No Kiwi would travel all the way to America for shorter than 4 week’s holiday. It’s one of the charming things about the culture, and we took full advantage of it as we applied for a month’s annual leave and our employers didn’t bat an eye.
This time we went to the New York, and, remarkably, got see all our parents and siblings on both sides of the family during the course of that month. I have three sisters (Kelsey, Rebecca, Susanna) and Jeremiah has 4 siblings (Ben, Missy, Isaiah and Moriah).
We started in the Adirondacks with Jeremiah’s parents.
The Shaws invited the Harros up to join us for a few days
During the Harro’s visit we drove down to Massachusetts to see a circus Kelsey used to work for. We stayed with Susanna and Dara overnight, then went came back up to the Adirondacks.
(flick between this and the photo above and you can see everyone smiling with open eyes)
I had a work conference in Ohio that I jetted off to for a few days, while the kids stayed with the Shaws and Jeremiah got out on a hike with his brother.
Soon after we visited with cousin Ayla, Moriah and her husband Aaron in Glens Falls,
then went down to NYC for four nights to see my Mom and Dad’s new digs in Harlem, and attend my nephew Emerson’s baptism…..
and ride the subways…
and cool off in fire hydrants, like genuine city kids….
When we went back up to the Adirondacks, Missy and Eric (Jeremiah’s sister and brother-in-law) had arrived down from Nova Scotia
Sue hosted a big family gathering at their place where we got to see some of the extended family, and interspersed during our time in the Adirondacks we paid visits to the grandparents
and great grandparents
and enjoyed casual Adirondack days.