Monday, June 29, 2009

And it's clean!

The husband and I spent the weekend cleaning our apartment. It's now clean. Seriously clean! I don't think it has ever been this clean before - I mean, I even cleaned the walls!!! I also *think* it's semi baby-proofed in anticipation of our nearly one-year old niece coming to visit in the next few weeks!

On Saturday, we also managed a quick trip to the local mall. Our first wedding anniversary is in a few weeks, and I've been playing with photoshop on some of our wedding photos. One in particular I LOVE, and we decided to get it put on canvas, so we went to the mall and put our order in at the photo shop. I can't wait for it to arrive!!!!!

Here's the original:

And the photoshopped version:

Tomorrow afternoon my sister-in-law, D, is coming up from Hamilton where she has been for the last few days since arriving from Queensland last week. On Wednesday night, her husband (my brother), H, arrives from Queensland! I haven't seen H since early January, so it's going to be awesome to see him again!!! Friday morning we are all heading to the airport where we will meet up with my parents and little brother, J. My oldest brother (B), his wife (G) and their daughter (V) are arriving from the Caribbean!!! The last time B was home was four years ago for H&D's wedding, G has never been to NZ (the coldest place she has ever been is Brazil in the summer - she is going to be in for a huge shock!!!), and this will also be the first time any of us anitpodeans will meet V! They are here for six weeks, and V will be spending her first birthday with us.
I am halfway through knitting a scarf for G, and as I won't get much of a chance to get it finished after tomorrow, I best get back to it :-)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hodge Podge!

My exam was yesterday afternoon - it went ok I think...I hope!!! Guess I'll find out in a couple of weeks!

Last week The Husband was away overseas, scoping out a few options for out big move (!!!) so we had someone else covering our dance classes. It was so nice to have a week where I didn't have to head out for the night, although it would have been much nicer if The Husband was home too! Anyways, Tuesday I was back into it with three hours of class, starting off with a teen class! I actually really enjoy teaching the teens - when they don't have their cellphones! - they usually so into it, and they really do enjoy themselves. It does help that they often pick up the steps a lot quicker than adults do!

My craft project of the week - I just made a couple of pockets for The Husband's new iPod Touch (he LOVES gadgets!!), rather boring really! I just used a scrap of black fleece that I had. I also have the cutest stripey fleece, but I'm going to use that to make myself some mittens!
I'm about a third of the way through making a patchwork duvet cover for my Mum for her birthday. It's not until September, so I've got P-L-E-N-T-Y of time! We have a fairly small apartment, so laying out the squares over and over again to figure out the prettiest layout, I scanned each square into my computer and created several different patterns using Microsoft Excel (the grids are SO useful!). Here's what it will hopefully look like:

I especially love the blue fabric in it - I've had my eye on it in the craft store for the last month or so, and I'm so glad we finally found an excuse to use it!

Anyways, I better go and find some things to throw together for dinner!


Monday, June 22, 2009

Next Week

I managed to get some study done in the weekend (I have an exam on Wednesday!), but procrastination, and the prospect of meeting my friend's brand new baby, got the better of me on Sunday afternoon! That and baking my favourite - Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip cookies!!!

I am SO excited - my oldest brother is coming home for a six-week holiday with his wife and 10-month old baby next week! I last saw my brother and his wife at their wedding 2.5 years ago in Venezuela - the time before that it was just my brother four years ago! He left New Zealand almost ten years ago now and he has, what I think HAS to be, the best job in the world!!! I'm really looking forward to meeting my gorgeous niece too, I've talked to her and seen her on Skype since she was only a few days old and she seems like such a happy and cheeky little girl, I just can't wait to give her a big cuddle and I only have to wait ten more days!

Anyways, off to get something sorted for dinner.


Saturday, June 20, 2009


The husband and I did a ChaCha and Salsa floorshow last night at a school ball - it was SO much fun!!! ChaCha was to a Lady Gaga song (as requested by the school!) and the husband mixed in a samba cause salsa music just does not go with Lady Gaga!

We've done several floorshows together - the husband has done heaps! - but this one had to be my favourite so far, the kids were so into it!!! The music seems to go so much faster when you don't have a routine - the husband has been overseas all week, then had a dj gig at another school beforehand so we had no time to sort anything out - I only heard the music for the first time in the car on the way there!

The girls did SUCH an awesome job decorating the venue - it looked AMAZING!!! I wish I had taken my camera, or al least taken some pics on one of our phones!

The husband is out again now...dancing people through medal tests at the studio. I should be there but I have other things on my agenda studying!!! I've got an exam on Wednesday - procrastination anyone?! I kinda wish my exam had been earlier - the next few weeks are going to be AWESOME and I'm SO excited! I would much rather focus on all that's going to be happening than on staying stuck inside studying!


Friday, June 19, 2009


So here I the big, wide world of blogging! I can't say I know where this blog may go, we might just have to wait and see!