Eben’s Graduation

Despite my best efforts to slow down time and keep Eben a preschooler for ever, he is turning five tomorrow. Today we had his graduation at preschool and we brought in a little birthday cake so his preschool friends could celebrate with him. IMG_20180123_083053 IMG_20180124_094056 (1) IMG_20180124_094056 IMG_20180124_094620 IMG_20180124_100215 IMG_20180124_100236 IMG_20180124_102230 IMG_20180124_102234 IMG_20180124_102239

Okains Bay

IMG_20180109_073751IMG_20180109_073746IMG_20180108_184052IMG_20180108_184617IMG_20180108_183716IMG_20180108_181006IMG_20180108_171129_3IMG_20180108_170924IMG_20180108_151431IMG_20180108_150858IMG_20180108_113510IMG_20180108_101429 (1)IMG_20180108_101316IMG_20180108_100339IMG_20180106_143926IMG_20180108_150548IMG_20180109_104346_1IMG_20180109_123819IMG_20180109_125448IMG_20180109_125536IMG_20180109_132929IMG_20180109_134323IMG_20180109_135421IMG_20180109_155321We are just back from four nights camping at Okains Bay with friends. 8 adults and 13 kids made for a fun time! Okains Bay is an awesome little spot, lots of trees and a lovely safe beach for the kids to swim. Our kids all got body boards from Santa and they had a lot of fun catching (or trying to) waves! Isla is a little pro. Abel had a great time with all the boys. They spent hours drawing and discussing. Abel especially enjoyed playing with Arthur. Eben had fun with all his favourite friends.

Portage

Mum and Dad have a great little place in Portage in the Malborough Sounds. We went for 6 nights and had a fantastic time. We spent heaps of time swimming. We also went for walks on the Queen Charlotte Sounds, kayaking,, looking for fish off the wharf, and exploring different beaches and bays. The kids spent a lot of time rolling down the hill outside the house and playing with neighbouring kids. Highlights included PJ the cat (for Eben and Abel- the rest of us less keen on this noisy meower!), the fishing competition BBQ (the kids were given fizzy drink, chocolate fish, there was a lolly scramble and a bunch of kids to play with), the tennis ball races on New Years Eve and going on the ski biscuit behind a neighbours boat. Wonderful time, looking forward to the next visit!

This first one should actually be in the Nelson post. IMG_20171224_111216
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