October 29, 2008

I’m 29…Lets Party!!

I am one lucky lady that’s for sure.In the short space of two years that I have been in New Zealand I have met some of the most amazing people. Each one brings something different to my life, each one as special as the next. I could not be happier.

Saturday night I celebrated my 29th birthday! One more year till the big 3 0, however I am ready. It seems I will be taunted and I will be mocked, and maybe so. But on the life journey I have had, each year becomes a new adventure, a new challenge and a new future. So you mockers be mocked (you know who you are!), I will be 30 and I will be proud…convinced?!

To celebrate my special night I was joined as I said by the most amazing women. Each one has brought something amazing to my life, each one different, yet so very connected.

Introductions please!

Joining me on my wonderful night was:

Sarah, the person who I have in fact known the longest. We met at a play area one month after our arrival in NZ, and connected instantly, from there the most intense relationship developed. Exchanging details we have never looked back, Sarah and her gorgeous family have featured the most on our blog, being there for us, offering advice – they will always stay dear in our hearts!!

Jo and Susan, my long time friends who I met just two months after my arrival. They were part of a mothers group that got together every Tuesday. I was introduced by my neighbour at the time and we hit it off straight away. Along with Joan (who sadly couldn’t make it) we have have become firm best friends. A group that now cannot be broken and has grown closer and stronger over time. These ladies are my backbone, I cannot imagine life without them.

Annemieke I met through Bethany’s swimming lessons. We used to sit together at the side of the pool with other mothers, week in and week out, so through this we formed a friendship. Annemieke and her family are from the Netherlands, an amazing family who had a dream and followed it, and they now have their own little kiwi – and are very proud to enter the NZ books as the first ever baby in New Zealand to be named Pemma!

I then met Denyse, we had ran into each other numerous times at Brooklyn Kindergarten, then knew it was time to make a further connection when we started bumping into each other at parties held at Sarah’s house! Denyse is a Kiwi and Tony her husband a Londoner, they have two amazing girls. Two girls more amazing than any of us can ever imagine. I am so in awe of all this family has been through and survived, truly awesome characters.

Next Dawn came into my life. We ‘met’ via blog cyberspace, each reading each others blogs, finally realising we lived in the same town. Meeting up couldn’t have been more amazing. Dawn and Darren are American expats and have the most wonderful stories to tell. Dawn is stunning, a truly sensitive soul who I feel I can connect with so honestly. We were all sat in envy of the fact Dawn looks so youthful…the reason….no children!! Lucky woman. Darren works for Weta, for those that know what that is you can join me in my first reactions of: wow!!

Catherine has just started her own photography business. A stunningly gorgeous lady who is simply the most amazing photographer I have ever met. A long time in the mill (due to being a perfectionist) she has now launched Catherine Cattanach Photography. My faith in Catherine is 110%, the photos she did for Bethany’s birthday last year were stunning. Like Denyse we met through Brooklyn Kindy, Bethany and her son Alexander took a shine to each other. Bethany has never forgotten him and he is still on my list as her future husband one day!

Alina I met when we moved house in January this year. Along with her husband Justin she has two totally gorgeous children. A true Kiwi family who know what life is all about. Alina has been my inspiration in so many ways. She really is a truly amazing woman, one of those who strive for the hardest thing and makes it happen, one of those ladies who makes my mouth drop open in sheer admiration.

Last but definitely not least we come to Stef. Through the wonders of cyberspace Stef found our blog. We had the most in depth email conversations which lead to Stef, her husband Rich and their little girl making the move to NZ just 4 months ago. Rich came and stayed with us earlier in the year, our friendship has developed in ways I could never imagine. Stef is simply gorgeous, a beautifully honest girl with nothing but life for the world. They have placed themselves into our hearts, we are proud to know them and proud of what they have achieved so far.

Every single one of them has impacted my life in ways they will never know. Watching them all chat together at the restaurant warmed my heart, to know that all the inspirational women who had touched my life were now meeting each other, it was the most wonderful feeling.

We had an amazing night, the drinks flowed, the meal was delicious and much dancing was had. Now of course all that is left is to say thank you.

Thank you ladies for all your love, let’s cherish what we have forever, I love you all….oh and here you are, enjoy your drunk photos!!!

