our far north get-away

we love the far north, a place to relax and unwind. this year we were delayed a little bit but it happened to pay off as we had the most epic weather possible! it was so good to get away and relax together, also having mark’s parents visit for the last two days.

isaiah lights up even more in the outdoors and lapped up the wide open space and water {not literally!}.

my highlights 
bike rides in the evening
perfect weather
seeing my son and hubby swimming together in the harbour
cooking outside
beautiful sunsets every night
the freshest corn i have had since childhood
happening upon a local market accidentally
4×4 driving on ninety mile beach 
opp shopping in kaitaia
our friendly, helpful neighbours
cooking fresh seafood gathered from my hubby
the new gazebo for christmas
dreaming big about this year
pracitising my photography skills on manual {again after so long}
this year far surpassed our memories of camping at kaimaumau last year. the weather was amazing and we didn’t have to fight the showers that can sweep in at all! the far north is a special place as you have a pick of each coast and lots of beautiful seaside spots. having an all terrain vehicle definitely helps up this far north as you aren’t limited to the roads only.
i love exploring new places and for hubby’s family it is a nostalgic place to visit with lots of memories of their five years living in the area. if you haven’t been to the far north of new zealand i implore you to check it out!
what little adventures have you been up to lately?
:: holding on to the good ::

our far north get-away

we love the far north, a place to relax and unwind. this year we were delayed a little bit but it happened to pay off as we had the most epic weather possible! it was so good to get away and relax together, also having mark’s parents visit for the last two days.

isaiah lights up even more in the outdoors and lapped up the wide open space and water {not literally!}.

 

 

my highlights
bike rides in the evening
perfect weather
seeing my son and hubby swimming together in the harbour
cooking outside
beautiful sunsets every night
the freshest corn i have had since childhood
happening upon a local market accidentally
4×4 driving on ninety mile beach
opp shopping in kaitaia
our friendly, helpful neighbours
cooking fresh seafood gathered from my hubby
the new gazebo for christmas
dreaming big about this year
pracitising my photography skills on manual {again after so long}
this year far surpassed our memories of camping at kaimaumau last year. the weather was amazing and we didn’t have to fight the showers that can sweep in at all! the far north is a special place as you have a pick of each coast and lots of beautiful seaside spots. having an all terrain vehicle definitely helps up this far north as you aren’t limited to the roads only.
i love exploring new places and for hubby’s family it is a nostalgic place to visit with lots of memories of their five years living in the area. if you haven’t been to the far north of new zealand i implore you to check it out!
what little adventures have you been up to lately?
:: holding on to the good ::

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five things to consider when moving back home

it’s been just over 9 weeks since we have been living back in new zealand, our permanent move home. i have been reflecting {i am a pretty reflective individual ya know} about moving countries and continents and thought to share some things to consider if you are ever in the same situation.

there is lots that could be covered, but these points have stood out to me the most:

1** it takes t-i-m-e ** time on all accounts, time to get yourself into certain routines {like the fact i still don’t actually know what day the rubbish is collected!}. give yourself that space to adjust and don’t put pressure on yourself to have it all together straight away.


2** shop around ** you need certain household items and services organised, what a great opportunity to investigate locally owned businesses or find out how larger organisations can benefit you. in our situation, being away from a country for nearly 5 years, some aspects of day to day living has changed which can broaden your horizons when it comes to your business commitments.

3** you are not going to be where a lot of your friends/relatives/acquaintances are right now ** while you have been gallivanting around the world, many have been setting up house and home and developing amazing skills in areas you haven’t experienced. this is your opportunity to start that journey but remember you wont be at the same place that’s all.

4** be intentional ** people will forget that you haven’t been around social circles for a while and will often just leave you to your own devices. get out there, choose to be social or involve yourself in new opportunities that you may have always wanted to do/try. {i’m working on this one}

5** be gentle on yourself ** transitions are just that -the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another {online dictionary}. there will be days filled with liberating moments, joy that you are back home with all the new found freedoms. and then there are days when you crave a nostalgic feeling of a time and a place, a person’s hug or friendship. and that is absolutely ok. acknowledge each one, but don’t stay in that place, move through it by reaching out in some way.

so there you have it, my 5 cents on the moving countries business. it’s certainly not for the faint hearted! all the best to you if you are in the middle of the process!

happy day!

five things to consider when moving back home

it’s been just over 9 weeks since we have been living back in new zealand, our permanent move home. i have been reflecting {i am a pretty reflective individual ya know} about moving countries and continents and thought to share some things to consider if you are ever in the same situation.

there is lots that could be covered, but these points have stood out to me the most:

1** it takes t-i-m-e ** time on all accounts, time to get yourself into certain routines {like the fact i still don’t actually know what day the rubbish is collected!}. give yourself that space to adjust and don’t put pressure on yourself to have it all together straight away.


2** shop around ** you need certain household items and services organised, what a great opportunity to investigate locally owned businesses or find out how larger organisations can benefit you. in our situation, being away from a country for nearly 5 years, some aspects of day to day living has changed which can broaden your horizons when it comes to your business commitments.

