14-11-2010 05:19 hour
Jenny Bishop

We are all thinking of you. All the best with the tests.

31-10-2010 21:53 hour
The Johnstons ( Dargaville , NZ )

Howdy!  By crikey you fit alot into your lives!!!  I get exhausted just reading your updates!  Thats awful about your nose Rory,  I hope it heals quickly! 
The kids in our house got all dressed up for Halloween tonight.  Usually we go trick or treating to some pre organised homes, but this year we decided to stay home and have them come to us so we decorated the front of our house with a big spider and I made a ghoulish figure that stood beside the front door out of an old vacume cleaner pipe a mop, black sheet, mask and wig.  I thought it looked pretty cool.  We bought a green light up skull too.  We had quite a few trick or treaters come by, even some teenagers not in fancy dress!  So I made them do some tricks for their treats!!  Kody went off with his mate Devin and his family for about an hour and when they came home they decided that ours was the house with the best treats!! 
Last weekend we headed up north to Kaitaia.  Staying with some good friends.  We spent some time on Saturday at Lake Ngatu, the boys all had a ride on a jetski, Brian had a go on a biscuit behind the jetski, its was all good until he came off and couldnt get back on!!!  And I struggled to fit into my pre children wetsuit!  It only too me about half an hour of struggling, laughing and huffing and puffing....STUPID HIPS!!!  But with a little heaving help from my friend (who had to drag herself off the floor laughing at me!) We managed to get me into it!  Only to go over to the lake and not even touch the water!! On Sunday we went to Tokerau Beach (I still never made it into the water!) The weather was gorgeous!
The kids all enjoyed playing around in the water.
Well I guess you might be into countdown mode for the arrival of your Baby!!!  Kathryns Grandson is super cute and cuddly!  ...made me have a bit of a cry when I held him for the first time!
The boys had their DPS Show day on Friday.  Kody got 1st for his calender art and Ben achieved a 3rd place for sand saucer and a merit for his vase.  Made me very proud.  There was a breakaway calf in the Grand Parade which had a ripple effect on the other animals.  Was very funny to watch but the kids seemed to get in under control quickly! 
I will be giving you a call sometime this week re the November catch up too.  So now I will hit the sack.  Take care Lots of Love from the Johnstons xxxxx 

25-10-2010 20:07 hour
matai ( waihue, dargaville )

hi Sam, been a while since we've been in touch, hope you are well and like your new school. We had fun at Mahia over the hols, built a mean-as hut on the beach, which got busted down by a quad bike rider and then burnt, some people get jealous I reckon. We went fishing, and I caught heaps of sharks!! Hope all is well with you and the family.
From Matai

20-10-2010 11:59 hour
Aliesha Lawrence ( Dargaville , NZ )

Hi Rory
I have been checking out your website we now have the internet, I hope you are doing well and looking forward to having a new baby brother or sister, take Care
Aliesha lawrence Rm3 Dargaville primary School

14-10-2010 21:47 hour
Kathryn Milich ( Dargaville )

Woops just realised we missed your birthday Leigh, so a Happy late birthday to you, we hope your day was filled with specialness.  Well we have been up to the hospital to visit Jamie and her new baby tonight and he is so lovely, just like a brand new kitten heehee.  Korie thinks Jayden-Rei is awsome and loves to hold him and stare at him.  Rory you and Sam must be a bit excited for when your little brother arrives!  It was funny this morning at school, when Kories mates heard that he was an uncle they were patting him on the back and calling him Uncle Korie, it was like they were congratulating him!  Well I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying being back at school, the last few days have been crazy busy and I much crawl into bed, goodnight Gardeners xox from the Morrisons

13-10-2010 14:52 hour
Sandy @ HELL New Plymouth ( New Plymouth , NZ )

Hi Leigh, Sean, Sam, Rory and The Bump,
Hope all is going well and the boys are settled back at school. I clearly remember the feeling of first days back after a term break but then I should after all those years teaching and it was only 5 years ago since stopping to enter into my life in HELL.
Rebecca and I had a great win on The Edge radio competition finding Emma who was "Lost in a Box" for three weeks. Rebacca is visiting her friend in Perth as a 21st present from us so she now can have a spend up and I will put my half away and visit Sarah (our 25 year old) in London and my sister in France next year.
Pop in and see us when you have a chance to collect a bag of money,
Keeping you in our thoughts,
The Blackburns.

06-10-2010 11:43 hour
conor willy ( baylys beach )

Hi Sam
Heard you came 2nd in Taranaki cross country,well done for doing that. My birthday is coming up and I was wondering if you could fly up here for it on the 30th of October.I won our school cross country,4th in northern wairoa and 12th in northland.Hope your having a great holiday,I look forward to hearing from you.
From Conor

04-10-2010 11:37 hour
heni ( Waipoua , NZ )

Kiaora Whanau
Gees it's been a while since i last said anything on this and i have had to play catch-up. First of all Happy belated birthday Lee B and thank you for the txtyou gave to me yesterday that was so awesome!!!. Secondly way to go boys for the way you's are looking after your mum, it is so cool to hear rory that you have made friends and sounds like yous are all doing well now that the winter blues have gone. I see Lee B you are still looking stunning with your puku.Everything in the Waipoua is still the same and yesterday for my birthday i just stayed home to relax but ended up with visitor after visitor, the last lot left at 9.30pm last night. I got given a lovely choclate Geateau cake, a box of Roses chocolate, some lotto tickets and scratchies and a flood of phone calls. Will keep in touch
Ma te aroha kia koutou mo ake tonui

01-10-2010 08:02 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , NZ )

Hi! Hope the holidays are going well for you all.  Now Leigh I have just realised that I missed your BIRTHDAY!!!!  So Happy Belated Birthday to you for the 25th!  Hope you had a fabulous day!  Lots of Love from the Johnstons! xxxxxxx
A message from Kody.  I sent you a parcel I hope you got it. Are you having good holidays?  Kody

22-09-2010 09:14 hour
Tracy Horne ( waihue, dargaville )

Kia Ora Guys,Have got myself up to date with your blog, and very impressed with what you all have been achieving lately, well done!!! The boys have taken up squash, and really enjoying it, they have improved heaps from that first fling of the bat!! Freya has been to some casual coaching also and doing well, Greg is delighted to have his kids follow him onto the court!!We have had some real equinox weather here,which has brought out the spring-cleaner in me (well, a glimpse of a cleaner), but more importantly the gardener, and the beds are being turned, fertilised, and seeds sown, the blossom in the orchard is lovely. This will interest you guys...all the pines up at the lakes have been felled,which has changed the landscape considerably,and Greg has the contract to replant the campgrounds and all the revegetation up there, a huge job, but very pleasing,watch this space!!!a few years will make a big difference, let alone a decade or two!!
Love to you all, the Newman-Horne whanau