Can’t Wait to See The Photos

Yesterday we had a family tea for Mr Pigalina’s grandma. She handed a camera to a grandson and told him to take some photos of the all important cake ‘n’ candle ceremony.
Only I was a camera that was about twenty years old and had no film in it. “It needs film Grandma”.
“It’s got one in it.”
“You can’t buy it anymore can you?”
“Yes you can!”
So he dutifully clicked away. Even got a great group shot of the grandkids.

Apparently this same camera documented their last, two week long, holiday. All with no film in it.

Family Wedding – Half the World Away

My cousin is getting married in England today. (Technically 3am New Zealand time tomorrow).
As I can’t be there I am drinking wine and watching “Superbad”. Hardly the same thing.
It has been an emotional week, what with the wedding and my sister finding out she is expecting a boy. My nephew, who looks set to be Australian.
And contrary to popular belief, NZ and Australia are not the same country.

Queenstown Quest

We awoke to snow in Hawea which almost meant a whole day inside keeping warm. It soon stopped so the day’s plan – a trip to Queenstown was back on.
We headed to Below Zero, a bar in a refrigeration unit where the seats, sculptures and glasses are made out of ice. My fingernails felt like they were going to drop off and Daddy Pigalina’s juice froze solid.
On the way back to Hawea we stopped off in Kawarau Gorge where Mummy Pigalina did a bungy jump! Not our average Saturday.

Pigalinas Are Not Great Gangsters

Today the wider Mr Pigalina family – cousin division, played a few rounds of Mafia (the party game, not Xbox game as pictured). You have to be cunning, a good liar and be able to read others. Factions quickly form and protestations of innocence go unheeded if you are unable to back it up. Intellects get questioned and every eye movement analyzed.
A whole lotta murdering going on at Granddad’s birthday.

(Apologies for terrible photo).

Sweet Wedding

Had so much fun at the wedding of Mr Pigalina’s cousin. There was a delicious lolly station with the pictured personalized treats, a great band and lots of laughs.
As we were the last standing there *may* have been some playing of the band’s instruments.
The night ended with us feeling like teenagers, getting a ride home at 2am from an Uncle with Mr Pigalina’s brother stuffed in the hatchback boot.
Just saw the pictures, they start out elegant…

Chilling in the Chilly Weather

Yesterday a storm whizzed through and we had a two hour power cut. Luckily the power came on just as the candles had started to melt the bucket I had put them in. Other parts of the neighborhood only had power restored this evening so we got off lightly.
Tonight we had tea at Mr Pigalina’s parent’s for our niece’s 16th birthday. Tobias was glad he had his coat on as it started snowing while we were there. Tobias is pictured here with Mr Pigalina’s Dad, enjoying some cuddle time.

Strike Me Pink!

Attended a Pink Ribbon afternoon tea in honour of Mr Pigalina’s cousin who passed away from Breast Cancer on this day. There was pink food – including pink bread and “Wobble Gobble”; there were wigs, pink clothes and lots of money was raised for the cause.

It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want to

Surprise party today to celebrate Mr Pigalina’s Aunt and Uncle turning 60. As they walked in and everyone started singing Aunty N burst into tears. And looked very distraught.
Luckily that passed quickly and the Chinese banquet began. Not only were the Pigalinas at the table with a few children (smaller appetites) there were also a number of fish haters – meaning more delicious lemon fish for us.