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Holiday pics round two!

More holiday pics

Finn made me get him up early one morning so I could walk him down the bush track to the skateboard park
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There was a full moon that night
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Finn and Asher checked out the boat, Finn did the Titanic
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We went to a butterfly house, Moth!
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Christy showed her usual affinity with butterflies
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The butterfly eventually settled on Christy's nose then another on her hair
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The butterflies were so amazing. We were the only ones in there, it was really hot and humid and somehow so magical
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From there we drove north... more pics to come!

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moth2fic
Jan. 14th, 2010 10:00 am (UTC)
The butterflies are fabulous - I have saved some of them to enjoy at leisure! The pic of Finn on the skateboard is great - you have captured the movement and excitement so well.
natesmountain
Jan. 14th, 2010 10:12 am (UTC)
Thanks VBG! I thought you would like the last butterfly with the big eye, a kind of 'what're YOU looking at?' attitude, huh!

-you have captured the movement and excitement so well.
Thank you! It is hard to catch Finn in the air on his skateboard, my shutter speed is not the greatest. So he counts down from 3 as he approaches a jump and I depress the shutter at 1!
blue_leaf
Jan. 14th, 2010 11:41 am (UTC)
Great pics Jenn. The kids are having fun and I am sure you are as well :0)
natesmountain
Jan. 15th, 2010 07:46 am (UTC)
John! How are you? Tell me all the news about how you are xoxo
And thanks. We had a good time away. The weather isn't nearly so nice back here in Wellington. But it's still good to be on holiday!
blue_leaf
Jan. 15th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
I was having terrible abdominal pains. My Dr said he is 95% sure my gallbladder is acting up due to stones and will have to be removed. He said to eat low fat, get an ultra sound, and contact a surgeon. I went on the diet immediately to try to relieve the pains. It took 4 days and now the pain comes less frequently and only half as bad. The diet is really not that bad, lots of fruit, veggies and limited red meat, and low fat. I am eating chicken breast and fish. I am compensating for the tasty fat with spices that are good for my condition, like garlic, ginger and etc. I had the ultrasound and got the results. The images are poor and the Surgeon has ordered that I get a cat scan with barium cocktail and dye because he wants a more detailed view, that will be Tuesday. I did withdraw from all classes this semester because of time missed and to concentrate on my health. I am going through anger, frustration, and some sadness at the loss of the school time, but I see the wisdom of getting my health strait as a priority. I have also cut out aspartame and artificial sweeteners. I am using sugar in the raw and it blew me away the first time I took my blood glucose after making the switch from sweet-n-low to raw sugar. It went down 80 points!!! My blood sugar is much better when I use raw sugar. Can you believe that? Aspartame is from the devil. I also have less chronic pain after a week and a half of no aspartame. I drink no soda, but mix fruit juice 25% with water 75%. I have been limiting my beloved coffee, green tea is the substitute and I have been using mint in that as well. One week and a half on the diet and no artificial sweetener and I have yet to have to take an antacid too. I used to have to take antacids everyday. I am having trouble being patient with all this testing and hope to have a clear answer soon. Thanks for the prayers friend Jenn :0)
natesmountain
Jan. 16th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
Oh John *hugs* what a thing to go through. Gallbladders are a pain, for sure. My mother and my neighbour both had theirs out and they're doing fine ten years on. I'm really glad you're taking the doctor's orders seriously, but I can see how terribly disappointing it must be to put your studies aside. You, you model student!
It's interesting what you say about the artificial sweeteners. A lot of people are very suspicious of those. I think raw sugar is great. We always have that on hand in the sugar bowl for people who want sugar.
Cinnamon is good too. And rhubarb. And blueberries. And turmeric.

I'm glad the pain has reduced some. Maybe this will be good overall somehow. I'm definitely keeping you on the prayer list and I hope things continue to improve. Pain is really scary. Much love xoxoxo
blue_leaf
Jan. 16th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks dear friend,
You are very sweet!
margaret_r
Jan. 15th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
Lovely pics! Your holiday is obviously doing you and the children the world of good.
natesmountain
Jan. 15th, 2010 07:46 am (UTC)
Thanks! We love holidays, I can definitely say that!
eliper
Jan. 15th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
Looks like you are having a fantastic holida! How tall is Asher? He looks quite tall in the photos...!!
natesmountain
Jan. 15th, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)
I love the summer holidays. How tall is Asher? I am not sure, more than 5'10" so far! He thinks it gives him power *snort* - not over me!
vivh
Jan. 15th, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)
I love butterfly houses... we spent it ages in the one at London Zoo the other week, it was one of the very few warm places!!(and my camera kept steaming up....) Your photos of Christy in there are great!

Love the photo of Finn on the skateboard too!
natesmountain
Jan. 15th, 2010 07:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, butterfly houses sure are warm. A welcome warmth where you are. Here, when we came out, the temperature on the car thermometer was 44 deg C!! But once we got moving it went back to about 22.

I occasionally imagine what fun it'd be to take photos for a living. But I guess I'm committed to the classroom in this lifetime.
vivh
Jan. 15th, 2010 07:56 am (UTC)
I would really welcome some warmth...it's been very cold here of late, NZ summer sounds so tempting!

I love photos, both taking them and looking at them... I found some at Mum's the other day, of Te Mata Peak (Havelock North), which Dad took when he was visiting us - I got so excited to see it again!!!
natesmountain
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
Actually, right now here in Wgton it's howling wind and pouring rain!

Te Mata Peak - Steve and I went to Napier on a road trip and drove up to Te Mata and decided we were definitely in love up there in the long grass (all we did was take photos of one another!). I have happy memories of that trip! You lived up that way, didn't you, for a while?
vivh
Jan. 15th, 2010 09:04 am (UTC)
Typical Wellington!

Yes, we lived in Hastings for six years and used to go up Te Mata Peak most Sundays after church (other times too) Lots of very happy memories up there!
natesmountain
Jan. 15th, 2010 11:09 am (UTC)
-Typical Wellington!
Oh yes indeedy. People who've just been up north on holiday are saying, tell me, why do we live here again?

One of Finn's friend's mothers phoned today from Nelson. They've been camping and down south it was so cold they had a snowball fight. Midsummer...
vivh
Jan. 15th, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
Snowball fights in Summer - lol

I think if we move back to NZ some time I would like to live further north!! - Hastings would be okay... but Northland sounds even better!!!
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