29 March, 2011

A change of plans.

For the past six months or so, TF and I have been discussing our next trip to New Zealand. For those of you that don’t know, TF’s sister and her family,  have lived in Auckland for the past fourteen years. You can read all about them here.

With the help of my folks, we have been to visit a few times, and they have been out here, as a family, just once. With the price of tickets to NZ, we just cannot go over there as often as we would want to.
Which has meant that the last time we saw them was 2004! It’s heartbreaking. Especially for TF…both his parents have passed, so his sister is his only family. I really don’t know how he does it.                                                   
{all photos are from the last time we saw them...2004}
Last year my incredible parents….once again…said that they, using my Dad’s miles, would help us get over there again. Don’t you just love them?

So the plan was to try and head out that way towards the end of this year, or early next year.

But last weekend, we had a change of plans.
TF and I sat chatting about how awesome it would be if the four of them could come and visit us, and we ran through all the things we would do…when we realised why don’t we just do it that way.
And to be honest…we’ve been to New Zealand, and as beautiful as it is, there was really nothing else for us to do there.

So we made the call to the family in Auckland, and put forward our suggestion…and to say that they are excited, is an understatement. Literally screams of delight! When I told my, almost thirteen year old, niece, that not only would she be able see an elephant, but maybe even touch or ride one...she screamed the house down. Sometimes we take the things that we have here for granted, dont we?

We are just as excited…we are already making a list of a million things for them to do around Jozi and Cape Town. So I will be donning my Tour Guide Barbie hat…and taking them to as many different places as possible. The last time they were out here, in 2004, they had the holiday of a lifetime…they loved every single second of it…and we plan to make this trip even better.
So let me know if there are places you think we cannot not go to…and I will add them to my list. I am literally writing a list and want to start planning right away....before you know it the year will be drawing to a close.

If everything works out…my ENTIRE family will be together, under one roof, for Christmas. I cannot explain to you what this means to us…beyond words.
So instead of spending four weeks, in the land of the Kiwi, some unmentionable rugby and cricket teams {can we get a loud boooooooo :-) } ...it will be four weeks in the land of biltong, braais and bokke...and you know how happy that makes me.

Excited. Excited. Excited….and so very blessed.


Kirsty said...

Thats so awesome Hayley! You obviously have to do the lion and rhino park with them. It is awesome... and a trip to soccer city might have to be included, and a tour of sowto and to the shebeens, and .... well just braais in your backgarden with a swimming pool will be a treat!!

I have to say.... my goodness: you look so different now to what you did in those pics. I prefer the look of the current Hayley :)

Hayley said...

Oh yes, the lion and rhino park…can you believe I haven’t been…I believe its awesome…and definitely a trip to Soweto and Soccer City. Getting so excited.


Lynette Jacobs said...

Sounds like you are going to have an awesome time. I am so happy for you and for your DH.

V-n-J said...

I am so excited for you!!! I totally relate to how you feel. I can't wait to get home. It's been 5yrs since we have been home:(

I can't believe you left Durban out! I'm partial to Durbs of cos:) You guys should drive from Cape Town to Durban along the Garden Route and stop at Oudtshoorn and Cango Caves and all those cute little towns in between.

Anonymous said...

I have not been to S.A. since my kids turned 1 year old and are therefore in no position to give advise on where to go! But I know they will have a blast!! I know I will! We are planning to visit in the Fall sometime.

clare said...

What a fantastic idea. There cant be a better place to holiday than SA in December! But please please not the lion park :((( its hideous, take your niece to a real park even if its just the Pilansberg

Tanya said...

Wow that is amazing!!! My brother is out here on a brief visit from Perth so I TOTALLY get the excitement!!!!

Kirsty said...

@ Clare - it's not the Lion Park, it's the Lion and Rhino park in Krugersdorp which is awesome and not hideous by any means.

Jeanette Verster said...

OMW Hayley, I would love to do this too. I've never actually met LAnce's sister for the same reason.. it's so freaking expensive!!
So so so jealous of this trip you're planning for your family :)