My kitchen

I'm in spring cleaning mode (even though it's Autumn). My terms are so busy teaching the kids and running them here and there, so I enjoy having some free time during the holiday that I can use to get on top of things, things that get ignored during the busy term. I also spend some time in the kitchen making bulk meals for the freezer - which are SOOO appreciated during the term.
I printed off a very thorough spring cleaning list from the internet and spent a morning getting the kitchen all spick and span. The kids gave me a hand, they happily get busy if I give them a spray bottle and cloth of their own. (By the way, use this recipe to make your own natural spray). 
It felt so good to give the kitchen a deep clean, we even tidied and wiped out all the cupboards and drawers. Isla even cleaned the toaster and the kettle for me. Every single surface got cleaned and polished and the lights were wiped of all the fly dirt, ewww!
I took the opportunity while it was clean to take some photos of my new (90%) finished kitchen. A bit different from my cute little old one person kitchen - (which I did love for it's funny little ways). I say 90% because there still a few cupboards that need to be added - one above the microwave and one above the oven which will hold the extractor fan. Plus we need to tile the wall behind the oven.

I've also managed to give the bathrooms a 'spring' clean and the laundry. I've cleared out a whole lot of stuff too and taken it to the opp shop, it's so therapeutic! But now I have a cold and my energy levels are rather low, so I'm not sure if I will get to the bedrooms and lounge. Pretty happy with what I achieved anyway, the other rooms can wait till the next school holidays!

We live in a beautiful country

Just looking through some photos on my phone, this is visiting Waihi Beach a few weeks ago, an amazing day, and we had this part of the beach all to ourselves!


Home schooling adventures - pony time

I know my content on this blog has been a little lacking in the last year or so. When the kids were really little I found I easily had pockets of time when I could get here and share some of what we were up to, but as they grew, those pockets of time became smaller and now they are few and far between. Home schooling fills all our time now, and I'm fine with that, we are too busy living the life to have time to write about it, that's not a bad thing.
We have so many cool adventures homeschooling and we have such an amazing group of homeschool friends in our community, we feel very blessed indeed.
So I thought I would try and share some of the things we get up to. I may not have time to write much here, but it doesn't take long to just share some photos now and again. I know you family that are overseas and out of town will enjoy it :)