August has been a full month. It was rewarding for me to have some time between semesters to relax, see family, spend time with friends, and do nothing. Joe has enjoyed going to summer camp and we’ve taken a family trip to Washington, DC as well as a trip with me and the boys to… Read More August 2018
I took Joe and Jack on a mini-vacation to Winston-Salem, North Carolina this past weekend. In good traffic it’s about a 4 hour drive. With 2 little boys, it takes a bit longer :-/ On the drive down, I ended up having to stop 3 times – 3 times for a 4 hour drive! I… Read More Winston-Salem, NC
We’re planning a mini-vacation from Auckland to Wellington and then from Wellington to Christchurch! Thankfully we’re not driving it. I’m not sure I could handle that at 35 weeks along (we’re planning to leave on the 4th of April). We have accumulated enough frequent flier miles through Air New Zealand to have our plane tickets… Read More From AKL to WLG to CHC back to AKL
We’ve been spending the last week or so in Wanaka. Where’s Wanaka? Good question. Wanaka is represented by the “A” on that map. If we were to drive from Auckland to Wanaka, it would take between 20 – 22 hours, involve a ferry ride, and cover just under 1,500km (~930 miles). We decided to fly… Read More Wanaka in Photos
We spent Wednesday – Friday in Queenstown last week. Let me share a little bit about our trip with you… Our “side” of fries at Pub on Wharf… more like a giant bucket ‘o chips! Somebody was very happy about all those carbs… Actually, I think he was just happy to see some food. We… Read More Queenstown
Scotland was beautiful. We left Oxford on Monday morning. Things started off right by learning that we’d gotten a free upgrade on our rental car, and instead of a 4 door sedan we had a small SUV. You could argue that we’d end up paying more in petrol, but I was glad for more space,… Read More Scotland: Glasgow
Our trip over the next week… See you next week!
This morning brought with it a sight that I had never seen in New Zealand: snow on cars. I woke up just before 6:30am. Joe was sleeping in the lounge of our hotel suite, and apparently got confused in his new surroundings. Chris got up with him first, as he was nearer the door, but… Read More George Street, Dunedin
Alright, blog people – I need suggestions for things to do in Dunedin! Did you know that even though I live in New Zealand and even though my Google Maps is set for NZ settings, the first “Dunedin” that pops up when I do a search is “Dunedin, Florida”? I’m sure that it’s much warmer… Read More Dunedin?
I’m so excited! We leave for the States in less than 24 hours and Joe will be able to meet so many of our lovely family members and friends. Packing for such a long trip requires a good amount of planning. Anyone who examined my luggage would be able to tell a few things about… Read More Trials and Travelations? Not with my Flying Pharmacy
We have about a month now before we head over to the States. To be honest, I’m a bit nervous about it. What will it be like? Will I experience some reverse culture shock? Will I drive my parents and in-laws crazy when we stay with them?! The answer to the last two questions is… Read More Nervous
Hello, my lovely readers! I’ve recently found out about an inspiring project that’s in the works: the iLatch for iPad. The iLatch is a Kickstarter project that was created by mom Laura Graham. I love the idea of a mom seeing a problem and then coming up with a creative solution! I know that many… Read More iLatch for iPad: A Mom’s Creative Solution
Hello, my lovely readers! I’ll be taking a bit of a blogging break for the next week while we are on holiday in Paihia and the Bay of Islands. I’m looking forward to exploring yet another area of New Zealand and spending time with my boys 🙂 In the meantime, you guys can amuse yourselves… Read More On Holiday
Living in New Zealand and experiencing a warm Christmas has meant changing up our traditions. Instead of spending Christmas Eve day looking at snowfall and drinking hot cocoa, we decided to hike a volcano. Rangitoto is part of Auckland’s volcanic field and is some of “newest ground on earth”. It’s only about 600 or 700… Read More Hiking Rangitoto While Pregnant? No Problem.
I’m glad that you guys enjoyed seeing the photos from yesterday’s post! Sometimes, I wonder if people are all that interested in knowing what life is like in Auckland, New Zealand. Posting pictures of my shopping excursion in the rain seems a little silly, but I know that a big reason why I read other… Read More Continuing with our Rainy Day Shopping…
Check out this National Graphic video clip about “adventure tourism” in New Zealand. In case you didn’t know, New Zealand is where bungy-jumping was invented, and they have all sorts of crazy, adrenaline filled activities out here. Considering the fact that I’m scared to death of heights and don’t even like to go down some… Read More New Zealand – Adventure Tourism
I’ve got my work schedule for the next few weeks, and the great news is that I have a couple of days off during Chris’ university’s mid-semester break. Soooooo… I decided to plan a mini-vacation! It’s time we did a bit more exploring in our new country, don’t you think? I do! So, where are… Read More Mini Vacation to Waiheke Island
I never win anything. Well, I take that back. I’ve won 1 or 2 giveaways, but when it comes to live drawings, I usually don’t win. That changed on Monday night at our resort’s poolside raffle. There was a grand prize, and I won! They called 2 other names before they got to mine, but… Read More More Fun in St. Thomas
There are twelve days until we move to New Zealand. Twelve days, people. As in, less than 2 weeks. Gulp. We’re still basking in the St. Thomas sunshine, but in preparation for this move, I’ve stocked up on some essential travel items: 1. Clothing – comfort is key, combined with the ability to layer. I… Read More 12 days…