Things I Learnt From My Dad

Things I Learnt From My Dad

Today is my Dad’s birthday!ย Because of my mom’s work schedule though, we’ve postponed his birthday dinner celebration till next weekend!

My dad’s name is Jeff. He and my mum, Julie, have been together since the mid 80’s. They celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary a few months ago. Dad is endlessly patient, a chatterbox, hilarious and amazing. He is also a sports fanatic. He loves his soccer (I believe his team is Arsenal) rugby (All Blacks, of course), and he takes quite an interest in a lot of others. For today’s post, I’m going to reflect on things I’ve learnt from him.

  • How to get rid of hiccups – Dad would suddenly jump at us and yell when we had hiccups as kids. It scared me so much, but the hiccups would be gone. One account of dad scaring me as a kid had nothing to do with hiccups actually, he was watching his soccer and someone did an impressive goal. Toddler Angela was trying to figure out how to walk close by, and Dad yelled/cheered so loud that apparently I burst into terrified tears and fell over. Dad still likes to tell that story.
  • Rambling – My rambling skills come from my Dad. He is the King of Rambles. He’s also the King of Chit Chat. Dad can talk with anyone, for ages. He loves telling stories (and Dad jokes), and can make people laugh. It’s a skill I envy. I can ramble and tell stories, but not to a crowd, and definitely not to someone I just met. Dad has hosted events before, as well as talked in front of large groups of people and improvised a speech. His favourite stories to tell us growing up were “Well, when Iย was your age…” followed by what we knew were elaborate stories, but still fun to listen to.
  • Using a computer – I learnt how to maneuver computer programs from dad, from Microsoft Word, to Paint, and everything in between.
  • Computer Games – Dad played a number of games, most notably RPG ones. He introduced these to me and my siblings, and we all still love to play them.

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Our Wedding Highlights

Our Wedding Highlights

This post is going to be a little different.

Regular readers will know that I got married around a month ago (and I don’t stop talking about it lol). If you’ve read Our Wedding, then you already have a fair idea of how it all went down through all my ramblings and pictures. However, we also have video footage of our wedding..

Okay, so, I’ve been going back and forth on sharing this video. It’s personal and while part of me wants to keep it to ourselves, another part of me wants to show everyone I meet. My sister’s fiancee, Tibor agreed to film our wedding (it was kinda thrown on him when he arrived a few days before the wedding), and he was happy to have a role to play. He used my parents little camcorder that we’ve had for a while, and took lots of little clips throughout the day, which he said he would put together into a highlights reel. A few weeks after the wedding, he and Jo sent me and Rory a link on Google Drive. Attached, was a 6 and a half minute highlights reel of our wedding. I was so happy when we first we saw this (I cried as I do when there’s too much emotion happening). We’ve shown it to our families and friends, and everyone loved it.

I talked to Rory and asked if it would be cool if we shared it with you guys too. He said “Go for it”. I share a lot on here, but mostly through pictures and words. A video is a lot more real. It’s not as impressive as some of those fancy wedding videos I’ve seen out there (they’re so much fun to watch though), but to us, it’s beautiful, full of love, and perfect as it showcased all the best moments from our day. The song playing was used for the procession. It’s a cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” by Simply Three.

Hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into one of the best days of our lives ๐Ÿ™‚

Angela.

A Love Story (The Really Extended Version)

A Love Story (The Really Extended Version)

Exactly one month ago, Rory and I said our vows and got married. We had an amazing wedding, and I still love to look through all the pictures and videos that everyone took. I posted a long rambly post about the day (Our Wedding) after we got back from our Fiji Honeymoon (which I have also posted about). In celebration of this, I wanted to look back through the history of our relationship. I did a quick version in an older post calledย Lucky in Love.

So just a heads-up, I’m in a very lovey-dovey headspace, so if you don’t fee like reading a long rambly post about being in love (just look at that word count!), then check out some of my other posts. If you’re happy to join me on my rambles, then keep reading!

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The Marry-Wed Game

The Marry-Wed Game

Hello all! I found this cute variation of the Newlyweds game throughย Pinterest.ย Rory and I were doing our own thing at home a couple of days agoย when I came across it. As newlyweds ourselves, we thought we would give this a go. It was a fun way to kill some time as we finished household errands and wound down from the day. This may be a long post, so skim read if you want ๐Ÿ™‚

the MARRY-WED game- a lot like the

There were only 20 questions, and we had a lot of fun thinking about our answers. First, I wrote down what I thought Rory’s answers for these questions would be. Then came the fun part, talking it through and seeing what the other person thought!ย As we went through this, I thought it would make a fun blog post, so I asked if he minded, and he laughed and said of course not. So you will have both of our voices in this blog, which makes this my first collaboration, of sorts. Rory’s voice will be inย bold, as I will continue being in regular text. Here we go.

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Honeymooning in Fiji

Honeymooning in Fiji

It took me longer than I intended, but let me share with you all my wonderful trip (a.k.a. honeymoon) to Fiji with my brand new husband Rory!

As you’d know from Honeymooning Through Food, we stayed at Taveuni Island Resort. To travel there from New Zealand was a bit tricky however. We flew from Wellington to Nadi on Sunday afternoon (it takes around 3 and a half hours). Then we needed to take a connecting flight from Nadi to Taveuni. The timing of both flights always clashed. So we ended up having to stay the night in Nadi. This was on our first night in Fiji, and again on our last night as we ran into the same problem timetable wise.

For our one-night stay in Nadi, we booked withย Aquarius on the Beach. This was a lovely hostel, only 15 minutes from the airport. They also offer to pick you up and drop you off to the airport (for only $14 FJD), so we thought it would be a good place to stay.

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Our Wedding

Our Wedding

Hey internet friends! I’m finally back home in Wellington, we arrived yesterday afternoon. I also wanted to formally acknowledge a big thank you to everyone, because I officially hit 100 followers! I mentioned it in my last postย The Blogger Recognition Award (100 Followers!), but I wanted to say thank you again, because it really does mean a lot!

Back to the topic at hand, we’ve still got a few days before returning to work which is great. We are currently making our way through wedding cards and gifts, left over decorations, dry cleaning suits and dresses…basically everything we left before heading to Fiji! For now, I wanna hit Pauseย and think back on the happiest day of my life (so far!)

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