|(Just look at this beautiful cake Helen made! |
And it tasted as good as it looks!)
Sarah might not admit it, but this April she turned the big 3-0! Having already been there for a few years it was with strange disbelief as I watched my beautiful wife hit this life landmark. Thankfully I had a +Miriam Williamson nearby who took me aside around two months ago to say, "So look this is a big deal. The girl only turns 30 once. I am willing to do whatever to help make sure Sarah's 30th birthday is so freaking awesome she will compare every birthday henceforth with this one, eclipsing all others forever in the New Zealand magic we are going to drop on her!" (Or something like that - apparently when I quote people I sometimes take liberties. Honestly I just say what I remember.)
|(As with any good party we played some games.)|
In the end it was a surprise birthday party. I gave Sarah and adequate birthday by cooking her pancakes from scratch, giving her a beautiful manaia pounamu stone to wear as a necklace (it's kind of a thing here in NZ - and Sarah's more into the appearance then the meaning), and spending the day before her birthday together as she had to work the night of her actual day. I knew this would leave her feeling good but also wanting more, wondering why I had not been at my best, yet just wonderful enough to allow her to think this was all she was getting. It is sort of mean in the short term but when the whole deal was flushed out I believe she felt the love!
+Benjamin Winrow, Helen, Miriam, +Gordon Paulson, Cath, and everyone who helped make this day what it was for Sarah!
|(Our evening ended with some dancing of course, which is what always happens when you have good tunes on in the background, quietly inviting people to get up and dance the entire time! Yes, it got a little randy, but all in good fun.... I think.)|
|(With Miriam and Gordon at the helm we made home-made pizzas...still thinking about those pizzas. Delicious.)|
|(Sarah and her sister enjoying the wildlife on the beach together.)|
|(Here is Sarah at the top of McClean Waterfall. We hiked/climbed up the secret path that +Scott Smith found when we were visiting this waterfall last time. You cannot tell quite how high we are in this shot or how it felt to climb as far out on that tree to look down the waterfall. Look to the next photo to see the tree pointed out!)|
|(After coming back down I took this shot. I should have scrambled back down early so as to try and catch someone still at the top, although I'm not quite sure it would be easy to see them. It was a fun, slippery, and muddy climb to the top as it's been raining lately. The falls were more swollen then I have ever seen them.)|
|(Careful as you choose your steps Gordon! It's slick!!)|