Sunday, 3 February 2013

Instagram 365 Challenge: January

I'm taking part in the 365 Challenge via Instagram and you can follow me here if you want.
You can see I missed the 17th & 18th due to that nasty stomach flu but did make up for it with some great photos at the beach and the hotrod show on the 19th. 
Fingers crossed I stay inspired for the year and my photog skills improve with the practice. 

xx Tui

Saturday, 19 January 2013

When being sick ruins all your plans.

We had some pretty big things planned for this weekend and then I came down with a nasty nasty tummy bug and was bed ridden for all of Thursday, Friday and Saturday and they had to be scrapped.

On Saturday we were meant to be going on the Auckland Jet Boat adventure with a few friends from my work but that was most definitely out of the question. Luckily I woke up feeling 100x better on Sunday and was able to head on out to the Kumeu Classic Car & Hot Rod Show. We actually go every year and this was the first year we have gone on a Sunday and not the Saturday. It was raining in the morning when we first arrived so alot of cars had been packed away and taken home to their nice dry garages but a few cars where still around for us to admire. 
We also too a few minutes to hang out in the shed and watch the Airbrush races, one girl in particular was amazing not using a pencil or guides.
Kumeu is also a great spot to search out a few vintage items and rockabilly pieces, I found a particularly awesome ET lunch box & thermos that I so wish I had the cash for...
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.

xx Tui

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Weekend of Sunshine

I went back to work on Monday so we made sure to make the most of my last few days of holidaying. 
I've only been out of a sling for about a week since having shoulder surgery in November, so all I wanted to do was go for a swim even if it was freezing cold water.
On Saturday we went Karamatura near Huia and had a lunch of hot chips & sorbet and took a quick dip in the stream. Well me and the ducks were the only one brave enough to get in the water but it was totally worth the cold.

 Karamatura Stream

Huia Beach

On Sunday we decided we head into the city and have a look around the water front, they did it up in 2011 for the Rugby world cup and we haven't really had a chance to have a nosy till now. It was pretty hot on Sunday so the fact that we arrived at Wynard Quarter at lunch time kind of made it only right to stop for some lunch and a nice cold drink or two. We chose to eat at Jack Tar and it was pretty delicious with huge meals that we made sure to have a huge walk afterwards to work off all the extra calories. 

xoxo Tui

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Instax Christmas

We spend Christmas at Sam's parents house most years, it's a pretty central location for most family days and the perfect fit for us all.
This year we had a late lunch followed by presents for the kids then a desert buffet & giant water balloon fight. Thats pretty typical every year really as one of the brother in-laws always brings water balloons for the kids and chaos ensues. 
I actually forgot to pull out my camera until right at the end of the day (we'll blame that on the delicious sangria) but did snap a few instaxs of Sam & the kids. 
Hope you all had a safe & Merry Christmas and keep up the good times for New Years.
Here's to a happy, healthy & prosperous 2013.

xx Tui

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Happy Birthday to you...

The man of the house celebrated his birthday on Saturday. 
We had a little romantic celebration on Thursday night that involved dinner at our favorite restaurant, seeing one of the funniest people ever do live stand up and then gelato as we took a stroll through the central city & took in the Christmas decorations.

Saturday it self was spent with the family (minus the niece & nephew) enjoying an evening of fish & chips and beers on the beach. I swear you cant do much better for a birthday if you ask us.

xx Tui