The Big Trip Music Video

Here is a video showing some of the places and some of the people we hung out with. Thank you to Uncle Russell, Aunt Helen, Tasha, Uncle Andrew for helping the Fitches record the song. Thank you to Uncle Andrew for providing the equipment.

Seattle Sounders

Papa John took Ains, Bae, Liam and Gordon to the football (soccer) today. We watched the MLS Champions Seattle Sounders play the Toronto FC and the ref. The ref disallowed a Sounders goal and gave a penalty (PK) to Toronto. This meant Sounders lost their first game at home since July 2016. The score was…

Great Wolf Lodge

The Grandparents treated the Fitches and cousin Emma to a night at the Great wolf Lodge in WA. The 2 days included swimming, high ropes, scavenger hunt, build-a-bear, glow-in-the-dark mini golf and a manicure. As we walked out the door, Ains and Bae made this video.

Astronaut ice cream

While at the Seattle Space Needle, Ainsleigh bought some astronaut ice cream. Watch the video below of Ains, Bae and Sophie trying it.

4 Sundays, 4 Countries, 4 Churches

In the past four weeks, each weekend we have been in a different country. Norway, Scotland, Germany, and USA. It’s been interesting the very different Churches we have been in. Stavanger International Church Our first Sunday on our trip was at my brother’s Church, Stavanger International Church. This Church worships in English, and gathers a…

a delay

Well, after seamlessly driving across Germany and back, hitting speeds in the high 170’s, without any delays or accidents. Crossing Washington state hasn’t been quick so simple. here is the official news Fortunately, we didn’t miss our dinner plans.(but only just)

Space and Time

Last week, as I was walking from the Glasgow Hydro, Douglas my cousin, and I reflected on our top 5 albums we have ever heard, and we both agreed Urban Hymns by The Verve would have been in it. For much of your youth, Douglas and I went to a good number of concerts in…

Damn it America, health care is a human right. 

 So yesterday I spent a bit of time with my eldest daughter Baeleigh in the hospital. Baeleigh had tripped over ice-skating, and broke her elbow.  Being on our big trip, currently in the UK, we experienced the National Health Service (NHS). The NHS provides medical services to everyone in the UK from a homeless beggar…

Catching up with the Whānau (family)

So far in the trip, we have spent a really good chunk of time with our direct family. We have spent time in England, a week in Norway, and now we are all staying in Scotland for the week in my mother’s house. Now we are here, we have the opportunity to meet the rest…

Happy Easter

Good Friday for the Fitches was spent with a day trip to London. we did all the usual things, stood outside Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guards, saw the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminister Abbey, St.Pauls Cathedral, the Tower of London and we went on a boat cruise down the Thames. It was…

Chilling with the family

This week we have been hanging out at my brother’s house in Norway. Everyone who is a descendant of my mum is here, sleeping in the same house. The kids are sleeping marae style, but everyone else has got their own bedroom. The house is very luxurious, and if at any stage of this ‘big…

Golfing

With fourteen people in the house now, Andrew (my brother) and I got a little break from the mayhem by playing a round of golf. Andrew was able to swing a couple of free tickets from his work and an extra bag of clubs from a mate. Having not played for a year, I played…