A new year: 2014

Elizabeth had a great birthday party yesterday. It was fun for the adults too and not without a few mishaps. At one point, Daniel vomited on the coat of one of our guests. I think he ate too much. Then a four-year-old in attendance was very taken with Ben’s costume and began requesting bits of it piece by piece. I ate far too many sweets and ended up feeling very sick.

Completely by fluke, Elizabeth received Merida’s wig as a gift so her costume was complete and worn the entire afternoon and evening. We gave her a long bow which she spent a great deal of time trying to master. Here she is:



And Ben and Daniel in costume:


So what’s in store for 2014? I’m not entirely sure. We will be returning to Auckland at the end of this month which I’m very sad about but it can’t be avoided. On the way back, we will visit the place of my birth for a few days: Thailand. I haven’t been there since we left when I was three. I’m not looking forward to the heat but I am looking forward to seeing a very special person who lives there and also looking forward to the food.