Sunday, 30 March 2014

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

100 Days of Happiness - Day 22

I have been looking for a decent choc chip cookie recipe. I wanted a flat, chewy kind. Sort of like the cookies from Subway.
I feel like I won some kind of victory with this recipe.It definitely made my day.
The recipe is actually the Nestle Toll house recipe but has a few adjustments.

Choc-chip Cookies


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups Choc Chips


PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. 

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Auron You're THREE!

100 Days of Happiness - Day 22

To My Auron,

Today is your 3rd birthday. What a wonderful gift you are too me. You are my first baby, you made me a mummy. I am so thankful that Heavenly Father chose me to to raise you. I am so proud of the amazing person you are growing into.

Auron I love you more than you will ever know. I love the way you care for Lili. I hope that as you grow that you will find comfort and strength in the special relationship you have. Thank you for protecting her like a brother should. It brings peace to me knowing that you love and adore her.

I love to listen to you pray. It's adorable. I love to hear you praying about all those special things in your life, which at the moment mainly include Spiderman and Ben 10 and Minions. My prayer is that you will continue to build a relationship with your Saviour and that prayer will become a source of strength and power for you as it is for me. I promise I will do all I can to help you to come to know your Father in Heaven and to know his gospel that you may learn his plan for you.

Sometimes it is hard for me to see you growing up. Part of me wants to keep you as that little baby I held 3 years go. That gorgeous baby with beautiful blue eyes and such kissable lips. I know that there is so much waiting for you to learn and discover. There are adventures for you to have and trials to face. I know that you will be amazing because you already are.

Now that you are talking lots it is hilarious to hear what is actually going on inside of the little head of yours. I think its funny seeing you go through you bedtime routine. Each night you "need" to take the white drink bottle (no other drink bottle is good enough) your bag from Nanny Teri, your gumboots and whatever your favourite toy of the day is to bed with you. I think the funniest part is taking your gumboots to bed.

Thank you for giving me the wonderful blessing of motherhood and bringing such joy to my life. Happy Birthday my baby Pukeko.

Love Mummy

My dear son Auron,
What a handsome charming little boy you are. Just like me heh heh.
I love your happy little smile, and your cheeky grin makes it hard to be annoyed with you when you're getting up to mischief (which is rather often). I know you will grow up to be a sweet and kind young man. You're already on your way with the help and hard work of your lovely mother. You can be such a good big brother too. . .sometimes.
Anyway, your Mother and I love you so very much.
Happy Birthday Auron,
Love, Dad

Friday, 28 March 2014

A Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine

100 Days of Happiness - Day 21

This morning started early as we left home at 7:30 to drive an hour or so away to go on our adventure with Thomas himself. The train station is located out in the hills on not too far out of Melbourne. Once we left the freeway and started to wind out way through the hills the drive was really really beautiful. It was all misty and the road wound its way through wonderful forests of trees.

Once we arrived at the station we saw the train getting ready for all his passengers. Unfortunately Thomas was a bit sick and Percy pulled the train instead. Thomas did come out to visit though and was there to play his role in the pantomime that was put on for the kids. Auron was SO excited when he saw Thomas coming up the tracks. We hadn't told him where we were going so it was a big surprise for him. We went on a 20 mins steam train ride, pulled by Percy and Diesel.

The train ride was followed by the Bouncy Castle,and the petting farm where they animals were unbelievable friendly. We took Auron to the Thomas shop where he choose a special toy for his birthday. He spent a good deal of time playing with it on the wooden tracks they had set up. We finished the event with facepainting. Lili was not too impressed by the whole day at all, oh well you can't please everyone.

