Aliens in the Apple

Visit to New Zealand, part 2

Franci 5 Feb 2016 Family Nature Summer Travelling

A couple of days after we arrived, we headed out of town to Mt Hutt in the Southern Alps for a Hoyt reunion. I think it had been the first time in almost 6 years that everyone were together again — Mum & Dad, all 8 siblings, plus spouses and kids — and it was fantastic.

Because it was cold and rainy most of the time (there were about 2 nice warm days, though), a lot more time was spent indoors than was anticipated, so even though it got a little noisy at times, it was nice to get time to talk, play board games and drink copious cups of tea.

Here’s a little photographic sampling of our time together.

The drive there and back was beautiful. Some photos have a bit of window glare, sorry!


Inside, we had gift givings (Secret Santa for the kids; white elephant for the adults), games, naps in front of the fireplace, food preparation, a talent show, a programming competition between Ben, Bryan, Berwyn and Ed, ASL classes by Lillian, some really good devotions from Berwyn, and of course it wouldn’t be a Hoyt reunion without some very long theological debates on some minute point!

And all sorts of fun was had outside when the weather was nice: littlies on the playground, team building games, archery, an epic water slide, water balloon fights (and other fun stuff like swimming in the river, and abseiling that I didn’t get photos of).

Christmas photos will be in Part 3, next week!

Comments (3)

hannahholder 5 Feb 2016 at 9:52am

Thank you for posting all the pictures of family and activities! That was wonderful, even if I can’t quite tell any more who is who.

Lois 5 Feb 2016 at 4:36pm

Wonderful photos, Franci. The scenery ones are amazing, but the dozens (hundreds?) of people ones are the top winners! The personalities you’ve caught in facial expressions are superb.

joanbee3 5 Feb 2016 at 9:13pm

These are amazing photos, Franci! It looks like a superb place for a family reunion. And how wonderful that EVERYONE could be there! There’s one photo of Ben holding two girls on his lap, and I’m wondering if the one on the right (his left knee) belongs to Bevan and Elricke. I see a strong resemblance to Elricke.