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Why is it so hard to get dressed?

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As women how much time do we spend deciding what to wear?   I used to spend hours agonizing about what to wear!  I would try on different outfits with different shoes, only to walk around for about 30 seconds to realize they hurt my feet.  The pants ride up, and the shirt just feels all wrong.  BUT we wear anyway as this is what we THINK society wants us to look like

  • wearing uncomfortable clothes
  • Bill Gates/ successful men dressing in “uniforms”
  •  we try to fit in.
  •  Into a mold that we, in fact, create ourselves
    we dress to suit what we think the solution demands

When we got to NZ I felt like I stood out like a sore thumb.  I could feel people looking at me and knowing that I wasn’t from here.  I struggled to fit into what I felt was NZ styles.  When I went to social outings I had NO idea how to dress so I dressed in my best Canadian outfit. But still, I felt like a stood out.  I went to my first meeting here I was so stressed out over what to wear I almost didn’t go, but my need for human interaction far outweighed by anxiety.  I was, of course, way overdressed and I think I could have worn a paper bag cause I asked some pretty crazy questions that no one has any idea what I wore but they alllllll remember what I said!!!!   But that’s a story for another day!

So how do we need to dress?  Well, let’s start with what’s comfortable!  I’m not saying that you should turn up to a meeting in your track pants and bunnyhug (the Saskatchewan word for a hoodie). But what I am saying is make sure you’re comfortable. Can you move properly?  Can sit down without having to THINK. Can you lift your arm above your shoulders, without A. exposing parts of your body and B. Almost ripping your blazer like the Hulk!   You never know when you need to quickly raise your arm to catch something.  I know this sounds ridiculous BUT truthfully you need to be able to move!   As women and mothers, we need to be able to move unrestricted, freely and comfortably. Does this mean walking around in our PJs?  NO, NO it does NOT. It just means dress sensibly and smart.

Our lives as mothers are so complex, we go from role to role to role…most of the time in the same set of clothes unless your superman and can change in a phone booth…I have changed my clothes in the car. Yup, sometimes we do what we need to do! So keep this in mind when purchasing and or revamping your wardrobe.

  • Comfortable
  • Flexibility
  • Function
  • Ability to match items with each other

All in all, make things simple for your self and this will make your life simple! When we don’t have to think about what we wear that will save us SO much time and maybe just maybe we won’t be late!!!  BAHAHAHAHA Who am I kidding, something else is going to come up and make us late.  Some sort of meltdown ( may or may not be a CHILDS meltdown) lost car keys….that MAY or MAY NOT BE IN MY HAND(don’t ask).

Take care peeps!

Ain’t it funny how melody can bring back a memory!

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Well in this case it’s more like I smell!  When we arrived or more like our stuff arrived there were items that we didn’t need like extra blankets that got put straight into a tote!  Well this evening, being as it’s school Holidays the girls are having a sleep over here with some of their friends and well we need extra blankets….cue the tote….open the tote….OPEN THE FLOOD gate of tears and memories!!!!! I could smell home!! I had my face buried in a pile of blankets and afghans inhaling deeply…mmmmm the smell of fresh CANADIAN laundry!!! Needless to say THOSE blankets got packed away again to preserve the smell for a later date and we found an alternate to using the Canadian smell!

Now if you are country music fan you may have noticed that my last two blog post titles are throw backs to country music..I am a fan of Country music but you don’t hear it here EVER!!! So I will add that to the list of things that I miss about home!!! Country music, big trucks wide open spaces…I love me a big truck!!! This comes from being a small town girl I think, or maybe just from being a prairie girl I am not sure.  BUT I do love ’em!

