November 2010

February 12, 2011 at 8:11 pm (Uncategorized)

Finally, a quiet month! Just the usual school, kindy, playgroup and swimming and music and… yeah, not so quiet!

Fish n chips picnic with the Hemsleys


Iris reading one of her stories at a school assembly.


Phoebe's bed, comes with an optional Lily.


Tuckered out.


Water babes.




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October 2010

February 12, 2011 at 7:59 pm (Uncategorized)

October was relatively uneventful, phew! The girls recovered from broken legs and chicken pox and we helped Margaret celebrate her birthday in style. Iris, Phoebe and Lily had a great time decorating the cake and we even managed to find a few leftover sparklers to finish off the evening.

Lily's first bath, after removal of cast (it's yellow from the Pinetarsol to ease chicken pox itching!)


Going swimming. Lily dressed herself...


Iris the cowgirl, off to Azaria's birthday party.


A poor wee poxy baby, covered in dinner.


Birthday cake!


Granmarg and Lily.


Say cheese!


Crazy Campbells.








Iris again.


Sparklers! Iris keen as beans, Phoebe not so sure!


Sparkly art.


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September 2010

January 23, 2011 at 8:39 pm (Uncategorized)

Following on from the accidental injuries of August, a week before Lily’s cast was due to come off, Phoebe decided it would be a good time to bring home chicken pox from kindy. Of course, she kindly shared the pox with all three of her sisters! Lily’s first spot appeared the day before her appointment to have her cast removed – thankfully the hospital provided a quarantine room in the Orthapaedic Clinic so it came off as planned. The upside of four cases of the pox in 2 weeks? Never again! We had a low key celebration for Sarah’s birthday – a family dinner followed by a dessert party for the grown ups.

George came with Lily and I to her hospital appointments.


The bag of goodies to keep a bored two year old entertained during the hour long wait for the doctor.


She's got the pox!


Grainy phone pic of Phoebe in Josh's jacket and shoes (that's brave!)


Madame Butterfly


Madame Butterfly's little sister.


Making a hut on the deck.


Don't let the cake burn Dad!


Waiting for a piece of cake.


Working on a piece of cake.


Pirate Day at school


What happens when your sisters take too long getting ready to go out...


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August 2010

January 23, 2011 at 8:10 pm (Uncategorized)

August is where the year started to get a little crazy! Sarah started the month by jamming her thumb in the sliding door of our car, neatly slicing her thumbnail in half (you’ll be pleased to know there are no photos of that!). The same week, she received a “glam” makeover for a local mum’s evening called Desperate Housewives – hair and make-up by Paula, clothes by Jeanswest (but they didn’t let us keep them!). Towards the end of the month, Lily fell from Iris’ top bunk and received the dubious honour of being the first Campbell girl to break a bone – 6 weeks in a cast from toe to thigh, hopefully she’s also the last because we’re not in a hurry to repeat that experience! Highlight of the month was Phoebe turning 4. Party theme was the zoo and it was certainly a zoo in our house as we had a huge range of furry friends turn up.

Sad little girl waiting for xrays at Kenepuru Hospital


Broken (if you look closely, you can see the kink in her leg, not for the squeamish!)


Iris (somewhere in amongst the cave people) in the school show, A Leap through Time.


Desperate Housewives makeover


With the other makeoverees.


Louis at Phoebe's party








The cake!


Jacob and Micaela


Making animal faces.


Abigail as a "nurse for sick animals".


The animals left their mark.


Sandie in the TBay tattoo parlour.


Brothers and sisters and Crystal


4 candles


Blown out, with a little help from Teuila!


Butterfly (Rosa), Ladybird (Lily) and Abi the animal nurse.


Phoebe specifically asked for "Parcel, parcel", aka pass the parcel.


Painting fairies, a birthday present.



The cast

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July 2010

January 23, 2011 at 7:53 pm (Uncategorized)

What did we do in July? Hmmm, it was winter, we enjoyed our new woodburner, we had a fantastic midwinter picnic at Paekakariki Beach on the most stunning day you can imagine, Tessa learnt to sit up and had her first taste of solid food in the highchair. See for yourself…



Clown face made a school


Modelling the latest T Bay winter fashions.


Cheeky monkey!


Sitting pretty.




A shot from the Kathmandu winter catalogue;)


Thumbs up on the picnic spot.


Tessa hidden under a million layers - sunny but coooold that day!


Weaving flax...





Kapiti Island looking gorgeous.


Chasing shadows.


More shadow play.


A shadow of herself


Looking for treasure.


Rosaleen was attacked by the sticky monster.


Frank and Arthur came for lunch (gratuitous fire shot too).



New goggles (or boggles as Lily called them).


In the highchair for the first time.


