Easter 2015 Family Lunch and Epic Egg Hunt

2015 has been the most fun Easter for not only our kids but for us too!

We were blessed with Mark’s sister, her husband and the kids two cousins being back in Christchurch after a few years of being posted up north.

I sent out invitations to the family with a bring a plate request and they all turned up ready to go!

Lunch wen’t down without a hitch, dessert we forgot to pull out the fruit salad oops! but otherwise was a great finish to our family meal before we set the kids off outside to solve the riddles on the stones I’d painted in chalkboard paint and numbered.

The kids as usual had lured their group into Brooks room with “screens” so we got to work setting up their hunt and hiding eggs.

Laura set the stones around the house and property in the right order so the clues would all lead to another clue while Grandad (Rex), Richard & Linda, and Mum took a bag of ten golden eggs each to go and hide as a surprise for the kids as they hunted through the clues!

Well I thought that’s what Grandad was doing until he came up to me and offered me a golden egg.  Oh dear! “no grandad… shhhh!! and go and hide these in the garden”

“the garden”??? he says “you want me to what? put these in your garden”

“no …. hide – them”  I explain… for the kids.

Oh! Yes! and off Grandad goes. LOL


The first clue: “humpy dumpty sat on a _ _ _ _ ?

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they find the brick wall and then read out the next clue:  what has four legs, you sit at to eat, but it cant walk?


Off they go!!


Vee yells out “ITS A DOG, DOGS GOT LEGS”

The kids sprint outside to the enclosure without even realizing they’ve been tricked!


Mark isn’t into being tricked so makes them all calm and read the clue again.  Ella finds it inside and reads out the next clue: “four plus four equals ?, make a rhyme and go to the G _ _ _ ! “

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Darn! Laura says 🙂 they found the gate so quickly!! hehe


off they sprint with the next clue: your next clue will be somewhere, should you get the urge to sneeze!


more running and giggling!


ah! a tissue box, and the next clue: “your next clue you will see if you look up in a tree”!

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next clue: feeling sleepy….. can’t remember the rest but they quickly found the next clue in the master bedroom! Good thinking by Laura to not hide it in the kids rooms as Yup! as she deduced that was their first port of call with that clue.11141511_10206741255075869_610719978_o

The next clue tells them to go to the front door! its the second to last clue!! woo hoo


The last clue: “where would you keep last nights stew”?


Well done kids!! well earn’t prizes for solving all those clues 🙂

But what about those thirty eggs the adults put around the garden? Yep we better find em! Back to the yard 🙂










The last few eggs are a mission to find! The adults can’t quite remember where they stashed them haha so they join in and help the kids in searching the yard




The kids found 29 of the 30 golden eggs.

We’re not sure where the 30th one went?

Maybe Grandad gave it away before Vee explained to hide them? or ate it lol or maybe we got short changed in one of the bags of eggs! or maybe…. we’ve got a golden egg still out there somewhere in our garden!! 🙂

We all come inside for coffee and tea and the kids calm down with returning to their beloved screens.

Such an awesome Easter lunch and hunt and can’t wait to do something different and just as fun next year!

Vee x


A finish all the loose ties kinda weekend

Whoa what a Saturday!

Up and straight onto finishing milk cartons with the enthusiastic Ella at the craft table still out from when we glued them yesterday! She’s had a fab time learning inches and using her recently learnt fractions with the paper cutter and score board.  She picked all of the scraps of paper to cover the cartons and I have to say she may just turn out like her mother with that gift of creativity! She was limited to what we wanted to use up of scraps but the patterns and colors chosen look great!


Next project, we had the colored rocks we collected from birdlings flatt last weekend, they’d been painted and were ready for a coat of chalkboard paint.  Voila!


Wheres my energy coming from today? who knows! onto my next get-it-finished project.

Cushion covers.  Haven’t sewn in years successfully, (intermediate age and it was a velcro pencil case) we were gifted a goodie of a machine, an old singer.  Unfortunately it has the mood of an old git and does jam up and do weird things.

