After a whopping nineteen nights staying with Kiwi Mike, Kylie, and Henry on the Sunshine Coast (do you think we overstayed our welcome?), sadly it was time to bid adieu. Because we live so far away from them, it is always hard to leave not knowing when we will see them next. Sure, talking to them via FaceTime is absolutely great, but it’s not the same thing as hanging out in person. We’re happy to say that after staying with them twice now and vacationing together in Hawaii, we are not sick of them by any means. Not so sure about their feelings towards us. (It’s mutual, right? RIGHT?)
Our favorite moments on the Sunshine Coast include:
-Watching My Kitchen Rules on TV four nights a week. Teams of two from each Aussie state host dinner parties at their home for the other teams and two judges. Let the snarky comments and harsh judging begin. Kiwi Mike claimed to absolutely hate this show, yet it was obvious he was sucked in like the rest of us. Another show we quite enjoyed every weekday at 5:30pm was game show Million Dollar Minute where three contestants answer rapid-fire trivia questions. We found it funny that many questions were about American geography, and we were impressed that people knew the answers. We highly doubt Americans (us included) could answer such specific questions about Australian capital cities or history.
Henry Isn’t Supposed to Watch TV, But He Managed to Find a Way This Day. His Craning Cracked Us Up.
-Our afternoon adventures with Kylie and the little guy. It got quite hot and humid while we were there, so we sought respite from the heat somewhere cool: malls, grocery stores, even the air-conditioned car. Wandering around grocery stores in different countries is one of our favorite pastimes, so we were more than happy to explore.
On Our Way.
-Dance time with Henry. He has a stuffed dog that plays “Who Let the Dogs Out?”, and Hanna quite enjoyed singing and dancing along. For some bizarre reason, Mike kept singing Justin Bieber’s “Baby” to the little guy. Henry will be a Belieber yet.
This Wasn’t Actually a Dance Party, But Hank Kinda Looks Like He Is Dancing. Just Pretend.
Here’s Hanna Photobombin’ and Dancin’ During the Official Family Portrait Session.
-Busting Kiwi Mike’s chops about his long-ass beard. There’s absolutely no contest between the two Mikes’ beards. The Kiwi wins hands down. We were proud to celebrate the first birthday of Kiwi Mike’s beard while we were there. (Yes, he knows what day it hatched. Mazel tov.)
Happy Birthday, Beard.
Mike’s Beard? Not as Impressive.
-Enjoying the delicious meals that Kiwi Mike and Kylie would make for us: chicken Caesar salad, bangers and mash, baked potatoes topped with chili, burgers, and, uh, Domino’s pizza. Kylie kindly baked us the national dessert of New Zealand (pavlova), and we want more. So good. Hanna’s dessert contribution? Rice Krispie treats and store-bought baked goods.
Pavlova: Meringue Topped with Cream and Berries.
Hanna’s Gourmet Dessert.
-Our Saturday barbeque by the beach with Kiwi Mike, Kylie, and their friends. Though it was overcast, we really enjoyed hanging out, swimming, eating, chatting, and playing with their friends’ kids. Mike even went stand-up paddleboarding (whoops, no pictures taken.) We planned to go again the next weekend, but the stupid weather was stupidly windy and stupidly rainy. Stupid.
Shrimp That Was Cooked on the Barbie. NO LIE. (They’re Actually Prawns. Shh.)
We had such a great time with these Kiwis and are so grateful for their generosity. They opened their home to us for almost three weeks, and we got to snuggle with their sweet baby boy. We already miss them a lot and wish that we could have stayed forever. Who says that we need jobs? They did offer to employ us as nannies. The job wouldn’t pay, but room and board would be free.
Until we see you again, friends.
Official Portrait of the Five of Us.