June 15, 2010

'Gentle' Annie

It all started with a friendly facebook message from Gareth...something along the lines of, 'We've got snow about a 30 minute walk away. Road trip?' Sounded great, so we packed up and headed to The Highwayman Motel in Masterton to meet up with the Teahans.

Gareth packed his dogs in the van and lead us to the base of Mt. Holdsworth. Our fun and leisurely, 30 minute walk started with lots of layers...

...and turned into a two hour, fairly strenuous hike, with fewer jackets.

Gareth wasn't lying about the snow though! When we got to the lookout point, it actually snowed on us! It was our payoff for being duped into a 'fun afternoon walk' up a trail called 'Gentle Annie'.

The view was incredible, definitely worth the burning legs and sweat.

Daly throwing her first snow ball. She could not stop talking about playing in the snow.

June 12, 2010

Make like a tomato

Where did May go?

We went from an immobile Reese, to a crawling Reese, to a pulling to stand and cruising around tables Reese! {video coming soon} Both of our laptops died within about a week of each other. {only one was fixable, hence the lack of blog posts} Our container arrived from the US, which was incredibly exciting and incredibly overwhelming. Lots of basketball, and with that came the opportunity to explore more of the North Island.

One of the games we road tripped to was in Taranaki. We had a blast with the Craigs and Teahans!

The leaders of our caravan, during a stop so Caitlyn could have a snack.

After a tough loss, we packed up the kids and went for an amazing walk through Pukekura Park and visited the Brooklands Zoo in New Plymouth. Absolutely gorgeous.

The girls had a blast. The moms tried to stage this picture of Daly, Kyra, and Aaliyah throwing leaves in the air...it was semi-successful.

Also worked on staging some sister pictures. Behind the girls is the venue where Jack Johnson will be playing later this year. {Ryan made sure to get tickets the minute they went on sale...should be incredible.}

Daly telling Reese all about the park.

Beautiful colors and beautiful girls in the poppy garden.

Daly's personality continues to grow and grow. She's so much fun to watch. She was very concerned about this poor little flower bud that had fallen on the ground.

Two little monkeys.

Giving new meaning to 'fish kiss'.