We all are so excited to go home for a month for Christmas. We are leaving tomorrow and will be home for the holidays. We are in the process of finishing the repairs, packing up the boat, cleaning it and getting it ready to be left for a mont... (crossing our fingers we don't get to much mold on the inside and to much growth on the outside). We have been trying really hard to get caught up on school work.. I know Tristan thinks I am a drill sergeant but we are slowly making progress and checking to do items off of his school work list!
On the really bright side we bought a van which has helped tremendously with all of our errands that we needing to do. It has been a lot of fun refamiliarizing ourselves on how to drive on the wrong side of the road again and also driving in the rain... and just remembering that everything in the car is on the opposite side, the gear shift, the blinkers, blah, blah, blah. The kids are loving it we went to dinner last night and really couldn't agree on what everyone wanted to eat so we ended up with our fail safe of eating pizza... but to make it more fun we turned the seats in the van so they faced each other and had a picnic in the car with the pizza. The kids thought it was the coolest.
The cars down here are a super great deal and many of the cruisers find it easier to purchase and resell than to rent, if you are going to be here for the cyclone season. We will try to sell it in Auckland before we leave New Zealand and start making our passage up to Vanuatu.
In the mean time we will be home for the holidays.. (oh did I say that already :@)... and then when we get back just a few more boat maintenance and then we will cruise the Bay of Islands for 2 weeks and then head down to explore Auckland and all it has to offer down there. Then around the beginning of February we begin our month of road trip around North Island and the South Island.. white water rafting, bungee jumping (not for me thank you) Lord of the rings set visits, waterfalls, nature hikes, caves, glow worms... OMG.. there is so much to see and then on top of that we still need to keep up on school. I swear when we get back I think Tristan will think that he will have all the time in the world to complete assignments because he won't be scrambling to find WIFI, rushing to do errands, babysitting, fixing boats, and traveling... not to mention being sick on passages...
Hugs and love to everyone... and hope to see you soon..