June Little Things

I had a lovely birthday this year - some years my birthday is better than others, and this year was a good one. My family took me out for dinner at a local Italian restaurant and I got this little surprise with my dessert:

It's the little things that count...

I also got some great gifts for my birthday - one of them was this book from my sister - which I read in one sitting. I love that the Danish have a word for that feel-good feeling. It's definitely a thing. And winter is a great time to be lighting my candles and playing a mellow-vibe playlist while snuggling under a blanket on the sofa or chatting to my family over dinner around the dining room table. These little things certainly are precious, and definitely, add up to a deep happiness for me. 

There is beauty all around us, and rainbows are plentiful around this time of year. And yes, Winter might be cold and dreary, but damn, it still has some beauty to offer:

We went up north on Queen's Birthday weekend - more on that here.

We've just had a few small, aesthetic jobs completed around our house - jobs that we'd been wanting to get done for a while now. And boy, it all turned out rather nicely, and we've been loving those improvements so much already.

Luke has been enjoying playing rugby this year and I love going to watch him play his games - especially when he scores! Hah! 

Luke also celebrated his birthday in June - read more about that in this post.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Sarah has had a bad run of it lately - first it was her back which was sore for over three months (she had x-rays and an MRI and the prognosis was overwork - all the water polo she had been playing had eventually taken its toll) - and she was booked off playing for the whole U18 season this year. This poor kid has been so frustrated and is dying to get back in the pool and back at it, but the best thing for her to do is to rest and to strengthen her core through Pilates so that when she starts up again, she won't injure herself again.

She then had blood tests done and we found out that she has an iron deficiency and she's now on supplements to help with that problem. And to add to her list of 'ailments' she then broke her finger in two places! So she was then booked off for another 5 weeks! (In my opinion, the breaking of her finger was not all bad because it meant that she then had to stay out of the pool for longer - which only helped her recovery in the long run.)

Now she just has to get over all the coughing and sore throats - and she'll be back at it! Hah. Poor kid. It hasn't been an easy few months for her.

She did manage to have some fun at her School Ball in June, though. So at least there was that! More about that here.

Back in June, Grant and I went to Luke's school quiz night which was a fantastic evening. Former British and Irish Lions Captain, Gavin Hastings, was a guest presenter on the night and it was fascinating to hear him talk about his old rugby days.

The school also managed to organised a plethora of top Kiwi sportsmen and women to send good wishes to us that night - Dan Carter, Richie Macaw, Valerie Villi, to name a few, and also the New Zealand Emirates skippers - who went on to win the America's Cup a week or so later in Bermuda! This little country of ours certainly punches above its weight in the sports arena, that's for sure.

(Here's me trying to look good in a selfie - a huge challenge, to be sure. Haha!)

And then, just when I thought I'd done my dash at the A&E (Accident and Emergency) rooms for a good few months, I get a call from Luke's school to say that he's been involved in a tackling incident and his wrist needs to be checked. So, off we went to get that looked at - and we were ecstatic to find out that there wasn't a fracture, so we walked out of there with a removable splint and a huge sigh of relief! (Good thing too, because we were off to Fiji the next week!)

And besides all that A&E action, we've had endless Osteo appointments and all three kids have been very ill with bad colds (flu?). Winter has been pretty hardcore this year!

And that was our June.

Over and out. x


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