I am back! – Hen’s Party, Queenstown & Wedding

November 12, 2007

Hi Everyone, I am back!  Thank you so much for your wonderful comments.  I would love to do Wedding Planning again I had lots of fun at times but never again Wedding Planner and Bridesmaid at the same time.  Just not going to happen.  I truly feel that I have negleted so much over the last couple of months but as of yesterday I have made a big list and I am going to slowly cross things off as I do them.

The Hen’s Party was awesome though a bit stressful at the start as we had been promised a house where we would just have to decorate and get food ready etc and not move furniture and clean as we went but not stressing about that now.

Most of you may know that inbetween the Hen’s Party and Wedding I headed down to Queenstown by myself for a few days.  Richard had said earlier to take some time to myself and I managed to find seats on grab a seat for $13 each way to Queenstown.  Originally we thought i had booked for December but know when looking at the confirmation in was right smack in the middle of everything.  I had an awesome time.  Relaxed, sightseed, met up with the wonderful Nik & Lara and had desert the second night at the Casino.  Here are a few pics

 This was the scene that greeted me looking out the window on the plane when we were nearly in Queenstown

Queenstown 1

I just couldn’t get over the colour of the water in Lake Wakatipu on my Earnslaw Cruise

Queenstown 3

This was the view from my Hotel Restaurant Window

Queenstown 2

Well, got home on Wednesday at 6.45 to find my wonderful boys waiting for me…Creped up on David who was sitting playing in his pram and when he saw me i got the biggest smile ever.

Next day it was packing a few things and organising in the morning for the wedding, then at 10am off to mainly music for David and I.  Where he decided that the stairs that were blocked up onto the Church Stage could be gotten up and managed to work his way up the side and onto the steps and up onto the Stage, i take him down and this continues about 3 times.  Then home for a very quick lunch and then out to Alberton House in Mt Albert for the Rehersal, then home with a stop on the way.

The next morning it was an early start as I had to get Richard and David to drop me off at the French Bay Yacht Club in Titirangi by 8.30am.  Setting up and then odd jobs over the afternoon.  Off to get Bride’s nails done, off to Bridesmaid’s house for the night and didn’t get to bed until midnight and then wide awake at 6am to the most gorgious morning ever.  Breakfast, pick up Bride’s mum off to get hair done.  So nice to get a head massage and sit down for a bit.  Then back to Bride’s house for make up.  Now if you ever need a Makeup Artist for a special occasion we had booked Joel who is a Mac make up artist – and OMG he made us look amazing.  So many times when I have got make up done they make me look pasty white, well as he said the green really came out in my eyes and i looked tanned and natural.

Then we got ready and then it was getting the bride ready, wedding cars arrive off to venue.  Ceremony was amazing and her dress just fit totally into the style of Alberton House which is part of the Historic Places trust.  90 mins of more photos and then off to the Yacht Club for a wonderful Evening.  We managed to tidy up and get out by midnight and then back by 10am the next morning to let Vendors in and then home to crash.

It was a wonderful time.  I have truly missed my scrapbooking.  I am off to Stacey Julian & Friends on Friday morning for the weekend.  I have had this booked since May.  I am flying in at about 11.30 and Jo is picking me up and I am staying at her place for 3 nights.  Including Stacey’s class at the Mega Crop on Friday night I am doing 9 classes.  I after 3 years of saying I must have not doing it I have not booked a Sunday 8.30am class.  Every other event that I have I have been a wreck and it has ruined it for the rest of the day.

What else.   A huge happy birthday to Michele T for last Wednesday and my best bud Louise for last Thursday.  You will have your pressies this week.  Michele you will be happy to know that at Auckland Dometic aiport they now have a Dunkin Donut Stand so guess what you will be getting.  Just email me your requests.  Also a huge Happy Birthday yesterday to Richard’s Granddad who turned 98. 

Other news – Richard and I took David yesterday to Plunket for his 21-24 month Plunket Check.  His weight is great at 13kg and he has grown 5 cm in the past 7 months.  One concern that we wanted to discuss what his words/speech or lack there of.  He babbles away and chats to us continuisly in his own way but he only has 5-6 words that we can understand compared to the 200 he should have by the time he is 2 years of age.  We don’t think there is anything wrong but just want to be reasured.  I understand that he is a boy and lots of boys don’t start to really talk until they are 2 or over.  One huge thing and advantage for him is he understands so much.  We have been refered to Early Intervention and Audiology though she thinks his hearing is fine she just wants to check it out.  She said we should get an appointment quite fast but the actual work after that there is a huge waiting list so we are going to look into maybe going Private if we need to once he has been accessed.   We are keeping a list of his words and things he understands and going to try more short sentances when talking to him and read to him more.   Any other suggestions would be greatly accepted.


