Tuesday, February 18, 2014

ba hum bug


  • So finally after a couple of years of this blogging thing...I have finally have to write the words I hate reading on other peoples blogs..."hello poor neglected blog"
  • I'm not going to say I told you so...but I will... instagram has killed the blog mojo. I knew it would happen...I saw other bloggers fall into  instagrams miry dark underworld. A place where friendships soar over a picture of a cup of coffee and followers are gained from a hipstamatic picture of pink neon nails. Curse you instagram and your ease of use. Your ability to fill my time in line at the coffee shop as I scroll through endless pictures and comments and short descriptions, simultaneously placing me and other strangers connected by the same hash tag in real time some where, some place. Interconnected and scrolling. Scrolling, scrolling, scrolling. Curse you little heart that quickly informs the instagramer that I have indeed seen their picture and have decided to 'like it". And curse you little heart that make me want my pictures to have many hearts also. *waves fist*
  • If only blogger could figure out a way to be easier to use on the iPhone...or at least figure out a way to leave comments on other peoples blogs from the iPhone/Android. Unless you have already figured it out...please share with it with me! Until then reading blogs and commenting while on the go will remain a mystery to me. 
  • On a lighter note. I watched Pitch Perfect again recently, and I cannot get the songs out of my head! I think I might get the DVD version. I think it is going to have to be a "I'm having a bad day" movie pick me up. SO far my current bad day pick me up movie is "50 first dates". Oh I love that movie. 
  • So we are back into some semblance of a school routine. Except for today. I'm bunking Mainly Music. Been working the last 4 days with this afternoon to come, and I'm kinda tired. Clapping and pretending to enjoy myself so that Mr Zak zak will finally show some enthusiasm for it was not on my agenda today. Honestly why I force it, I don't know. Maybe its the coffee and the cake for the grown ups and a natter with a friend that keeps me going. We are  having a quiet morning  instead.  
  • On the first day of school Joe had his bags packed, lunch made and was ready to go to school at 7am...only a cool hour and half before necessary. I'm glad he loves school so much. Miss Joy couldn't wait to see her friends again too. It seemed like a really long summer holiday...7 weeks! 
  • Although I must say we did squeeze in a few adventures....
  • These two gorgeous monkeys entered into their first real sporting event. Both were rather apprehensive but gave all their athletic events a good go. Over 1000 young children aged 7-14 descended on Whangarei early in January for the North Island champs. What dedication these parents and children have! And I was so proud of Miss Joy who managed to get a gold medal with her mixed medley relay team. Initially she didn't even want to compete in this event! SO pleased we encouraged her to fulfill her potential! Well done my girl! Joe won himself a few ribbons for his troubles. 




  • Exploring:  So there's this one museum we walk past on a weekly basis in our city..The Claphams Clock Museum but we had never been to it. One day on a rare occasion when we were all together we rather spontaneously decided to do it. And we really enjoyed it! The cuckcoo clocks were our favorite. I highly recommend going when the tour is on. The lady was quite knowledgeable and gets to touch the clocks and set them off together.  Zak Zak was a good boy for the most part and kept his hands in his pockets under my instruction. He did try sneaking through the barriers a few times though!




  • Off the beaten track:  SO we have been to Auckland so many times and done all the usual kiddie things.  I thought this time we would try some different activities. I saw the ad for the Maize Maze. I googled and decided we would try it. We were staying in the area for it so it worked out well. It was super creepy driving in to the place. It is situated where the "Spookers" attraction is at an old mental health hospital. Its all abandoned, derelict and creepy as!!



{creepy place}







  • The three year old was pretty over it quite quickly stating every few minutes "I want to get out of here". Dadda found another family who were losing their way a bit...and suddenly it was on! Us against them....who could get out alive first! They beat us by a narrow margin...only because we got stuck behind their push chair...Ha! Ice blocks all around afterwards. It was super hot and only 10am. Great fun for the family. 



  • The Next day we thought we would join half of Auckland at the Pukekohe race track to watch the Colour Race. Major traffic jam getting there...but I managed to direct us through a few back roads. A friend was doing it...but do you think I could find her any where!? Needle in a haystack. We all decided we would be back next year to compete in it our selves. It looked like so much fun. 







  • And on the way home we decided to take the scenic route home through Mangawhai...a bit of detour...but the coastal route home. We stopped off at the Bennetts Chocolate Factory for some goodies! And found a couple of fun play grounds for the kids to explore too. 




{The glee of an inward facing swing set}


{mmm Chocolate...}


{ Mangawhai }

Mandatory Selfie...otherwise who would even know I was on this trip!

I've decided...its fun exploring with this lot...and may there be many more adventures to come. 

12 comments:

A little bit country said...

Great pics, looks like you have had a wonderful time. As for Instagram, I love the look of the photos but I went mobile free about three years ago. I'm trying to resist it for a little longer but friends and "him indoors" wants me to be more contactable.........we will see. Elaina xo

widge t said...

awww JackstaB I love ya! if this post was an instagram pic I'd totally heart it like 1758 times

PaisleyJade said...

I'm a slacker at commenting on blogs now - just like them on bliglovin! (except your of course ;)

PaisleyJade said...

Whoops! Bloglovin!

Cat said...

Commenting from my iPhone and sending you a heart ❤️

Curious Runner said...

Super fun adventures by the looks!! And I'm totally with you on the instagram thing... My blog is mega neglected of late!

Simoney said...

Love your thoughts on blogging and totally agree with you about Instagram. It's just so easy and enjoyable... blogger, are you taking notes???!!!

Meghan M said...

I know I already commented on Instagram but I still love the ability to really write from the heart on here without worrying about it taking up the whole darn screen! And when I love a post, I always save it in my Feedly reader app so I can come back to it later - like yours! We did a maize maze last year and enjoyed it but I think we walked way further than I expected - it's a bit hard on the little people!

That colour run looks so much fun - I'd definitely consider doing it if we could find one close enough to do. And that's a very cool shot of you in that last pic - like it a lot!

xx Meg

Renee said...

Fun times!! I don't even have the excuse of instagram, my blogs just plain old neglected! That maize maze looks like fun!! (I've also just tried to convince Hubby that he needs to make us one of those neat swing sets!!

Jenny said...

Always enjoy reading what you have to say :o) I can't believe how much blogging has changed during the couple of years I took a break from it. It's not the same anymore at all - my guess is interest will fade almost completely as more popular technology comes along! I would love to be on Instagram but am smartphone-less because the plans are SO expensive here in the States per month and we can't justify it. So, will just have to continue to make do with my sad little flip phone... sigh and keep reading blogs from my PC :o)

Leonie Kiwiatheart said...

I agree about commenting from the phone!! I hardly ever turn the computer on these days (lack of time) but flicking through IG is so easy...<3

Bron said...

Awesome mini adventures....we visited the clock shop last year while we were in no but was too late to take in the tour.
Inwards swings could do your head in but does look fun. X