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19-01-2010 20:24 hour
Kathryn and Korie Morrison ( Dargaville. At home on our computer!!!! )

Hi de hi Gardiners, well guess what?  We have a new computer and Broadband!! Woop woop, now we can slot back into our old routine of checking in on you all every couple of days.  Firstly from Korie, "How big is your science table Rory?"  I think there could be some healthy competition going on here!!  I'm sure you will have a vast collection in no time with all the travels you go on!  Over the summer Korie has added shells, stones and bones to his table and an old green milk token he found under the house!  We had Caid at our house today so we went down to the new pool for a swim.  Now here is the great news... Korie finally let go of his nose and swam freestyle for the very first time!!  This was an amazing moment for me because Korie has had almost zero confidence in the pool and I have to say that having Caid there alongside him made all the difference.  We visited the pool twice today!!  We spent 3 nights at the Opononi camp grounds a couple of weeks ago, it was lovely to get away and Korie caught the most fish however they were ALL throw backs!!!  I havn't had time to read much of what you have all been up to because we have only been connected for about an hour and everyone wants a turn!!  Anyway our thoughts are with you all always.  Love to you Sean. Leigh, Sam and Rory from the Morrisons xox

19-01-2010 17:29 hour
Merilyn Stevens ( Dargaville )

Have just been into school and cleared my mail. What a lovely photo Rory. Thank you. I hope the  weather in taranaki stays fine for the last weekend in Jan  as Mrs Bishop and myself are biking round Taranaki - half each.

18-01-2010 20:59 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Phew!  You can cram alot into a few days!!  I bet it was cool getting to drive the quad along the beach.  We have about 4 strawberry plants in our garden and we are managing to pick about 20 delicious juicy sweet strawberries every couple of days,  Its soooo good. 
We returned last week from a few very relaxing days up north in Kaitaia.  Kody counted 12 one lane bridges on the way!  We still have not managed to make it to the movies to see Fantastic Mr Fox, I personally cannot wait!  I think we will head over this weekend sometime.
Not long to go now for the scan etc, it is always in the back of my mind, I hate to think how much it is playing on your minds. 
Leigh I always go a bit shakey at the knees with any height issues so dont feel bad there!  Letting Rory go off on his own more will just come with time, letting him know you are always there for him and Sam will ease his mind.  I bet Sean is missing you all like crazy! 
Well now take care and feel the good vibes coming your way!!
Lots of love Trudi and the Crew xxxxx

15-01-2010 15:12 hour
Dad ( Whangarei , NZ )

Hi Brew Boo, Sam, Leigh,
Just dropped into Grannys work to catch up on what you lot have been up to. Glad to see you are all having a great time in the Naki its hard reading about the many adventures and not been a part of the action. I have been counting down the days till I see you all. Miss you all love Dad

14-01-2010 11:33 hour
jane c ( whangarei )

condolences to you all on Carson's passing...it must be difficult to miss someone you have never met and feel his passing maek a breeze on your own lives.... i can't imagine- but you may be reading this in 5 years time and breathing the other kind of deep breath out... full of relief and acknowlegement of all you have been through... i am glad to read you are honouring the wear and tear this has taken... i hope you find some rest in amoungst all the work you have to do to start this new phase in your life! ps Rory, when i was a kid, there was a comic strip about a man who built up his muscles and went back and kicked sand in a bully's face ... your experience on the beach made me think of that... those boys are just ingnorant about true courage... i feel sorry for them... ps kia kaha rory!