The girls have had a great time these school holidays, they have had MANY play-dates, sleep overs and adventures!  We had a MAJOR adventure when we went to Mr and Mrs Sheep’s farm WAY way WAY in the “wops” as they call it well I don’t know for certain if where they live is classed as the WOPS but jeez louise it was an adventure the get there.  Absolutely stunningly beautiful when we did get there!  The house is set on the side of hill, and is surrounded by hills every where are hills, trees and you guessed in SHEEP!!  OH and on a side note Mr Sheep as decided that seeing as I call them Mr and Mrs Sheep they will call us Mr and Mrs Beaver!!! ’cause we are Canadian!!!  BUT the girls had a great time they played in the CUTEST play house, the girls were all inside baking and the boys were outside PAINTING it with paint brushes and water HOW CUTE; the farm Pup Tess and the Cat Bone-crusher!  There was lots of laughs, a few tears from some of the wee ones.  Little Tykes cars, they play Petrol Station, we had a “car crash”, a run away Tricycle going down the drive. BUT we all made it out un scraped and happy!  OH and I was introduced to something WONDERFUL….Kiwi’s be ready for a shock Canadians YOU MUST TRY THIS!!! Scones…yes SCONES home-made ones…with Jam and Whipped cream…REAL whipped cream NOT Cool WHIP OMG sooooooooo good!!! This NOT a regular Canadian thing as you can tell by my SHOCK of how YUM it was!!! So good in fact that I will be making my own batch of Scones very very soon for afternoon Tea; yes yes I  just said Afternoon Tea…which is a Mini Meal you have yup in the middle of the afternoon!  There is also Morning Tea which would better for the scones BUT this would mean I have to get up at the crack of SPARROW poo to make these…ahhh pass thanks SO afternoon tea it is!  I have cream in my fridge almost ALL The time YUM cream….you CAN’T buy cream in Canada like this…the closet things is whipping cream and even that isn’t the same. This is like REAL CREAM you get from a  COW! I have said this to some people here and they just look at me strangely as if to say where else would it come from.  I find the milk here is very…Milky if that is even a word but it is much less processed than the milk we get in Canada I think. I am honestly NOT sure what it is BUT I have fresh cows milk and it is quite similar to that.

 

* This blog was written before the Computer crash so I just refined it a little and will post it now!* I think it’s about 2 weeks old! *  Working on  a new one now!

More and more like home!

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So having been here for just a wee while every day feels more and more like home!  This week has been a week of sweet little surprises!  One day I had a great little treat, my neighbour popped in for Tea!!! We sat here on couch and we talked and laughed and cried! She lives down the “right away”  so we don’t actually see each other every day like we would if we lived in Canada where all the houses are on the street, but our kids play together almost daily! As we sat on the couch she said the she has been meaning to tell me something but just hasn’t had a chance, ok I said shoot.  She said that she wanted to Thank me for leaving everything behind in Canada and moving here. That my girls have been an answer to her prayers, she said that she had literally prayed for someone anyone to come who would be a good friend for her daughter…she said with a smile and tears in her eyes and half-hearted laugh I even remember saying that I don’t care if they have to come from the other side of the World!  And here we are.  She was over the moon when her daughter came home and said she had to the coolest girl in her class she moved here from Canada.  The mom thought oh that’s nice!  THEN we moved onto her Terrace and she came to meet us and knew that her prayers had been answered.

I have to say that, THAT is the most powerful thing I have ever heard!  I have never been told that I am OR my kids are the answer to someones prayers, it’s almost daunting now know that we have some pretty big shoes to fill.  BUT we got her by being us and we will continue to stay here by being us!

The next day I had another lady POP in just to drop off a few Cake pans I had loaned her and she ended staying for almost 2 hours.  We talked about all sorts of things, and I kept asking her to come in and sit, have some Tea or a cold drink. BUT she insisted that she couldn’t stay! It was a great visit in the door way!

As you all know I also volunteer at the school on Wednesday mornings and I am in the green window.  I really love it, the kids are all so sweet they all smile and are very very polite. I love how their little faces light up when I smile back at them, or when they file past the window after the bell has rung to goto the library or the hall they all give a smile and a wave sometimes a meek Hi! BUT this Wednesday was a little different as they were filing by the window a familar face saw me, as he passed the window I saw him get brighter and brighter in his smile and he was recognizing me as someone who he knew and NOT just from the green window from his home! As we was ALMOST passed the green window he said in his little boy voice; which is VERY LOUD as little boys are;  and his cute little Kiwi Accent I LOVE YOU! Well I was laughing so hard I was almost unable to function for a good minute! I was very glad to have a witness as the principal of the school also heard it! We had a really good laugh!  She said there’s a good one for your blog…hmmm which makes me wonder if she reads my blog!

