I'm not sure how long we will participate in this weekly event ... it all depends if we are able to keep up with all our usual mahi. (As it stands, I'm finding our days are over far too quickly and we haven't achieved half as much as I would prefer.) Definitely looking forward to the next phase of baby-alters-school-routine. I'm certainly used to it now and I'm able to accept that while a baby is tiny, then school is pretty much out the window. Once he gets older, then the routine will change again (... and again .. and again, lol.)
The only difficulty- really - is keeping up with online classes. Before we started taking online classes, it was easy. We simply achieved what we achieved. Now, with scheduled (paid) classes, I need to be sure I've got them in classes and trying to submit at least one assignment if possible. In reality, and in hindsight, I shouldn't have registered for the same amount of classes. Hei aha, we're managing ... and I simply have to accept that we may not be able to produce as many wonderful pieces of work this semester. Things will change (as I mentioned above), so it's all kei te pai.
We didn't really know what tama 1 should do for his "day" on the Student Ning Network, but at the last minute, a plan was hatched. There is only one problem - it has to uploaded at the last minute because at least one picture will be something "current."
Okay, I'm about to try another shared link to a document we created. This is tamāhine 1's introduction to The Hobbit class. (Again, only those I have allowed access can view it.) I worked on it last night. Uncle Craig, of course, has already seen it.
For once we're the only ones in a class who can actually say we've been to the main location of a box-office hit.
As soon as we registered for The Hobbit class with Dina DeYoung,
I decided we should celebrate tamāhine 1's birthday early this year by taking her to Hobbiton.
(Birthday's are never huge in our family; always quiet, simple and family only. However, seeing as she enjoys reading The Hobbit so far, and the fact that the movies were filmed near enough in our neck of the woods - okay, so just over an hour's drive from us - it's still close enough eh?! - well, it seemed like a great Romankids field trip, birthday gift and class project all rolled into one.)
Information Centre in Matamata township
Shows how long ago it's been since I drove through Matamata. I don't recall seeing the revamped Information Centre the last time I drove through this way!
We were meant to head back to the Information Centre after the tour for a particular photo but we needed to return to Rotorua in time for the Monday night St John and Cubs sessions. (I have photos of tama 2 on a separate post.)
When whaiāipo takes the big kids for grading in Te Aroha this upcoming weekend, they can call in on their way home. Well, that's the plan at least!!)
Waiting for tour commencement
(above and below)
First stage of journey is a 10 minute bus ride over typical kiwi farm country
Seriously, our kids have NEVER been on a bus so this was an absolute novelty
Decided to include these photos to show how dry it is in Aotearoa at the moment.
Apparently it's the worst drought in 70 years.
As Hobbiton came into view, our bus driver explained that there is special dispensation for Hobbiton to have water in order to remain green.
The bus ride was the easy part with the little ones ...
Here it comes ... here it comes ...
The Party Tree
And here we are at the Green Dragon
oh dear!!! A water sprinkler!!!
Guess who couldn't resist!!!
I didn't stop him getting soaked - it was sooooooooo hot, he was dry before we got back on the bus
When we returned to base, sheep were being mustered in so of course all the overseas tourists were click, click, click ... I decided it would be okay to get just a couple of photos but the kids couldn't get up close enough with the crowd
Was shocked to learn that this is the last remaining sheep farm (the cockies are converting to dairy in the Waikato)
We see these tour buses all the time picking passengers up at Rotorua Information Centre. Now we can say, "Been there! Done that!"
It's been a very, very long time since our family has managed to get out of Rotorua together. I feel carsick just driving into the city (ha ha ha). Whaiāipo and I would like to think we can take the family to Weta Workshop in Whanganui-ā-Tara (Wellington) as well ... but that's dreaming, Maree!