Monday, September 9, 2013
Saturday, September 7, 2013
"The Treehouse is a crèche centre you can drop your 0 – 5 yr old children in for an hour and a half while you have your own shopping time or get things done that need to get done. If required for a $5 fee sessions can be extended to 2 hours. The Treehouse is fun, educational environment for your child to help their growing minds and bodies."
Also included at Sylvia Park is a crazy nice parents room, which includes unisex changing area, NURSING BOOTHS! A bathroom stall big enough for you and your pram (stroller). I'm continuously blown away by all the resources for parents and children here. Another example is Plunket. They're an organization that monitors your child's development. They provide nutrition support, breast feeding support, car seat installments with a phone number to call 24/7. Even for non emergencies. It's amazing.
Monday, September 2, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
|Lydia and Isabelle leaving Richmond|
I am, however, quite relieved, and am enjoying the time with our families. There's been all kinds of bittersweet goodbyes, but finally the stress is giving way to excitement again. I can't wait for the adventure before us!
Monday, August 19, 2013
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
See it when I first got it all together.
Lots of pictures of the game room in use after the break!
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
|My coworker and I on our last|
trip up to DC!
|DC metro panorama with coworkers|
|Isabelle and Grandpa coloring|
|Scout A. Moose MacLauchlan-Torres|
Here's my current top 3 list of things I am going to miss in Auckland (and would be delighted to find out are available!):
*Chipotle. Seriously, I love that place.
This list is heavily influenced by it being lunch time, and me not having eaten yet. More to come!
After the break, there's a ton of pictures of Scout.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
In other news, holy crap, the shipping company will be picking up our stuff in 22 days. I feel like there's still so much to do! The timing is so difficult. Need to sell our cars before we leave the country, but we need to drive our cars until we leave the country. All of the stress of figuring everything out has a way of sapping the excitement. Sometimes we have to sit back and remember "Hey! We're gonna live in New Zealand!" to stay positive.
That's enough of an update. I'll leave you with a picture of Isabelle eating my mom's chicken and dumplings (certainly a meal I will miss!) and a lizard on our deck cause.. lizards are cool.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
|Panorama view of Auckland|
Q. Are you going to be on House Hunters International?
A. Probably not. But after being asked this one thousand times, I did apply!
Q. Are there things that will eat you down there?
A. Unlike it's neighbor Australia, New Zealand has very few dangerous animals. In fact, New Zealand was so safe for the birds, they just stopped bothering with wings! There's only 2 venomous spiders on the island, and from what I gather they're pretty rare. My dad was excited to learn there are no snakes! Indiana Jones probably retired there. No indigenous large mammals there, though some have been introduced. What they do have, however, is the demon beast known as the weta. Seriously, those things are gross.
Q. How much stuff are you taking?
A. Well, obviously almost all of my miniatures! We're taking maybe a third of our furniture, but are also taking the opportunity to shed a bunch of accumulated junk. All in all, we're fitting what we want to take into 450 cubic feet. (That's 12.7ish cubic meters).
Q. Do they drive on the wrong side of the road?
A. It's not wrong to them! That's going to take some getting used to.
Q. What's the climate like?
A. The climate is classified as Oceanic, much like the Pacific Northwest. Wikipedia has this to say about Auckland: Auckland has a temperate climate, with warm, humid summers and mild, damp winters. It is the warmest main centre of New Zealand and is also one of the sunniest, with an average of 2060 sunshine hours per annum. "Centre", heh. Gonna have to get used to some British English spellings! My poor spell checker is going to be so confused. Where do I specify "The Queen's English"?
Q. What is the cost of living like?
A. Auckland is hit with a double whammy of being a large city, and being on an island that relies on imports. It's pretty high! Lydia and I will definitely have to adjust to that- we've been spoiled living in a Richmond suburb!
Alright, I'll leave part one at that. Feel free to ask more in the comments and I'll try to field them! I'll also probably screw up half of this, and my Aucklander friends can call me out.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I can't even begin to describe how stressful it is simultaneously packing, selling various items, preparing to sell a house and 2 cars, and carrying on with (somewhat) normal lives. With a toddler.
This past weekend was Historicon, which was an absolute blast! I got to see a ton of good friends, and had tons of people say some very nice things to me. Knowing that I've positively impacted people's hobby is a fantastic feeling, and makes all the time spent on WWPD totally worth it!
Luke and Jon got me the plaque pictured here, and it meant a lot. They rightly know that I'm a plaqueman! I'll take a plaque over prize support any day of the week, and now I have a ceterpiece!
My favorite part of Historicon was the hangin' out after all the games wound down for the day. Always a good time! Thanks to everyone who came and hung out.
Alright, done with this rambling post. More to come!