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Post Surgery – Ari and her toe

So sorry for the late update everyone, the children have been on and off sick with runny nose and bad coughs. Everyone in the house fell sick and we were all taking turns like a macabre round the chair dance. Ari’s bandages have been removed and replaced with a teeny plaster that can get wet but needs to be patted dry after every shower. The scar is not so red and angry anymore. She went through the surgery like a champion. I have hilarious videos of her right after she woke up from the anaesthetic. She was disoriented but not disoriented enough to ask for an ice block (she got two because I made the mistake of biting a small bit and she threw a very big tanty with big fat tears rolling down her cheeks). The nurse looked at me horrified and said “Mummy shouldn’t have done that! It’s ok sweetie you can get another ok” I was horrified and also relieved that my daughter was well enough to be a spoiled brat.

Thank you to all my kind readers for the kind words of support. Much love.




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Surgery Appointment Booked

It’s confirmed! Ari will be admitted next Monday for her surgery. Wish her luck! My poor baby will have to go under general anaesthetic. I am a bit worried about that but still feeling upbeat and positive.

My letter of goodbye to that teeny toe:

Goodbye, special extra tiny toe on the left foot. You were a nice a surprise and we were going to keep you but you have made shoe shopping a mission. We have had to forgo beautiful tiny shoes for practical 2 sizes too big alternatives.

You have made it hard to balance and run at the same time. Getting stuck in places where you shouldn’t be has been a pain. But it hasn’t been all that bad, you are a symbol of how special Ari is. Sad to see you go but go you must so we can look forward to a more stable run, no more hidden promises of a compromised gait, access to a variety of shoes and the very fun notion of her contemplating on whether to wear heels or not can be an option opened to her.





***Has anyone have had an experienced with children and general anesthetics? How was it? What did you do to prepare for the before and after? Any tips?


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Walking on toes

I was walking out of the toilet when I heard “Mummy, look! Tip Toe!”. I turned to Gaby and saw him doing this!

Video of Gaby “Tip Toe”

First, I find it amazing that he can do that! I almost broke my toes trying to emulate him. Secondly, is this safe for him to do? Lastly, where is the best place to go learn ballet in Auckland?


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An Adventure A Day

As part of our one week birthday celebration for the twins we went to the Zoo last week. It was an expensive venture but the twins (especially Gaby boy) made the trip worthwhile. He was the navigator and navigated us through the zoo with his trusty map.

It was a good day to go the zoo as it was on one of the rare weekends in winter where the sun would be out and no rain to spoil the day. It was a bit nippy but nothing like a warm jumper and a lot of running, screaming and expressions of joy couldn’t fix. We brought the stroller along but Miki was not having any of that, so we carried the baby pushed the stroller (which handled our gazillion bags of important stuff) while the children screamed their way into the zoo wanting to see EVERYTHING.

That was my fourth time there in the years that I have been in Auckland and it was the best one yet. All the animals were out that there due to the cold weather and the appearance of the sun. The elusive Tigers and Cheetahs were lounging out in the open trying to soak up as much of the sun’s rays to stay warm. The children were interested but the adults were definitely more into it knowing how rare it was to see them about.

After three hours of walking the stroller came in handy when the children became tired and grumpy. We tried lifting their spirits again with ice cream but half an hour later it was clear to all that it was time to go home. Amidst cries of protest at the entrance we promised to bring them to the zoo again. This time with inah and grandpa when they come visit from my hometown. I hope the animals come out to play on our next visit, please.




When I had kids I told myself that we would be the type of family that would be out and about as much as possible. Walks in the parks, beach, lakes and everything in between. My mother inspired me to be active with my kids. She would work long hours but when the holidays hit we would be preparing for some grand adventure that she had meticulously planned. That’s why regardless of how tired I was when the weekend hit I would be raring to go out and about. I get into a pretty foul mood when we are cooped indoors. I want my children to do things that I did, travel the country in a car with the family, have fun with things that does not include an ipad, mobile phone or television. To experience this majestic world of ours and know that we are but a speck of sand in the universe. But as little as we are, our existence matters, their life matters, there is a reason for everything and to just have an adventure a day and live.


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Week Long PARTY! Woot! Woot!

We celebrated the twins birthday early this year as the weather was going to be fine (it was beauuuutiiifulll). So I booked the community center which was only a 5 minutes walk away from our place, sent out last minute invitations, rushed here and there for the food ,cake and balloons and TA DA, we have a birthday party!

Thank you so much to James, Evon, my father in law and mother in law for helping with  cooking, clean up and watching the kids while me and Bron went around the place doing stuff!

The kids had so much fun! Love, love love! It was a crisp and sunny day, adding clarity to an already wonderful time that we were having. So many children and parents around and I really do feel so blessed and happy for my children that they are surrounded by such a loving community. A community that I will work hard to maintain. I truly believe they will need that support to grow into the human beings that God wants them to be.

