Grandma & Papa's arrival

Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, February 26, 2010

We had been looking forward to Grandma and Papa's arrival for quite some time! 

The plan was for them to arrive in secret and then be there at the end of the school day to pick up Lucy and Daniel.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control ie: customs and MAF they were late leaving the airport and didn't arrive at school until about half three.

With the help of friends, we managed to keep Lucy and Dan entertained on the climbing frame, so they were none the wiser.  After a phone call to let me know they were nearly with us, we wandered back towards the car, only to be met by some very special visitors!

Lucy and Daniel were so excited when they realised who was in the car.  Dan ran towards them shouting, 'It's Grandma and Papa!'  It was a very emotional meeting and one that we had been looking forward to for quite some time!  There were lots of tears all round.

Time is a very strange thing.  We have now been away from the UK for nearly 7 months, however, once we were all back together again, it seemed like only yesterday.  It is amazing how you can go so long without seeing someone, then get back on track immediately.  I think Skype probably has a lot to do with it; being able to see family and friends while talking to them does make all the difference, and sometimes you do forget that you are not sat in the same room!

We then all headed back off home to show Grandma and Papa their new home for the next 5 weeks. 

We parked down at the carport so that they could experience walking down the boardwalk.  When we had first looked at the house, way back in November, our first comments were about how much our families and friends would love this walk and they did! We so wanted them to be impressed and like the house and the location, first impressions are so important!  On cue, they were also greeted by Thelma and Louise.

Considering how far they had travelled, Brian and Glad appeared remarkably refreshed.  Throughout the evening there didn't appear to be any signs of jet lag, and they certainly had not been put off by the whole experience.  If anything, Brian had a real enthusiasm for his time spent in Thailand.  He loved the 'buzz' of the city and the fact that he could get made to measure suits and shirts at the drop of a hat!  Their journey had been a pleasurable experience and they had both managed to sleep - hence their freshness.  There certainly is something to be said for flying business class if it makes you feel that good! 

Lucy and Daniel went to bed very happy.  Their precious time with grandparents had begun.  Here's hoping it doesn't fly by too quickly :-/

After a good night's sleep the magical mystery tour began............................(not only for Grandma and Papa but also for Mad Max - the monkey from Rm3!)

First stop the Arataki Visitor's Centre - right in the heart of the Waitakere Ranges.  We thought some education about the area that they were staying in was a good start, as well as some fabulous views.  We then stopped off at Elevation for lunch, once again with some stunning views.  We have only been to Elevation once before, way back in the beginning, while we were looking for a house.  Then the view was nothing special, overcast and rain was all that we saw that day.  However, today, you could see for miles :-)  The coffee was pretty good too and the children were over the moon with their marshmallow chocolate fish!

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