An Easter surprise

This year we have a very special Easter planned.

It involves plane tickets, passports and Oh My God I just can’t keep it a surprise any longer! We’re off to New Zealand!!

Can you tell from my overuse of punctuation that I’m a tad excited?!

In less than a week we’ll pack up and cross the ditch to spend Easter with the whanau – Dave’s side of the family.

For me, Easter is synonymous with family.

Everyone usually converges on Mum and Dad’s house for a day filled with good food and good chat.

Mum will spend the majority of her time in the kitchen cooking her famous roast while the kids get under her feet begging Grandma for ‘summat nice to eat’ from the pantry.

Dad will be chilling in his favourite chair in the lounge room as he entertains us with one good yarn after the other. Meanwhile, us ‘kids’ and our other halves will attempt to catch up on goss while four little ones under four run around us like lunatics. It’s a fun time and an easy time, and time that I always look forward to.

While Dave’s mum now lives in Australia and my family has adopted Dave as one of their own, I know that at certain times of the year, those special times like Christenings, birthdays, Easter and Christmas, he longs to have his brother and his brother’s young family close. I know that every once and a while he would like to share special moments with his own blood and not have every family celebration focused around my family.

There is a whole bunch of rellies over on the land of the long white cloud that we rarely see which is sad, but unfortunately it is just the way it is.

While Dave returned a couple of years ago for a flying visit, I have not been back for quite some time. The last time I visited was to celebrate my first nephew’s birth. He is turning seven this year.

So, this trip is a little overdue and a lot exciting.

It’s all Miss Three and I can talk about at the moment actually.

Miss Three has spent most of the last month chatting about going on a plane, riding a horse, chasing her cousins around, and seeing a Kiwi bird hatch out of an egg!

Meanwhile, I constantly find myself daydreaming about lazing in a hot spring with a glass of champas in my hand while I overlook Lake Tekapo. (Don’t worry, I realise this is very unlikely to occur with two little munchkins running around. A girl can dream though).

And while Dave generally keeps his emotions to himself, I know he is bloody excited.

I can picture him now sitting back with his brother chatting into the night.

‘What did you two talk about?’ I will ask him afterwards.

‘Nothing,’ he will shrug.

‘Just construction.’

He might act like it’s no big deal, but we both know it is. This time with his brother, sister-in-law, nephews and cousins is what he needs to reconnect, to fill an emptiness, to bond.

I promise you the full report when we return.

How do you usually spend your Easter? Do you have family living away?

Linking up today with Zanni for Sunshine Sunday writing to the prompt – Easter.

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38 comments on An Easter surprise

  1. Susan
    April 13, 2014 at 5:24 am (4 years ago)

    Oh how wonderful !!!! Wish we could join you- your wedding was our last big trip- have too much fun & hug those Wilsons for us. I am si happy you are going!!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 13, 2014 at 6:33 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Susan! I will be sure to give them all a massive hug. Have a great Easter too πŸ™‚

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  2. Clare
    April 13, 2014 at 6:57 am (4 years ago)

    Sounds wonderful. Hope you have a magical time. Xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 13, 2014 at 8:19 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Clare πŸ™‚ I hope you guys have a great Easter too xx

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  3. Kathy
    April 13, 2014 at 8:18 am (4 years ago)

    Have a fabulous time in New Zealand – it will be lovely for your kids to be able to get to know their cousins better.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 13, 2014 at 8:20 pm (4 years ago)

      It really will, Kathy. I hope you have a lovely Easter too πŸ™‚

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  4. Neets
    April 13, 2014 at 8:57 am (4 years ago)

    How fabulous Renee! You are going to have such a great team. We did NZ with the kids a couple of years ago. Embarrassingly, I had never been. It’s an incredible country. My hubby has family over there. For Easter, we usually go away to Philip island to spend time with the father in law. It overlooks the water & is just magical. This year we are staying a little closer to home, just in case you know…;) xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm (4 years ago)

      I think that’s a very good idea, Neets πŸ™‚ There’s plenty of time for trips to Philip Island in the future πŸ™‚ Have a fab Easter xx

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  5. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    April 13, 2014 at 10:36 am (4 years ago)

    Enjoy your trip Renee, it sounds just wonderful. We have no family in Brisbane, so it will just be our little family at home over the Easter weekend. We’re down in Victoria visiting them at the moment and will be having our ‘Easter Lunch’ today. Safe travels xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 13, 2014 at 8:22 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh I hope you had a lovely Easter lunch today, Lauren, and I hope you have a lovely time with your little fam in Brisbane next Sunday πŸ™‚ xx

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  6. Erin
    April 13, 2014 at 11:50 am (4 years ago)

    OH so happy for your Dave, really important to keep the bonds strong. Be thinking of you over Easter. Well we’re counting down till our College kids will be home, 5 more sleeps!! Cleaning house in preparation. Be just immediate family, not sure I want to share them

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 13, 2014 at 8:22 pm (4 years ago)

      I wouldn’t want to either, Erin! You must be beside yourself with excitement. Can’t wait to read all about it πŸ™‚