Showing off Australian loot from Grnamarg's trip to Melbourne.


More loot.


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The big birthday weekend! (18-21 June 2010)

January 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm (Uncategorized)

The birthday celebrations kicked off on Friday with Iris’ last day at kindy, followed by lunch at the Fisherman’s Table in Paekakariki, courtesy of Granmarg. Saturday was the big party with over 20 4 and 5 year olds, plus parents and younger siblings. Iris chose a spooky theme and spent a fair bit of time at kindy making spooky decorations. Amanda excelled herself with a wonderful witchy cake. Sunday was Iris’ actual birthday and then on Monday, we had the excitement of her first day at school. Phew, I feel tired just thinking about how busy those four days were!

Vanessa, one of the kindy teachers, by Iris


Trudi, kindy teacher, and Mischa, by Iris


Iris on her last day at kindy


Iris, Vanessa and Mischa - what a lot of teeth!


Christine, kindy teacher, by Iris


Lyn, kindy head teacher and Iris' special favourite, by Iris


Iris and Lyn

Wannabe kindy kid!


Iris' "Happy School Days" ceremony - blowing out the candles.


Fisherman's Table lunch, wearing her Happy School Days crown.


Presents from Granmarg


Ready for her spooky party


Witch no 2


Little witches, Phoebe and Madison


Olivia and little brother Harry (who doesn't look too sure about the snake!)


The cake!


Party game no 1 - Witch, Witch, Ghost


Party game no 2 - Pin the Warty Nose on the Witch


Gabi, the mummy (although she insisted to her mother Haidee- "no, you're the mummy!"


Arlo looking a little bony


Party game no 3 - making monster faces


Making monster faces


Birthday cake time.

First day of school! (Click on the photo to find out more about our fantstic school!)

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June 2010

January 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm (Uncategorized)

June was a big month for us. Iris turned 5, finished kindy and started school, meaning a huge weekend of marking the occasion. There was so much going on that weekend that I’ll dedicate a whole post to it! Here’s a selection of pics from the rest of the month…

Getting ready to feed the cows at Hamish's farm


Iris helping Lily on the computer


The whirling dervish


Oh-so-ready for school!


Adoring big sister, adorable little sister!




Iris and her buddy Crystal at the school disco (end of 1st week at school)


Zac in his disco finery


Dancing queen!


Miss P at the kindy disco (later the same day!)


Miss Lily at the kindy disco.


Smile for the camera!


Iris and her favourite kindy teacher, Lyn, have a catch up on how school is going.


Granmarg and 3/4 of her girls.


Kindy disco = chaos!


Playing in the sandpit, midwinter. Yes, that's a chunk of ice!


Mid-morning and the ice is only just melting.


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May 2010

January 20, 2011 at 11:36 pm (Uncategorized)

May saw our little Lily turn 2! She celebrated in style with friends and family and enjoyed an amazing Upsy-Daisy cake, thanks yet again to the very clever Amanda. Here’s an overview of our merry month of May.

Plunket weigh-in

Having fun at the mall

Granmarg and Tessa

Little cutie


Gareth toasting the occasion, Lily's bday party.

The birthday girl looking a little unsure of herself.

Blowing out the candles

Sarah B and Adam travelled all the way from Scotland for the party (and to see Sarah's parents I guess...)

We helped Devon celebrate his 3rd birthday. As the son of the master cake maker, he gets a cool cake too!

Future model? Phoebe tries a feather boa on for size.

What happens when a just turned 2 year old dresses herself...

No 2 and No 4 share a cuddle.

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April 2010

January 20, 2011 at 11:35 pm (Uncategorized)

We enjoyed a long, balmy autumn with walks to the beach and plenty of fun with friends.

Biking at Paekakariki

Busy in the sand at Titahi Bay beach

An autumnal dip

Still warm enough in April for the trip to the beach to end like this...

How many kids can you get on one trampoline? About 10 of them at Danni's party.

Say hello to the rainbow child

Our wee butterfly

Raspberries to you!

Biggest and littlest

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March 2010

January 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm (Uncategorized)

As a way of catching up, I’m going to post a selection of photos from each month of 2010, starting with March. Iris and Phoebe were both busy at kindy, Lily spent a huge amount of time riding bikes outside. Tessa was still struggling to put on weight so we were busy with midwife and Dr’s appointments but we still managed to have some fun in between!

Miss Lily helping stack the firewood for winter

Iris helping Lily to "surf"

Lily helps herself to a Kiwi favourite

Enjoying time with Rosaleen

Small but mighty!

Looking pensive

While dressing Tessa after her bath, I could hear Lily crashing around saying "I did it". Turns out "it" was undressing herself and hopping into Tessa's bath!

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