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Darkest Days of the Year

By | 2019-07-08T16:13:35+12:00 July 7th, 2019|Family, Roundups|

June was an exciting month. We experimented with celebrating American Father's Day in New Zealand. The timing worked great, with Johanna's dad visiting us this month. Her mom visited last month for Mother's Day, and we got her dad here for Father's Day, too. In New Zealand, Father's Day is in September. We played with [...]

6 Highlights from April

By | 2019-05-15T10:40:14+12:00 April 30th, 2019|Family, Roundups|

1. Easter egg hunts Since we are in the Southern Hemisphere, the Spring celebration of Ostara falls in the Fall. It's odd, having the traditional spring easter-egg-hunt while the weather is turning colder, but it was till fun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDU_Qt6dN5E We plan on celebrating half-holidays, so we will celebrate Easter 2 2019 in the springtime. Stay [...]

Time changes

By | 2019-04-08T09:58:17+12:00 April 8th, 2019|Family, Roundups|

It is April in New Zealand, and we 'fall back' with our clocks this season. This used to be a cause for celebration, getting an extra hour of sleep, but now I have to mentally readjust my distance from the Northern Hemisphere for the 3rd time (so far) this year. My difference from Pacific Time [...]

2019 starts swiftly

By | 2019-02-04T16:11:57+12:00 February 4th, 2019|Family, Roundups|

January is always a burly month; I've got a birthday or two to celebrate, plus my youngest son's birthday; there's new resolutions and annual reviews, habits quickly getting derailed, and clients off on holiday. This year, we also had family move to New Zealand with us! On my very birthday, they landed at the Wellington [...]

Summer Christmas

By | 2018-12-27T09:21:56+12:00 December 14th, 2018|Family, Roundups|

Having a summer Christmas in New Zealand is odd. Like the whole world is turned upside-down. Which, I suppose in the Southern Hemisphere, it is. The sun rises before 6 am, and sets after 10. The longest day of the year is next week. It's disorienting to have our traditional Winter holiday as the beginning [...]

Projects of Passion

By | 2016-12-26T14:50:14+12:00 March 10th, 2015|Family, Introspection|

Have you ever had that one project you could never put down? A passion that haunts you, and won’t let you go, no matter how many failures you encounter along the way? That’s how treasure hunts have been for me. When I’m making a treasure hunt, walking through a city looking for hidden locations in plain [...]

Two Years for Taos

By | 2014-01-17T11:38:42+12:00 January 17th, 2014|Family|

I have three big kids. Taos was not a baby for very long. He has two older siblings to chase after, to learn from, and to mimic. I was really surprised that he potty trained at 18 months old, but happily relieved! This actually makes it very hard to dress him, because nobody makes big [...]

My best friend died this year.

By | 2013-10-31T11:11:54+12:00 October 31st, 2013|Family|

Tika MacTavish Huntress, you were my best friend. I loved you through all of my grown up life. For twelve years, you were our companion, our pet, our friend, and our protector. Today, on All Hallow's Eve, I look back on the time we spent together in this life, and I am so happy I [...]

No enemies, no drama, and a new place to live.

By | 2017-12-29T20:19:49+12:00 September 2nd, 2013|Family|

This is a story about a pedophile I never knew, a landlord I once called a friend, and a family of gypsies escaping into the night. “This is what gypsies do,” my wife said to me as we were packing our sparse possessions into a small caravan of modern-day gypsy wagons. “They pack in the [...]

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