February 10, 2008

A Warm Welcome

We had a really nice first weekend here in Auckland. I have lots of pictures and news to share but I'll start out with the best part and get around to the rest later in the day. Cate invited us to have pizza with her family and a few friends on Saturday night. It was the best possible way to start our stay in New Zealand!

We started out with brie and crackers, home grown olives, wine, beer and other goodies
while the kids set up Jerry's Guitar Hero (and tried to avoid being photographed).
Then the kids went for a swim. There's a big age difference between Jerry and Cate's kids but they were so good to him. They really made him feel welcome.
Jerry was in heaven.
That's Cate's husband after their son tossed him into the water. It must be kind of scary when your baby boy gets big enough to throw you in the pool. It's really funny for onlookers, though.
We had pizza for dinner, more wine, lots of laughs. The kids continued to battle it out on Guitar Hero. For dessert we had the most delicious ice cream with fresh summer fruits. I wish I had taken a photo of the fruit--it was beautiful. At the end of the evening Jerry just wanted to know one thing. "Can we come back tomorrow?"

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