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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Flashback Friday: New Zealand

Thanksgiving is approaching and I am constantly thinking back to last November when we had a wonderful trip to New Zealand. Jesse was scheduled to go to New Zealand/Antarctica for a month for Operation Deep Freeze. He had wanted me to take Hunter, but I chickened out... until the very last minute.

Jesse was leaving on a Thursday evening and on Thursday afternoon, I changed my mind. I suddenly wanted to take advantage of my maternity leave and take 6 week old Hunter on an adventure. So, in the few hours before Jesse left, we got his consent to take Hunter out of the country notarized, got Hunter's passport pictures taken, and made phone calls into the Passport Agency. When Jesse left that evening, we were not sure that we would be able to get Hunter's passport in time to make the trip.

I made an appointment at the downtown Seattle Passport Agency to make a claim to get Hunter a passport immediately. In order to be seen, I had to have proof of travel in Hunter's name... which means I had to book the ticket for both of us to New Zealand before they would even see us. We were just in luck, we were seen Friday morning and they said to come back at 4pm and pick up Hunter's passport! So... we were on our way to New Zealand on Sunday afternoon for a 2 week trip.

It was a long 24 hours! Our trip was: Seattle to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Auckland, and then Auckland to Christchurch. I was so happy to see Jesse once we landed in Christchurch! We had a wonderful 2 weeks, which included: trip to Akaroa, Christchurch Zoo, Gondola trip, overnight trip to Hanmer Springs, and much much more.

Here are some pictures from our trip:


  1. oh. my. gosh. i can't believe you made that trip with a six week old by yourself! you're crazy. what an amazing memory :)

  2. that looks like such an amazing trip! And I'm super impressed by your bravery and perseverance!


Jesse is active duty Air Force and is originally from southern Minnesota. He has also managed to become a follower of just about every hobby known to man (which drives his wife crazy!).

Henry was born on July 4, 2007. His hobbies include playing with his squeaker toys, barking a little girls, dock jumping, going to the dog park, and being spoiled rotten by his grandparents.

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