The girls have spent every day after school in the “bush” playing they RUSH home from school have afternoon tea ( a snack) then head out to the bush to play until Dinner time!  It is soooo nice that they love it here so much, they get to play outside for hours at a time, I don’t really have to worry too much about them, they turn up at 5 just in time for dinner. I love living in a small town it reminds me of “home”.

I am working on a post for my home town it is their R.M’s  centennial weekend this weekend and I wish more than anything I could be home for it, but I can’t so I will be sending my love to you all back home! The population of the little town that built me will double this weekend!! It will be a great time had by all!

Well it’s time for me to get ready for the day! I hope you all enjoy yours to my Canadian readers keep cool to my Kiwi readers keep warm!  Thanks for reading and I will blog soon!

Poof she’s GONE!

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I have kind of gone awol sorry! Some weeks I wow you with how incredibly WINDY I am and other weeks well not so much!! It has been awhile since I blogged life here has kinda taken over for a bit BUT here I am and ready with for an update for you!

RENO UPDATE!

  • MOST IMPORTANTLY WE HAVE HEAT!!!!!!!!! Central heating OHHHH MY ITS Roasty toasty in here!! I love it!!!
  • The flooring the new bathroom has gone down
  • The Vanity is installed
  • We are waiting on Paint and Tile Before the plumber can come back and finish up we are soooo close!!!! I can’t wait!
  • Front door has been measured and we are waiting on an estimate. Old one is a TAD drafty…meaning I some times can’t tell if it’s OPEN or SHUT!

The flooring looks AWESOME!! I LOVE IT! IF we redo the Kitchen I will use the same thing for sure!! SO much to update you on where do I start hmmmm OK Well lets start with heating!!! It’s a modern day MIRACLE!!! We have heating I love love love coming home to a warm home! One where I DON’T have to start the fire to make the lounge warm, I don’t have to chop wood, I don’t have to sweat in the lounge and freeze in the toilet! One where it is the same tempreture all over the house! It’s just wonderful!! All you Canadians who read my blog don’t take your warm homes for granted!!! We have wonderfully constructed warm homes that well are just warm and we don’t give it second thought!

Now that my house is warm and toasty I am enjoying being here again not HERE New Zealand my love for this country has not changed, HERE as in IN my home! I was NOT enjoy being home and if I was here I rarely left the warmth of the lounge. So needless to say I didn’t do a lot of extra baking or cooking just the basics. Well the last week and a half I have baked, I have made home-made soups I have cleaned and cleaned. I have just enjoyed being home! SO much so that I don’t want to leave I might just become a warm Hermit!!!

I mentioned the flooring was in, and I love it!!! This of course DID NOT go in without an issue SO The Floor Layers arrive GOOD about an hour LATE BUT they are HERE, AWESOME!!!! Side note as I type this I am waiting for the painters WHO didn’t show up at ALL last week and are now and HOUR late!…..so I show the floor layers what needs doing, and the guy right away notices the heat vent in the floor! He says; What’s that? I say It’s a heat vent. He replies Does it work?? I say YUP it was just installed last week works WONDERFULLY!!!! He is looking at this hole with the most bewildered look and says Hmmmm. I say SO DON’T COVER IT UP!!! Ya can you see where this is going?!!?!??!?! He says sure thing NO problem! SO We also want a small strip of lino layed in front of the new shower in the back. He says he needs a few more tiles ripped off NOT a worry I can do that!!! I start by getting a Putty Knife, and a flat head screw driver and proceed to slip on the first or second attempt and SPRAY blood from my knuckle EVERYWHERE ewwwwwwwwww I Almost pass out from the pain and the Ewwwwwww factor!!!! SO I get up and get some tissue and go check on MR. in the bathroom who is using some form of a grinder/sander on the floor and the SMELL OOOOO EM GEEEE GROSS! SO I open the window in the dining room to help that issue. He sees my hand dripping with blood and says OH that hurts, I have a scraper you could use for the tile might be easier. Grrrr OK. SO with his handy-dandy scraper which works like a hot knife through butter I peel the tiles off! NOW I was asked to go to a friend’s house for coffee and I am sure coffee is over BUT they are still there so I tell the floor dude I will be back in an hour will he be ok!? YUP he says OK And off I go…I come back about 2 hours later I can see the flooring is down when I walk in….IT LOOKS AWESOME I say…..BUT ummmm WHERE is my floor vent!?!??! Ohhh NO he says!!! SO after MUCH discussion on WHAT he thinks he needs to do….AND me saying NOPE that won’t work NOPE that won’t HE Finally comes up with the PROPER solution. Which I knew all along I was just seeing if this MUPPET can figure it out on his own! SO he cut out the hole for the VENT….allowing ALL the bits of wood to fall DOWN the vent GRRRRRRR BUT it got cut out that was ALL I really cared about!!!! All in all he did do a great job! He just covered up my heat vent!!! Silly MAN!

