January 2007So in the Fall of 2006 Dave and I became housemates. And even though we'd been friends for three years, we got to know each other a lot better as we shared a house. Sometime during that Fall, Dave mentioned that he really wanted to go to New Zealand. I jokingly said, "Take me with you!" because I love to travel.
Later that Fall, we recognized that our relationship had changed and we started dating. In June 2007 Dave graduated with his Master's degree and wanted to celebrate by traveling somewhere. I couldn't go to New Zealand at that point but I encouraged him to go anyway. He said he'd rather travel with me and so we spent three weeks in Europe that July. (You can read about it at the very beginning of our blog!)
August 2007In June 2008 we got married and, although we considered going to New Zealand for our honeymoon, Dave had a potential conference in England right after our wedding. He didn't find out for sure that he wasn't going to the conference until six weeks before our wedding, by which point we had already decided to spend our honeymoon in Ireland and Scotland.
In May 2010 we went to Vienna with Sam and Tim, Janice, Tessa and Willem. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and Dave and I decided that we would put New Zealand on hold, yet again, to be able to do it. (You can read about that trip in the June 2010 archives.) After we decided to go to Vienna, I promised Dave that "We WILL get to New Zealand. I'll take you after you graduate with your PhD." Except that when Dave finished last summer, Rachel was one and I wasn't willing to take her with us, or to leave her behind.
October 2007So why am I telling you all this? And scattering random, old, pictures of Dave and I throughout this post? Because my friends, from April 2 to 17, 2014, Dave and I (along with Donny and Marika) will be TRAVELING IN NEW ZEALAND!!!
We don't have a solid itinerary yet, but I do know what's it's not including -- Sam and Rachel. My parents have generously agreed to come here and take care of them while we travel. I'm half excited to be traveling without our kids and half anxious about leaving them for that long. Although I know they are going to LOVE their Oma and Opa time.
Our itinerary will probably include some gardens, a glow worm cave, Hobbiton (from the Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit movies), some road tripping, and some beach time.
I can't wait!