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  7. Zanni Louise
    April 13, 2014 at 8:49 pm (4 years ago)

    So great Renee! I am really happy for you that you’ll be having some time with family, away from work. It’s going to be lovely! Happy Easter, and we’ll look forward to your return! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 14, 2014 at 5:50 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Zanni. We are really looking forward to it. Have a fab Easter too x

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  8. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    April 13, 2014 at 11:42 pm (4 years ago)

    How exciting Renee! I hope you have a wonderful holiday and spend some beautiful time with your NZ family.
    Not only do the girls get to have the excitement of Easter, but enjoy it with their faraway cousins!
    Have the best time hun xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 14, 2014 at 5:51 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Lisa. It sure is going to be exciting! Hope you have a great Easter too x

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  9. Carla from myyellowheart
    April 13, 2014 at 11:50 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh yay for you holidays. I love a break away from home. Have a great time, relax and enjoy your Easter in NZ xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 14, 2014 at 5:51 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Carla. I hope you have a fantastic Easter too x

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  10. Kylie Purtell
    April 14, 2014 at 12:41 am (4 years ago)

    How exciting! I won’t lie, I’m a little bit jealous!

    We spend Good Friday every year with my Mum for lunch. Even though we are all grown up now (the youngest kid, my brother, turns 22 in a few weeks) she still has an easter egg hunt for us. I am really excited for Punky to do the easter egg hunt this year, it will be the first time she really understands it and the first time she will be desperate to find that chocolate now that she knows just how good chocolate is! This will be Zee’s first easter too so I think it will be something special. Definitely going to do an egg hunt at home for Punky and Zee on Sunday morning, can’t wait to see Punky’s face as she looks for all the eggs.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 14, 2014 at 5:52 am (4 years ago)

      Aww that is going to be so special. Punky is going to love it. I can’t wait to see the pics. That is so cool that all of you grown up kids still join in the Easter egg hunt. Sounds like mega fun. Have a great time x

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  11. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    April 14, 2014 at 9:07 am (4 years ago)

    Oh I am so so so jealous! I love New Zealand! Mum is from the North Island and I love going back and seeing all the relatives! Enjoy! Cant wait to hear how it goes xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 14, 2014 at 12:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Lucy! It’s a beautiful country isn’t it?! I hope you get to visit again soon xx

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  12. Emma Fahy Davis
    April 14, 2014 at 8:13 pm (4 years ago)

    Squee, exciting! I am just a little (lot) bit jealous, enjoy catching up with the whanau! We’re hoping to get back at some stage this year, last time was for our wedding in 2011 and while we talk to hubby’s sisters and my stepkids on Skype, he’s dying to sit and crack a Steiny with them.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh I bet, Emma! Hope you get a chance to get over there soon πŸ™‚

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  13. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    April 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m so excited for you lovely… but gutted as just read that you’re not well. Early nights, raw garlic, lemons, all the herbal stuff you can stomachb. Hugs and I hope you get better soon and enjoy my country of birth… xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks love. I sure will xx

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  14. Grace
    April 16, 2014 at 4:13 pm (4 years ago)

    Yay! Have an awesome time. Love how men are so silent and stoic while really they’re totally excited! It will be a memorable Easter, for sure x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 16, 2014 at 8:04 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Grace. It sure will πŸ™‚ Enjoy your Easter too x

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  15. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    April 17, 2014 at 9:40 am (4 years ago)

    Lucky you! Enjoy! I’d love to get the family to NZ at some point as I feel we would really enjoy it there and I’d love to see some Maori culture.
    Have a great time!
    Easter for us will be spent staycationing. Nothing planned (foolishly), maybe just cleaning up around this house of ours.
    I see you are going to ProBlogger?! Me too! Looking forward to meeting you in person! πŸ˜€

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 28, 2014 at 9:43 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh I can’t wait to meet you, Jody!!! You should definitely get the kids over to NZ. They would love it. So much to see and do xx

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  16. Elisa {With Grace & Eve}
    April 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm (4 years ago)

    That’s awesome! Hope you’re well into enjoying yourselves and having a wonderful time with family xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 28, 2014 at 9:43 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Elisa. Back just tonight and having fun looking through the pics. Hope you had a great one too x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 28, 2014 at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

      Sure is, Sam. Hope you had a great one!!

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  17. Bec | Mumma Tells
    April 18, 2014 at 5:57 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh lovely! I missed this post somehow. Have such a wonderful time – NZ is on our bucket list. I’d love to take our little family there one day. Sending Easter wishes to you and yours. X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 28, 2014 at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Bec. Hope you had a fab Easter. You should definitely take the kids there. It’s awesome! x

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  18. veggie mama
    April 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Did you have a wonderful time? We went to NZ last Easter, and I was very sad to not repeat the trip this year! Lake Tekapo really is divine x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 28, 2014 at 9:45 pm (4 years ago)

      Isn’t it?!! Especially with those hot pools in the middle of the forest, at night, looking at the stars. Bliss. Just got back tonight, but can’t wait to get back over there πŸ˜‰ Hope you had an awesome Easter x

      Reply

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