It was so special to do something fun like this as a family. I know Auron had an amazing time. The whole event is run by volunteers. They all get right into character and make it a real special day for everyone.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Being Happy With Less

100 Days of Happiness - Day 20

Today I spend 2 hours cleaning out the kids toy corner. They have a 50L green bin with a lid to keep most of their toys in. My rule is once the lid can no longer fit on the bin then it's time to clean it out. Auron helped me tip the bin out and we went through it's contents. I doubt the toys at the bottom had seen the light of day for a few months now. I had Auron find all his cars and put them in a container. I tried to get Lili to find all the blocks but she was more interested in throwing them around the room....sigh, guess I can't expect too much of a 1 year old. About a third of the toys had lived out their days and were thrown in the trash, another third went to live in their proper homes...the bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms etc. That left about a third of the toys in the green bin. The lid closed perfectly with enough room for future toys.

There was a time that I worried and felt like a bad mum because my kids didn't and probably never would have a lot of toys.We have all been to, or seen houses where the kids have a whole room full of toys. I used to be jealous of those people and think how lucky those kids must be. I would feel a sudden rush of anxiety if they were going to visit my house and see the "lack" of stuff my children had. Would they think I was a bad mother? or feel sorry for my children? Think that they were deprived? It took a lot of self examination and prayer to become comfortable with "not caring what others thought"

I think so often we worry about what others think of us when in reality they probably don't care or notice as much as we think they do. My children don't have boundless amounts of toys because I don't think they need them. I know what they enjoy and what helps nurture their creativity and imagination and I will purchase toys or activities with that in mind. I don't buy toys for the sake of buying them. It's a waste of money.

So after we had finished cleaning out the toys I didn't feel a twinge of guilt as I looked at the 'minimal' amount of toys that remained like I have in the past. I know that they are toys that my kids love and play with. Yep that was my happy moment for today.

Auron and a few of his favourite toys today....all McDonalds toys, go figure. 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Do I Really Want to be Alone?

100 Days of Happiness - Day 19

Aarahi is still home sick from work today but, he will be back tomorrow. He was my hero today and folded all the washing...remember I hate folding washing.

We did the groceries this morning and then he and Auron went home and Lili and I stayed to shop for a present for Auron's birthday this weekend. We don't tend to do lots of presents for birthdays. Usually it is one or two little things. I think the money is much better spent on doing something fun together as a family that, that child would really enjoy. With that in mind on Saturday we will be heading out to ride the "real" life size Thomas the Tank Engine. They also have face painting, an animal nursery and other cool things included in the price. We will probably have Auron's favourite Subway for lunch that day.

Today I got the pleasure of doing a bit of shopping "alone" well kind of. Lili was asleep. Aarahi offered to take both the kids home after groceries but the idea of being totally ALONE did not appeal to me. I have never had an issue with being alone, shopping alone, eating alone etc but now that I have kids and have pretty much not ever been on my own for the last 3 years the thought of being alone now makes me really uncomfortable. So, I took Lili with me and she slept most of the time, I ate my lunch in peace, shopped in peace. It was a good compromise. When she woke up I let her help me pick some new boots for her. She looks adorable.

We caught the bus home. Lili had lost her lollipop which I noticed was stuck to her shoulder I quickly pulled it off to give back to her. All of the sudden she was screaming the place down, and I realised it had actually been stuck in her hair and she was now holding a hair covered lollipop. Poor kid.

My little Auron and Me the day after he was born. 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

How to Make a Water Pillow

100 Days of Happiness - Day 19

Lili had the worst nights sleep in months last night, which meant so did I. She's been grumpy all day, nothing seems to make her happy. We got up at 6am ughhh that's like 2 hours too early for this house. I found a note taped to the bedroom door ( I was sleeping in the kids room last night) saying that Aarahi had come home from work because he wasn't well and had gone back to bed. I felt sad that he was sick but also happy that he was home!. I went to see how he was feeling and he was much better thankfully.

I thought since it was such a nice day that my wonderful darling and I would do a project together since he was feeling better. I had seen a few tutorials on how to make a water pillow. They looked like heaps of fun and pretty cheap and easy to make. I took what I thought were the best parts of the tutorials I had read and did it my own way.