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  • Tanya

    October 30, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Oh my god Ive just had a look at Catherine’s website STUNNING wow such talent I am completely in awe!!
    By the way the 30’s are brilliant I’m a year off 40 now (holy shit…40?…!!)and Ive gotta say I still feel 21 except hopefully a little wiser (teenagers will do that to a girl).

  • The Pescini Family

    October 30, 2008 at 6:19 am

    Great night and what an awesome post… now what can we say about Marrisa?
    Marrisa… whom I met when she moved to our street earlier this year. Is an amazing woman with an amazing family. She totally loves Mike, and he her, and their beautiful princess Bethany – not to mention Master Denver Dawes. What a col family! Marrisa has been an inspiration to many families making the exciting, but no doubt scary move across the world. She has helped them here and supported them in their transition to NZ life, and in doing so has made some amazing friends. Marrisa has a ‘sparkle’ and a genuine interest and caring for people, and I am blessed to have met her. P.S. The Dawes family make wonderful Kiwi’s themselves – thye have experienced more of NZ and more of ‘Kiwi’ life than most of us who were born here… they are an asset to NZ! Smile
    Pleased you had a wonderful birthday and look forward to sharing more with you Smile

  • d

    October 30, 2008 at 6:45 am

    You forgot to mention that I was the only one there who is not a mother, though.. =D

    In any case – it was such a great night!! Thanks for inviting me along – I was so happy to be able to celebrate your birthday with you.

  • Ruta M.

    October 30, 2008 at 7:59 am

    So many smiles, such good friendships. Wine, dine and dance, what more do you need for a wonderful birthday celebration.

  • Marrisa

    October 30, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Oh yeah, I forgot about that Dawn! I have now added a line, people will understand now why it is you look so youthful Smile

  • Sarah

    October 30, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Wow! What a lovely surprise to wake up to this morning! I’ve just got back in from enjoying this gorgeous weather and finally get a chance to comment – I’ll be watching that video a few times – it’s incredible! What a lovely memory of a very fun night! Thanks for bringing us all together, it was amazing – just like you – and wonderful to see you so happy.

    Lots of love,

    Sarah x

  • Catherine

    October 30, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    OMG now I understand why I dreamed that night about searching for pain killers. If my unconscious self can come up with that, imagine the conscious reality at 6am when the kids woke up! Luckily Alistair took over when he got up at 8am, bless him, and I went back to sleep for nearly three hours…
    Love the video, especially that little warp on Stef at the end – nice touch!
    Thanks for the shameless plug for my website, and Tanya, whoever you are, BIG KISS! Feedback like that makes me know I’ve done the right thing in finally going for it (with ridiculous amounts of prodding from our ever-supportive Marrisa).
    Now I’m off to have a look at Michael’s photo pick of the week – looks decidedly dodgy…

  • Smudgers

    October 30, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Absolutely love it!! The video is brilliant, love the fact that as it goes on we get more and more worse for wear, the song is perfect too. I had a brilliant night and you know I would have kept you out till 4am if we didn’t have husbands and kids to worry about!
    Both you and Mike have been amazing for us all and even after nearly 5 months of being here if ever Rich and I are not sure about something or we need to know something we both respond with lets ask Mike and Marrisa! You really are our first port of call. Thank you so much.
    ps dinner better be nice on sunday.

  • Rachel

    October 31, 2008 at 2:37 am

    Wow – hilarious – love the vid – the music and the ‘wobbly’ Stef summed it up! – can’t wait for your 30th – went paragliding for mine – yikes that was a while ago – at least will def. be in NZ for my 40th in a few years time!!! – see you all soon – hugs Rachx

  • Claudious

    October 31, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Happy Birthday!!! It sounds like you had the most amazing time and I have full confidence you will make it through the twenties with a bang.

    Thank you for introducing these amazing ladies!

  • Prin

    October 31, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Happy birthday again!

    It’s awesome that you have such great friends and even more awesome how you love them so openly and honestly. Smile

  • Anonymous

    October 31, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Hi guys. Missed out on a bit again, work has been keeping me busy. Happy Birthday to you both, sounds like you have been having a very busy two weeks.

    Some great friends you have there, sounds like you have really settled in now. Oh, suppose we should admit we are to return to the UK, sadly things havent worked out for us as we hoped.

    Anyway, sorry to put a downer on your happy post! Will send an email to the one listed on your site.

    Ron Beswich and Family