I got out the manual and managed to get the cotton changed to white (Mark normally mends our stuff! isn’t he a jack of all trades!!) and Mark came in and had a look… I’d done it different to his way but ahem… *point to the manual* and he’s impressed.  He’s itching to help me, but he also needs sleep for the next night shift.  I asked on my way out the door for the fabric the other day if he had any preferences in patterns or colors and got a “nah, just whatever, you choose baby” so I took myself solo to the fabric shop, resisted all the craft stuff!! the super expensive fabrics and had a good walk around.  I grabbed some fabric that would do the job and was $16 a meter (1.2 m wide x 1 m piece) and head for the counter and that’s when this kiwiana typographic (so addicted to geography typo art at the moment! which is hilarious if you know me and how I get lost all the time lol) font in two colors screamed out BUY ME for $20 a meter!? What!! That sounds expensive.

I have no idea if its expensive. I don’t buy fabric.  I ask the sales clerk “Is $20 a meter too much to spend on covering my large 600x600mm cushions? I mean… they’re just couch cushions that often are floor cushions” she shrugs and out comes her solid UK accent and I break into a smile.  I love that accent and seem to befriend everyone blessed with it.  She has orange hair, in a mess of short curls, and I fade back in to hear her saying that her 9yr old daughter can do it – so can I! and to bloody well spend what I want on fabric.

I ask how much I’ll need so she calculates based on my cushions and measures it all, then I decide I want texture.  No I need texture.  I explain I’m a VERY tactile person and she laughs and say’s “hey not judging… anyone who works in this place is nuts!” She takes me on a chaotic tour through “textured” stuff and I come out with $10 a meter stiff, starchy, and as I wished for, textured…hessian.

So I’m getting this sewing done and freaking out about doing zips, never sewed them before.  I pin it all together several times until uh ha!! got it! and get the first side sewed on.  Beautiful! 

Then do the other four cushions in a relaxed chip-away-at-it between other stuff for the rest of the day until I run out of cotton at 5.30 eek only the Warehouse will be open.  I get home with cotton that looks a third the thickness to the stuff Marks brought and raves about.  Ah well.  Fingers crossed and luckily it does the job.

All done!

Time to have dinner and clean up the house that’s just accumulated a whole day of activities and mess from both the kids and I while Mark was enjoying probably his most undisturbed slumber.

My last finish-it job is to hang up the coat/bag hooks in our entry.  I get Mark’s help quickly to mark the walls where to drill and place them before he’s off to do my favorite of his shifts  [the one where I get the bed all to myself… ah so nice occasionally to stretch out even though I miss his snuggles] but he’s brought in some retro drill.

I want the power drill so I’ll grab it in the morning if he doesn’t beat me to it and get these beautiful hooks up.


I’ve had a horrid night trying to sleep.  I think there’s too much to do.

I hear Bob purring next to me around 7am and then Mark climbs into bed.

He tells me he’s hung up the hooks at 6am! and I’m keen to get up and go see!! but give him a snuggle and ask how his night was.

It looks so much tidier with all our stuff off the floor!

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I think I’m going to buy a third one so that we have more hooks for our jackets.

I’m outta bed and determined to seize the day.  Thinking I need more hours in the day I have a chuckle to myself. That’s exactly what NZ got last night! Hope you remembered to turn your clocks back too?

One coffee down, hair thrown in a bun, runners on and I’m outside on a mission!! I’ve contacted two window cleaning companies and had no response so with new found courage I’ll get the ladder out and give these un reachables another go.  I feel sick up on the ladder but suck it up and get the job done! They all look so good nice and clean.

Look at my predicament with this ladder and our stupid foundations Ugh!

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Our east boundry is still not levelled out.  We just haven’t had time to play in the sandpit.

The windows don’t look that high but I’m only 5+ foot tall and because the ground is even lower to allow “ventilation” for the house around the concrete footing it makes them another half meter out of reach.


I even got that long high window! Hard work!

While I’m round there I remember I want to order some massive pavers to keep our bins ontop of, they’re a right pain rolling over sand.

I’ve set up all our tables/seats ready for Eater lunch tomorrow.


Finally! Blu Tackd up these letters I brought second hand while we were building the house


Finally found somewhere to hang this gorgeous mirror!, Banged that hook in with my rolling pin 😉


Mark won’t be impressed.  I didn’t use his beam scanner lol so he’s gonna have to re-do this.  Maybe

At least I’ve stopped using no-more-nails to glue everything to the walls 🙂

Vee x