SO we have HEAT!!! We ALMOST have beautiful and working bathroom! Things are looking up!

I am sorry to do this but I have to go to a dark area! It has been a rough week for me. It was Fathers Day in Canada and I was here….It was my Birthday and I was here AND it’s my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary and I am here and will miss out on all the Family get togethers. NOW I know that I knew all this before we left to come here, I also knew I would miss out family gatherings, weddings, births, graduations. BUT it just SUCKS when there so many in such a SHORT time!!!! SO needless to say I spent my New Zealand birthday well wallowing in sadness, NOT because I’m getting OLD…BUT because I knew there would be no birthday cards, no cake, no Besties… So I struggled. I cried…and I cried…and I cried some more!!! Emotional train wreck is what that day was! BUT as I know LIFE it was you make of it! If you focus on the negative THAT is exactly what you will get back! First thing in the morning I got some very sad sad news a friend of mines Mom passed away. She was truly one of the warmest loveliest ladies who showed you her warmth and love ALWAYS! She was one of those Mom’s who just exude that Motherly instinct that I had mentioned in a previous post (if you click the word post it will take you there). She will be truly missed; but because she was just an amazing woman her spirit will surround her daughter and grandkids for ever. This just sort of set the mood for the day, me in a pit of self wallowing! I went to a dear friends house and picked up my Cupcakes for the tea at the school, and she had an amazing cupcake for my birthday…which made me cry!!! She makes THE best OMG cupcakes EVA!!! like seriously WOW!!! Delish Cupcakes if you are in New Zealand you HAVE to try these!!! Sorry distracted just by the mear THOUGHT of her cupcakes….OK so where was I OH yes WALLOWING After spending the day at the girls school helping in their class rooms, having Morning Tea for the new families, and it being grandparents day as well. I went home and crashed. We had planned to go out for dinner, frankly I wasn’t in the mood SO when Miss T said lets just stay home and have Pizza and watch a movie. So that is how we spent my New Zealand birthday BUT I have to say that the highlight of the night was a our walk. We went for a quick stroll at about 730, just down the Terrace and around the corner, our new Cat Maple followed us; as cats do. SO it has been raining for days, which make puddles very plentiful. Miss Maple is RUNNING like a crazy Kitty everywhere, dashes in front of us….dashes back, dashes RIGHT into a HUGE puddle that was pretty camouflaged as it was a HOLE in the boulevard. She fell RIGHT IN!!!! HOPPED out and her tail was sooooo puffed up I laughed and laughed and laughed!!! Her Next escapade was with a cement wall, which I am pretty sure she thought was a wooden fence, as she tried TWICE to climb it running at it and UP it then back down…she is quite the acrobatic little thing! That was the highlight of my actually New Zealand Birthday! The next day was my Canadian Birthday! Which was MUCH MUCH better I can’t BELIVE how many happy wishes I got from Friends and Family from near and far it was just wonderful!!! My Facebook page was going crazy! I tried to “like” all the posts that I received IF I missed yours sorry there were HEAPS it felt so nice to have that much love received! That night I asked for a Canadian Bday and family said SURE so we went out to dinner for a neat place called Marbles, it’s a HUGE buffet and I ate until I almost burst and I had THE best Pavlova OMG it was to HURT for wow it was good!!! LIKE REALLY REALLY good I was full when I start dessert, and I had 2 Pavlova’s….and SERIOUSLY considered a 3rd! It was THAT good!

