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Weekend at Waihi Beach

This weekend we went to stay with our friends Paul and Ali and their kids Charlotte (7) Natalya (5) and Gemma (almost 4) at their beachhouse down at Waihi Beach. It's a true Kiwi bach in that it's very basic, almost a bit of a time warp back to the 60s.
There were 9 of us in the 2 bedder so Paul and Ali gave up their bed to the pregnant heffalump (me!) and ended up staying down the block in a tent which was nice of them.
We arrived there late on Thursday after hospital appointments for me and for Asha and we raced home to pack and got down there at about 7.30pm the kids were so excited and were hard to settle by 10!

The next day after a swim etc. we were hanging out having some down time when there was a strange cry from the kids room, Gemma and Lulu were playing and Gemma had squashed/bent her arm in the old cot that they keep down there for their baby cousin, it was on a scary angle and Paul and Ali headed off ro the GP, then Xray place then Tauranga Hospital. Like Asha's breaks, well, this was more of an intense bend than a break as there was no heavy impact, it had to be manipulated and put in a full arm cast, poor wee Gemma, her pool party for her 4th birthday is next weekend. She's a tiny thing, for her age, (12kg or less) and she ended up doing well lugging around the cast though after the initial attention/excitement, she wasn't coping so well today having to have it all taped up for the beach etc. and was getting pretty upset.
I could forsee that it was going to be hard for Gemma, who has a pool at home too, it will be like Asha was in Melbourne, whose little heart broke every time we went to a pool or the sea, it was so stressful for her. The good news for Asha however was that she can have her cast off a week early this Thursday (all going well).

This is minutes after Gemma arrived home from the hospital on Saturday, she looks dazed and confused, instantly pounced on by her two sisters and my two girls, they are giving her some love here - Asha with her own cast on doing her hair for her after they'd taken Gemma on a special treasure hunt which led her to her bed where they had many hand made cards and presents they had wrapped up in home made wrapping paper.

It wasn't really the relaxing weekend I needed but the girls had heaps of fun, playing madly for hours, riding on the trotting sulky and horses of the guy next door, making dinosaur eggs and boogie boarding at the beach over the road, lots of lego and drawing and playing 'Teachers' it was fun for the five girls together.

My highlights were:
Eating a divine lunch at Astrolabe (my happy place) in the Mount after Ali and Paul got back from hospital yesterday, Matt and I grabbed the girls and took off for a drive for a few hours, bliss!
Reading 'Water for Elephants' on the deck in peace any chance I could get, a brilliant book, must head to bed and read more now!
Buying huge bags of local massive creamy avocados for $2 each from the farm just up the road from the holiday house on the way back this afternoon. There is no greater taste sensation on this earth than avocado, none I tell you!

Poor old Lulu had a bad sunscreen experience with it getting into her eyes then a mozzie bite or something else which has one still swollen and red, but still, being the Princess of Stamina she kept on roaring along, and had a bit of fun on the deck on this toy truck. Looking the part in Asha's cowgirl hat - though sore eyes and bright sun = Squinty Girl.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 21st, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
awww Gemma looks a bit worn out from it all doesn't she? Love Asha's cast :-) And I love love Lulu's dress :-)

And yay for you posting!!!!

Jan. 30th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
Oh the poor wee thing! How lovely of the girls thought to welcome her back like that, with presents..and sweet Asha doing her hair with her own cast on! So glad it is coming off soon for Asha! She is a water baby isn't she, and would of found that so hard. So glad you found peaceful moments for you too Jo, Rach xxxxx
Jan. 31st, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
Lovely to see an update from you JO, I often pop in and it was a nice surprise to see something new. Sorry to hear about all the trouble Asha has had with her arm, hopefully by now she has her cast off and you're all celebrating. Poor Gemma, hope hers is feeling better in no time.

I'd love to see a photo of you and your gorgeous belly.

Sharon xx
Feb. 17th, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
hooray for a new post! Lovely to see you back here. Poor little Gemma and dear little Asha. Tough times for tough little chicks. Hope Asha's arm is long out of a cast now and improving. Lulu looks as fab and funky as always. Hope you are happy and well. xxxx
Feb. 20th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
yay an update. I can't believe we haven't had an update since October..time is just whizzing past.

sounds like the kids had a ball dispite all the mishapes. Sometimes a break is a good break nomatter if you get to relax or not.

I love the girls dresses - cotton on all the way and i second the thought for pics of your belly.
Feb. 26th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
That last one was me. Always forget my name.

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