14 Responses to “I am back! – Hen’s Party, Queenstown & Wedding”

  1. Hannah said

    Wow, you’ve been so busy! I didn’t realise you were going to Queenstown on your own, I thought Richard and David were going to. But sounds like you had a great time.
    I’m glad the wedding went well – would love to see photos sometime!

    RE: David’s hearing test. Tyler had his on Friday, but we decided to go private because Starship had a 2 or 3-month waiting list. We went to Dilworth Audiology on Remuera Road and they were brilliant.

  2. Beverley said

    Wow you have been busy! Hope the tests with David go well. Definitely read lots to him – especially those picture books with names for different things in his world – like shoe, cup, scissors, adhesive …. LOL! And make sure he uses the words he knows before you do anything for him. Like make him say ‘up’ before you pick him up. Can’t wait to meet you at CC!

  3. Hannah said

    I forgot to add a couple of suggestions for helping David’s speech. When my boys were babies, I constantly talked to them about everything we were doing. If I was dressing them, I would name all their body parts, and describe what I was doing, like “now I’m putting your socks on” or whatever. Just talk about your day, what you are doing now and going to do next.
    Also, repeat what David says, but build and expand on it. If he says “drink” (or his equivalent of that word) repeat it back to him: “Would you like a drink? I have a drink. I have some water. Would you like some water?” … it just reinforces the words to him and he knows you’ve understood which gives him confidence.

  4. yaseennz said

    Woa you crammed a lot of cool stuff into a short space, sounds like you had a busy but great time! Love those photos. Are we gonna see ya all ‘tarted’ up?;p
    Everyone had such great suggestions, all I can add is try not to fret too much there are excellent support systems out there if he needs them. And the specialists will help with all of that.

  5. yaseennz said

    OH forgot to mention, after reading your comment about the castaways wedding, would love to see some pictures of that Debbie 🙂

  6. Penny said

    Alberton is a beautiful house 🙂 And we need some pics of you all made up!

    I can only echo what Hannah and Beverly suggest – keep talking to him and make him use his words rather than anticipate his wants. Pointing at stuff and asking him what it is can help too. 🙂

  7. Janine said

    cool photos Debs and boy what a busy time you had……..enjoy cc07

  8. Sharon said

    Looks like it was awesome – see you on the weekend 🙂

  9. kitkat said

    I’ve got the same problem regarding words with my 22mth old. He understands everything, but prefers to babble away in his own language. We’re still waiting for a hearing test at the hospital (over 3 mths waiting so far) so looks like we will go privately for that.
    My son is incredibly strong-willed so I wonder if that has any influence on his speaking (ie the more I encourage him to talk, the less he wants to do it)?

  10. Mummy moo said

    Hey Debbie

    Yay you are back and it sounds like everything was fantasic !! Sorry i cant help much with david but it sounds like you are doing a excellent job, be confident in what you are doing and well done for getting everything checked out and as my mum always said “Boys know how to get what they want with minimal effort ” 🙂 hee hee so true of little moo!! Lol

    Take care and your his mum do what you think is best cause you will be right !! 🙂

  11. Louise said

    I’m glad you had a great time away chicky, you have so much on it’s great you could take some time for yourself!

    I’m sure David will be fine, I think he’s just an introspective wee soul that takes everything in but doesn’t feel the need to talk as he does such a good job of communicating to you the way he is.

    With Joshie I read to him a lot (he adores books and we tend to read the same story over and over – his idea not mine!). But the good thing about repetition is he tries to copy the words and they get clearer and clearer. With Joshie he quite suddenly became a parrot and was saying more and more, he’s 6 months older than David so don’t panic as there’s time yet. It’s only in the last few months that he’s gotten REALLY chatty (believe me, when David starts you’ll wish he would shut up), up until then I couldn’t understand much he said but now he’s stringing words together. I suspect it’ll happen all at once with David too.

  12. Mrs Frizz said

    Well then … it would be a major understatement to say … that you have been just busy enough.

    Time to slow down a little now …

  13. ruthnz said

    heck you have been busy. Enjoy your weekend in Wellington.

  14. Mel said

    Wow – busy times.
    Boys and speech are interesting. E was unintelligible even at 3 – Cait often was the only one who could understand him. At 3.5 he started speech therapy (well the speech therapist taught ME heaps of stuff) and now at 7 he is perfectly ‘normal’ apart from a couple of odd accents on some works. We laugh becuase he always says JOST instead of ‘just’.

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