Sunday, November 28, 2010

Show Week

Another Show Week begins, Seussical is the show and we are in theatre from today.  Busy week for the kids (and me) with dress rehearsals, technical rehearsals and about 8 shows to perform.

Had a great weekend, the kids had rehearsals Saturday & Sunday afternoon so Gary & I managed to get some Christmas shopping done and we FINALLY put in the applications to join the RSA and lay byed Samysons school uniform for next year.

Today I emailed Siobhans birth certificate to the intermediate because we lost her old one & they can't complete her enrolment if they don't have one. I phoned & courts & finally paid my parking fine. During the weekend I will sit down & work out what final bits of Christmas shopping we need to do and hopefully finish it in the next couple of weeks AND get the stuff wrapped.

We have to get all the camping gear out & check it all and make sure it is all OK & pack it into the trailer, need to decide what we are having for Christmas lunch with the Kemps & plan the shopping cooking etc.

Hmm only minor panics, I guess I had better make a nice big list of stuff to get on & attack it.

Gary just phoned to say the vacuum cleaner packed up & he can't fix it - oh crap, I can't afford to buy another one - see above Christmas presents, school uniform & parking fine!!!!!!!

Oh well.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Home Sweet Home

I had a lovely time in Christchurch with Mum & Dad, it was very relaxing (although did seem to involve a lot of food & alcohol).

Had a couple of meals out and I even managed to take Mum to lunch at Sweethearts at Berry fields where I got married, it was a lovely sunny day and we sat outside and had a glass of wine (of course) and a yummy lunch.

Heaps of shopping (I didn't spend TOO much).

I only felt 2 earthquake aftershocks that I know of and was surprised there were probably 20 or so while I was there. I thought I would feel every little movement so I was quite pleased it was not as unnerving as I expected. Mum said a lot of people are still really jumpy which is no surprise.

On Sunday after lunch (before ice cream, afternoon drinks & then dinner) Dad took me on a tiki tour of some of the worst earthquake damaged areas.  It was quite sad to see especially the empty houses. We drove past our old place in New Brighton Rd, Mum said she had seen some cracking on the games room/garage wall but when I looked from the other side, it had been red stickered I think (may have been orange) but either way I think it will end up being pulled down. Part of the house was over 120 years old.

The family coped perfectly fine without me, I did miss Samysons band in the Battle of the Band heats which was a bummer, Gary said he was really good. They took Taryn with them since she had been helping in our garden on Saturday. I can buy the DVD of the heat so I guess I will have to do that. Unfortunately  they did not win although one of their guitarist got most compelling performance. Samyson reckons they actually gave it to the wrong one as both the boys look similar and the one who got it wasn't actually really doing much :-)

Samysons friend from NYTC Sam Verlinden got best vocal - no surprises there he is a fantastic wee singer, plus most of the bands had been together rehearsing for months rather than the 2 or 3 weeks ours had.

Back home & I have been flat out, Friday night we all went to Rocky Horror on stage, it was awesome & the kids loved it (thankfully some of the more salubrious moments went totally over Siobhans head). Saturday they kids had costume fittings for Seussical and then we took them to Waikaraka Park Speedway for the fireworks - awesome awesome display. Ended coming home earlier than anticipated as they had a problem with the lights and had to cancel the rest of the racing.

Sunday Siobhan was in the Glenfield Santa parade so I dropped her off then went & helped out on the school cake stall for a few hours, took Samyson to rehearsal as he had to be there at 1 & then got back to the park for Siobhans aerobics group post parade performance.

Back to work today so it will take a few days (or weeks) to catch up.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Home for a holiday

I am off to Christchurch tomorrow to stay with my parents for a week.

Gary is going to be looking after the kids YAY!!!!

I am looking forward to the break although I don't know why but visiting with Mum & Dad always makes me feel like a kid again. Siobhan has already had tears this morning because she will miss me.

Hopefully I can get a bit of computer time otherwise I am going to have a heap of blogs (and TV shows) to catch up on when I get back.