I am truly loving it here but this week well it was just a little too much, which also why the Blog has been quite, I wasn’t sure what I could say that make this sounds better. BUT I have risen from the GLOOM and all is great again! I love it here and I am making some pretty FAB friends and life it is good! I know that there will be some peaks and valleys in this journey but it was a pretty deep Valley I was in the other day! Well I hope this wasn’t TOO windy and too sad for my family to read, I glossed it up pretty good but I said when I started this there would so good, some bad and some ugly parts to this blog, well I think I covered them all in this one!

Well thanks for reading…sorry for sad bits! BUT I am MUCH better now and happy AS to be here!

Blog again soon!

Tea, heat and warmth

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This was a short and lovely week!  After a great long weekend with the fam jam this was a really short and great week. We have had builders and trades people in and out of the house all week, all of whom are working hard to get us a proper “Canadian” Bathroom; one with bath that doesn’t gross us out and a TOILET! We are also working on getting heating into the house…a small let down as it was supposed to be finished and installed and ON today BUT with this house NOTHING goes easy.  So we do not have heat it will be on FOR SURE Tuesday so says the Gas Fitter….which is 4 more days of no heating….SO off the Chicken/Wood shed again tomorrow for more wood.  BUT on a bright and very kind note while I was out for the day and once the gas fitter realised that he wouldn’t have the heat going he kept the fire going on low to make sure it was going to be warm when we got home from netball!  Very nice man…OR he was just afraid what would happen to him if I came home to a cold house AND the furnace NOT going! He’s no dummy!

The weather today was AMAZING the sun was out and shining brightly, the sky was blue and the Mt Taranaki

View of Mount Taranaki from Stratford, facing ...

View of Mount Taranaki from Stratford, facing west. Fanthams Peak is to the left of the main peak. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

was out in full! One of the ladies today from the tea put it perfectly any day you can see the mountain is going to be a good day!! And today was no exception!  We were so lucky with the weather today, it has been either rainy or really windy OR Rainy and WINDY all of which it was quite chilly!  BUT today there was no wind the sun was blazing in the sky and Mt Taranaki was out to say Hello! This morning was a welcoming Tea put on by Hubbies work it was for the wives of new employees who have just arrived in New Plymouth.  We all met at the lady’s house who is in charge of the relocation program.  She will help us with basically what ever we need finding school, houses, food, Diapers, cars, insurance the list goes on! I honestly haven’t reached out to use her; but the other ladies have.  There we 6 of us new ladies there today.  We all have been here for varying amounts of time, December, ME in Jan, March, April, and 2 in May. 2 Kiwi’s 1 lady from Singapore 2 from Pakistan and me the Canadian, there was one lady who couldn’t make as her kids were not feeling well and she is from the UK. It was really great to meet them all and share our stories of things we have experienced so far.  It’s weird being the one with the “experience” as one lady and I were here the longest.  Some have bought houses, others are just renting, some are still in the hotel that was provided by the company.  We sat there and laughed with each other, laugh at some of our silly stories of fitting in, shared stories of how desperate you become for adult company that the old lady or man sitting on the park bench looks more than appealing enough to sit down and chat to for HOURS at a time.  OR You would actually accept and invitation from a complete stranger for tea with an 84 year old lady NOT THAT WASN’T me skockingly enough!  YUP you get that lonely! BUT we had a morning of soul rejuvenation and it felt GREAT! We exchanged numbers and we will all get together soon.  I think we will try to do a group get together once a month, it will be great for us all!

