Hi there :)
This week marked the start of the school holidays and of course with Easter thrown in there as well Mike and I both had Monday off work. Originally we were going to meet up with a couple of my friends down in Taupo for brunch but there was a last minute change of plans so Mike and I met up with Carey for brunch at the Fat Dog in Rotorua.
I decided to try their eggs benedict since it’s one of my favourites but Mike couldn’t make up his mind so he just said ‘surprise me’. One thing I know about Mike is that he LOVES waffles so when I saw waffles with bacon and banana on the menu it was a bit of a no-brainer really. We ended up sharing our breakfasts so it worked out well for us.
We also scoffed the chocolate Easter Bunny that Mum gave us… very delicious!
Mike had a change of jobs last week… well to be more accurate he’s actually doing the same job but with a different company. He had his last day on Wednesday so now there will be no more TBS shirts hanging on the washing line.
On Thursday we had planned on going for a bike ride over to Hamilton and spending the day together but the rain decided to get heavy and we weren’t too keen on getting cold and wet so we did a few jobs around the house and then headed into town to do a few jobs.
Since we’d missed out on our lunch in Hamilton we went to Brew instead and I had the Bourbon beef salad for lunch. It was totally delicious and is still one of my favourite things from their menu. Mike had the big breakfast (surprise surprise) but he said it was delicious!
Later that day Esther arrived from Wellington so she came with us when I had to go to my doctors appointment. I’ve had a horrible cough for several weeks now and to be honest I thought it might have become a bit of a chest infection but after a check up with the doctor it might just be a little more than that so for now I’m having to use an inhaler and I’ve had blood tests and a chest x-ray this week. I’ve also got a Spirometry test tomorrow.
After we’d been to the doctors we headed down to the supermarket to pick up some fresh seafood and fish and Mike and I made our seafood chowder to share with Esther for dinner. We’ve got it down to a fine art now and Esther gave it her seal of approval.
On Friday Esther and I packed up our cars and headed down to Taupo for Autumn Escape. Esther talked me into going to Autumn Escape around October or November last year… AND it was in the school holidays so it worked out well for me. I booked myself into a couple of Teresa Collins’ classes and the first one was on Friday. She’s a great tutor and a lovely person. Esther and Jane both joined in on the class as well and we had a blast… PLUS I’ve actually finished my album!
Meanwhile, while I was away catching up with some of my scrappy friends, Mike had Brody and Lane around and with chainsaw in hand they cut down one of the big trees we’d decided needed to go. There were three HUGE trees in the corner of the backyard and since I bought the house over eight years ago they’ve grown… and grown… and grown some more and they were blocking off a huge amount of light. Plus they made a fairly big area of the backyard pretty unusable.
We’d had someone come and look and he’d said he would cut the trees down for us but Mike had just borrowed a chainsaw off Mum… and he’d had it serviced and a new blade put on it… SO he HAD to test it out!! Well that’s what he tried to tell me LOL
Brody and Lane arrived just at the right time so they all had a bit of ‘boy fun’ (Toby included!) and got busy in the back yard. On Friday the first tree came down and on Saturday the next one bit the dust. There’s still one more to go but I’m sure that won’t last long once the weekend arrives.
When I got home from Taupo on Sunday afternoon Mike and I decided to head over to Tauranga to get a few t-shirts for Mike to wear to work. We called in to see Mark and Rattaya and they invited us to join them for dinner at a local Indian restaurant. Mum came with us as well and we had a great night catching up, chatting and trying out new dishes.
I know I haven’t told you much about Autumn Escape but I’m working on an insert for my Project Life album so I’ll share it when it’s finished.
I got the basic travel album from Teresa’s class done on the Friday night of Autumn Escape but I knew I wanted to add some more photos to it so yesterday I got busy selecting photos and went and had them printed. This morning I put them all together and added the finishing touches so now the album is done.
Here’s the front cover:
We used Teresa’s Wanderlust collection featuring black, white and gold designs and I love how it really made my photos pop! I decided to make my travel album about our trips on the bike so all the photos feature the bike, places we’ve visited and food!
Here’s a selection of the inside pages… there’s flip ups, envelopes, tags, fold outs and all sorts of things to make the album quite interactive.
There’s heaps more pages than this in the album but this gives you the general idea. I’ve added stickers, stamps, and plenty of bling to the album as well.
On the back page I decided to use a photo that was taken during the class along with my little ticket.
So there you have it! One finished project and a whole lot of fun!
Thanks for visiting and I hope you’re having a great week xx