Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Welcome To The Hundy Club!

This is my 100th post - so I had better make it a goodie!  What better way to mark this special occasion than by welcoming my third wee niece to the family.  Gavin and Catkin had another successful home birth on the morning of May 2nd.  Poppy Mae weighed in at 7lb 11oz and is gorgeous, so relaxed, and is happy chilling out with her older sisters around. 

I am lucky enough to be in Queenstown for two weeks helping out where I can with the two older girls who are fun and funny.  Annabelle is now 4 years old and is very good at writing and counting.  Hazel is 2 years old and is very determined and hilarious! Her favourite song is 'Row Row Row Your Boat' but the way she sings it makes her sound like a football hooligan! They are quite different but compliment each other nicely.  Hazel is starting to look a lot more like Annabelle now.  When we were in The Warehouse on Friday a nice couple commented on how beautiful 'my daughters' were. Yes, I did correct them.
We've been doing all sorts of fun things - colouring in, reading stories, and drawing on ourselves (the girls, not me).  Annabelle and Hazel go to Montessouri Preschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I have been trying to use my down time productively.  Last week I cleaned the kitchen and the fridge.  Today I cleaned the inside of the windows. 

Mum was down in Christchurch for a week during April which lovely.  She spent a week at Claire and Scott's before heading down to Queenstown for a week and happened to be on location for the birth of Poppy, much to everyone's delight.
While she was in Christchurch I turned another year older - it is the big round number before another big BIG number.  I find it hard to say it out loud.  It was a lovely day and we had a nice lunch out at the Raspberry Cafe in Tai Tapu.  I was very spoilt and felt the love. 
Mum loved spending time with her wee grandson, Quinn, who is such a happy little felly.  I have been missing him since being in Queenstown so Claire has been sending me through photo updates daily, which I LOVE.

I managed to get up North for the weekend just gone.  My bestie Kristine was having her 40th birthday party in Warkworth and, as we all know, there's no party without Punch!!  It was good to get up there after what feels like AGES (November was the last time I was in Warkworth).  Mum and Dad swapped with me and spent the weekend in Queenstown so I was on hand to feed Mum's fur babies.  The party had a 70's theme and was fantastic.  Lots of fun and catching up. 

I also managed to get to see Aunty Mary, Uncle Fraser, and Heather, as well as Uncle Bryan and Aunty Bev which was lovely.  Unfortunately I ran out of time to see Uncle David and Helen but hope to catch up with them next time I'm up. 
Now I'm back in Queenstown for the rest of this week and will be driving back to Christchurch on Saturday, back to reality.  I have really enjoyed my time away from the office and realise how EASY my day job is! I will miss the knocks on the bathroom door and little voices calling out 'Aunty D!' and my little wriggly alarm clocks coming into my bed in the morning.  But mostly I will miss the cuddles and the 'I love you' that I've been getting lots of so I'm going to get my yearly quota over the next few days to get me through til I see them again which may not be until Christmas.  Sob sob.