Since we won't be able to build snowmen this year, we wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas with our little sand/snow people. The shells on the beach were awesome and made a great bikini for my sand woman:) It was also a fun change building our gingerbread house on the front porch.
We were joined by some Taupo friends the second evening which was great fun for us all, especially the boys. Early the next morning we saw Gannet birds fishing; they dive straight in the water full blast. Jared got himself a Christmas present while we were in Auckland and had a good time trying it out on the beach.
We headed back to the city and had fun sight seeing in Auckland. We took a ferry to a town called Devonport. It has neat old architecture and shops and an old fort. Of course the boys enjoyed "shooting" the cannons and got a good shot at Daddy.
The Mary Poppins show was excellent! The boys had enjoyed the movie and Elias was completely entertained the whole three hours. Cohen on the other hand needed some extra snacks, luckily the show was pretty loud most of the time:)
We stayed in a great bed and breakfast while in Auckland and made our first native New Zealand (Maori) friend. Elias and I have been learning about their culture and she was very patient and kind to answer questions for us. She posed in one of their native stances with Elias.