We survived being without Wi-Fi for a week! Some with a better temperament than others πŸ˜†

Its true. We CAN survive without Wi-Fi. However some members of this family coped better than others πŸ˜‚Β  (hey kids πŸ˜‰)

We are finally connected! The family have retreated to the various corners of the house with their technology and we are back to grunting at each other (rather than having to actually interact πŸ˜‚)

Life is back to normal 😎

During the barren wasteland of Wi-Fi-less-ness, we did get up to a few things…

We found an old pool in the garden shed, and removed the resident cockroach to reclaim some paddling fun..

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We discovered some amazing caterpillars and a few more Praying MantisesΒ  (or is it Manti?)

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We explored the surrounding area and found that the tsunami evacuation routes mean that we’re only about 10 minutes meander from the sea. This place is truly paradise ❀

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(Although shortly after this photo we were assaulted by sea lice, which I can testify are really, REALLY itchy 😯 – they are tiny jellyfish larvae which are small enough to get inside your togs and get stuck there. They then die as you exit the water, emitting their tiny, itchy stinging stuff, and you don’t notice until you are covered in the nasty beasts.. go ahead. Google it. Yuck.)

We discovered that we have THE BEST neighbours… Dawn and Gerry live next door. They are retired, and like to go freedom camping.Β  They are just gorgeous (and I can only hope that our feral kids don’t put them off us too soon πŸ˜†). Not only are they lovely, but Gerry used to repair machinery in a bakery. On occasion, he still gets called in to help, and when he leaves the bakery to come home, he likes to raid the doughnuts.. can you tell where this story is going? YES INDEED 😁 he dropped round to us 8 jam-filled balls of doughy loveliness and 12 cinnamon doughnut rings.. he’s my new favourite friend πŸ˜ƒ

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We had a visit from our lovely old friends from north of Auckland  (love you guys..) and it was great to catch up and meet their children ❀

It was the last weekend of the summer holidays here, and on Tuesday, I finally cracked on with checking out schools. It’s been a lovely dream to have home schooled them for the last three months, but they’re really getting on each others nerves. It’s time to let them shine outside of home ❀

The first school we visited, the kids fell in love with. I had primed them to be on their best behaviour (ok, I’m not ashamed to admit it was bribery) and they all earned themselves a Macdonalds icecream for sure. We had to wait and see whether we’d get a school place (I’ve never been so nervous!) but my unruly rabble must have made a good impression, as we were accepted πŸ€—

The boys weren’t too impressed as we got the uniforms the same day, and this morning they started school πŸ˜‚

Proud mum alert 😊

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They all survived. Fred, I am especially proud of, as his anxiety was through the roof, but he faced it with true bravery, my total hero. He’s adamant that he doesn’t want to go back tomorrow, but we’ll face that hurdle in the morning. Tonight I’m celebrating the victories 🍾πŸ₯‚πŸ˜Š

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