Archive for November 22, 2013

Mud…mud…glorious mud – Brookfield Butt Busta Mud Race

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Brookfield Butt Busta Mud Race 2013

Mud from head-to-toe

2 rolled ankles

11 bruises (& counting)

3 broken fingernails

1 lost race number

1 lot of blood


= Priceless e
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It’s a beautiful drive early on this Sunday morning along the Petone foreshore, over the Wainui hill and through the countryside to find the Brookfield Scout Camp, the location of the famous Brookfield Butt Busta mud race!

This is a race with a difference, or two…it has the normal 4km, 8km or 12km course options and there ‘is’ running involved.  But its the mud – water – bush – dirt and obstacles that take you out of your comfort zone and into the super fun zone!

We arrive early (we always do) and manage to score a park nice and close to the start and where everyone latter would gather.

The weather is perfect for an impending race…not hot…not cold…just nicely mildly overcast.

We rock on inside to gather our race numbers from Registration which is super quick and easy. We head back to the car and because of our awesome parking position we can sit, chat and watch all the comings and goings of everyone else that is slowly arriving.

There appears to be a large School group from Scots College, which is awesome to see so many kids and parents teaming up for the event.
It’s also fun watching the array of fancy dress costumes walking past and wondering “just how are they going to run in THAT”…and “are they going to also carry that gun…sword…bone…all the way round the course with them!”
Really I’m, secretly jealous as I LOVE dress ups, but can’t comprehend the idea of making my running even harder but trying to contend with my mask falling off or a scratchy tutu or something.

I love the feeling I have right now, there’s an air of outdoors-ness, being out and alive early on a weekend morning in the elements.  There’s a touch of excitement about what the race will bring, and a touch of anticipation/nervousness at also ‘what’ the race might bring. It’s a good feeling, the buzz is starting to build as the racer’s, spectators and crowds gather.

The race times have been set in waves, sending off the Junior competitors first, the School group, the Junior teams, the 12 km’s (3 loops), the 8km’s (2 loops) and then various waves of the 4km’s teams and individuals.

 

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A large bunch of super hero’s

 

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The mud pit

 

We have ages til our race starts, so we head over to near the end of the circuit to where the “River/Pond and the Mud Pit/Pool” are and await the first lot of eager kids to come through.
We don’t have to wait long and you hear them coming through the bush before you can see them emerge.
It was hilarious to see the looks on the faces of the ones that obviously hadn’t done it before and how they reacted to the Mud Pit. Some gingerly edged themselves down into it, some raced up and jumped full tilt and did a bomb submerging themselves completely in.
Note to self: “remember to close my mouth when I jump”.    Read more

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10 Unique & different family traditions from a Single Parent family

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With the Summer Holidays and Christmas coming up so soon it’s got me thinking more and more about family traditions!

In our family we have a raft of ones we have gathered either purposely or accidentally over the past 13 years.  Some we do throughout the year and some are about Christmas and the Holidays.

It feels good to have/make family traditions even more so in a Single Parent family.  I think it gives Miss 13 a greater sense of family, connection, is something a bit ‘special’, it’s something she can rely on and we do also have loads of fun with them :-)

So I thought I would share some of our different family traditions here:

 

10 Unique & different Family traditions from a Single Parent family

 

1. Milk Shakes at Midnight on the eve of your Birthday (& 1 present)

At midnight on the eve of my daughters Birthday every year, I wake her up, wish her Happy Birthday and ask her if she wants to get up for a Midnight Milkshake.
She always wants to and it’s a special unique way to start the Birthday.
While drinking the Milkshake, I also give her one little present from her stash…then she crawls back into bed in Milky sleepy birthday dreamyness!

 

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Birthday Milkshakes @ Midnightjamieanne / Foter.com / CC BY-ND

 

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4. Laser Eye Surgery – Free Assessment with clinics

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Laser Eye Surgery - Free Assessment

My first Laser Eye Surgery – Free Assessment that I had decided to book was with “Wellington Eye Centre”.

Firstly, I liked that they of course were in Wellington.

They had a very-very long history of Laser Eye Surgery. From what I could gather the lead surgeon Dr Andrew Logan was the first person to bring Laser Eye Surgery to NZ, 17 years ago.

Their clinic also performs other eye surgeries and deal with other eye problems… which for me helped me respect their credibility more that they knew eyes inside and out!

My second assessment I booked at the same time was with the “Fendalton Eye Clinic” which is based in Christchurch (where I have family and friends).

I had my appointment with Wellington Eye Centre first.   Read more

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10 reasons why you will love being a School Camp Parent

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ILearning to Surf - School Campf you have kids, chances are somewhere along the line over the next 13 years of Schooling your kids will head off to various locations on a School Camp.

In New Zealand our camps usually get to be in the great outdoors, in the thick of nature, they’re a place to get dirty, try new things and come home with a weeks worth of enviable stories to offload on your siblings and neighborhood friends.

I’ve just counted and Miss 13 has been on 6 School Camps so far.

If you’re a parent, chances are you will be asked somewhere along the line if you want to be “Parent Help” on the above said camps.
Some of you will be reeling away in horror now at the very mention of the thought, some of you be excited at the prospect of it.

I jumped at the chance to be Parent Help on Miss 13 camps from the very first one**. Over the years I have been on 5 of her camps, to places far and wide around New Zealand including 1 in the South Island.

I’m not naturally maternal and don’t ‘love’ kids…but when it comes to Camp…it totally rocks and the kids totally rock!

So I thought I would compile a list of:

10 reasons why you will love being a Camp Parent:

 

1. You get to do some super cool activities alongside the kids that you might not normally easily get to do, like…   Read more

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