Rarotonga – Week Two

Week two we stayed at a different place on the island- a resort, on a very nice lagoon. The resort had something the first place we stayed didn’t – Happy Hour!

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The beach there was perfect for kids – really shallow and nice, soft sand.

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There was also a little night food market a short walk down the road from us. We checked it out on the first night.

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During the days we hung out at either the pool or the beach. Jude had lots and lots of Grandma and Grandpa time. They weren’t always the best influences on him – here’s Grandma teaching him how to spit water.

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And the smile on Jude’s face in this one is no doubt because he is peeing in the pool!

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So the rest of the week went like this – more beaches, swimming, good food (pizza and ice cream!), cuddles, playtime, and of course, Happy Hour:

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I love this photo, buddha on the beach:

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And then a not so fun time came and we had to say goodbye. Jude actually was asleep when we boarded the plane so he didn’t get to give a proper goodbye. He woke up on the airplane and was totally confused as to where his best buddies had gone.

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We had such a special two weeks on the island and can’t wait to bring Jude and his brother back one day! Of course, we hope Grandma and Grandpa can join us again too! We sure do miss them.

Rarotonga – Week One

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.

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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.

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Their backyard is pretty spectacular!

IMG_2253They have two kids so it was a lot of fun for Jude to have buddies to play with.

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After two nights with them we moved into this place, where we would be staying for the rest of the week.

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We needed more space as these two were on their way over from the US to join us in Rarotonga.

IMG_2266We spent the day before their arrival breaking in the hammock.

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And in the morning they arrived and we were all on the beach together!

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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.

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There were lots of cuddles and kisses all week long,

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as well as playtime at the beach,

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And in the pool,

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We lounged around and ate lots of good food too.

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But smack dab in the middle of the week Jude started acting a little out of sorts.

IMG_2362The first sign something was a bit ‘off’ was when he fell asleep on Grandpa while we were driving in the car. He’s never just fallen asleep like this!

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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,

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oatmeal,

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and cuddles.

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IMG_2411Grandma and Grandpa helped out so much with taking care of Jude, it was really wonderful.

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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.

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Next we went to a bar with a nice sea views for beer and french fries.

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And finished up the night with wood fired pizza.

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One afternoon we went back over our friends’ place for lunch and more playtime.

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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!

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And one of us.

IMG_2452On Luke’s last day we went out for lunch,

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And said goodbye. ;(

IMG_2485Jude and I still had a whole other week of fun in Rarotonga with Grandma and Grandpa.