After Wellington we flew to Rarotonga for an island getaway. The last time we were there was for our honeymoon three years ago so we were excited to return and this time with Jude.
We have friends there so they picked us up from the airport and we stayed with them the first few nights. They live right on the beach so one of the first things we did was jump in.
Their backyard is pretty spectacular!
After two nights with them we moved into this place, where we would be staying for the rest of the week.
We needed more space as these two were on their way over from the US to join us in Rarotonga.
And in the morning they arrived and we were all on the beach together!
Jude has changed so much since the last time we were in the States so it was neat for them to see all the things he could do now.
There were lots of cuddles and kisses all week long,
as well as playtime at the beach,
And in the pool,
We lounged around and ate lots of good food too.
But smack dab in the middle of the week Jude started acting a little out of sorts.
Turns out he had contracted an island bug called ‘zika virus’. It meant a day of high fever, chills, and several days of a rash. No fun! So naturally we tried to do everything to get him better – like ice cream,
Thanks to having them with us, Luke and I were able to have a date night one evening. We went to a place we went to on our honeymoon for wine, mocktails and tapas.
Next we went to a bar with a nice sea views for beer and french fries.
And finished up the night with wood fired pizza.
One afternoon we went back over our friends’ place for lunch and more playtime.
It was Luke’s second to last day on the island as he needed to fly back to New Zealand for work. So we took a group photo as who knows when and where we will see them again!
And one of us.
And said goodbye. ;(