I loved working on a project together. We are quite opposite to each other in the way that we work. I'm more work fast fast fast and it doesn't have to look perfect, Aarahi is more, go slow and have it look perfect.

So here'
s how you make it:

Water Pillow


2 meters of plastic
Hair straightener 
Baking paper
Duct Tape
Food colouring 


    Fold the plastic in half. Making it as smooth and even as possible. It's a little tricky and the plastic will want to stick to itself

    Fold a piece of baking paper in half and place the edge of the plastic between it. 

    Clamp down the hair straightener over the baking paper slowly running it along it to melt the plastic.
    Allow to cool for a few seconds and move the paper along the plastic.

    Repeat until you have melted all three sides together (the folded side doesn't need melting). Leave a small gap enough to fit your hose nozzle through. 

    To add extra protection against leaks, use duct tape to cover the melted edges.

    Take outside and position on a flat surface.

     Add about 1 tablespoon off food colouring in the opening 

    Fill with water, trying to avoid air bubbles. (if the do appear just gently try to push them out, a few is ok but you don't want a huge one)

    Remove the hose and seal the opening with duct tape


    My kids took a little while to really get into it. Lili was very apprehensive but in the end she probably loved it the most. It is pretty sturdy, it handled a great deal of jumping on and even I had a turn. No leaks.

    Monday, 24 March 2014

    Out with the Old and in with the New

    100 Days of Happiness - Day 18

    Today I forced myself to do another of my most hated jobs. I cleaned out all my clothes. It had come to the point where I was just stacking clothes on top of the drawers because there was no room in the drawers for them...and because I'm lazy. My husband has been telling me for the last few months I should clean them out each time I complained of not being able to find a particular item of clothing. His drawers on the other hand are pretty immaculate, organised and everything. I actually did it for him but he is MUCH better at keeping it that way than I am.

    So this morning while the kids were busy playing in (destroying) the living room I tipped out every draw and went through every single item of clothing I own. I folded every thing up then went through deciding what was going on to a new life in someone else's closet, what was too horrible or stained to be saved and needed to go in the trash and which items were the lucky ones that got to stay. In the end I think I have only ended up with about half of what I started with.

    I later rewarded my efforts with a bit of online shopping. Thanks to my clean out I actually knew what I needed to buy. I love online shopping. You get the excitement when you buy it then even more excitement when it arrives at the door. I never buy anything full price and true to form the clothes I bought were 70% off. Always love a bargain.

    Although I hated the whole process of cleaning out my clothes the end product was a great moment of happiness. And the kids destroying the living room? it wasn't anything a quick vacuum couldn't fix.

    Look the last time I sorted clothes was when Auron was just a baby!

    Sunday, 23 March 2014

    Quick and Easy Cinnamon Rolls

    100 Days of Happiness - Day 17

    We all just woke up from the longest 'family nap' ever! I think most of us will be up quite late tonight, but it was totally worth it. As you can tell today has been rather slow and relaxing, which is nice after a hectic weekend. This morning I started some Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner tonight, made from fresh chicken broth. That's always the best don't you think? It's definitely a soup kind of night tonight, we are finally getting our first taste of winter and LOVING it!

    You may have thought a long nap would have been the happiest part of the day so far. Although it was great and all, it wasn't as good as these Cinnamon Rolls. The recipe actually calls for adding in rum but I left that out, it's up to you. I loved how quick these were to make up. Aarahi called to tell me he would be home early and these were just out of the oven when he arrived home 30mins later.

    Get the recipe HERE or just click the image...

    Saturday, 22 March 2014

    When Hard Times Befall Us

    100 Days of Happiness - Day 16

    Today I really really enjoyed a wonderful Sunday School lesson at church. If I am being completely honest Sunday school was usually the part of Sunday services that I often skipped... This is probably the first time since I was a teenager that I have actually gone to Sunday School wanting to be there. I had an awesome teacher when I was about 14 or so. I can't remember anything in particular that she taught me but I used to love her classes each week.

