Wow it has been a busy two weeks. I cant
look at the damage on the Queen Jane without getting sad.
’s Mom came on December the 7th and we have been wrapped up with
spent the first week trying to get a car and he was finally successful and
bought a lovely large sedan Nissan at a car auction. Its hard to find large
comfortable cars and most of the second hand cars we saw were really beat up. We
got a really good deal on it and should be able to resell at our cost which will
make it lovely.
Rita and Harvey (
’s Mom and Step-Dad) rented a lovely suite apartment on the beach where we all
stayed. Jonah was thrilled to see his Gammy and Zeda – he demanded to know
when he was leaving for NYC! We celebrated Hanukkah with them and he loved it.
He got lots of great gifts – beautiful books, a nerf shooting toy (oh thanks),
Lego’s and a brand new two wheel bike with training wheels. I was pleasantly
surprised by a lovely gift of fabulous earrings from Rita. We explored the area
where Tauranga is located, enjoyed the beach when it wasn’t raining and
played in the heated pool.
We went to Rotorua for the day and did goofy
things like a hedge maze and a farm exhibit where they shear sheep and other
things. One thing was they let participants feed lambs, they lined the folks up
with bottles and opened the gates for the lambs. Rita and Jonah were down there
and the lambs came storming out and jumped up on Jonah. He freaked out and
screamed and cried. These lambs were rather eager and about the size of a medium
size dog with hoofs. I ran down to get him and carried him back while he sobbed
indignantly about everyone smiling and laughing. Back at the seat he declared
them to be evil lambs and that they needed to calm down. Its hard to not laugh
and I managed straight faces while we comforted him.
We all went to Queenstown via air for a
week. Queenstown is on the
in the mountains. It looks like
and is really quite beautiful. The unfortunate part was that Rita was sick for
most of the trip. She was cheerful despite having to spend a couple of days in
bed. We managed to go to ton of really nice restaurants and we stayed at a
lovely Hotel. The hotel was right on the lake with a view of the mountains
beyond. It was quite spectacular. Jordan and I did pretty low key activities. We
did do the Shotover Jet Boat ride which was very cool. We did a small road trip
to surrounding areas. We managed to locate another maze which Jonah loved. We
played mini golf (Jonah’s first time and he was in heaven), rode the gondola
to the top of a mountain, spent way too much time on the Luge. We watched bungee
jumping at the place where they particularly invented it, a steep river gorge
and you jump from the bridge. We could not goad each other into trying it. Hell
it was scary watching it. Everyone jumping was around 25 years old. Otherwise we
relaxed, sat in the hot tub and pondered the problems of selecting the next
place to eat. I think I gained 5 pounds.
We have obtained a lawyer to advise us in
the discussions with the insurance company. We need quotes for everything and it
is very hard to get during the Christmas season as everyone takes a combo
Holiday/Summer vacation during this time. We are progressing but it was an
awkward time to take a week off. Rita and Harvey have taken Jonah back to NY
with them where he will spend 3 weeks hanging out with Grandparents, Aunts and
Cousins. I cried when we left them in Queenstown and he looked excited and
thrilled to be going.