Things are getting weird

on September 28, 2012

I've never been a morning person. On the contrary. I used to love sleeping in as long as possible. On workdays I used to stay in bed until the very last minute rather skipping breakfast to get a few more minutes under my cozy blanket.

And now? Ever since we've moved to Waipu and the alarm clock goes off between 4.30 am and 5.30am my whole body has turned around on me. Even on weekends I can't stay in bed longer than 7 or 8am because by then it feels like I've slept away half of the day.

This morning Matt and I got up as usual. We had just hopped into the car and were on our 40mins drive into town when Matt got a call from his boss. Work is cancelled due to the cyclone that's been pestering us since yesterday afternoon. So we turned around and went back home.

It was not even 6am and I had about another 2 hours before having to leave for kindergarten. Normally I would have gone straight back to bed - I mean HELLO?!? 2 more hours of blistful sleep?

Well, duh... guess what I'm doing instead... organizing my desk, getting paperwork out of the way, doing laundry... I must be coming down with something serious because this is just WRONG!!! It's so not me!!! What's going on?!?

Question of the day

on September 27, 2012

Just having a little lunch at the McDonald's car park listening to one of my favorite singers: Amy Macdonald. A line in the song that's currently playing goes: "In the end I made them see this is what happiness means to me."

And I'm just wondering... what does happiness actually mean? To me... To you... We all know things that make us happy. But is that the same?

Please take a moment to think about it and if you like feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment...

What does happiness mean to you?

Snapper alarm at Goat Island

Matt's cousin had come for a visit last weekend and of course the boys went straight to the rocks to catch some fish. Didn't have much luck, unfortunately. They wanted to go back fishing on Sunday but the weather had really changed for the worse. Once again it was pouring down and the temperatures had dropped, too. So what to do?

We didn't want to just sit around and waste our time so we decided to go for a cruise. Made it all the way to Mangawhai where we found a map of the area - and our eyes landed on Leigh and the nearby Goat Island Marine Reserve. Matt and I had wanted to go there ages ago but never got around to do it. We looked at each other, looked at the watch - and thought "why not, it's only an hour's drive". So off we went.

And man it was soooooo worth it! By the time we arrived in Leigh the sun was shining and we had clear blue skies. We went for a walk along the beach and noticed an ad for a glass bottom boat. $20 per adult for a 30min trip? Yeah! We were laughing a bit about their slogan "no fish, no charge" and were wondering what we would be spotting. Matt was hoping for a kingfish but chances were low.

Still it was a great experience! Skipper Ivan was an awesome commentator explaining how the Marine Reserve works, what the researchers do, what sea life comes around... and we spotted quite a few snapper (some MASSIVE ones that made us wwant to put a rod in the water), some moki (?), HUGE kinna - and my comment "gosh, that would be a mean feed" made everybody laugh, especially Matt :-)

Here's some pictures of our trip...

Making our new home - our home :-)

on September 22, 2012

Matt and I have been in our new place for about a month now and we've settled in just fine =D Getting up early (4.30am) and driving back and forth for an hour each day is quite tiring - but coming home is sooooo worth it =D Here's a few things we've been doing so far and some pictures for those who don't have facebook *g*

Our barn...

... and the view from our bedroom window...


Watching dolphins at the beach - Matt actually spotted them from our kitchen window! So we hopped into the car and drove 5mins to the beach to get a better view... wish I had brought my other lense to zoom in closer, thogh ;-/


Going for walks along the beach...


Collecting umptious amounts of shells :-)


 Decorating the table with everything I find on the beach *heehee*


Starting a little vege garden of our own *woohoo*




This weekend Matt's cousin has come for a visit and of course the boys are off fishing. We're going pretty much every weekend so it's kinda nice to have a little break and enjoy "girl time" *lol*

Here's a lot more pictures if you're keen to have a look...


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