Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Beds and dip bars.....

I finally got around to building the girls a new bed so I could have my 6 inch Plyo box back.

The girls enjoy their new bed!

I also installed one of the sets of dip bars, thanks again Ralph :-)

1 down 3 to go!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Bacon Bambi Explosion!!!!!!!!!!

Ralph requested a "Bacon Explosion" while he was visiting. So in order to reward his and Val's hard work today painting and laying floor at MaD CrossFit, I came up with a slight twist on the theme when I found venison sausages at the store. See the results below of a Bacon Bambi Explosion! Rated very well with the tasters as a "definitely would eat again, in fact lets have another one for dinner" :-)

The Finished Product:
The dark meat is the venison

The Process:

I used streaky bacon, 4 venison and 2 pork sausages, a mix of Moroccan spices and Dukkah as the rub and a hickory smoked BBQ sauce.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Boxing Day

A good boxing day, we only held a 10am class at MaD CrossFit and hit them with the "Filthy Sixties" like a "Filthy 50" but with only 60 seconds work at each exercise.

Box Jumps on Boxing Day and using the new Wallball targets

Val and Ralph joined in for a fast and furious 10 minutes of fun and games. Great effort.

Then it was home to throw more food on the grill as Liz, Craig and Bohdi joined us for lunch.

The girls enjoyed their play date with Bohdi so we left them at home as we headed to Te Papa to check out a Collosal Squid and an exhibition on a day in Pompeii.

Now we are back home catching up on the news and looking forward to a relaxing evening at home.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Kiwi Xmas

Ginger waits in the morning sun to open presents

Ginger enjoys her "Greenie" while Kiwi chews on the new warthog

Kiwi tries out the blanket from Nanny in New England

After making sure we opened everything, the girls are exhausted.

Then off to the beach for a walk before Christmas Dinner

Ham on the BBQ, sweet potato, grilled pineapple and salad!
Followed by a seriously awesome non paleo Christmas Cake made by my Mum :-)

Then we enjoyed a sunny afternoon sampling the best NZ has to offer in beer and wine while play a round each of Scrabble and Cranium. Some interesting words, sculptures and humming eventuated.
Thanks to all for their gifts and best wishes. A special thanks to Ralph and Val (Mum) for joining us on our first Kiwi Christmas as a family in New Zealand.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve and all is good in NZ. Merry Christmas to all :-)

A bit different to last year - A pug and a pig in the sun!

Xmas Eve dinner, meat and vege's

The gym gets an early Xmas, new squat racks made by my Step Dad - Ralph.

The new wall ball targets - Red, White (ok Silver) and Blue :-)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

..............and more progress

More work on the gym today, it is starting to look pretty good :-)

Donna coaches Anthony to a Front Squat and Push Press PR :-)

New Dumbbell's and storage racks

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Progress report.................

Work in the gym continues, looking forward to spending some time there over my leave break from the Army.

The 3rd Olympic lifting platform is in and a new storage rack under construction

Making use of the toys, Matt and Anthony hit todays, MaD CrossFit WOD

Sunday, December 13, 2009

It looks like Christmas........

No penguin on the roof this year, but the kitchen looks festive.

The other important piece of Christmas equipment the new grill :-)

At least I will be grilling in the summer sun this year, not snow like last year.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Is it Christmas yet?

Kiwi is not impressed with the approach of Christmas!

I spent the last week in Waiouru, blowing up unexploded ammunition (blinds or duds, depending where you come from in the world). This pic has an 81mm High Explosive Mortar Bomb in the foreground and Mount Ruapehu in the background. Some days the view from my "office" is actually pretty good.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

We are getting there........

More work at the gym this afternoon after a great morning of workouts at MaD CrossFit.

New flooring looks good, Ginger inspects the platforms.

New Wallball targets.

Finishing the entryway with some melteca that is doubling as white board :-)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


With more flooring due in the next few days it was time to grind down the bits of pipe sticking through the concrete.

We are nearly done in the new space, I am looking forward to getting back to a workout routine, instead of a work routine.