12-01-2010 15:47 hour
kay,conor, mark , zack ( baylys beach )

Hi guys, sounds like you are having a busy time, when do you breathe.  We also have been on the move, camping at Mangawhai for about a week where we did the coastline walk which was fabulous.  We had our first swim carnival in the new 50m pool which is an amazing facility.  Both the boys managed personal bests even with no training.  We have been home for 2 days and leave tomorrow for the lakes and will camp there till the 25th Jan.  We all miss you and Conor is asking to make more phone calls to his mate Sam.  Rory you sound like your making great progress and doing better each day.  Keep it up.  Remember Leigh we are only a phone call away.  Love to you all Kay, Mark, Conor and Zack

07-01-2010 21:43 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Hi there!!
I cant imagine the emotions that would get all stirred up when you are on the other website Leigh.  But I guess in a way it is a strong support for you.  I really feel that running 10k every morning is WAY too strenuous!  Makes me tired just reading it!  So just take it easy on yourself Leigh.  I am comforted by the thought of your Mum and Dad fussing over you and the Boys.  I wish there was something we could do for you!  So dont be hard on yourself Leigh, and never be afraid to ask for help!!
On a light note, we had a visit from my cousin Peter his wife Michelle and their son Jack, who came up from Auckland yesterday.  They brought with them Bell, their chocolate Lab and a kids size quad bike!!!!! so as you can imagine the last two days have been filled with excited boys!!!  We went out to Glinks Gully today (It was another glorious Northland day!) and while Peter fished (or tried too!) the boys all took turns riding the quad (Kody wants to let Rory know that he does some mean donuts!) Stella took an unexpected fully clothed dip in the sea and I found a HUGE dragonfly!  Yesterday Ben fell of the playhouse (after being told to get off numerous times) and was very lucky to escape without any major damage just a bruised ego! and after we waved them off this afternoon Ben said ' I wish we had a dog Mum' and I thought oh dear...:(
Over the weekend we plan to go and see Fantastic Mr Fox at the movies, Nana brought for the kids a very cool boxed set of all Roald Dahls books, which we are reading our way through.
You are still in our thoughts everyday, sending love strength and paitence, xxx Trudi and the Team!

02-01-2010 22:02 hour
The Johnstons ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Well Hello, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!! I have been out of action for a wee while, we have just returned from camping out at Kai Iwi lakes, all very tired! Prior to that we camped out at my Sisters place (Kirikopuni) on Christmas Eve and Christmas night.  So now as I type the kids are all tucked up in their beds and I am not very far away form a lovely hot shower and Bed. 
It sounds like you have been everywhere and seen everything in the short time you have been down there! Fancy meeting up with Brenda!!  Sounds like it was a fun day at the beach,  just listen to what you Mum tells you Rory when sad people pass negative comments your way,  What they fail to realise is if they took the time to meet you and your family they would find the strongest, adventure filled family who have weathered a sucky year!!  I am sure Rory given the chance you would have come up with something cheeky to say back to them!  If it happens again let me know and we will come down and sort them out!! 
I would really like to know what those things were you sighted on the water Leigh I cant even remember the names you used!  But I know I have never heard of them!  Maybe when I am not so tired I will google them and find out!
Anyway the shower and my bed is calling me, take care and will catch up soon.  Keep exploring, lots of love The very tired Johnstons xxxxx 

02-01-2010 18:14 hour
Heni ( Waipoua Forest , NZ )

Kiaora Kiaora Kiaora!!!
Happy New Year whanau. My gosh Rory you've had your Hickman removed,your teeth looked at,sending boo's angels,receiving your last lot of courage beads and much more and still looking HANDSOME - WOW talk about Ironman dude!!!. Our whanau have been out the beach diving,swimming,getting a tan and eating and sleeping. Today though i'm at work at the VC and sending a message to you's and Heaps,Lots and Many of Hugs and Kisses. Will keep in touch
Kia Pai to haere i tenei tau
Ma te Atua hei manaakitia koutou
Aroha nui
Heni & whanau

01-01-2010 17:04 hour
Cindy Rimmington ( Auckland , NZ )

Happy New Year Leigh, Sean, Sam and Rory.  We hope you continue to have a lovely time in the Naki.  We had Xmas up in Auckland with both Havana's sets of grandparents but it's never quite the same as at home under the mountain.  Love Cindy, Neville and Havana.