Sunday, January 4, 2009

Summer in New Zealand: Week 1

After a 12-hour flight from LA to Auckland, I boarded a 12 person plane for an hour
flight to the river town of Wanganui to visit my sister and her family. The town is 
located on the west coast of the North Island, about 7 hours south of Auckland. 

My first day with the kids: Carter-2, Deven-10, and Sophia-8. I arrived on a sunny New Year's Eve day
and being with the kids made it one of the best yet!

Little Carter fell asleep at a picnic outing on New Year's Day.

The other kids, Sophia, James, Mika, and Deven had heaps of fun climbing trees via New Zealand!

Sophia and her adopted auntie Alice, who is a glass artist and the hip mother of James.

The day after New Year's Day is a holiday in New Zealand, so we had a bbq at the house. Carter approves
of the sausage-on-a-stick and being surrounded by the women of Wanganui: Mom - artist extraordinaire,
Alice - a glass artist, Sheila - a painter and her mother April - a ceramicist. 

Me and the little one. When he isn't sucking on his index and middle finger, his favorite word for 
EVERYTHING is Nooooooo!

Sophia couldn't resist the last little bit of pink marshmallow on her cheek.

Even in summer it rains, but the kids make it fun and entertaining during an outing to the farmer's market.

Uuuugh! Carter struggles as he attempts to open up a tin box from the wrong side.
But he doesn't know it and he just looks so stinking cute!

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