3** you are not going to be where a lot of your friends/relatives/acquaintances are right now ** while you have been gallivanting around the world, many have been setting up house and home and developing amazing skills in areas you haven’t experienced. this is your opportunity to start that journey but remember you wont be at the same place that’s all.

4** be intentional ** people will forget that you haven’t been around social circles for a while and will often just leave you to your own devices. get out there, choose to be social or involve yourself in new opportunities that you may have always wanted to do/try. {i’m working on this one}

5** be gentle on yourself ** transitions are just that -the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another {online dictionary}. there will be days filled with liberating moments, joy that you are back home with all the new found freedoms. and then there are days when you crave a nostalgic feeling of a time and a place, a person’s hug or friendship. and that is absolutely ok. acknowledge each one, but don’t stay in that place, move through it by reaching out in some way.

so there you have it, my 5 cents on the moving countries business. it’s certainly not for the faint hearted! all the best to you if you are in the middle of the process!

happy day!

emerging together

A boy full of trust and joy
A man full of strength and exploration

My boys; emerging together 
In this awe inspiring moment

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We recently returned from our spring break, where we traveled to Boracay Island in the Philippines. It was a well needed break from the season we are in. Go here to see our holiday captured.

Emerging together

A boy full of trust and joy
A man full of strength and exploration

My boys; emerging together 
In this awe inspiring moment

___________________________________________________________

We recently returned from our spring break, where we traveled to Boracay Island in the Philippines. It was a well needed break from the season we are in. Go here to see our holiday captured.

Loving our Spring Break

This year, we traveled down to Busan ~ the second largest city and on the southern coast of the Korean peninsula. It was our first trip away with baby Hub. It was amazing how being by the sea can be so refreshing!

 The weather was a lot warmer than where we are in the north, with one day reaching 19degrees!

On our first night we had galbi (korean bbq) for dinner, with our boy waking up halfway through. As a blue-eyed boy, Isaiah garners a lot of attention so one ajuma wrapped him up and enjoyed showing him off while we finished our meal. Children are truly cherished here in this country and it is very safe to show affection to little ones. Many parents beam when you engage with their child and compliment them. I love this about Korea.

 It was great to connect with our friend, Mike and his daughter we worked with and who now live and work at an international school there. Isaiah got lots of attention and hugs, I love his look here – ‘oh girls!’

We walked along the boulevard (something I was craving when we had planned this trip) together and learned a little more from Mike about this big city. It is a very international location because it is the largest port on the peninsula.

The boulevard was all I had hoped it could be, but unfortunately no waves were to be had for Hubby. But maybe next time!

We also discovered a lot about traveling with a little. In the past we have been all about packing in as much adventure as possible but here we planned one thing a day and chilled. Napping together as a family at times too, I really should find the same blackout curtains as the Hotel we stayed at, they worked wonders for us all and are an awesome invention!

Isaiah was so fascinated by the fish and other water life. There were beautiful displays but it does move you to think about how many of these marine life are not seen in the wild here.

This is a great place to visit in Busan, located right on the waterfront at Hyundae beach.

Eating fresh at local eateries was really great.

It was special to bond with our boy more and make memories of our first holiday trip away as a family.

Thanks Busan, we loved the relaxed atmosphere, sun and your variety! We may just make a trip back again sometime.

Loving our Spring Break

This year, we traveled down to Busan ~ the second largest city and on the southern coast of the Korean peninsula. It was our first trip away with baby Hub. It was amazing how being by the sea can be so refreshing!

 The weather was a lot warmer than where we are in the north, with one day reaching 19degrees!

On our first night we had galbi (korean bbq) for dinner, with our boy waking up halfway through. As a blue-eyed boy, Isaiah garners a lot of attention so one ajuma wrapped him up and enjoyed showing him off while we finished our meal. Children are truly cherished here in this country and it is very safe to show affection to little ones. Many parents beam when you engage with their child and compliment them. I love this about Korea.

 It was great to connect with our friend, Mike and his daughter we worked with and who now live and work at an international school there. Isaiah got lots of attention and hugs, I love his look here – ‘oh girls!’

We walked along the boulevard (something I was craving when we had planned this trip) together and learned a little more from Mike about this big city. It is a very international location because it is the largest port on the peninsula.

The boulevard was all I had hoped it could be, but unfortunately no waves were to be had for Hubby. But maybe next time!

We also discovered a lot about traveling with a little. In the past we have been all about packing in as much adventure as possible but here we planned one thing a day and chilled. Napping together as a family at times too, I really should find the same blackout curtains as the Hotel we stayed at, they worked wonders for us all and are an awesome invention!

Isaiah was so fascinated by the fish and other water life. There were beautiful displays but it does move you to think about how many of these marine life are not seen in the wild here.

This is a great place to visit in Busan, located right on the waterfront at Hyundae beach.

Eating fresh at local eateries was really great.

It was special to bond with our boy more and make memories of our first holiday trip away as a family.

Thanks Busan, we loved the relaxed atmosphere, sun and your variety! We may just make a trip back again sometime.