.  It was a horrible foggy morning in Auckland and we were worried that we wouldn’t be able to take off.  Well, the answer from Air NZ after enquirying was that they weren’t too sure where our plane was.  It was either at Ohakia in Palmerston North or somewhere on the tarmat.  Finally at our departure time of 9.30 they found the plane and allocated us a gate.  We ended up leaving an hour late with a 20% no show on the flight so were able to have 3 middle seats to ourselves.  We latter found out that the 20% no shows were actually passengers from Domestic flights that couldn’t land in Auckland becuase of the fog.  The flight was supposed to have been 100% full.

Arrived in Rarotonga to a real blast of heat that greated us as we walked across the tar mat.  Arrived at our property and at first i wasn’t very happy with it.  We had also just learned that the wonderful owners who had been part of why we wanted to stay at Castaway Beach Villas had actually sold the property 2 days earlier.  It ended up being us and 2 German couples  for the first days.  We decided to look around and found out that our plans to have dinner in the restaurant that night were stopped as the restaurant would be closed until at the earliest Saturday.  There were 3 other properties supposedly within walking distance but not to 2 very tired parents and their tired son who had been up since 4.30 and had only had an hours sleep all day.  We did find a nice restaruant not to far from Castaways.    The next day we had a lovely breakfast and met the office staff who had been really excited about seeing David.  See David was already “World Famous in Rarotonga”.  They were arguing over who had met him first.  Doreen claimed it was her as she had seen his pic back in January when I had emailed it through but then Feney who ran the restuarant and bar thought it was her as she had been the first to see him in the flesh the day before. 

It was a beautiful hot day of about 28C.  We decided to head into town and get a few things.  We had booked an awesome room with Air con, which was an issue at first but got cleared up and a full kitchen.  Some how and i am still not quite sure how but we missed 2 busses but eventually caught one into town.  We had decided to get a car sometime the next week for 3-4 days.  Got into town and wow, the heat and humidy were just so strong. 

Here is a pic of David while we were in town.

Had lunch

and then purchased a few things and decided to take the bus that went the long way around the island back to our accommodation…after a bit of grizzling on the bus David fell asleep in his Daddy’s arms.  David turned into quite a Daddy’s boy while we were away.  I think he was just loving having Daddy around all the time.  Well, he stayed asleep even when we arrived back and went down for a nap for about 2 hours.

After David’s nap we decided to head down to the beach which was right on the property.  It was so beautiful and David quite happily played on the beach and paddled in the water.  He just loves eating Sand and was known tohave quite a few side orders of this through his trip.  Here he is having a blast.

We had a night in that day as we had brought some yummy NZ steak and rolls in town and had Steak rolls for dinner.

The next day dawned with quite a bit of wind but we had decided to head over to Muri Beach which was on the other side of the Island to watch the International Triatalon.  We made it there and had lunch at Sails Restaurant which is set just back from the beach.  While it wasn’t really raining the wind was so strong everyone had to come inside as the spray was hitting or should i say blasting the windows.  We saw a bit of the swim but it was quite hard to see the swimmers amongst the waves.  We then headed next door to Pacific Resort and purchased some post cards and then went for a nice cold lemonade at their bar overlooking the beach.  We then decided to head back for a nap for the little man and then that night we went to the Spagetti House and Richard had cabanara and i had the most devine ever Seafood Pizza.

The next day Sunday was spent just relaxing…Nothing really happens in the Cook islands on a Sunday except for church and it was raining on and off.  That afternoon we ventured down to the beach and had a blast just enjoying each other’s company and exploring.  Richard found the following huge blue star fish.  Hope that you can see it on the pic.

That is just part of it.  I did manage to get 5 Post cards written and stamped that day.  The next goal was to see if I would actually post them which I normally forget to do.  That evening the restuarant reopened with a new team taking it over for awhile.  I ordered a Lime, Chilli, Coriander and Shrimp dish which was delicious and i can handle hot chillis but these were way way too hot.  I then had a Coriander and Lime chicken salad which was devine.   While we were having Dinner the rain set in.  We had ordered a yummy coconut pie which we call Impossible Pie over here and I sent Richard and David upstairs while the rain wasn’t too bad and i was going to bring it up with a cover over it.  Well, i did but everysingle part of me was soaked when i got upstairs.  I was going to have a hot shower but then remembered that as the hot water was run from Solar heating if this rain kept up for the next few days it would be best to keep the hot water.  It latter turned out that that night between 7.00pm & 10.00pm we had 55mm of rain.

Well, going to sign off for now but thank you to everyone for your wonderful comments so far and I hope that I am not going to bore you with this.  Thought that this is the best way to log it all down and then i can use journalling from here towards the album that i want to start for our trip very very soon.  Have a great Monday everyone.

Wow, i can’t rave about this amazing destination enough.  We arrived back Friday evening from our 2 week family holiday/honeymoon relaxed and very tired….A good tired though. 

David had a blast and turned into a total utter beach bum.  He is world famous in Rarotonga and even before we had met some guests they had all heard about him.  There was only 1 male staff member in our small property and all the female staff including the guests just fell in love with him.  Just going to do a quick update today to let you all know that we are back and post a few photos and then each day i will put a bit more about our holiday.  I hope that we don’t bore you all.

Here are some pics for you as a taster.  The first is a view from our room.

The second is of David’s first paddle at the beach where we were staying.

Arrived home to find out that i had been drawn out as a winner of a Xyron Personal Cutting Machine from Kiwi Scraps and the Freestyle weekend.  Take care everyone and I will post more tomorrow morning.

MIA for 2 weeks!

May 3, 2007

Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that I will be MIA for the next 2 weeks.  We are off to the Cook Islands for 14 nights and arrive back evening of 18th May.  We are staying at a small Property called Castaways Beach Villas which really suits us especially the name as we were married at a property in Waiuku called Castawasys.  This is a family holiday/honeymoon…Richard, David and I just can’t wait.  I promise I am going to take lots and lots of photos and will probably bore you all with them when we get back! 

Heidi from the SE forum is going to be over there for the last 8 days that we are there I think it is so going to try and catch up with her along with another lovely lady Kylie that I know from a Parenting forum.

Well, must be off and do last few things as we are being picked up by taxi at 5.30 in the morning.