Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Life priorities and the new honeymoon plan…

I am still super dooper busy, but thought I’d take half an hour out to give my blog some loving. Sorry I’m a such a sucky blogger lately!  We're about to enter the no internet period of moving.. but hopefully that will only be for two weeks or so!

When I last posted about our honeymoon we wanted to go for a short and cheap break. One reason for this was because we really want to take unpaid leave and do a 3 month or so trip of Europe sometime next year. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while now and, to be honest, I get a little bit jealous with all my friends buggering off to Europe all the time. I guess that’s where life priorities come in though. I may get jealous, but really, we could quite easily do our holiday if we chose to but we always think things through and make the best decision for us at that particular point in time. I think it really is a case of the grass is always greener on the other side because if we were to set our priorities differently, I know that I would be even more jealous of the people that have what we have now. Anyhow, I digress. Honeymoon….

A few months ago my Grandad called to let me know that he and Nan wouldn’t be able to make it to the wedding. They live in New Zealand and are getting very old so I never expected them to come, but I was quite surprised how much effort it sounded like they had put into looking at ways they might be able to come (Grandad can’t fly that far anymore for various reasons and Nan is blind which makes things hard). I know that my other Nana would like to come too, but is getting too old to handle the flight now.

The last time I went back to New Zealand was in 2002 and it occasionally crosses my mind that I should go back and visit… but I always end up deciding that it would be better to go somewhere else instead. We are 99% decided that for our honeymoon we will head back to NZ for 2-3 weeks and spend some of the time visiting my family (it’s awful to say, but if I don’t go back soon it may be too late) and the rest on a camping adventure.

Unfortunately this will delay Europe by another year or so because we'll use a fair bit of leave doing this because it seems silly to just go for one week. I think it would be a good decision though - we’ll see my family and I can show Justin where I grew up. I go on about how our wedding is all about celebrating with our friends and family, so why not extend that to those that can’t make it and at least let my family meet my new husband! It’s definitely one of those situations where you have to sit down and get your priorities right…. and I think that we’ve managed to get them 100% spot on this time.

Now I just need to pray that none of my family have discovered this blog because we aren’t telling them our plans until it is 100% certain….

*Sings* I'm from the harbour, the Hokianga harbour.


  1. That's such a beautiful idea - I think going to spend time with your grandparents and FH would be lovely :)

  2. I'm going to NZ early next year for the first time, it looks like an incredible place! And the sentiment of spending time with family who can't make it and showing off your new hubby is lovely :)

  3. It is almost like I could have written this post. Sort of.

    Both sides of me look greener at different times (the even more settled down side on the left, and the galavanting around the world without responsibilities side on my right), but I'm happy with the way we've done things. We've made sacrifices but they are the right ones for us.

    I've never been to NZ but I really super want to go. Your honeymoon sounds amazing, and it is great that your grandparents will get to meet your new husband.

  4. What a great idea to go and visit with family and introduce your new husband. I am sure your grandparents will be overcome with joy. I hope it all works out for you and you can go.

  5. Spending time with grandparents will the best. :) I know sooner or later you will find a really good chance to spend a really cozy grand vacation in Europe. Both of you deserves it, good luck on that. More joy in life, congratulations!