*note this isn't too exciting. Just updating.
We set out for Waikawau Bay a day earlier than planned since we had all the stuff ready to be pack and it seemed silly to hang around. It's a long drive there so we left after lunch on Sunday and got there just after 5pm. The camp was chokka with people which was a bit of a disappointment and it took us a while to find a place to pitch the tent. (In fact, we waited until some folks had packed up and took their spot). Anyway, we settled in. Monday dawned a beautiful day. The morning highlight for DS was the tanker that came to suck out the long drop toilets!
We walked to the top of the hill and looked down onto the beach, then walked down to the beach and looked in rock pools (saw a black sea slug).
The children were agitating to get onto their boogie boards so we did that after lunch. The new togs got christened by the Pacific Ocean! Even DH got into the water which is worthy of mentioning! Unfortunately DD got dumped on her first attempt to board in so that ruined any hope of her having another go - she went and grizzled on the sand. DS however, he had a whale of a time and had a grin from ear to ear the whole time. He could have stayed in much longer but it had clouded over and the drizzle had started.
The weather went downhill after that. The ranger had posted a severe weather warning by Tuesday so after some agonising we decided to pack up and go home. (Queueing for the long drop toilets in the rain contributed some to this decision). By the time we got home we were regretting that decision as it was starting to clear again. So we executed Holiday Plan B and headed down to Rotorua to stay in our favoured camp ground in a cabin. It turned out to be a better holiday for photographic opportunities anyway. We did some walks, went on the gondalas, sat in some hot pools... the usual.
After dropping DS at a friends house for a week long sleep over we headed back home. I then went into town to meet (finally) Mim and her family. It's always neat to meet people you have got to know online. Actually I can't remember exactly how we "met" but in any case here we are with our other mutual friend Em!
So now it's back to work, back to normal.. well, as normal as one can be until school goes back anyway. And I have a four year old birthday party to organise! The birthday itself has long gone, but we promised the party for when she was back to daycare with her friends.