    The lesson today was based on the story of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers. I think what I got out of it the most is that sometimes bad things happen. It is not about what happens to us which will define us but how we react to the situation that will. Being sold by your brothers is a pretty horrific thing to have happen to you but yet Joseph chose to rise above it and was in the end a much loved and respected servant to his master Potipher and ultimately in the end a great leader in the land. How different would his life had been had he succumbed to the feelings of misery which surely would have been easier given the situation he was in?

    I spoke with my Nana earlier this week who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. The big 'C' word always stirs up big feelings in anyone. She is 81 years old. I know that there will come a time one day when she will no long be simply a phone call or a plane ride away. The thought of that is almost more than I can bear. My Nana is one of my closest friends, and biggest confidants. I spent a great deal of my childhood in her home, being loved and cared for by her. We are closer than most children are with their grandparents and share a bond that is quite difficult to explain simply because of the amount of time we have spent together. I know how I respond to this situation will determine my ability to cope with harder times which will surely come one day.

    Friday, 21 March 2014

    Where Do I Start?!

    100 Days of Happiness - Day 15

    Oh where to start?! Aarahi went into work this morning for a few hours. When he arrived home we had a delicious breakfast of waffles, fresh strawberries and ice cream. I love lazy weekend mornings when we can have a leisurely family breakfast like that. Saturday is usually the only day Aarahi gets to have breakfast with us (and usually I'm still in bed, because he's awesome and got up to watch cartoons with the kids).

    After breakfast we caught a train to the city. You know when you travel on public transport and there are crying, whining kids who wont sit on their chairs etc? yeah that wasn't us today. That's been us plenty of times but thankfully not today, they both just sat on the chair the entire ride with no complaints. Don't know how we managed to get so lucky.

    For our day out we used a voucher to have two games of bowling. I wish I could have gotten some decent photos but it was so dark inside and the phone camera just wasn't up to the job. My poor Aarahi just wasn't on his game today. So much so that I almost beat him, and that is saying something. (secretly the highlight of my day). Lili was getting tired and grumpy so put her in the pram with her baby doll, no complaints, straight to sleep. This day is awesome.

    Out to lunch, dumplings for me Mc Donalds for everyone else. Dumplings can always make my day. I'm sure they are full of MSG because I can't stop wanting more and more. Back on the train, and off home.

    Awesome day, tiring day. Now to enjoy a relaxing evening watching a movie and eating popcorn.

    I went to buy some clothes for Lili's baby and saw some PJ's just the same as Lili's for 80% off. I couldn't resist, too cute!

    Thursday, 20 March 2014

    A Date with a Almost 3 Year Old

    100 Days of Happiness - Day 14

    Everyday, multiple times a day, Auron asks if we can go to the park. Today I finally said yes. Oh ho

    w excited was he! I have never seen him get ready so fast in my life, he was even trying to rush Lili by shoving her arms in her cardigan must to her dislike.

     We spent a good hour there before Lili was falling asleep on the swings. That was a good time for us to race off for the Mummy and Auron Date I had planned for us.

    Once a month or so I try to take Auron out to do something special. Usually we go out and wait for Lili to be asleep and have a special lunch or ice cream then go look at toys. Today we had Subway and went to look for potential birthday presents. Auron loves the attention being completely devoted to him. I think it is important to make that time to get to know them better without anyone else around. It may not seem as important when they are so young but it does. If you put the time and effort in when they are young forming that strong relationship then it will be so much easier once they are older and you  are wanting and needing that relationship to be strong enough to weather the trials that will come.  I love our little dates, it was definitely the highlight of the day.

    I think I get more out of these little dates that he does at the moment. I love seeing his cute little personality. It always amazes me that he is mine, I wonder how we could have created this gorgeous child who is so funny and just make me smile every day. He also make me want to pull my hair out most days too!

