Saturday, September 27, 2014

Twins Birthday....

Tomorrow the twins turn 19, so last night we had a dinner at our place, with the twins and their partners and one of Steph's friends to open presents. 

It was a great night, and the kids loved all their presents, what I do is get them to write out a wish list of presents between $10 and $100, and from there I choose what to get them. They have heaps more on the list than what they get, so still a surprise. We used to do money, but now they are working themselves they want presents again, and want to get the enjoyment of opening the presents. 

I did a blog of last night, but may need to edit out a small part of it lol 

Yesterday my iPhone 6 arrived, I lovvvvve it so much, I got the 6 not the 6+. I stick with iPhones because I have everything Apple and love that it all sync  to each other, I update my phone every 2 years. David is going to have the iPhone 5 I had, so will go and a sim card today and transfer his number over to the iPhone. He has a really old cellphone that still takes the huge sim, and because he has had it for a while it is not one of those ones you can press the size out, and I don't want to risk cutting it lol.

Hope to have some photo's up soon of the dinner and present opening when I learn how to take a still shot from a video clip if you get what I mean) lol.

Have a fantastic weekend all :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A little of this and a little of that..... and a huge change of direction.

Am so sorry I have been missing in action but now I am going to be back for regular blogging again....

In New Zealand we just had elections, the National Government got in again 3rd time running, we in New Zealand run under an MMP system, and this time it was the first time ever since MMP that a party could govern alone without a coalition, having said that National is talking to other parties to make them stronger. I am not a National supporter so I was not impressed but hey not a lot I can do about it :). We in New Zealand also start daylight savings this week, it means our nights will be longer and our mornings a little darker, perfect we now have daylight savings for nearly 6 months a year, a bit extreme I sometimes think, but I do like it I must say :).

Speaking of this weekend, the twins turn 19 years old on Sunday - man oh man where did those days go, on Friday night we are having just a casual dinner with them and their partners, David and I, they will have a cake and open presents, then that gives them Saturday and Sunday to spend it with friends. After all the years with all the issues, I am really proud of how things have gone for them both. They both have jobs, both have driving license and own their own car, they are both in steady relationships and both have been with their partners over a year now. For those that don't know Steph has epilepsy, which we think she has grown out of which is fantastic, can not remember the last time she had a seizure, and Chris well where do I begin, he got 'Perthes Disease' at age 4, then he was diagnosed with 'Tourette Syndrome', 'OCD', ADHD, Aspergers and a few other things oh and he 'Keratoconus' in his eyes. We struggled many years with Chris, had fantastic support from the 'mental health team' for many years, joint public school and homeschooled him. Now he is 19, he is coping with things so much better, he is learning how to deal with the OCD, and his Tourette's are only minimal when they appear for a bit. 

I have now started drinking water again, yip shock horror, I have only diet coke for my meds, I can not swallow them otherwise... so down to like 1 1/2 glasses diet coke and the rest water, did take me a few days to get rid of the headaches though from the withdrawal from diet coke. I am also back walking everyday, well at least 5/7 days a week, just going how far I feel like on the night, once the weather warms a little at night I will start going further, David comes with me so we go after he gets home from work. 

Now onto some exciting news, well I think it is exciting anyway - I am changing my direction of study, yes I will graduate next year from Massey, to close at the end to not finish, but I am also going to be doing a nail technician course, I will be doing a short one in November hopefully, then doing a part time one 2 days a week at Tauranga next year. Being only two days a week, I am sure I can cope with the travelling, or there is a bus otherwise. I am also going to be doing a makeup course, where I will be able to work in retail if I like or I can work from home, the makeup I am learning is for photography/weddings and retail. The nail tech course in Tauranga will teach me everything. The reason I am changing direction, is that in all reality I do not think I will be able to ever go back to work full-time, and this way I can work in the mornings till about 2pm when I am at my fittest and also I would not be standing all day, and can pace the clients to my ability. I am really excited because not only will it be fun, but it will also be good for me to socialise with other people. I really want to focus on the nail side of things more, than the makeup, but that might change once I have finished both courses. Alongside that I have joined the 'Leah Light Academy', 'Leah' is one of, if not the top nail tech in New Zealand, you can join the academy for $39.00 a month, or $400 for 12 months, if you join now as a foundation member, the prices will be going up soon. She has tutorials etc that we can learn from, and also we can get discount from some of the companies etc... I am really enjoying the tutorials, though they are aimed at more the professional, I am still finding it really interesting. 

