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Day 2 of our trip: Thursday October 18:

On Thursday we woke up to pouring rain.  E’s appointment at the US Consulate to make him an official US citizen wasn’t until 1pm.  Due to the rain, our plan to go to the Auckland Art Museum didn’t happen.  We instead decided to walk around the area between our hotel and where the US Consulate was located.  We really enjoyed what little time we spent in Auckland.  It’s a really nice city.  We kept thinking how weird it was to not see any destruction though.  After looking through all the shops we stopped to enjoy morning tea in our hotel’s cafe (we are turning into Kiwis with drinking lots of hot tea with milk and sugar in it!).  Then the rain stopped just in time for us to grab a bite to eat before E’s appointment.

The US Consulate in Auckland

The people who work in the US Consulate are so stiff and strict.  Our appointment was at 1pm and we are the type of people who arrive just a bit early to appointments.  We arrived at 12:50 and the elevator wouldn’t take us to the third floor (the floor where the US Consulate was).  We tried again at 12:55 with no luck.  Then a couple of people who worked on other floors in the building told us that we weren’t going to get onto the third floor until exactly 1pm and that they treat that floor like it’s Fort Knocks.  Once on the third floor, we had to go through security.  More security than we did to get on the airplane to Auckland!  Jeff was just being Jeff and saying goofy things and the security guy hardly said a word.  Once inside everything went smoothly.  The US government spent too much money on the place if you ask me.  There was a flat screen tv playing CNN (to no one I might add too!) next to the glass window we had to stand in front of to talk to the lady in charge of E’s appointment. Needless to say it was extremely hard to hear what she was saying. Jeff and I had to raise our right hands and swear that E was indeed our son and that everything in the application papers were true.  We received E’s US birth certificate and passport today!  Man, both of his birth certificates are so super flash!  Much cooler than either mine or Jeff’s and we were born in the US.   It is interesting that it takes less time to get a US Passport in New Zealand then it does in the US.  We should receive E’s Social Security card in around 3 months.

After finishing our business at the US Consulate we got our rental car and headed to Goat Island.   This is what the majority of Northland looks like:

Terraces in the hills were everywhere!

Rolling, green hills covered the Northland.  It’s very hobbit-like.

When we got to Goat Island the plan was to take an hour boat ride to Goat Island.

Goat Island

Well, that didn’t happen.  First of all, there was no one there, but then we realized that we forgot one of our bags at the rental car place all the way back in Auckland!!  Thankfully, Vic, an employee at the rental car place said that he would take our bag to his place in Glenville, a suburb 30 minutes north of Auckland, so we only had to back track 1.5 hours.  When we planned this trip we decided that 3 hours was the maximum time for driving in one day for E’s sake.  Well, that went out the window on the first day with the car!  E wasn’t the happiest baby when we finally arrived at our accommodation around 8:30pm in Whangarei (pronounced Fung-er-ray).  I actually had to sit in the back with him to make him happier.

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On Wednesday, October 17, Jeff, E, and I embarked on our journey to Auckland. The trip began with a stressful start.  Yun Yng dropped us off at the airport.  The clock in her car wasn’t changed for day light savings and we thought we had an extra hour than we really did.  Once at the airport, we checked in and what not.  But we left our boarding passes at the kiosk and had to wait to get new ones.  We definitely cut it close because we really only waited 15 minutes in the terminal before boarding our plane.  Good thing it only takes two seconds to get through airport security in New Zealand!  YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES!!! E did really well on the airplane and I made sure that he was breastfeeding during take off.  He slept for the majority of the time.  He was really happy when he woke until he spit up.

Then this is what followed:

After arriving in Auckland we took the bus from the airport to the CBD (Central Business District – aka downtown) and checked into our hotel.  Our extremely tiny room was on the 15th floor and had a very scary balcony!  I had nightmares of E falling off it.  Yikes! We changed E’s explosive diaper and went to explore the city. [So every time (at least so far) we go anywhere outside of Christchurch for more than a day, E decides to have explosive diapers.  He did it the weekend we went to Kaikoura for our wedding anniversary and he did it on both Wednesday and Thursday of our Auckland trip!!!]  Unfortunately by the time we got out exploring, everything was already closed (shops close at 5pm!  Lame…and yet cool.).  But, Sky City, the casino/sky tower, was still open so we decided to go there since it was only a block or two away.  Then we went back to our room since it was E’s bedtime.

Here is a map of the Northland, so you have an idea of where we are over the duration of our trip.  I drew lines so you can easily follow along over the next couple of days.  By the way, Christchurch is located on the east coast of the South Island where a little bump juts out about half way down (see the upper right hand corner of the map for a mini New Zealand).

More on our trip tomorrow.

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4 Months Old

E laughed today 🙂

Happy Halloween

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17 Weeks Old

Sorry for the delay.  It’s been pretty busy around here.  We arrived back from Auckland on Tuesday afternoon and moved into our new apartment on Saturday.  So there hasn’t been much time for internet-ness.

One thing E started doing on Thursday was grabbing his feet and rolling from side to side.

We decided to make up for the delay by showing you what goes into the making of the weekly photo.  Here are just a hand full of out takes with the last one being the final product.

E and the lamb weren’t seeing eye to eye.  So E punched him.

Then E decided to pick the lamb up by the feet. Notice the outfit change too.

Eeeeeeeeeee! Arrgh is more like it since he is a pirate.  (Thanks for the outfit, Anna!)

E proceed to have a conversation with the lamb.

At last, the final product.  E at 17 weeks old.

After E’s 4 month photo we will post about our Auckland trip.

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16 Weeks Old

E sitting on a bench made from a Kauri tree in the Bay of Islands, NZ.

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Off to Auckland

Tomorrow afternoon Jeff, E, and I are heading to Auckland to make E an offical citizen of the United States.  We will return on Tuesday.  We are taking the stuffed sheep with us so you will still get E’s weekly photo, but from a different spot of course (can’t take the couch with us!).  While visiting Auckland we are going to do a mini road trip of the Northland.  Stay tune for more on our adventure next week.

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15 Weeks Old

One thing E started doing this past week is sucking his bottom lip.   Here is this weeks photo:

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