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Back home and settling in

We've been home a while now, and on arriving back we felt it took longer than expected to adjust and settle into home life again. Our house is our home and business, so found ourselves overwhelmed with the amount of things needing to be done  - After all we've been gone for 7 months !  Our friends did an amazing job taking care our interests -  spread between a few of them they all did a great job - so we're grateful and relived - [...]

June 12th, 2021|Comments Off on Back home and settling in

Some facts regarding food and living with PWS

I just felt I have to enlighten some complications we go through on a daily bases. Our updates of our blog are true to what we do but I don't really fill you in on behind the scenes very often - so here you are ...... The main thing that keeps us strong is the LOVE we have for Isla and of course Lola too -  to help us navigate through the tricky food related complications relating to everyone living with PWS . So as [...]

May 5th, 2021|Comments Off on Some facts regarding food and living with PWS

Girls back in school n Loving it

So the girls have now re-joined in their local school and very much enjoying it - seeing all their friends again, and settling back into routine . Isla's had her teacher aid by her side helping her to adjust which has been wonderful . For me it's been very quite - I feel like I need to keep checking on them even when their as school ! just so used now to having them close by I guess. Of course now I'm not home schooling [...]

May 4th, 2021|Comments Off on Girls back in school n Loving it

YES – Isla now has her teacher aid hours.

YES - seems now that we've gained Isla some more teacher aid hours- with more persistence, lots of meetings, letters here and there, and working together with great support from Islas school principle -we did it. Together we've managed to gain Isla 4 days, or 24 hours of teacher aid per week to support Islas learning journey and protect her from the dangers of food while at school, and to also help her through the day with any behavior complication's that arise. This is a [...]

April 30th, 2021|Comments Off on YES – Isla now has her teacher aid hours.

Isla the lumberjack ! Nearly home now.

Wow what determination Isla has - she sawed her way through this big piece of wood for the fire all by herself ! One silver- lining for anyone with PWS is their determination, patience, and staying power to complete their goal -  a skill some kids lack, especially with so much screen time going on these day - which I pride ourselves on not being part of. - Well a family movie together once a week and that it. Nearly home now- We're actually just [...]

April 29th, 2021|Comments Off on Isla the lumberjack ! Nearly home now.

The M.O.E battle continues for teacher aid hours for Isla- but time is ticking !

Communications with the Ministry of Education continue to raise the hours of teacher aid that Isla's needing to attend school - with the new term starting in only 6 days - time's now of an essence !  The principle of the school is doing their best in every way with a meeting with the M.O.E imminent - So as you can imagine we're very eager to hear the outcome.

April 28th, 2021|Comments Off on The M.O.E battle continues for teacher aid hours for Isla- but time is ticking !

Anzac Day Baking

Anzac Day, of course a day of remembrance for those who fought and sadly lost their lives in battle. Lola had to get baking for the occasion -Not so healthy I know, but there has to be exceptions. They were very yummy, - see Lola's blog for how to make them.

April 26th, 2021|Comments Off on Anzac Day Baking


After a few relaxing days at our friends we headed north to Opononi and back inland a little east to hook up with a friend we hadn't see for the time we've been away - now we're getting closer to our home we're obviously looking forward to seeing all our friends again back in and around our home township. We had a great time chilling at Steve's, getting our heads around our trip coming to an end ! walking to visiting the local four legged [...]

April 26th, 2021|Comments Off on Opononi.

Potting and crafts together.

While parked up visiting our friend whos a potter and guided us to get crafty with the clay, then as you can see other crafts can also unfold when were in one place for a little while. I couldn't decide what time of the day i liked the view best - its was always so beautiful - it was just what we needed after so much driving - just to stay put for a few days and enjoy the beach and the surrounding area.

April 24th, 2021|Comments Off on Potting and crafts together.


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