Sunday, November 26, 2017


Well... I slept in a bit.
I was going to pop on here and say I wasn't going to blog today, but I do have something worth yabbering on about.

Steve and Bex have found a new home!
It took over 2 months as it's so very hard to find houses to rent in Auckland at an affordable price.

There are literally dozens of families turning up for each house viewing, so they were extremely lucky to see the newly advertised house YESTERDAY, get to view it YESTERDAY, and be told by mid afternoon that it was theirs!

I am sure Steve being a builder helped in their choice process, as the house needs a new bathroom floor!  Steve immediately said he could fix it... and BOOM!  They got it!

ABOVE:  MOVE IN DAY... only three weeks away.
It's going to be a hectic few days because the day after move in day is Dante's 5th Birthday!
And they have a little party planned for him and his friends on the day after they move!

Keera and I will be going up on the 15th so I can look after the kids while all the furniture and so on is moved to the new house.

I'm so excited!  They will be leaving their teeny, tiny little house for a much bigger, warmer, drier home.  Bex won't know herself!

There's 3 good size bedrooms, a separate Kitchen/dining room and a separate lounge.

The house is only 10 minutes from Steve's work base too... so it's such a good move for them.

So, there ya go.
My job now is to sort our all Keera's stuff, cos she will be moving in with them .... ON THE 15TH too.

I can't tell you how happy that makes me.  She's been with us full time for 14 months and I'm over it.  Time to get back to 'normal' and not be tied down with a 5 year old at our time of life.  Roll on the next 3 weeks!

Back to today now.
No definite plans except the usual housework and so on.
I hope have a lovely day... catch ya later.


Just to clarify... Keera is thrilled to bits with her impending move.  She keeps looking at her 'new house' on the computer... she's so EXCITED!  And she loves knowing that she will be living with her 'brothers' and her new Mum and Dad (aka Aunty Bex and Uncle Steve).

JO:  for various reasons, what you suggested is not possible. It would require TWO parents permission. That would never happen.  We are certain things will work out just fine with an informal arrangement, as it has worked out so far for the others.  I will not publish your comment as I do not intend to put it out there as a subject of 'conversation' beyond this reply.

Well... not much has been happening today.  Lots of lovely comments though, THANK YOU SO MUCH!
It's nice that everyone knows just how neat our news is!  

Off to bed soon, another stinking hot night ahead.  Can't believe it's this hot and it's still only November. 



  1. What great news. So happy for everyone Steve and Bex get a new home, Keera gets a new home and family and you get a life you should be living at your age. I'm sure you will miss Keera but she will have cousins her own age to play with all the time

  2. Anonymous8:38 AM

    Congrats to them - and yes it is hard getting into rentals in Auckland. Exciting times for them all with Keera going to stay. Three weeks togo and then just the teenagers to wrangle.
    Have a fab Sunday Chris,
    Pinky aka Lisa

  3. Anonymous8:47 AM

    What wonderful news for all of the families. Keera will love her new home with Steve and Bex. Well done Steve and Bex for trying so hard to find a suitable home for all of you.
    Yvonne UK

  4. Massive Congratulations Guys xxxxx✌️💜

  5. So very happy things are working out for you all.
    I know you will miss Keera in some ways but you have done a wonderful job and now it's time for you and Stu.
    I'm sure she will be very happy in her new home with Steve, Bex and the boys.

  6. Awesome news for the kids. And for you and Stew. You've done so much for Your grandkids at home. I'm sure 100% they have had a better life with you than they would have had somewhere else. Keera will be so happy with children her own age and Steve and Bex are such lovely people. So happy for you all.

  7. Sounds like everything is falling into olace for you all. Keera will be so happy in her new home. Property in Auckland seems to be out of control.

  8. That's fantastic news for Steve and Bex!! How exciting moving and how wonderful for Keera too. Just imagine, it will be just you and Stew and two teenagers who can fend for themselves !!

  9. I am so happy for you and everyone involved. You have done a marvellous job taking her on for as long as you did and I know she will be so happy with her "brothers" and Aunt and Uncle, just as she was with you. You have done so much for her xxx

  10. And sorry yesterday sounded crappy!

  11. What wonderful news for everyone. Keera will love being with the boys and have them to play (and fight) with all the time. Steve and Bex must be thrilled at getting a bigger, nicer house and you get some peace and quiet when you need it.

  12. Thank you for all the lovely comments 😊 our little family are very excited about the move and even more excited for our little girl to join us. Finally it's all working out nicely. Xx

    1. Now you can tell your pushy mother in law you have 3 kids and thats enough for now. :-)

    2. Dee... I'm not sure how I should take that comment! You are not the sort of person who leaves comments like that usually. :-(

    3. It was meant as a Joke Chris with a smiley face at the end. I didnt know how to convey it any other was sorry.

    4. Sorry Dee, I'm just very sensitive to anything that can be taken the 'wrong' way. I've had so many nasty and negative comments over the years, I find it hard to filter my reactions sometimes... or even obviously to tell a 'normal' comment from a nasty one. I suppose I do come across as pushy.

    5. Oh so happy 'our little miss' is going where she is going, I couldn't be happier with her placement.
      I will always be her Mummy but Rebecca I'm so happy that you will be her mum and I no for sure she will be in a happy healthy secure stable family environment, thank your to you and Steve for everything your are doing for me and Mum and Dad and of course 'Our Little Girl' I'll never ever forget this xxxxxx

    6. Anonymous11:45 PM

      That's really lovely Lacy! Keera is very lucky to have a mummy who loves her and recognises and appreciates that there is a healthier living arrangement for her. I hope life is treating you well.


    7. Oh thank you Kym/Australia for your very kind words, and I am doing well thank you for asking xx

  13. Wonderful news on the house for Steve and Bex. So great that Keera will be there too. You and Stew are amazing to have raised both children and grandchildren .

  14. Anonymous5:36 PM

    Wonderful news for all concerned! You and Stew have done an amazing job raising your extra children and I'm sure Keera will be very happy going to her new family with brothers and Steve and Bex who are amazing parents. So happy everything has worked out and in time for Christmas and the New Year.

  15. Anonymous6:40 PM

    Howdy! I'm at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone!
    Just wanted to say I love reading your blog
    and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the great work!

  16. wow great news Steve and wonderful for you all. Can picture Keera's excitement, her love of you guys just shines through when she is with you all.
    Great for you too Chris...time for you to step back and enjoy the next stage in your life...

  17. Awesome news Congrates to Bex and Steve for there new home and Keera too. I know she is gonna be so loved.

  18. Anonymous10:25 PM

    Tis me Blondie I can't seem to get in again BUT that being said fantastic news due to the stability of the last 12 months + Keera transition will be fine she loves Dante and Archer and ❤️ Steve and Bex , and Stew and you the teenagers can relax a bit ready to see them sorted for their next phase into adulthood there is light at the end of the tunnel maybe income too Air BnB ? Once everyone goes who knows travel or just alone time.... The possibilities endless!

  19. Anonymous2:24 PM

    Congratulations on the new home Bex & Steve!!!! It will be wonderful for you all having Keera with he "brothers". Fabulous news!

  20. Yeah! So happy for everyone!


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