I apologize if this is more sappy than usual, but I want this blog to paint the real picture, not always just the beautiful trips we are fortunate enough to take My intent with this blog is to document the good times with the the bad so we do not forget them when we wax nostalgic a year from now. And anyone contemplating a similar journey gets a more complete picture. So when I get sad or overwhelmed or wish I could spend some time with my Mom, I go for a run, which always seems to bring me back to middle ground (or Middle Earth as Peter Jackson would say). I can be a blubbering mess when I go out for my run, but then return feeling as if I could conquer the world. And to help with the missing of the familiar holiday, Halloween, we are attempting to throw our own party. I realize that this party might be more for me than my kids, just the planning itself is giving me some happy reminders of back home. I was more excited than I should admit to when I found a little bag of candy corn for sale at the movie rental store. I happily bought every bag they had and didn't balk at the $6.50 price tag. The funny thing is, I do not even like the damn stuff, but I also couldn't imagine a Halloween party without them. My friends from Ireland, Holland, and New Zealand are helping out with the planning. I have enjoyed explaining to them what a jack-o-lantern is, how to make caramel apples, and what American pudding taste like. International disco might be a better name for the party!!
Since we can't seem to make the sunshine here in Taranaki we are going to go and chase it down in Fiji in a few weeks. It is only a 2 1/2 hour flight from Auckland and it has been on our list of places to visit since we have arrived. So happy voting to all our friends back home. I wish I could say that we sent in our absentee ballots and voted for our candidate but I was too late with our request. And of course Happy Halloween to all of my friends back home. Eat, Drink, and Be Scary!! Cheerio Jenny
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