Today the girls had their netball games and they both did soooo well! I am so proud of them for playing netball and giving it their all! They have done so well with all the changes that we have thrown at them. They didn’t choose to leave home, they didn’t choose to leave their friends that was our decision that we made for them.  BUT they have been doing extremely well, they have made friends are flourishing in the world we have created for them.  But I still see the effects of the move more so in Little T, the other day was my day to volunteer at the school and E said I had to work today. Poor Little T was devastated because I didn’t tell her I was going back to work let alone that I already had a job and was going back to work. She calmed down when I told her I was only going to volunteer at the school like I did every Wednesday since they have started school.  At first she looked relieved but then she looked worried again I said what’s wrong; her reply was…Mommy I don’t want you to go back to work BUT if you do I want you get a job that you are home after school, and you have weekends off AND  you can’t work any of the school holidays! I smiled at her and gave her a big hug and said ME TOO!  She thought about this for a second and Well I guess that isn’t gonna happen is it?!?! I said WHEN and IF I decide to go back to work I will try to find a job just like that!  Bless her heart! It’s moments like that one that makes this opportunity to stay home and be a Momma so worth while!  I have been kicking around the idea of work BUT It would have to be VERY flexible and I would like to do it from my home…so we will see what I can find.  There are some more important things that need tending to WAY before work comes along!

Well that is it for me!  I have had a long week.  Time to put my feet up and read a book, The Library here has a HUGE selection of Ebooks…I LOVE IT!!! So far in the last week and a half I have read 3 books! LOVE IT! Grocery shopping on-line Free E Books, Mt Taranaki in my back yard, winters that don’t get below 0 and if it does it isn’t very often What’s NOT TO LOVE ABOUT IT HERE?…well my Fam Jam isn’t here BUT OTHER THAN that It is amazing!  New Zealand has stolen my heart I am here and I am LOVING IT, every second and every adventure; it’s truly wonderful!

Well  blog again soon! Thanks for reading another adventure!

Renovations, Basketball and soul bliss

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So here we are all “Settled” into our new home and we are renoing!  YUP that  “lovely” Bathroom is GOING!  Which has started our new adventure!  Plumbing, plumbing terms, and the realization that this is NOT Canada and NOTHING will get done when we want it to which is YESTERDAY.  Hubby is still doing the insulation under the house on the weekends SO this project is the after work project; are we crazy? Yes; yes I think we just might be! We have hired a Builder come in and help us but we will do the ripping out of the Bathroom, and what ever else we get done BEFORE they can get free to come and help us out.  Having said this we are also getting the Hot water Cylinder replaced with an Infinity water system (boiler, on demand hot water…)SO this means that we will no longer have to run around the shower to get wet as the current system is Gravity fed pressure which mean NO pressure! Then the next Canadianization is HEAT yes HEAT. I am not entirely sure which I am more excited about the water pressure or the heat…but as the nights get longer and chillier I think the Heat is winning..BUT if I could have a nice hot shower WITH pressure ahhhh how nice would that be! For those of you who know me I have THICK hair so does Big E, so it is a task and a half to get the shampoo and conditioner out of our Mops! BUT after today NO longer an issue woo hoo I am excited! Once hubby is done under the house heat will be here as well…ahhh heat as I type my nose is cold and my fingers are purple….

ANYWAY…

Last night we had Big E’s first basketball game!  MAN was she excited! FIRST OFF she had to call me from school at 2:15 and tells me she had a Basketball RIGHT after school IN New Plymouth. OK Yes you can be there…..OK Super MOM hurry up….It was my Monday of Errands, morning spent on the phone trying to sort of some stuff for the reno’s….nothing is simple here….Then I was an amazing day so I went for a walk I had to be home @ 1:00 as I had a man coming for an estimate.  NO problem.  I am out for my walk it is 12:20, he rings and says that he can come now….I am about a 30 minute walk from home, but tell him I will be there in 15. SO I ran home yes that is right I ran, It was great. I was sweaty hot stinky outta breath mess when I got there, which was about 5 minutes before the guy showed up.  BUT I did it I beat him there!  SO He left at 2:10, EM calls a 2:15…so I had 20 minutes to shower, gather her stuff she needs for Basketball, gather snacks, and something to entertain Little T while she watches the game.  BUT we made and ON time! PHEW!  So much for my “relaxing” day at home!  After the game we went to Macca’s for Big Macs….so much for the run LOL…

