Thursday, December 24, 2015
...Still Having our NZ Christmas Adventure...
We arrived in Christchurch in the evening and got our keys. We thought we would be staying at a hotel, but it was actually a home down the street, which was a very pleasant surprise because that's where we would have another "Christmas morning" and we didn't have to worry as much about the kids being super quiet and we had private access to our car, a full kitchen and dining room, laundry room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. I almost cried (tears of joy) when I realized how much more comfortable Christmas would be with the space and privacy the home provided.
The next morning, we headed out early to go on a tour of Christchurch city center. Here we are looking very excited for our tour on a double decker bus.
After Marie had a nap, we drove to Akaroa for another tour. Akaroa is a peninsula about 90 minutes southeast of Christchurch. When we got there, we had a little bit of time to eat and we let the kids play at a park near the tour office.
Before we left Akaroa, we went back to the same park pictured earlier and read the Christmas story in Luke 2 before driving back to the city because we knew the kids would be too tired by the time we got back. Matt and I stayed up to ready the house for our second "Christmas morning" and we watched A Christmas Carol, a tradition in my family.