December 18, 2010

Destination: New Zealand, Family Vacation, Nov 13 – 27, 2010

We were no sooner back from our restful trip to Tonga when the day came that the much anticipated and long-planned family trip finally arrived.   My extended family – sister Joy, brother-in-law David, one year old niece Sienna, and my parents Carmella and Hugo, made the long journey from San […]
November 7, 2010

Destination: Tonga, Oct 20 – Nov 3, 2010

Tropical island holiday coming right up.      Destination:   Tonga. Why Tonga? It’s the nearest Pacific Island group to New Zealand with less than a three-hour flight from Auckland. Air New Zealand offered really, really cheap tickets ($349 RT from Akl). It’s the first nation to see the start of each day. […]
October 19, 2010

Ten Things I Like About Our New House

1. Our backyard is so tranquil, especially with the stream running through. 2. Two peach trees, two apple trees, a grape vine, lemon tree, and rhubarb. 3. We have a gas stove! 4. It’s quiet as we’re no longer on a main road. 5. We have a modern kitchen. 6. […]
October 6, 2010

Building a House: Bedrooms and Bathrooms (July 25 – September 30, 2010)

In my last post about the renovation, we ended with Pete & Kat planning to take a months’ break from Wainui to work on their own projects and for us to have a little bit of down time.   We did manage a tiny wee break when we went down to […]