    Talking about making me want to pull my hair out, yesterday he drew ALL OVER the wall in permanent marker. I tried everything, and I mean everything to try and get it off but nothing made a difference. I had concluded that we were going to have to paint the wall. Then I thought "what about hairspray?" Sprayed the hairspray all over it and it just disappeared before my eyes. No scrubbing required. Amazing. I must have heard that trick from somewhere because I am not naturally that creative.

    Wednesday, 19 March 2014

    To My Husband

    100 Days of Happiness - Day 13

    This morning I spent about an hour looking through our wedding photos. It seems like a life time ago now, it really wasn't though! I loved looking at the comments people had left. I laughed at how fat I thought I was back then....ahh my skinny days haha. Personally I think Aarahi looks better with a bit of meat on him, he begs to differ.

    I thought about the person I was back then. The past year had been an intense year for our family following the death of our father. An event which had led all of us children back to church. I did not expect to be finding my sweet husband that year but divine intervention was at play. Aarahi came into my life at precisely the right moment. I knew from the moment that we saw each other that we were who God and prepared for each other. I remember how fast my heart was racing as walked up to his front door. I was there to see his little brother but I knew he was there as he had just moved in to town to live with some of his siblings. The rest is pretty much history, within a few weeks we would be engaged and planning a wedding.

    I did not doubt for a moment my decision, and never have. The day we were married we still barely knew each other. But we knew where we stood on the important stuff and most of all we had included God in every step. We felt comfort and peace as we walked through the doors of the temple. The early days of our marriage were not easy, they were possibly some of the most trying times of my entire life. I struggled with horrible self esteem issues which consumed my thoughts almost constantly. My dear Aarahi show love, compassion and patience unlike none other. Out of our lowest lows came some of our highest highs.

    I love my husband with everything I have. He has been the biggest blessing in my life. He is humble enough to accept my many short comings. He is a man who honors his role and husband and father and goes well beyond what is to be expected of him. You will rarely hear him speaking unkindly of anyone. His faith and beliefs are not just something for Sunday or when his around other church goers it is something he lives each and every day. I love the way he knows me better than I know myself.

    I could never have imagined on my wedding day that it was possible to love some one more that I did on that day, yet each day my love for him continues to over flow. I truly am married to my best friend.

    Tuesday, 18 March 2014

    The Ordinary

    100 Days of Happiness - Day 12

    Nothing of spectacular note happened today. I cleaned the house, the kids messed up the house. We went for a walk to the shops to do a few errands and decided to pick up some treats from the bakery. Bad idea, everything we got was gross.

    Aarahi came home from work and bought us treats, that was my happy moment for the day. I love it when he brings us home something special. He is pretty much the master of all things treats.

    Lili also went down for her nap without me having to stand there telling her to lay down every 30secs. I think she was just really really really tired.

    My cousin Sarah and her little boys skyped us today which was awesome. Living so far away from family is hard so I am thankful for modern technology that helps us all stay in touch easily. I am especially thankful that my children are still able to develop relationships with their family back home. Skype really is a life saver. It was so cute but sad at the same time when both the little boys kept wanting to go to each others house. Hopefully one day soon we will live closer to each other.

    I can only imagine the mischief these 3 will be getting up to in the future. They are already trouble! 

    Poor Lili is the only girl grand-baby on my side. She can hold her own pretty well though. 

    Monday, 17 March 2014

    Becoming a Mummy

    100 Days of Happiness - Day 11

    What swelled mt heart today was watching my little Lili with her baby doll. She loves her baby and drags her everywhere with her. She makes sure her baby is tucked in with her at night and can often be found sitting quietly giving her baby cuddles with a blanket.

    I am thankful to see these nurturing instincts and character emerging in her already. I hope that as I continue to mother and nurture her that she will continue to grow in this way. Auron loves the baby too but not in the way that Lili does. Her prefers to have her sky diving off the couches.

