So here we are in July, and its mid winter yup mid WINTER, it is the strangest thing ever, well I am sure that having Christmas MID summer will beat this hands down BUT for now this is strange! I am an avid weather watcher for New Zealand and back home, and this week back home its going to hit +35 woooo hooo NOW that’s an amazing summer day! Here the nights are chilly, they get down to about +2 or the lowest we’ve had so far I think is -1 yup dipped below the 0 mark folks, when Hubby leaves for work I can hear him trying to clear his window that is covered in a THICK frost a window scraper would come in handy but we didn’t pack honestly didn’t think we would need it! BUT we live at the base of the Mountain so it get quite frosty out here in the mornings, but my mid morning and in the afternoons its quite nice gets up to around +10 or +15 last week we had a day of 17 it was amazing! That was a great day and I went to Cafe in town and had lunch with a friend we sat out on the veranda and ate and basked in the sun…I think we got a wee bit of sun as we were both quite flush when we left…no wine was NOT the reason for that I actually had a Chai Latte mmmmm so yum! But it felt like a nice warm spring day. There is still a crispness in the air, but it does warm up and you can go out side with no jacket, sandals if you want….most kiwis don’t wear shoes, it’s quite shocking at first walking into shops and there are people with NO SHOES, brings me straight back to the signs of NO SHIRT ,NO SHOES, NO SERVICE back home but here it’s NO SHOES, NO SHIRT, NO PROBLEM! However I don’t actually think I have a seen some one shirtless in the shops; mental note to watch for that come summer. BUT the point is it’s ODD, between that and the girls in school in July. All things we need to adjust to, but it’s all part of the adventure.
The girls are doing well, they are still in sport Netball games every Friday night, and basketball is every Monday night. Big E is really starting to come out of her shell her game for basketball is REALLY improving, however Mommy made a judgement error and cheaped out on the shoes and she is slip sliding on the court; so she gets ANOTHER pair of shoes; WOO HOO shoe shopping!!! THe other they played against a really strong team, all boys and they lost by 12 points but played an amazing game. I was so proud of her for getting into the game and not backing down to the boys, she still needs to be more aggressive BUT she is making progress! But poor Em got called for traveling; because when she caught the ball she slid in her shoes, bad call by the ref I think, BUT new shoes it is! The last few games she made a few baskets and got a loads of passes with assists she is really coming into her own on the court it is so nice to see. Little Miss T is still enjoying netball, but because of the nature of the game she doesn’t get much action with the ball just depends on position she plays, the players are restricted on where they can go and who can shoot. There are only two positions that you are allowed to shoot from. Also in some cases she just stands at on end of the court until the ball comes back to the end if she is in a certain position. She likes it but she is a little board and hoping for more action on the court. She says is going to do basketball as soon as she is old enough to join the team.
Hubby is still enjoying his job, he is still out at Site working on a project, and he thinks he will be there until after Christmas; which is a good thing for him he is enjoying being on site and out of the cubicle. Our major jobs around the house are complete, well the ones he is doing; the bathroom reno is still an ongoing project; update to follow. We have re-done a dresser into an entertainment unit; he cut 3 pieces of MDF for shelves and I sanded it down and re finished it, he has made me end tables to paint and also a shelving unit for new bathroom in the back room. I have painted all of these and they are in place and looking wonderful. We also purchased new lights for all the rooms in the house; they look ummmmm AMAZING, the only room that we haven’t replaced the light in is the kitchen as I refuse to do that until we decide what kind of Reno we are doing in there. Which I think we will wait for my Dear Father in-law *SURPRISE* to come over and help us DIY it as I am not sure about New Zealand Trades people, I am just a spoiled princess when I comes to Renovations I guess!
ON that note I will do a Bathroom update!
The bath liner had to be removed…I am sure I mentioned this as it wasn’t installed properly, and we are waiting for them come back and re install it. I am ok with waiting and they are being very good and letting me know what’s going on; they are working on a complete house overhaul and have the roof OFF someones house so that one takes the lead over my new Bathroom. I am so glad we put in the shower in the backroom; as a Temporary thing! I can’t wait to have a BATH!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE having a nice Relax in the Tub, glass of wine, bubbles ahhh bliss just as relaxing as it can get! BUT until then I just wait!
OK so what’s going on with me! hmmmm Well we went to a quiz night the other night with some friends, we were the Can a Kiwi’s 3 Canadian and 3 Kiwis! They were umm 18-19 teams and we came in 3rd place! Pat on the back for us! This was the first community event that we have been invited to and I have to say it was a great great time! The feeling from the room was similar to home, the waves across the room, the good-natured ribbing. It was held in a SMALL hall outside of town that reminded me of the small town halls, MUCH MUCH smaller than “my town’s hall’ Similar to a Town up the road from where I grew up, almost like an old school; and it was BYO which lead into a very odd series of texts between my friends and I. First I needed to clarify that BYO meant; boozy drink or what ever you want to drink, cause nothing says awkward showing up at an event with a Booze bottle in hand went it meant something totally different! Then, we wanted to know what each other was bringing, one friend was bringing KGB, the next text is from the Sheep lady bringing Breezers and then she says Ya I am a RTD girl! As I am reading the texts I am LOST utterly LOST…So I ask if they could give a Canadian some help as I am now concerned that one of my dear Friends might be a Russian Spy and the other one I HAVE NO idea what the heck she is talking about…I am ASSUMING that RTD means Ready To Drink; and yes I am correct! Phew I am not totally LOOSING it and I am slowly getting the hang of the this Kiwi abbreviations for EVERYTHING, and it turns out KGB is a Vodka cooler quite fitting I think I wasn’t totally out to lunch Vodka is Russian she’s just not a spy PHEW! SO now that have riddled out what we are all drinking and that we have to bring it and the cups to hold what we are drinking; we are sorted. My friend; who has 6000ish YES SIX THOUSANDish sheep; will pick us up at 7 and we will make our way to the Hall. Now after she and her Hubby pick us up, we begin the journey; I had ASSUMED; NEVER EVER ASSUME I should KNOW this by now; this hall was IN town. NOPE we are on our way out of town in the dark to an undisclosed location and I am NOW very thank full they have picked us up as I did NOT do my customary drive by to see where we are going AKA pre stalking the location; rather embarrassing ONLY if you get busted right Mr Host who caught me last time *insert shameful blushing*. SO we are in good hands with the Sheep peeps who lead us straight to the hall, our Cupcake friend who was in front of us went RIGHT passed the hall…PHEW that would have been me! BUT we all made it JUST in time for the quiz to begin! SO for quiz there was 6 rounds I THINK of questions. We did quite well in all areas we had a vast array of knowledge at the table, but poor Mr Sheep was THE only person who could answer anything to do with Sport and we; that would be the Royal WE; nailed almost every question in the category WELL Done Mr Sheep! It came down to a tie breaker for 3rd place and we won…well we won 3rd place. OUR prize a GIANT umbrella and a Bar of Chocolate! SCORE!!! It was a great night tonnes of laughs, and it was finished off with FOOD yes a customary “mid night lunch” New Zealand style! Sausage Rolls, Sweeties, Sandwiches, mini meat pies, and CAKE! All in all a great night!
*SIGH* it feels more and more like home everyday! Thanks for reading I will blog again soon!