Sunday, December 21, 2008

December 21, 2008 - Tauranga, NZ

You’ve got your chestnuts roasting on the open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose. We’ve got Santa Claus running around on the beach, fresh strawberry shortcake, and the pohukatawha trees in full bloom. Seasons greetings from New Zealand.

We just returned from almost six months in the US. We resumed some aspects of our former life (rowing for Ellen, another set of projects on the house for Tom), finally sold our industrial property, and explored some new ventures (dreaming about the next home, trout fishing in Montana, volunteering with the winning campaigns and a microlending organization).

You can travel around the world, but there is nothing, nothing like being with your own family. Starting with charming grandson Quinn (on video below with his Grandpa and Mimi at age 10 months). Kim and Ruben are enjoying parenthood, their jobs and Portland, ME. Eve is in San Francisco, on a temporary assignment with her firm. She loves the city and maybe she will figure out a way to stay. Amy is in Seattle, and just completed her first quarter at University of Washington Law School. Our mothers are both doing well and so is the fourteen year old dog that used to be ours, Chip.

We are back in full swing working on the boat and looking forward to a six-week air journey to Australia after the holidays. Then we will return to NZ and finish up the boat work in anticipation of sailing off to Fiji and Vanuatu in May. Cheers!


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