February - March 2002
|Happy Birthday Lydia!
|Lydia celebrated her very first birthday on
19 March 2002. We can't believe how quickly her
first year has gone - and what a wonderful year
it has been!
We threw her a big party two days
earlier on St Patricks Day. We hired out the
clubhouse at the domain just down the road from
where we live. It was a great venue, ideal for a
kids party with plenty of room for them to run
around, and a great playgym with swings etc close
by. We took along some climbing gyms, tents and
kiddy cars for the children to play on and we put
on a barbeque lunch for the grownups.
|It was quite a turnout with 27 adults and
19 children (ranging in age from 6 weeks to 7 years). We
couldn't resist dressing Lydia up for the occasion in
this gorgous pink fairy dress which made her look quite
the party princess!
A clown called BJ came and did a
great job entertaining the children with magic tricks, a
ventriloquist act and giving them all funny balloon
animals. Lydia was fascinated by the clown and watched
him from the safety of her Daddy's lap for quite some
time, before going off exploring, at one point amusing us
greatly by diving headfirst into one of the kiddy cars!
After that we finished the day with a big "Happy
Birthday to you" as we cut Lydia's special Teletubby
birthday cake (made specially for her by her Mummy) - the
cake was popular with the kiddies and quickly
disappeared! It was a great day which everyone seemed to
BJ plays some games with Ashley
Lydia's serenaded by a balloon guitar!
It's fun with Daddy!
"Lets see what speed this can do!"
"Is this the way to get in?"
Cutting the Tubby cake
|Lance and Pers' Wedding Day!
|On Saturday 9th March we were thrilled to
attend the long awaited marriage of our good
friends Lance and Pers. The wedding ceremony took
place at the Wintergardens in Auckland Domain - a
beautiful backdrop which truly shone in the
fabulous sunny weather that Auckland turned on
for them! Lance looked nervous and excited as he
stood alongside his 3 groomsmen (Murray, Mike and
Alan) and his mother Pat (who performed the
ceremony for them). Pers of course looked
stunning as she appeared after her bridesmaids
and gorgeous flowergirl, hand in hand with her
mother. The ceremony was wonderful and we all
clapped and blew bubbles (!) as they were
announced for the first time as Mr and Mrs
|After some group photos we met up with our
friends again down at a bar in the America's Cup
village while the formal photos were being taken.
It wasn't long before it was time to board the
M.V. Osprey for a fantastic reception cruise
around the Auckland harbour. We all had a ball,
ate a delicious meal, and danced up a storm on
the upper deck as the ferry cruised alongside the
nightspots on the waters edge of downtown, which
really added to the great atmosphere on the boat!
We had a wonderful time thanks, Lance and
Pers, best of luck in your new life together as
husband and wife!
|Welcome to the World
On 7 February 2002 Brent's cousin Owen
and his wife Jo were delighted to
announce the safe arrival of their
bouncing baby boy, Liam Claud MacKinnon,
weighing in at a very healthy 7lb 15oz. I
visited them with Lydia later in February
and Jo seemed to be coping admirably with
the broken sleep and constant feeding,
winding, changing, settling that goes
with these little treasures in those
early weeks! [I looked at Lydia and
appreciated just how easy she is to look
after now - and realised how much bigger
Congratulations Owen and Jo on
your handsome little charmer, and best of luck in
the months ahead!
|Lydia's Week of Fame
last week of February proved to be a high profile
week for our photogenic little daughter!
Six weeks earlier, Lydia had posed for her
first modelling job in the Farmers catalogue, and
it was this week that the catalogue was
distributed around New Zealand! [For those of you
overseas, Farmers is a national retail chain,
similar to perhaps Coles Myer in Australia]. She
had to pose in this very naff pink outfit,
together with a little boy of the same age, and
she'd done pretty well, staying put where she was
supposed to, and smiling occasionally while the
little boy kept crawling off and putting his hand
in his mouth. In the end, the photo they used
wasn't such a great one of Lydia, but at least
they were sitting together!
|We were surprised to find out
that a photo of Lydia was also in the Woman's Day
(NZ's largest selling woman's magazine) that same
week! A couple of weeks earlier I had emailed in
a picture we had taken of Lydia (on the beach up
North) into the magazine [I've never done this
before, of course, its just that one day I saw a
very average photo of a baby in the magazine and
thought "I've got better photos than that of
Lydia!"]. I had forgotten all about having
sent it, so was very surprised when I found out
that she was in there! Needless to say, sales of
the magazine must have increased somewhat with
all our friends and relatives rushing out to buy
themselves a copy!
Woman's Day magazine (NZ issue)
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