Archive for November, 2007

…my two front teeth

only five minutes after the last post, look what happened….

two teeth in one day

oh, you’ve been waiting soooooo long for this!

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all I want for Christmas….

is to lose another tooth!

I lost my first tooth last night when I was coming back from the toilet when I’d woken up and needed to go. I was pushing my tooth with my tongue from the back and it fell out. The tooth that is beside it is nearly coming out too. I can push it forwards with my tongue.” by L7

Too bad the adult teeth are popping up and preventing a real toofless foto!
Do you see lots of orthodontic dollars there?

creation journal

Look what we’ve done!

The Dangerous Boys’ Weekend


DANGER DANGER DANGER DANGER DANGER DANGER DANGER DANGER  

Once K10, L7 and the Eds got to the bach at Lake Rotoiti they unpacked the car and started to skid on the go-cart on the loose gravel in the rain. They got sopped. That night after lighting a huge bonfire, they went to see some glow-worms in a nearby cave. Bedtime wasn’t till after 10.30pm.    

The next morning after J11 (author of this post), Dad and Grandpa arrived we all went to a freshwater stream that runs under the road, which goes into Lake Rotoiti.

After we carried the kayaks to the river, we had turns at going under the road. Dad made all six of us boys get on one kayak for a photo. Before we managed to get the nose of the kayak into the tunnel one side went up against the top of the wall & JE12’s leg got stuck between the wall and the kayak, the very strong current of the water squashing his leg.

Once we had had lunch we had a rugby match that lasted for 40 minutes. Then we gathered a full trailerload of large pieces of wood for the bonfire.

With the bonfire preparations complete, we went walking in the bush by one of the lakes and found a little bay. Upon discovering some good skipping stones, we just had to have a wee competition. Dad A made the record: 15 skips.

We returned to the bach to cut up the big bits of wood & light the fire and put some potatoes in the ashes. Not too much wood though – so that the potatoes would not burn. After dinner we made the fire enormous. Huge. Gigantic. At least twice as high as the men. When it darkened we roasted marshmallows. YUM.

The next morning we swam & jumped off the jetty before breakfast. It is very refreshing to swim before breakfast.

But that wasn’t enough activity for the day. There was another bushwalk in store. You should see the tree we came across:

 It took all the kids and three adults to stretch around the tree!

That afternoon we sailed the boats after dismantling the tents.

             

Then we left.

It was a really fun weekend & we loved having the grandparents with us too.

   

Competition: guess what we were doing in this photo!

The GIRLS’ weekend

   by K8 and J13

This last weekend has been very exciting for everyone. The big boys went away with the E boys to their bach, while the E girls came to our house for the weekend!!!

On Saturday Mrs E dropped off E10 and A2 at our house and then went out for a quiet day by herself. 

The E’s had brought some melting moments, which had not been iced so M5, T3 and A2 iced and sprinkled all these biscuits!…

…while J13, K8 and E10 made chocolate lollipops for when the boys came home…

…lunch time (20°C in the sun!!)…

…when the little kids were resting Mum, J13, E10, K8 and M5 made some really cool bracelets…

…it was so warm and the pool looked sooo inviting that we just had to jump in. (The water was 21°c)……around about this point Mrs E turned up and we had one of the best dinners you could ever have: Chicken breasts stuffed with camembert cheese and bacon served on noodles with apricot sauce and veges……out to Piha to eat ice-creams and watch the sun set. The sun looked wonderful just as it was setting with waves breaking in front of it!!……back to our house to bed…….we all slept in on Sunday, then had bacon and eggs cooked by M5 on the BBQ…

…if you’ve ever been to the Olympic Park you’ll know how fun it is, and you’ll also know the spinning-bucket-seat-kind-of-thing (excuse the vague description). T3 and M5 both went on it so fast and for so long that they had to lie down, because they felt sick. They desperately did not want to stop, but they were almost green.

 ……back at home we had a tea party complete with asparagus rolls, cucumber sandwiches, scones, oranges, biscuits, marshmallows, chocolates and tea.

…..in the afternoon we had another round of bracelet making and swimming in the middle of which we all drank hot chocolate to warm us up.

Thanks to the Es for a fantastic weekend.

bamboostle

bamboostle: bamboo + whistle
made by J13

                  PAN PIPES!
I was inspired to make a set after Mum started reading to us all “Secret Of The Andes”, in which a minstrel plays the pan pipes. Additionally, the bamboo which I had originally picked for arrows was too fat for that purpose, but it was just perfect for pan pipes.

Mathematician in the Making

M5 is going through a very mathsy stage! Every morning before breakfast while the porridge is cooking the children read their Bibles. For the past more-than-a-week M5 has leafed through his Bible, stopping at every single page to either read the number that is printed on the bottom of the page or to state what it should be if there’s a picture in the way…..all the way through to 223 or so each day.
During read-aloud time he can usually be found counting the number of items in his chosen basket or tin of things to play with. And once he’s done with counting them, they tend to get arranged according to some criteria he determines – usually by size or colour or shape.
Then there’s the snakes-n-ladders games he plays over and over and over….and when noone will play yet another game with him he plays against himself! For a change, he convinces someone to join him at Monoploy. Or Mancala.