Monday, September 28, 2015


Today, 30 years ago... Stew and I met.

We met at the Mercury Bay Rugby Clubrooms, where he was attending a Women's Netball evening.  He was their coach.

I went with a lady I'd met through Playcentre, and she introduced Stew to me that night.

It was the first night I had gone out since leaving my first husband, and I wasn't remotely interesting in meeting any guys at all.
I was sure I would be a solo mother of 4 kids forever.

Not so.  Stew and I hit it off immediately, even though the first words I ever said to him were:  "I'm a solo mother with 4 kids, don't get interested!"  

He got interested. 

The rest is history.  We are now 30 years on from that day, and I still love him as much now as I did then.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DARLING, I love you with all my heart.


I'm going out.
It's time for my quarterly blood test, to be followed up with a visit to the Diabetes nurse later on in the week for results.
I also need to talk to her about all the medications I'm on, that may not be necessary while I'm doing the Optifast.

It says on the Optifast info sheet that metformin, blood pressure and cholesterole lowering medications might not need to be taken while on it, and I'm taking all of those medications.  So, worth asking about I think.

It's finally getting warmer, so I got into summer clothes... went to find some summer footwear... and bugger!
They are all in storage in Hamilton!
I didn't expect to still be here in summer.

So I shall be shopping for some summer shoes while we are out too.

AND A CAKE.  An Anniversary cake.  And I might just have a piece too.  Not every day you celebrate 30 years of being with the man you love.

2.22 pm:  And we were out much longer than  anticipated.  It took me AGES to find just the right cake.  We even tracked down a dedicated 'cake shop'... only they had NO CAKES! Just things to put on top of cakes.  Derrr.

We ended up getting a cake from the Cheesecake Shop. 

Here's a few photos from last night:

 ABOVE:  Griffin and Brylee, they are getting BIG!  Brylee will be 15 on Friday!

ABOVE: Dante getting ready to leap onto his Daddy.

 ABOVE:  And over he goes.  It was such fun watching them play.  

ABOVE:  Young Archer with his 'deer in the headlights' look.

 ABOVE:  Hmmm....

ABOVE:  Bex and Archer outside watching the kids play with their remote control cars.

 ABOVE: Dante was VERY good at crashing Brylee's car! Luckily it has big bumpers at the front, or it would have been ruined.
They are all laughing at Brylee as she ran after her car, trying to stop it crashing into the curb!

OK... these are my new summer slip ons:

 ABOVE: Very comfy, but I already have skin rubbed off my left big toe!  Might take a while to get used to wearing them. Feet are ugly things eh?

ABOVE:  I bought some seeds to dry roast my own.  This lot cost about $6.  If it works, it will be a quarter of the cost of what I got at the market on Saturday.  Fingers crossed I don't burn them.

End of Day:  well we  had a lovely dinner, followed by cake.
I'm stuffed!  Don't think I'll be doing that again in a hurry though.  Feel ikkk now.
nite nite


  1. Happy Anniversary :D

  2. Awwww, I love happy endings xxxx 4 th Oct my 44th wedding anniversary. Aren't we all very fortunate to have found keepers xxxx

  3. Happy anniversary to you and Stew. Hopefully another 30 good years to follow!

  4. Congratulations Chris and Stew xxxx

  5. Congratulations to the most loved up couple I know. You are a miracle these days, some people take love for granted but it's not something you get often and not like what you guys share. Love to you both. X

  6. Congratulations - great milestone, and particularly not to be sniffed at in the complex world that is having six children between you. Well done - and celebrate! Penny xo

  7. Anonymous3:27 PM

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Happy Anniversary :-).

  9. Anonymous8:13 PM

    Congratulations and best wishes on your 30th wedding anniversary. Awesome achievement to you and Stew. Enjoy your evening.

    1. Not our Wedding Anniversary, it is the anniversary or our meeting for the first time.

  10. Happy Anniversary to you and Stew!! Gorgeous photos :)

  11. Congrats! I wish I'd met my current husband 30 years ago...... beautiful pics as usual! xo

  12. Where did you get your shoes, I need a pair of comfortable summer shoes as well.

    1. Shoe Clinic... and they were rather expensive. But very good quality that should last a few years.

    2. Thanks for that, I need comfort over cheap anyway :-). I fel a shopping trip coming, especially since le husband is away again this weekend :-).

    3. What are you doing up at 1.18 am! Oh hold on... I am still awake too! lol

  13. Congratulations you two.. 30 years is amazing. Fantastic.

  14. Well done ! Thirty years is amazing! Congratulations xx

  15. Congratulations!

  16. What a sweet love story! That is amazing!

  17. Anonymous3:44 AM

    Congrats guys :) im gona roast sum seeds aswell they were so good in the salad. Love the jandals I need a good pair over summer as well.
    Bex ( im up feeding archer :D)

  18. Anonymous5:56 AM

    Hi Chris
    Yes I agree. Your feet are ugly. Paint the toe nails. Love the thongs though!
    Joanne George, Boise ID

  19. Belated Happy Anniversary.

  20. I love reading the Anniversary story it always makes me smile, Dante is so mischievously adorable.. Brylee 15 ! oh my gosh


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