On Saturday we went to the all day NZ day, as I mentioned in my previous post.
My SIL was smart to bring along the pack n play to keep the busy kids in one spot, if needed.
Anika with her nz shirt on, although it had food all over it after her lunch.
We watched daddy and uncle D play a game of rugby. Daddy has not played in 5 years but he did quite well! Very fast guy, he is.
Andrew is the one crouching over
Rugby is a pretty hands on sport. Lots of physical contact. OUCH! Andrew thinks he broke a rib....
There are lots of moves like this.
After a tackle?
Uncle D taking one of Many breaks :)
The NZ team above. WE WON!! It was against the "Americans" although the American team consisted of a lot of guys who play on rugby leagues. There were Americans on the NZ team as well. There was actually a guy who was actually a NZ allblack many many years ago! People told Andrew he should play on one of the leauges, but the games are far from where we live, and with his work schedule, it would never work :( I wish it would because I think it is great for him! He is so good! And, it is great for Anika to see him doing it.
Anika and Andrew At the Hangi after the game. There were so many people there and it was a gorgeous day. A kiwi man hosts the event every year at his house.
Me and one of the twins. I needed my sling because he is heavy! I had an Allblacks jersey on earlier in the day, but it was just too hot!
My BIL gave a little speech before we ate. The host asked him to. My BIL has the gift of public speaking. His best man toast is still talked about to this day. The host (on the left) in typical kiwi fashion, just put a suit jacket on over his rugby outfit to spruce up!
My necklace is from NZ. Andrew gave it to me when we were dating. It is made of paua and has a carved koru in.
Also, I am wearing green stone earings (aka: nz jade).
There were lots of kids to play with. One of the little girls asked me why the twins had no shoes or pants on! Lol. I told her to ask their mom. The girl asked my SIL and she said because they were too hot. I told her because they were bogans. THAT same girl asked me how I knew Anika was a girl. I said because she has pink on. Then she asked how I knew she was a girl to PUT the pink clothes on her. I responded that she had girl parts. The girl asked me how I knew she had girl parts, and I told her to ask her mom.
This is when they were taking food out of the hangi. It had all been put in the ground early that morning. They do this in Hawaii too.
Potatoes, onions, yams, turnip, squash and lamb. It was all very juicy, tender and good.
Then on Sunday we went to my Grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary party. We got there early to help set up.
I made this! Apple Cider in a pumpkin. I put Cinnamon sugar on the rims of mason jars. There were sliced apples in the pumpkin. There was spiced rum on the side to add :)
And Cinnamon sticks in the glasses.
Rum to add...and I got the idea from Pinterest...picture below is from Pinterest
Anika ready to get her party on.
Got that bottle cap from Etsy and added it to a bow.Before the guests arrived.
One of the pumpkins I made. It was a perfect fall day on the lake.
Anika and her cousins.
Although, I am not looking in this pic- and I am stuffing my face...when I saw this pic of me, I could actually see that my weight is coming off (although slowly). Those boots I have on- they stopped fitting at the end of November last year when I was pregnant...and I wasn't swollen (EVER)..just fat. I was excited to get back into them.
My mouth was full :)
My niece took this. It was me in front of my Gram's wedding dress with her veil on :) I was holding a picture of my Gram and Grampa on their wedding day. My gram has a manikin in her hall that she dresses up for different seasons. HA- the weekend before, my Gram and I attempted to put the wedding dress on the manikin, but IT WOULDN'T Fit. My gram was SOO skinny. SHe weighed less than 100 lbs when she got married so we had to just hang the dress instead.
Monday, Andrew had to work :( But, I didn't :)
Anika and I went to the fair with my mom, Gram and niece. Anika loved looking at the animals. Horses, cows, goats, chickens, bunnies, etc.
That yellow sweater was mine :) Someone made it for me, and now Anika gets to wear it :) I had to pair it with pink so she wasn't mistaken as a boy.
Gram and Ani.
First pony ride!
First time riding in the Ergo on my back. I have to say- I cant get her in the Ergo alone- I always need help. I wish it was easier. She also rode in the BOB most of the time.
Tuesday, Anika discovered the dishwasher. On Wednesday, I found her with one leg up on it...and stuck....trying to get a knife out of the utensil thing. Since then, she is everywhere. It amazes me how active she is.
oh, whoops the picture below must have gotten out of order. THat is Andrew shaking hands with some guy he played rugby with.
AND- that was our weekend- LAST weekend. This weekend we went to a baby shower. I also used my new steam mop and played with my little buddy, A LOT. We went to sushi Friday night and Anika sat in her high chair the whole time. She was an angel, which was nice. Sometimes she gets antsy. We also went grocery shopping and Andrew's mouth dropped when he saw the prices of the organic foods I buy. He knew we were going that route, but usually he is not with me to witness it :)