So I am now going to need a name, I want it to start with something like Jaxx's Nails because once I complete the makeup course which will take longer, I can then add the makeup to the business card - so it could be Jaxx's Nails and Beauty or something like that... so any original ideas please, I am no good at thinking of names for things like this ;). When Chris moves out at the end of the year, (Courtney his girlfriend is moving too, to Auckland) I will set his room up as the nail tech room, I will need to re-wallaper get equipment/desks etc - which I am currently on the lookout for, so when the time comes, I should be able to start not to long after, cause once I do the first course in November, it will give me enough to get started, admittedly it will only be friends and my daughters friends that I would begin with to practice on... and then Steph's room will become the spare bedroom. And even though we are going to Aussie in June, they said they can easily work around that, we are going for 3 weeks, have booked flights there, accommodation, and just waiting on flights back to come in sale. So 2015 is starting to look like it might be a great year for me :)

Ohhhh and other exciting news, I have pre-ordered the iPhone 6, am hoping it will arrive on Friday as I am in the first lot to be couriered out, but having said that if the couriers are busy, it may not arrive on Friday :(. I update my iPhone every 2 years, David is going to have my iPhone 5, it is still in mint condition, but I can't wait for the 6...... so on Friday I will not leave the house at all, or at least until someone else is home - I do have to go and pick up the cake at sometime, but will make sure Chris is home as he is only working a few hours on Fridays. They get released here in New Zealand on Friday morning 12am - apparently many shops are opening up at midnight Thursday night, to be the first to sell. 

We have had pretty wet and nasty weather the last couple of weeks, with the odd fine day, the other day we went to Gwens (Davids mum) grave, and the flowers on top were still alive 3 weeks on, was really cool to see them still alive :)

So there you have it, life is starting to look up again, and I can't wait to get things going :)

Below is a vlog of the Gypsy Fair and Lakeside Markets or known as the Soundshell Markets, that we went to last weekend.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A walk and a sea-lion and a piglet or two....

Last weekend we did a walk around the Mount, it was nice to just get out and about - we didn't plan on the walk, we were just going over for the farmers market and out for lunch.

On the way home we stopped when we saw these amazing little piglets running around free range, not often do you see that any more - anyway watch the blog if you want to see what the walk was a like and a live dead sea-lion (well we think it was dead), and some happy little piglets on the way home.

Some exciting things are going to be happening with me in the next couple of years - something I am really excited by, but more on that in the next post or the one after that, I will blog and vlog about it, so for those that prefer the written word can read it rather than watch it :)

Anyway have a wonderful weekend all and hope you enjoy the vlog :)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Feeling a little no lot sad....

Today is Gwen's (Mother in laws) birthday, we were going to take her out for lunch

but it didn't happen, she passed away this morning at about 4.45am.

Have just been to see her with David, she looks beautiful - now all the family are going to see her before she goes to the funeral home

Friday, August 29, 2014

Yip another

This time it is "Rainbow Springs" in Rotorua - New Zealand enjoy :)

Have a lovely weekend all :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


A small update, not much has happened with me, went to my psychologist today, I only have 2 more sessions with her and thats it for now, unless ACC will pay for some more, after the next two, I really don't think I need her anymore for now. She is really happy on how I am heading, and today we talked about how far I have come in the few years I have been seeing her :)

Not much else is happening, started walking again, still studying hard, tomorrow I get my hair done, Friday get my eyebrows done which are a mess, then next week nails get touched up and I will feel like a new woman again :)

Another vlog, this one is about me, as I have some new watchers and viewers on my youtube channel :)

Have a happy day/night wherever you may live :)