I am enjoying the peace and quiet on our
boat. It is nice to have a break from being a parent for a bit. The boat
certainly stays neater! I do miss hugs and kisses from my sweetie little boy but
I know he is having a great time so that makes me happy.
Tonight we went to some new friend’s home
for Christmas. Brigitte and Brian are really sweet people and have 3 kids, two
boys and a little girl. The oldest boy is babysitting age (14+) and since he was
a cruising kid I would feel comfortable leaving him on the boat with Jonah.
Brigitte and Brian have moved off their boat and are going to try to settle in
NZ permanently or at least for a couple of years. They have rented a large house
so their three kids can all have their own bedrooms – a real luxury for a
large family used to a 42 foot boat. Annetta organized the Christmas meal and
cooked most of it – she dislikes potlucks. Everybody helped out a lot. It was
awesome. Smoked turkey, ham, all the fixings, heaps of desserts and good
conversation. The kids all played together and had a blast. It was warm and
sunny and it really feels like summer is starting finally.
We have started to look for an apartment and
we need to reserve something soon as places are getting booked. We need a
furnished apartment for a short lease and the town we are looking in is a beach
town which is a desirable location in the summer.
We have rented a storage unit and are
unloading stuff off the boat in preparation for work to be done. It is amazing
how much stuff you can stuff onto a boat. It kind of expands when you take it
off the boat. We will probably do a couple of more loads tomorrow.
The Kiwi phrase for the day is: “Howzit” as in How’s it going.