Every year the celebration gets simpler but the presents just get better and better. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH (you think I’m excited? One of my girlfriends urged the twins to open their birthday presents as she couldn’t wait to see what they got too!) We never expect anything but friends and family (especially the grandparents!!!) have spoiled the twins rotten. It will be a week long festivity in our house ending with this weekend. A dinner,  joint celebration of my husband and the twins (the twins were born a day before MOH’s birthday 🙂 )







I have some videos from the party (links below) if you want you can visit my FB page to see what we have been up to :


There was an incident with the balloons, luckily two of the guests came to the rescue. Don’t try it at home folks!


The perfect photo to end this post with ❤

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Kindness must be practiced everyday

So, I made it a point this year to make sure I posted at least three times a week on this personal blog of mine. It hasn’t even been 3 months into this gig and  I have already failed. The reasons are myriad some totally legit like Gaby falling ill, not eating and suffering from frequent bouts of diarrhoea and vomiting. Miki deciding that sleep was not for her while her two front teeth make an appearance. Ari was the only one who was fit and healthy except for one night where she had a really high fever and I was worried she was getting what Gaby was getting but it turned out to be a one off thing. Also lets factor in my laziness for not updating 😛

But enough about my excuses!

I read in the papers today about this poor woman who was heavily pregnant and crossing the road Auckland woman helps diabetic stranger after she collapsed on the road. She collapsed on the road, in the rain and passerby and motorists alike heckled her instead of helping her off the road with her child.

Luckily a kind Samaritan went to help her up and get her to safety as she composed herself.  Most people thought she was drunk and abused her for it but that does not condone their actions. I am just incensed at the treatment that this woman had to endure. We are living in a first world country, we should know better. Even if she was drunk, high as a kite, off her chair or whatever term people use these days, the woman obviously needed help and she had a child with her! Even the MORE reason to stop honking, get out of the car and help the poor lady. To those who walked by her and to those who honked at her SHAME ON YOU!

In the last ten years Auckland has grown exponentially with a rise in migration, tourism and the housing sector to name a few. I am afraid that as we get bigger and richer in Auckland we also lose bits and pieces of our humanity. What a terrible trade off. We need to practice more kindness especially in this age of technology.




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5 Places To Walk Your Dogs Unleashed In Auckland – W is for Walks

We have two Samoyeds who we call Murphy and Kaia;


An awesome portrait shot of them by the fabulous Richard Ng

When we can, we bring them for walks, and because I am not a good trainer (I suck) I don’t really like walking them on a leash so I am always on the look out for unleashed dog parks and areas. Below are my 5 fav spots to bring my dogs for a walk 🙂



Bethells Beach

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Bethells beach holds a special place for me and Bron as we used to walk our fist ever Samoyed there who left us too soon (melodramatic blog post about that here) It’s really wild and windy and our dogs love it there. Always makes me feel grateful to be alive with the salt and wind blowing into my face with the sea crashing onto the shore and jutting rocks frame the coastline with the sea gulls flying above us.

Click here: Bethells Beach  for directions along with more info about walking your dog there

Waiatarua Reserve



We love this place so much, that we would travel half an hour from our old place just to walk our dogs here. Now that we are 5 minutes walk away we try to walk the dogs every day and I just love it when we are walking home after a nice run, both dogs become more obedient and are not pulling on the leash. Makes me feel like I have the best dogs in the world!

Waiatarua Reserve is a large wetland area and  has a playground, skate park and place for the dogs to jump in and cool off, a mini off track walk that me and the samo’s love to use in summer to shy away from the heat and sun. It’s an ideal place to bring kids and walk the dogs at the same time. There is something for every little person and beast here.

Click here: Waiatarua Reserve  for more info.



Big King Reserve


I love coming here as I get to exercise (A LOT) while I walk the dogs, it an old volcanic cone and the view at the top is beautiful.

After I huff and puff my way up there, it always feels good to look up and around. The hill is quite steep but worth it and if you are feeling lazy they have an easier route to follow to reach the top. Plenty of dogs and I see a lot of the dog walkers like to bring their furry charges there.

For the location click here: Big King Reserve




Orakei Basin


There are a few areas here that is for unleashed dogs to roam and have a play in the water. We don’t go here often as I have to leash them for a bit before I can actually let them run around and expand their energy.

Click here: Orakei Basin for more info

Soldiers Bay



Photos are courtesy of Richard Ng

We have only been here once, but it was lovely and the dogs loved it. The walk to the bay was wonderful, it did not feel like we were in a housing area at all. It was like we were deep in the forest up in the mountains with the wood pigeons cooing at us as we traipsed up and down to get to the bay.


When a good walk is done, a good dog is done.


This photo and the one below are courtesy of Richard Ng





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***Just a quick recap, I joined a blog challenge called A to Z challenge where we write a post a day based on the alphabet.

My other posts for the challenge;

A is for Arianna

B is for Bronson

C is for Cynthia

D is for Doreen

E is for Empathy

F is for Fat

G is for Garden

H is for Hayao Miyazaki

I is for Idols

J is for Juice

K is for Kelly Tarlton’s

L is for Li Yang Ma

M is for Mikaela

N is for Naptime

O is for Overwhelmed

P is for Playground

Q is for Quiet Time

R is for Reusable Diaper

S is for Second Child

T is for Thirty

U is for University

V is for Vagina


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