The low down on our NZ holiday…

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    I’m finally getting my act together and sharing a bit of what we got up to while in New Zealand…
    It wasn’t really an “interesting” type of holiday but I’ll try my best not to bore you 😉

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    In the few days before we left for our holiday Abbie developed a heavy cold. I have to say that this did not start the holiday off on the best of terms!!… The 2 nights right before we left I got about 3 hours sleep combined because she was so unhappy (not majorly sick – just unhappy!). Then we had a red eye flight from Perth to Melbourne which lets just say was indeed a red eye!! Doh!

    On arriving in Melbourne we had planned on spending just a little over 24 hours exploring the city and catching up with one of my good friends from school.
    Unfortunately neither of these things were able to happen due to said unhappy sick bubba 🙁
    However – despite Abbie being so unhappy, and us not seeing anything really of Melbourne (other than the local chemist, supermarket & local wild kangaroo group), we did enjoy a much needed and lovely day together as a complete family. It had been 3 weeks since we had seen Neil so we each enjoyed lots of this…

    And I’m really grateful for that day together to “regroup” before the next leg!

    I’m also happy to report that the morning flight to Wellington the following morning was SOOOO much better! ** Mental note to self – NEVER travel at night with small children again. Morning flights are way better!!

    Week 1 in NZ was spent staying with my parents and….

    Relaxing…

    Introducing Abbie to all my extending family (I have A LOT of extended family) & friends…

    Throwing Hannah yet another birthday party…

    Shopping… (mostly for things for the wedding)

    Dress fitting… (pleased to report that my pre-wedding diet worked well and the dress was huge on me woop woop!)

    More Shopping…

    Cooking…

    (my Mum & Youngest Brother (food technologist extraordinaire)
    making the wedding cake(s)…

    Another dress fitting…  (3 days later dress was too tight and I couldn’t breathe – boo hoo! I had thought at the time that the lady was pinning it mega tight – but figured (wrongly) that she new what she was doing!)

    More shopping… (again for the wedding)
    As well as a spot of fabric shopping at my parents LQS… (and a lovely one it is at that – I am very jealous!!)

    Enjoying a good amount of my Dad’s lovely home cooking… (hmmm… maybe another reason why dress was too tight! haha)

    Proudly wearing his named “Masterchef” apron that
    I made him for Christmas

    More quality time together with parents, brothers & extended family…

    Enjoying watching Hannah have a ball with her cousins… (2nd cousins actually if we’re going to get technical ;))

    Borrowing a friends sewing machine to make Hannah a top for her flower girl duties… (Yay crafty withdrawals abated)… (Will share photos of that in the wedding post)

    Watching my parents thoroughly enjoy & totally spoil my children…

    Hannah enjoyed this spoil in particular…

    “Helping” Nanny make the double chocolate mudcake
    for the top tier of the wedding cake…

    Week 2 was spent traveling up to Hawke’s Bay where the wedding was (coincidentally Neil & I used to live & still have a house there)…

    Stopping off on the way to spend a night with my very cherished Godparents…

    Admiring the beautiful NZ countryside…

    View from our rented house in Napier, Hawke’s Bay

    View from my Aunt & Uncle’s house in Whitby, Wellington

    Enjoying the wedding weekend… (more details of that to come)

    Resting after the wedding weekend…

    Week 3 was spent…
    Resting more after the wedding weekend (and getting over the 8 all nighters that Abbie pulled in the 2 weeks before it!!!)

    Spending time with my bestie school girlfriends…

    Packing…

    Spending more time with some of my extended family (mostly the Aussie contingent)…

    Just a few of my extended family. & I really do mean just a few!

    Watching the Qantas website in anticipation of whether we would be able to get home or not due to the Volcanic Ash Cloud…

    Breathing a huge sigh of relief when we could…

    Highlights…

    **It was definitely special spending so much time with all our family and friends!!
    **It was also incredibly special to see my baby brother marry a fantastic woman, and be so closely involved in their special day!

    As always it was hard to leave everybody!

    However, after 3 weeks we were all definitely ready to come back to Australia (Hannah even said to me “Mummy where are all Hannah’s friends?!… I want Hannah’s friends…”)

    Despite the fact that NZ will always have a strong pull,
    Perth is our home.
    For this moment.

    4 COMMENTS

    1. How beautiful is the place of our birth…I never tire of it’s views 🙂

      NZ is the same for me now…I will always feel a strong attachment to it but our home is now here.

      xx

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