Thursday, 22 December 2011

Well Christmas has rocked its way back around again, and boy…on reflection “What a year!”.  Ours has been so jam-packed with things to attend/do that the time surely has flown. 
But again, we reflect and we are very thankful for what has been, thankful for a family full of love, and laughter.  We are thankful for those that we had in our lives even though this year they have been taken from us.  We are thankful that we live in a country that’s not living in a constant and REAL war.  We are thankful that we have a roof over our heads…it may not be the flashest pad in the world, but its OURS… I am thankful for a husband who is supportive, loving and caring, who works hard for our family and who puts us first!  I am thankful for a caring and loving son who loves so very fully that it makes my eyes tear up just thinking about it.  I am thankful for a little firecracker of a daughter who knows how to push all of my buttons…and then with one cheeky smile can erase all the grumpiness she’s just caused!  I’m thankful for the most wonderful Mum and Dad I could ever have wished for. And I’m thankful for all the lessons (good and bad) that I have learnt this year. Most of all I’m thankful that unto us…a saviour was born..and that when we celebrate Christmas, that for our family it’s not all about Santa….yes, we do have a “santa” pressie, and visit etc (I know some Christians just would NOT ever entertain that idea…but hey we do)… The main reason for Christmas is to celebrate CHRIST. J

I apologise for those of you who have put up with my very sporadic blogging this year…. I will definitely try a lot harder next year!  (I think I say that every single year don’t I?).  It has been wonderful meeting a lot of you fellow-bloggers in person this year… roll on next year, lets do some more meet-ups and gatherings! 
I want to wish you all a very Happy, lovely and safe Christmas and New Years.  Gods richest blessings to each and every one of you xxxx

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Christmassy times

Our view from the stage

Before I start...I wanna say thanks to Nadia, Rach and Kyle for the photos I've pinched for this blog!... ((heehee)).

Well. We (Kurfew)  had the pleasure of playing a gig at the Whangarei Christmas Festival this year.  Opening for Hello Sailor, and generally just having some fun doing what we enjoy doing.  We got to rock around the Christmas tree with Mr Claus, and it was fun!.

The crowd was a little timid at first, but we had to remember this wasn't our usual pub gig where the crowd are already "fuelled" with a nip or two, and raring to go from the start.... this was a family affair, and needed a little time to crank up!  But crank up it finally did!  Woohoo. 

The crowd
Was great to see some friendly and familiar faces there among the crowd.  Maungatapere locals up and dancing (yeah Maungatapere).. even some friends/family from Kaitaia!! 

Merry Christmas y'all  ... xxx

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

I LUV online (grocery) shopping!

Oh man.  Have I told you how much happier of a Mum I am since doing all of my grocery shopping online?  I haven’t??  Well I certainly am!
Gone are the days of  “can I have this” “Can I have that” whinge, whine, moan, sulk…. Gone are the days of grumpy lil’ 2 year olds saying… “I want to go home…” or “Cuddle me Mummy” because I have been taking too long in the aisles.  Gone are the days of trying to just “rush in and rush out” and then bumping into at least 4 people each trip who I actually have to stop and have a talk to…(can’t just bump them off). 

Online shopping … How much I adore thee… How I have longed for you, long before I discovered you… and how I cannot live without thee any more!!  (a bit over the top and dramatic I know, but so so true!).

I don’t get my groceries delivered as it costs an extra $25 odd dollars, so for an extra $3, I just pick up between a specified time…(or hubby picks them up after work).  I like to write our personal shopper a little note when ordering online like “Thanks for being my hands today and picking all my goodies out” and every single time I get a really nice handwritten note on my receipt like “you’re so welcome…have a great week/weekend” etc … It’s a really nice personal touch!

If you don’t already do it, I would totally recommend it… particularly good when you have visitors coming and the cupboards are empty, but you have other engagements the next day and can’t go shopping (like in person).  You can go to your appointment/engagement, and then just pick up your groceries…shoot home and unpack!! PERFECT!!  Also perfect when you have kids who cringe when they see you pull in to the supermarket carpark (both of mine do this!!).

I love too, that you can save certain lists… I have a “big shop” list and a “in between shops standard list with all our regularly required items on it and other little lists like “school luch top up”  “birthdays/celebrations” list with lots of goodies and fattening sugary cavity making food!!! Lol.

Anyway!!… That’s me, a little less stressed these days and happier, and definitely with happier kids because of it!! ;)

Happy shopping everyone!

Sunday, 4 December 2011

How would YOU react?

With all the media attention lately on the Mum (Mellissa Anderson) who was arrested after slapping her daughters bullies, I have been thinking about it a lot, and how I would react were it one of my children who were on the receiving end of first the bullying and then the slapping.

I am a very over-protective Mum, which in some circumstances can be a good thing, and other times not so good.  But the fierce protective nature overcomes me when it comes to things being unfairly done to my kids.  I can honestly say, were I in the same situation as Mellissa, I too would have had a fair whack at those bullies. 

Now I’ve mulled this whole topic over a fair bit with friends/family members, and of course there have been the (very few) who come out with the “well, we should be adult enough to work through the situation in an adult manner, and without resorting to violence”  Um. While that might be nice in theory, please show me some caring parent who would be able to sit on their hands after seeing their childs face bruised, bloodied and battered??!!  Seriously, I would LOVE to be able to say… “Oh yes, come on now..that was uncalled for”… but in actual fact, I KNOW my reaction would be to want to throttle the little beggas who laid their hands on my kids! All reason and niceties would go out the window!  Another friend said, “Oh I would understand it if a parent reacted to some REAL bullying, but not that”… Not that??? NOT THAT?  Please tell me what is REAL bullying?  This kids face was bruised, swollen, bleeding and violated! What part of that is not REAL bullying.  Since that comment, my “friend” has realized what she said was just ridiculous and has retracted it super fast.  (of course my reactional outburst at it probably gave her a push in that direction) haha.

So… that’s how I would react were it to happen to one of my kids.  What then, would I do, if it were one of my children who had beaten up another child, and in return their parent had had a crack at my kids?  To be very honest with you……. I would probably want to give them a good slapping myself! 

I certainly would make them accountable for their actions and make them face the repercussions of what they’d done.  I would do my best to make them see how awful it had been for that person they’d picked on, and how it has affected them…….hoping that that in itself would make them remorseful. 

Anyway it really annoyed me that this Mum had to be arrested.  The police were right there when she slapped the girl, she wasn’t in any danger with them right there.. but the mother just wanted to get her point across!  

So…I’m really interested now… how would YOU react?  I’m sure there are many of you out there who are way more “controlled” than I ever would be …. I’d love to hear it!!  J