Thursday, 31 March 2011

A Funny Kinda Holiday

As I am sure many of you already know, since getting back from my AMAZING holiday in New Zealand last April, Joe and I have been living at his parents house in England. 
Honestly, it has been pretty amazing. 
They have been so kind and generous and it has meant being able to save a whole lot of money (ready for our big move). It's been heaps of fun too! Family is really important to me so being able to get to know Joe's family so well has been pretty cool. We have a lot of big family meals, with wine and music and occasional board game sessions! (I am such a Scrabble geek...)
One thing I will say though, is that the house if full to the brim with people. There's Mum, Dad, Joe, Big Sister, Little Brother (although he has moved out now) and Me. Pretty full huh?
SO, the fact that Joe's parents are going away for 2 weeks, feels kind of like a strange holiday.
I definitely don't mean that in a nasty way! It's just that Joe and I have been living together for over 2 years now and for 18 months of that time it has either been with his family or my family, so getting 2 weeks to ourselves is pretty rare.

I plan on having:
- a lot of cute loved up dinners for two, maybe with candles, definitely with wine
- lazy breakfasts in bed, I'm very keen for pancakes and eggs benedict!
- duvet days watching movies on the sofa together
- dinner parties with friends
-a few girly evenings with bubble baths and face masks


Sounds like a pretty good stay at home (still going to work) holiday to me!

Have you ever lived with someone else's family? Do you still live with your family? How do you enjoy time to yourself?

From me, with love. x



Tuesday, 29 March 2011

It's Been A While...

Hi lovelies!
I can't believe it has been over 2 months since my last post. That's kind of embarrassing!
No time like the present to get back into it though right?
When I think about 2 months, it feels like a really long time, but in reality, these last 2 months have absolutely flown by. And its kind of scary, do you know why? Because in 2 months time, I will be jumping on a plane and heading across the world, Joe by my side, and settling into a new life and routine back home in New Zealand. I really can't believe how quickly this has come around. When I first started blogging, it was August of last year and it felt like forever until we would be moving. We were still filling in paperwork for Joe's residence permit, and hadn't even looked at flights. Now here we are, 8 months later, finalising details, sorting out accomodation, applying for university courses, and planning leaving parties for friends and family.

Overwhelming? YOU BET! 
Excited? More than you could begin to imagine. 
Terrifying? Yeah, a little.

The hard thing is, the last 8 months have been the best months I have spent in the UK. Crazy I know. I have finally found a wonderful group of girl-friends, I am loving playing netball again, my job is pretty good, I have a lovely boyfriend and I just feel on top of the world. So part of me keeps thinking,

"What am I doing? Why would I take myself out of this situation? I'm having so much fun!"

I just have to remember that while these friends are wonderful, there will be more amazing people to meet on my next adventure, and just because I am leaving England, doesn't mean I am leaving these people forever. 
It may have taken me 4 years to take myself out of my comfort zone (lounging about at home is a pretty safe hideout you know!) but now that I know I can do it, hopefully next time round it wont take me quite as long. 

Some of the Hoopers!


And honestly, this is going to be one crazy, exciting, adventure! Not only are there new people to meet but new restaurants to try, bands to discover, cafes to lounge in, parks to visit, museums to explore, bookshops to browse...seriously, I can't freaking wait!

BRING IT ON NEW ZEALAND





From me, with love. x



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