Caleb has joined the Year 5/6 TCS basketball team this term - aptly named TCS Soldiers (I was left to make the executive decision on choice of name when I registered the team...the joys and privileges of working in the school office, ha). They had their first game this Tuesday and although they were creamed by a much bigger and taller team, they played pretty well. Will be interesting to see how the team shapes up over the course of the season.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Nick set to the boys to work in the garden this morning with some tidying up needing doing before he could mow the lawns. I tidied the house as per the usual Saturday story; in the afternoon we took the boys to Caroline Bay for a bit of a treat; the sun was out which was a treat in itself, but what a great day to be outside for a while enjoying the fresh air. You know when you've been sun-deprived when seeing your own shadow is a novelty!
Friday, August 24, 2012
The staff were starting to feel a little 'mid-termish' - run down, tired and in need of cheer. Two of the *younger* staffers decided that a Fun Day was in order, and so, with Principal's Approval, they organized a day of dress-up and house group challenges. The kids had to wear their house colours (red, blue, green or yellow) and dress back-to-front and inside-out; all the staff were neutral and wore all the colours - we looked marvellous!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
We know some pretty awesome people, but there aren't many with such awesomeness who graciously accept an invitation to host 12 people at their house for lunch with absolutely no warning...the Clevelys and Phillipses descended upon the Bothas for pancakes - some quick joint planning on who was bringing eggs and flour and mince and stewed apples was all that was needed, and then about an hour for Andreas to stand over his two pannekoek panne to produce a stack of deliciousness. Dannica played YouTube DJ while Caleb introduced Jayden to chess. Thanks, Bothas - a pleasure as always ;)
Saturday, August 18, 2012
During winter when activities are mostly indoors, it's easy to forget that we actually live right at the coast. I found myself being pleasantly surprised at the rolling waves and colour of the ocean when I delivered Aaron and his bicycle to Patiti Point to meet up with Nick and Caleb and two others who had already cycled the 6 kms from home. Aaron had been subbed onto a soccer team early morning and arrived home just as Nick was leaving here. He was gutted to miss the outing, so it was great that he could still join in from the other side. It was a gorgeous day, finally, after all the rain - well, for at least an hour or two anyway before the clouds rolled in again!
Friday, August 17, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Thursday, August 09, 2012
And the rain continues...Timaru actually had flooded areas during the 47 mm of rainfall yesterday, with road closures and impassable fiords. We had our own mini-flood right outside my office window at school; kids were delighted at the new area to paddle in and so we witnessed stockinged feet and school shoes wading ankle deep through the freezing water. Needless to say the owners of the feet were severely told off! Today the sun came out for a few hours and we were thrilled at the respite. Not quite enough to dry up all the water, but oh the blue skies were so wonderful! The clouds were back in the afternoon and evening.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
The weather has been less than delicious at the moment; lots of rain and grey which has kept the boys inside after school. Lego has come to the fore again - mostly intentionally but I think on this particular occasion Caleb bumped over an open container full of bits and pieces; they designed a crane to help with the clean-up!
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Saturday, August 04, 2012
The end of July and beginning of August have been a wasteland of birthdays - among others it was Liz's birthday yesterday and Grant's today; a piano full of pebbles was waiting for Grant at music practice, but all Liz got was our presence at a special come-and-watch-Olympics-on-the-new-TV evening.
Friday, August 03, 2012
...and down again. And thus the day was spent for the boys, being towed up and whooshing down the beginner slope.