    While the world is pushing and encouraging women to be career driven and children second I hope that my children, my daughters in particular will understand their role as a mother and a women of God. I want them to know that being a mother is not just an after thought. Children are a gift from God, and raising them is one of the biggest blessings you will ever receive. Being a mother should not come second to a career and travel and all those other things. I hope they know that as their mother, I simply love being their mother, I do not yearn to work outside the home or anything else. I want them to know that everyday I wake up living the life that I have always dreamed of.

    It has taken me a long time to become okay with being "just a mum". It has always been all I have wanted to do, but to constantly have people question the validity of it as a career has been hard. I have often thought "am I missing something?" or "am I supposed to be wanting something more that this?" So, now when people ask me "So when are you going to use that degree you worked so hard for?" or  "When are you going to give yourself a break and put the kids in day care a few days a week?" I can say without hesitation that, unless anything drastic changes I will be home with my children until my children are no longer home. I use my degree everyday and will continue too. It has given me skills beyond simply a knowledge of what my degree is in. You know what? sometimes I want a break for a few hours, but daycare is not the answer for our family. I know where God wants me, I know where my husband and I know where I want me, and honestly that is all that matters.

    Oh I also had an amazing nap with the kids our hut which is still up from the weekend! That made me pretty happy too. Too bad there was no room left for Aarahi when he got home from work, that would have made it even better.

    Sunday, 16 March 2014

    When Hard Work Pays Off

    100 Days of Happiness - Day 10

     Mondays are closely followed by Fridays as my favourite days of the week. Monday means baking day. I will usually spend the whole morning doing the baking for the week. By the time I've finished I've licked enough bowls that I don't really want to eat any of the finished products. My husband loves Mondays because of bake day, I'm glad he is so easy to please! Today we made banana cakeblueberry muffins and snicker doodles (these weren't that great).

    You know those times when you just feel like you are banging your head against the wall trying to instill in your children good character and good behavior? It seems like nothing at all is sinking in! Yep, well that is how I have been feeling lately. It takes so much effort and time and PATIENCE to not be a lazy parent and just let certain behaviors slide. I mean how many times am I going to have to tell Auron it is not ok to just snatch toys from his sister. Or teach Lili it is not ok to just rummage though the fridge at her leisure spilling yogurt and tinned peaches all over the floor?
    Today I may have seen a glimpse of the hard work Aarahi and I have put in or it may just be that my kids are simply just "having a good day".


    •  Instead of telling Lili to "go away" Auron said "excuse me please Lili" 
    • After playing with water in the sink Auron and Lili both got towels and wiped up all the water that had splashed on the floor. 
    • Every time I asked Auron to do something he replied with "yes Mum" we have been working hard on this one. 
    • Lili did not tip the milk out of her cereal bowl once she had finished. AMAZING! 
    • When I said "no more cookies" there were no tantrums (this is more Lili's thing, she's a true girl and loves to be overly dramatic) 
    Being a parent is HARD but it is the best kind of hard there is.

    Saturday, 15 March 2014

    Free at Last

    100 Days of Happiness - Day 9 

    My baby is growing up! Today she went to nursery for the first time by herself. There were no tears, and no tantrums. I am thankful for such a smooth transition for her (and me). I am thankful for the time I put in to slowly introducing her and making her feel comfortable over the last month so that she wouldn't freak out the moment I left her. When I picked her up at the end of church she was happy and the teachers said she had done well and it was good to have her there.
    No that Lili is in nursery I have my arms and mind free to enjoy my own sunday school classes which I have desperately missed while chasing Lili through the halls of the chapel each Sunday. Today was particulary special as I was able to enjoy the class with my lovely husband who is usually working in the office. It was a real treat for both of us. The lesson was pretty awesome too.

    The last 2 weeks or so I have seen this video popping up on my facebook newsfeed quite often and found it such to be such a wonderful message that I thought I would share it with you. It deals with bullying which is such a huge problem now. I'm sure we all have been affect by bullying in some shape or another. The pain is real like no other and the scars remain even when the bully has moved on. So as the video says "just stop it!"

