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Safe and Sound in New Zealand! #travel

We made it! We finally arrived after 12 hours of flying and another of customs. We’re a little groggy (Chris is actually sleeping on the couch right now), but we’ve made it! Just in case you wondered where we’ve run off to…we are here in New Zealand for two weeks for a cousin’s wedding and to explore both islands! Some of you know I’m half-Kiwi, meaning that my mum is from New Zealand. We are very excited for this trip. My mum, dad, brother, and his girlfriend will be arriving tomorrow. My aunt picked us up and we are just getting acclimated. This post is going to be picture-heavy. Just of things we did in California and things we’ve just done in New Zealand! Here goes…

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In NZ at a park across the way!

Let’s start with Christmas in Santa Monica, California (my hometown). We arrived Christmas Eve and boy did it go fast. We saw lots of family and friends, ate tons of good food, and got in fun workouts. Christmas loot was incredible this year, some of the standouts were the Jawbone UP, a mixer, Star Wars CCG cards, Amazon gift cards, oh and…A GOPRO!!!!!! Yeah Chris went a little overboard this year in terms of presents, so so excited to use the GoPro in New Zealand. We actually got footage of us “surfing” (there were no waves that day), and you’ll see it once I learn how to edit it.

Just arrived in Cali

Just arrived in Cali

Star Wars cards...super rare!

Star Wars cards…super rare!

Jawbone UP...records movement, sleeping, and eating. A wrist band.

Jawbone UP…records movement, sleeping, and eating. A wrist band.

GoPro!!

GoPro!!

Joys of opening packs

Joys of opening packs

This was at a delicious Christmas Eve party with my family...Chris eating children of course

This was at a delicious Christmas Eve party with my family…Chris eating children of course

 

Gotta love Santa  Monica..

Gotta love Santa Monica..

In N Out...

In N Out…

Bay Cities!!

Bay Cities!!

Mum's homemade breakfast

Mum’s homemade breakfast

Japanese food with Sophie and Kai

Japanese food with Sophie and Kai

Epic Tekka Don

Epic Tekka Don

Time to move onto workouts...we did some improvising home workouts

Time to move onto workouts…we did some improvising home workouts

Some at the beach...

Some at the beach with friends…

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Rope climbing!

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He got all the way up

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And don't forget the surf!

And don’t forget the surf!

Beautiful picture from the GoPro camera

Beautiful picture from the GoPro camera

The five days in California went by incredibly fast, but I’m not surprised. Then on Sunday night, we loaded our stuff into a car, Dad dropped us off at the airport and we were on our way to New Zealand! We arrived to New Zealand Tuesday @ 5:30am. Yes, Tuesday…we skipped Monday! 18 hour time difference plus 12 hour flight will do that to you I guess. Here’s a few pictures from the journey so far…

Mum and I with travel pillows

Mum and I with travel pillows

Had to get this journal for the trip

Had to get this journal for the trip

Food at LAX

Food at LAX

Airplane food, not bad!

Airplane food, not bad!

Little itty bitty beginning of sunrise

Little itty bitty beginning of sunrise

They don't refrigerate eggs here!

They don’t refrigerate eggs here!

Chris' epic kiwi breakfast

Chris’ epic kiwi breakfast

Going for a walk

Going for a walk

New Zealand is just pretty

New Zealand is just pretty

We hope to update you as often as we can, depending on internet of course. Probably the hardest part of all of this is being away from the cats for so long, but it helps to know that they are in good hands in Boulder. We are in Auckland now but will soon be travelling south. So excited to be here with Chris and my huge kiwi family for this trip. We are going to have lots of great food and find fun creative ways to workout on the road. Happy New Years!!  As always…stay hungry and fit!