August on Instagram

Today, I thought we would start the process of catching up with the last couple of months of Instagram posts.

In August we headed over the Kaimai Ranges and headed to Hamilton, where we larked about through the wonderful Hamilton Gardens.   Here you can see the munchkins in the gate to the Chinese Garden.

Hamilton Field tripLarking about.@hamiltongardens #chinesescholarsgarden #ohwailykids
And then a bit later Miss Oh Waily chose to give Miss Marilyn a huge hug when we visited the Modernist Garden.

She needs a hug! More fun @hamiltongardens #modernistgarden#missohwaily

Miss Oh then dazzled with her two-pan pancake making skills for a Sunday morning.  Yay for Practical Life skills !
Two pan Pancake Queen!#missohwaily #homeec #homeeducation #mumsfreebreakfasttime

 

Master Oh joined the fun when the second of multiple teeth decided to drop out.  He’s fair spitting them out of his mouth at the moment.  A third followed this, and just this week a fourth!  Thankfully the teeth coming in behind are all racing to get out as well.

Toofless boy. #2 tooth out in short succession, with a third hanging on by the thinnest of margins.#masterohwaily

 

With the weather beginning to improve, and our efforts to finally get some of the un-housed-from-our-move household items back into use, we put the kids’ old sandpit together and found a source of new sand for it. So what do they do? They create a mermaid.  I just love their creativity.

Ms Mermaid.Sandpit fun with MissOh and MasterOh. #creativity #sandfun #thepukekopatch

 

A little later in the month we needed to run an errand in Hamilton again.  This time we skipped the Gardens and headed to the Lake.  Lake Rotoroa or Hamilton Lake Domain has had a pretty massive makeover since the last time I visited, quite a few years ago now.  The kids love, love, loved the play ground and they had a blast while I sat quietly enjoying the next image from our trip.
A tough day for a day trip! And an even tougher view to look at over lunch! #thepukekopatch #daytrip #lakerotoroa #hamilton
I’ll just leave this here, shall I?  It needs no real comment, other than – “Yum !”

 

Devonshire tea demolition #funlunch #daytrip #msohwaily #nomnoms

 

Then at the end of the month on a park visit, Miss Oh wanted me to video her efforts to get in to front support. Unfortunately about the only place she had a free bar to do this was rather high up.  Be patient… she was.

Determination! ???? Strength is beautiful! ??#thepukekopatch #missohwaily

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And on the same trip, we discovered that Master Oh’s growth spurt seems to be almost continuous. He is now able to actually touch top and bottom.

Tippy-toe balancing. #finallytallenough #masterohwaily #thepukekopatch

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And there ends our month on Instagram.

July on Instagram


In July we took a trip back to Wellington so it was a quiet time on Instagram.

The trip was so the kids could spend some time with their Dad while he was there working, and to visit with friends as well. Didn’t the weather do a good job for us?  This is the view from Scorching Bay.

Such a beautiful day to be out and about!

Such a beautiful day to be out and about!

 

And then when we came home we started back with history and literature, finally moving on from Egypt and to Greece.  In this case, a kiddie-friendly version of The Odyssey by the author of The Magic Tree House series.

Starting back this week. Heading to Greece in history & literature.

Starting back this week. Heading to Greece in history & literature.

June on Instagram


June’s adventures on Instagram.

We were still learning things about Egypt, and spending plenty of time outdoors.


Making paint from natural ingredients. Egyptian art skills for the modern kid.

Making paint from natural ingredients.

Only in New Zealand

Only in New Zealand

Tutankhamen by Miss Oh

Tutankhamen by Miss Oh

Anybody would think it was summer!

Anybody would think it was summer!

Sandcastle build & decoration team.

Sandcastle build & decoration team.

 

 


 

May on Instagram

By way of making up for the large gaps of silence here at the blog, I will be posting a round-up of images from The Pukeko Patch’s Instagram feed.  You may have thought we weren’t doing much, but the converse is actually the case, and part of the reason there have been so few blog posts around the place.  Hopefully with the impending end of winter we might actually see more blog posts as the days get longer, and trick me in to thinking there are more hours available to get things done in.

In the meantime, here’s some of what we got up to in May.  Feel free to follow The Pukeko Patch on Instagram, if you prefer.

Willie Wonka by Master OhWaily

Willie Wonka by Master OhWaily

Willie Wonka by Miss OhWaily

Willie Wonka by Miss OhWaily

Nature Journal science. Parts of a flower & an impromptu dissection of a garden flower to find the equivalent parts.

Nature Journal science.

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

Build your own numbers.

Build your own numbers.

Mobile toy home

Mobile toy home

Master OhWaily's "Spinner of Doom".

Master OhWaily’s “Spinner of Doom”.

Beach construction.

Beach construction.