As some of you may know my most recent trip was to New Zealand. And, although we obviously went to explore the beautiful country - there was actually a bit more to it.
We went to surprise my sister.
My sister moved to New Zealand on a working visa in February 2017. Of course her departure was an emotional one - my mum, sister & I cried like fools at the gate. Her big move across the globe was clearly more of a feat for her to overcome rather than for my mum & I, who walked back to the vehicle & drove home together. We had each other, but at the gate we still held onto her like we'd never let her go. But she was leaving on a jet plane & didn't know when she'd be back again. Sorry had to.
Saying goodbye isn't easy, especially when you have a small and close family. Ceilidh is my only sibling, and over the years has certainly become the one I can get in some of the worst arguments with - but more than anything she is my very best friend. If any of you have a sibling who's also a best friend, you'll know it is a unique type of friendship, and one you'll always have.
Experiencing what the world has to offer and following your dreams has been something my family has always encouraged. No matter what, do what makes you happy. We have travel built into us, and it's something not to be ignored. I knew when Ceilidh set off on her adventure she'd succeed, even though at the beginning she doubted herself. Now over a year later she is comfortable in her new home & loving it. Has friends like family & a great job in the wine industry. I'm happy to see her happy. The hard thing for me is being away from her for so long. It is so true when they say you don't know what you've got until it's gone - I know how cheesy am I. I realize too she's still here, just over 20 hrs of travel and a months rent to get there, but she's still here lol. Even when you don't think you're falling into this trap, some of the littlest things can be taken for granted. I miss crawling into bed with her & her dog who snores louder than a tractor and just seeing her face to face.
Whether she is there for another year or another 20 years or the rest of her life everyone has to make decisions for themselves to ensure their own happiness. You are what makes you happy.
I'll cut the sappy stuff now...and get into the surprise! Here's the breakdown. My parents booked a trip to go see my sister, and after a few months my fiancé and I decided we couldn't NOT go. We booked a trip just a few months before and planned on surprising her. Hilarious that she was 'hoping' I would end up coming. During the final week we thought we'd let it out somehow and she would know. Regardless we kept going with the surprise. My mum & dad flew to San Fransisco in the morning, we met them there a few hours later. During that time period I posted to instagram so she assumed we weren't coming. The four of us met up on the layover in the US and hopped on board to Auckland, NZ. When we got there my mum connected her phone and planned to meet my sister outside. So, Haden & I found a vantage point where we could see the reunion. We walked out behind her....my mum was suppose to be rolling the entire time. Obviously wasn't, baby boomers and technology I tell yah. We stalled about a meter behind her until my mum made a signal she was sending a 'snapchat video' to me at home. That's when we surprised her. Check out the video below.
The surprise was just part of the fun. But we'll always have these memories, and for that I think it was all worth it.
If you take anything away from this maybe silly, or maybe too sappy of a blog post I hope it's that there are people by your side. But, don't wait until they are 15,000 km's across the world to show them you love them. Time is precious.