After hearing on Tuesday that Jaz, Phoebe's Mum, was finally having her unwelcome brain mass removed on Monday, we booked flights, left Poppy with a friend, and came north to take over the children for a few days. My daughter flew home from three weeks in Thailand on Thursday, so she can house sit with my son; we celebrated my father's birthday Friday night, and arrived up here on a bumpy, rollicking flight yesterday. Hardened aftershock survivors we might be, but the flight was not pleasant at all.
We have arrived to torrential rain, http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4571700/Roads-close-as-heavens-open
( and thanks GB for this rain radar pic...)
but so far, the house has not slid down the hill, we made it out the slippy driveway, just, and now the rain has eased a little. At lunchtime Jaz and Mark left for the pre-op checks in Auckland hospital, staying overnight for the early start for the first-on-the-list surgery tomorrow....so the "distractions" from my previous post were to make the parting a tiny bit easier for Jaz and the girls... shopping at the mall, new toys, ice creams and watching "Tangled" have worked for the first three hours.... and now Phoebe is asleep.
You can read about her journey on her own blog. Start here and work back.. http://treacytravels.blogspot.com/2011/01/see-you-soon.html
I will of course try to keep you posted regularly.