Being home and being able to be the wife, mother, maid, nurse, taxi driver, errand runner, message giver, Trades Person co-ordinator, Baker, cook, wood chopper, gardener…this list really goes on and on BUT I love it!  I love that I can be the goto person for my family!  I love being here in this new country and being able to give my family the support that need whenever they need it! I feel extremely blessed!  Do I miss my loved ones back home YES more than I ever thought possible BUT they are just a Skype, text, blog, Facebook OR even a phone call away! It this the same as being there with them NOPE, can I get that all-encompassing {HUG} that I love from my Grandma? no 😦 BUT even with out all this I can honestly say I am truly truly happy, my soul is home. I don’t know how many of you have experienced the bliss that comes from your soul being home but it is just that true bliss.  You feel warm and at ease with all that comes at you, you feel HOME!  Who knew my home was on the other side of the world from my Family…but alas here it is.  Will I come home to Canada again, for a visit yes someday, to live I don’t think so. BUT you never know, my soul my just say OK this is STINK let’s go HOME to your family.  But until that time comes I LOVE my life here, love my girls and hubby and enjoy every second of being here!

 

Well for thats all for now! Blog soon!

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Hello everyone, I hope that you have had a great Mothers day I have been trying to think of what to blog about so lets start with something I have borrowed from one of the women in my life that have influenced me  she is a strong and loving Mother and friend and she couldn’t have said this any better. “Happy Mothers Day to all who are mothers to their children, to their husbands, to their friends, to the children on the street, to the animals in their lives.  I guess what I am saying is you don’t have to have had children to be a mother – but you have the god given instinct to care and love.”  I have to say that she hit the nail on the head “the god given instinct to care and love”  It is days like Mothers Day where I like to reflect on what I am, who I am , and WHY I am.  I strive my best to do the best I can for my Children always; have I made a mess of some time YES, have I had to look at my crushed child cause I yelled at her for no reason other than I have had a bad day and she asked me the same thing 40 TIMES AND I SNAPPED. The look on my girls faces when I get cross with them for no reason crushes my  “mom” soul…which makes me HAPPY cause I HAVE MOM SOUL! It makes me be able recognize that what I have just done has HURT my childs feelings, and I will go and apologize to her and tell her that Mommy is having a bad day and that she didn’t REALLY do anything that bad…other than annoy me; so quit it…we have a good laugh and get on with it!  I think it is so important to admit to our kids that you are wrong and that we make mistakes just like they do, and when we do I will apologize OR make sure that Daddy does the same thing.  Some people in this world don’t have that instinct at all, which is so very very sad to me; because they miss out on so many blessing that come from being a parent; a true parent. Just because you gave birth doesn’t make you a mother.  It is that MOM instinct either you have or you don’t! I thanked my girls yesterday for allowing me to be able to celebrate Mothers Day and My Hubby for making me a Momma cause lets face it with out children or my Husband I would just be ME…Well I am still me just not the MOM me! LOL That got confusing but I hope I got the point across!

I have been so lucky to have many Mommy’s, so many amazing women to influence me and mold me into what I am today.  From childhood up until the time I left Canada I was still learning amazing things; from amazing women ALL of them blessed with the Mom instinct.  I am sure that I will continue to learn from them and from more women that I meet as I continue down the life path we are on!

As for my fabulous day here in New Zealand the girls and I headed into New Plymouth, to get Daddy some insulation as he is still working under the house poor man LOVE HIM.  We picked up the insulation, then Miss T reminded me she didn’t have any sandals SO we head to the shoe store… by some shopping Miracle I managed to buy her ONE pair of sandals and NOTHING ELSE I know feel free to gasp!  3 girls in a shoe store and we came out with ONE pair of shoes, I know I was proud of myself!  Anyway, after that we made our way to the coastal walkway.  The girls scootered along the Ocean, played at the park then we went to the Big Wave Cafe for an Ice Cream and a Mochachino.   The girls went down the water, where they played in the sand, managed to find me some amazing pieces of sea glass.  They had a great time and I had an amazing Mothers Day with my sweet girls! How lucky am I?!?!  Before we left Big E wrote me a message in the sand HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!  What a sweet sweet girl!

Mt Taranaki

Mt Taranaki

Little T's New Flash Shoes!

Little T’s New Flash Shoes!

Going down the coastal walkway

Going down the coastal walkway

Cool Flowers

Cool Flowers

Big E Writting Happy Mothers Day in the Sand for me!

Big E Writting Happy Mothers Day in the Sand for me!

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Mothers Day