Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! It’s Thursday evening here now, but just another beautiful spring day since they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in this little fishing village at the end of the earth. But nevertheless, it’s been on my mind for obvious reasons. I seem to be getting more and more introspective as our time here is wrapping … More Happy Thanksgiving!
Kia Ora, y’all. That just means hello in Maori, but I love to say it. It’s pronounced key-yora, all one smooth word. It’s Monday afternoon here, which means that we have FOUR more weekends in Auckland. That’s it. I’m dying. I can’t believe something I’ve dreamt of doing for 13 years is almost over. It’s … More T-57 days
Holy cow – so much time has gone by since I posted anything. Sorry about that! It seems like it’s just been a bunch of normal life stuff and not necessarily worthy of a post, but then when I looked back, there has actually been a lot of fun stuff. As per normal here. So … More Two miscellaneous weeks
One thing I’ve been wanting to do is show you a little snapshot of our life here. Pictures of our house, the schools, and stuff we see day-to-day. Unfortunately, my old iPhone 5 doesn’t have a great camera, so I can’t really capture the street scenes like I’d like, but I can give you a … More Our little Auckland life
I actually wrote this post from the cruise, but couldn’t get enough internet strength to post it, so here it is. Except I’m posting from Auckland, looking out at the Hauraki Gulf instead. Also beautiful… ====================================== Right now, at this very instant, I’m writing this update from somewhere in the South Pacific. Or the Tasman … More Australia and New Caledonia
Today (Friday 29 September) is the end of the 3rd term for the girls. They did it! They’ve survived their first quarter of school way down here. And they killed. Settled into a routine, made friends, made good grades (well Gracie has – no idea what’s going on with Tate, and honestly don’t even really … More End of Term
Last Saturday, we went to the Rugby match to see the New Zealand All Blacks (#1 in the world) play the South Africa Springboks (#3). It was epic! Rugby is the national sport of my favorite island nation, and people are into it. We took the bus up to the stadium, and it was a … More The Mighty All Blacks!
Mark and I were joking last night that it’s been a while since I’ve posted something and my fans must be itching for an update. So sorry to keep y’all waiting (she says tongue in cheek). I try to keep the posts interesting – or at least give you some pretty pictures – but this … More In No Particular Order…
After the amazing day of hiking last Friday, Saturday was rainy and cold, so we laid low. We popped over to the other side of the Coromandel Peninsula (to a town called Whitianga) to check it out, with plans of seeing some of the famous (and presumably beautiful) beaches. To get there, we took a … More The Pig Whisperer
If you’ve got kids, has this ever happened to you? You have an idea of something you believe will be a great experience – or even just something easy and fun – with the kids and then it doesn’t go exactly as planned? Like, it turns out to be terrible? And a horrible idea? Yeah, … More Perfection