It’s Sunday afternoon here in Gisborne. It was a beautiful sunny morning in the 60s. We went to breakfast at a local café, checked out some shops and went for a run along the boardwalk with beautiful ocean views. It’s supposed to rain all afternoon. The boys are napping (Jake) and taking a quiet time (Luke). Scott and I just finished lunch (grilled cheese and soup). So, I thought it would be a good time to check in and share some updates from our first week here!
I started work.
And it was tough. .. mentally! The people are very nice, staff and patients. The fellow doctors are awesome. There is a huge learning curve for the health system, computer system, and medications (same medications/different names)! Day 1 of seeing patients was really stressful and hard. Thankfully, I made some changes (asked to move offices closer to more help) and day 2 was so much better. Day 3 of seeing patients tomorrow, so hoping it continues to go well!
Jake started daycare.
Welcome Jake and Family
We are all in awe of your family Jake who have traveled all the way from Minnesota to sunny little Gisborne! And we feel rather special that you have picked The Point to be your turangawaewae (place where one has rights of residence and belonging through kinship). A huge welcome to you and your family. Even though you are in a completely different country with people that you have never met before you have slotted in so well and are already starting to develop friendships. When Dad drops you off in the morning you join in with the other tamariki (children) and feel comfortable in your new surroundings. You feel comfortable to communicate to the teachers and children and are starting to understand the centre routines and customs. I’ve watched you at kai (food) time, sitting at the table with the other tamariki and you are independent and quite capable of feeding your self (even if it is an omelet that doesn’t belong to you)
I am really looking forward to getting to know you and your family better and to watch you grow and learn.
From Annie and the team at The Point Early Learning Centre.
We bought a car.
The Toyota Wish. Basically a minivan without sliding doors. It has enough space for all of us + both running strollers.
We finally found a good grocery store.
There are two big stores and a bunch of smaller stores. Food overall is way more expensive, with the exception of fresh fruit and veggies!
I found an amazing coffee place.
And it’s literally the closest one to our house and my work. Coincidence? I don’t think so. But. . .that is their “large.”
We’ve been running!!
We hiked to the top of Kaiti hill.
Fun fact – if we hike it 67 more times, we will have hiked the same distance as to the top of Mount Everest #goals
We went to the toy library.
This is a cool New Zealand thing. You pay a membership fee and then a small fee for each toy you rent, but you get to rent each toy for two weeks. This is a life saver for us. I only packed a few toys for each boy.
We survived the end of winter in Gizzy.
We’ve adjusted to the time change. Both kids slept until 7am this morning!! #hallelujah
I tried my first New Zealand BODYPUMP class. Spoiler alert, it was the same as in the US, just with a kiwi accent.
We’ve walked to the beach. (4 minute walk from our house)
We checked out Luke’s school! He won’t start for another week. We came in just at the end of 3rd term, so the kids are off for two weeks before starting 4th term!
Scott’s been working too! He’s been getting some work done while acting as the home school teacher for Luke, daycare drop off and pick up for Jake and trying to find applesauce and graham crackers at all the grocery stores (he found applesauce, but not graham crackers!). He’s looking forward to Luke going to school, so he’ll have a dedicated four hours to work in the mornings. He has a pretty sweet desk set up in the living room. The view out the window in front of him is the mountain with sheep on it and the window to his left is the ocean view. #toughlife
We’ve settled into our home. . . well Jake has.
Here’s the link for our house if you’d like to check it out.
Each day this seems more like life and not just a vacation. .. I don’t think it will ever feel “normal.” But, we are having fun with the experience and looking forward to all of our upcoming adventures!