Friday, May 3, 2013

End of April, Start of May

On board Galactic, birthdays come two at a time - first Eric's and Alisa's, then a few months later Elias' and mine.

This particular end of April saw Eric turn three.  He awoke on the day saying, "I'm not two any more!"


His transition to three-ness has been presaged by all sorts of milestones in recent months.  Alisa threw the very well-used stroller away in Napier.  Eric's out of nappies, and our upcoming sail from New Zealand to the tropics will be our first-ever passage without diaper buckets lashed on deck.


Eric's premier gift this year was a stuffed royal albatross.  The fact that it's a royal is important, as Eric can tell a royal from a shy albatross, and the royals are the ones that he calls "my friends."  That's not a smile above, by the way.  That's his royal albatross imitation.

Alisa did a penguin cake.  That's a smile, by the way, not a penguin imitation.


Then, the beginning of May saw Alisa turning 39.  (Again.)


I managed to struggle through the process of making a cake (from a box!) and dinner (mjeddrah, with real-time instructions from Alisa).  The boys rose to the occasion, and I think Alisa got what she asked for - a happy day.


After dinner we had a dance party.





That part was Elias' idea.

11 comments:

  1. great story, mike. would love to join in on one of those maritime milestone festivals, they seem just like the sort of fun i always love! cheers from holland!

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    1. Thanks Paul - and yes, we'd LOVE to have you at our next dance party...

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  2. It is a joy to see these pictures of such happy birthdays! Can't wait to see you all--just one week from tomorrow! Love to all!

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    1. every day we have to talk the boys out of packing - they're dead keen.

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  3. Those dance party photos are GOLD - who's the hot chick with the long hair, Alex wants to know?? When did Eric get so BIG, and Elias so mature? What did we miss?

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    1. you'll hardly recognize us when we finally share an anchorage somewhere in the Pacific. It's all happening in front of my eyes, but it still surprises me..

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  4. Derrick & PatMay 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Happy Birthday to Eric(the big 3) and Alisa, enjoy NZ.

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    1. thanks guys - wish our time in NZ had overlapped with yours...

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  5. A late happy birthday to Alisa and Eric, Solveig and Hans are still asking when they will see you again ;-) Looks like Alisa got the new pan she was looking for, I hope it works like intended.
    Seems like you have quite bad weather over the weekend, but on the map it looks like you're in a very nice little bay on Great Barrier to be sheltered from what's coming.
    All the best from all in Napier

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    1. yes, it's a big system with really tight isobars coming through. We just had an amazing squall - so much rain! so much wind! But we're super-snug in this little anchorage. Hi to Hans and Solveig and Flora!

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  6. Happy belated birthdays to you all! dance party! just had a flashback of one dance party at the Halibut Cove cabin. :) Hugs to you all.

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