    Friday, 14 March 2014

    I Survived!

    100 Days of Happiness - Day 8 

    Okay so my one true goal for this year was to get over my fear of driving and well...just get on with it. It took me all of last year to psych myself up to even the idea and thought of the whole driving thing. I'm not sure why I have such an irrational fear, I've never been in any crazy accidents or anything. Unless you count the time my mum didn't put my seatbelt on when I was little and a cat ran out in front of the car and my chin hit the dashboard and left a big dent. She's says im too young to remember but I remember it like it was yesterday, I'm obviously traumatised. In her defense we were only driving like 5 houses down the road.

    I started out this year by doing some driving while we were back in New Zealand. I come from a small city/town the biggest road only has 2 lanes. All the streets are wide and I know the roads like the back of my hand. I got my confidence up enough to drive here in Melbourne. Today I drove to the supermarket then took a detour on the way home just to practice. I ended up on one of the biggest roads in Melbourne. The was lane changing and everything going on and like 5 lanes on each side of the road. Well we made it home safe and sound and no one even honked their horn at me!

    Safe to say that was my happy moment of the day. I think I'm ready to take on the world now. My cousin and I are both learning to drive when we get a licenses to drive alone we are going out to dinner and driving ourselves...two cars because we are cool like that!

    We made out hunt today, it's awesome we may just sleep in it tonight

    Thursday, 13 March 2014

    My Favourite Day of the Week

    100 Days of Happiness - Day 7

    FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my favourite day of the week for many reasons. Friday is grocery day, I love to do the grocery shopping love love love it. We go as a family after Aarahi finishes work, he says he doesn't really care about grocery shopping but he goes along willingly each week. I like to see how much I can get, spending the least amount possible. Today's grand total was $106.69. Not too bad at all, we got quite a bit for our food storage too. After doing the shopping we usually get a treat of some sort, today's treat was an icecream and drink from "Hamburger" (Mc Donalds)

    Friday nights in our house are lazy and relaxing. Tonight we're having hamburgers for dinner and later will pull out the mattresses into the lounge to watch a movie complete with popcorn and other goodies. I try hard to get all the housework done and do a bit extra so that I don't have to do much over the weekend and can spend the weekend just enjoying my family being together without the dreaded washing haunting me all weekend.

    This weekend in our "free" weekend, meaning we wont be going out or spending any money. We plan to make forts in the lounge with the couches and blankets, and maybe a picnic at the park or beach if the weather holds up.

    Weekly Menu

    Here is the menu for this coming week. It's St Patrick's day this Monday so we are looking forward to having a bit of fun with that. Today I will probably hit up Pinterest to get some fun ideas for us to do and yummy treats to make.

    Food Coma's

    100 Days of Happiness - Day 6 

    Ok so we just got back from dinner. We feel extremely fat, and experience what can only be described as a "food coma" even the kids may have over exerted themselves. Auron had to go and "relieve" himself in the bathroom, took a good 20mins, takes after his father that one! While we were waiting for them Lili and watched everyone else food come out and I think we got off easy some of those dishes were enough to feed like 4 people!

    My happy moments today? well this afternoon I put the kids down for their nap late so they would be asleep when Aarahi got home from work. When he got home we downloaded an episode of one of our favourite shows and watched it curled up on the couch with ZERO interruptions.

    My other happy moment was watching my 1 and 2 year old eat their dinner tonight with the proper cutlery as opposed their fingers. Actually as I was mentioning it to Aarahi, Lili picked a handful of icecream with her hands but hey you can't have it all. They are a pleasure to take out, yes we often have to tell them to use their quiet voices but they aren't running around being crazy kids. They are polite and sit in their chairs and quietly (for the most part) just play with their toys.

    Look at that crazy hair, I didn't get a chance to fix it from her nap...


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