Middle Earth: The Land of Hobbitses (pt 2)

Hello Pengminions!!! We bring you segment 2 of our New Zealand adventure! Here we have captured the last part of our stay in the north island and make our way to the south island via the aforementioned “ferry ride of death”

We start again as the penguin couple makes their way downstream on the
Tongariro River!

DSC02984Smiling with our group and Australian guide
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Oogling the breathtaking views
DSCF4678Touching a lil waterfall
DSCF4684Hitting close to home! HAHA
IMG_8062 IMG_8071 IMG_8072 IMG_8073 IMG_8113Successfully navigated the narrow seas (standing up and all) without loosing a passenger! 
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Made our way to Taupo! 
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We heard screams and looked up from our peaceful view to find…
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Skydivers!!!!
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Sunset at the great lake!
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20140426_180025The Day we met Mt. Doom!
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Yes, we hiked the whole way! and then some….
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see above: Mt Doom! (you know Lord of the Rings???) aka Mt Nguauruhoe
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There was ice and frost when we started at 7am!
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DSC_0063and FOG!
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DSC_0045what natural colored mosses(?)
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as we ascend THE MTN…clouds…
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I AM ABOVE THE CLOUDS!!! (and only half way up)
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at one point we see a lake
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once we reach the summit….TWO, THREE, FOUR?!?!!?!
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DSC_0112IT IS THE CRATER ATOP MT DOOM!!!
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WE MADE IT!!!! Successful PENGUINS
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DSC_0149Our gorgeous view from the top above the clouds
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With a great sense of accomplishment we made our way back down the Mountain 
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The shoes that helped me make it
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and we make our way on to the rest of the crossing…about 10 more km to go!
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up more mountainous terrain
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the red crater
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DSC_0191We had a great view of the blue and green lakes that are located near volcano steam vents
DSC_0196View from the “trail” on the down side of the red crater
20140427_145518dun dun dunnnnnnnn! ahhhhh 😀
DSC_0200the very white steam is from a real live active volcano!!! eeeps
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20140427_135217a panoramic picture from the red crater

Sadly after the volcano we were tired and the road was as windy as the road in the clouds from DragonBallZ AND about 7 km to the end so we just forgot from lack of energy to picture anything more. We ended up in a rain forest for the last 5 km or so. The climate changes because of elevation, clouds, and terrain were surreal.
Our SUCCESS FACES! We made it. 8pm WHEW
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Next day, in pain, we went off to check out HUKA FALLS!
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DSC_0212 DSC_0218 DSC_0220 DSC_0231The water was wicked fast and pristine blue.

real honey comb

We also checked out the Huka Honey Hive where we saw beez and tasted ALL THE HONEY! (and bought some wine 🙂
It was a lovely attraction as we made our way down to Wellington; our last stop in the north.
DSC_0232 DSC_0234A hillside view of houses
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Random art
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20140429_110150The best slide ever!!! I was discouraged to use on our rainy day walking the town…I did it anyway!!! (and was soo right in its awesomeness) 
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free face art so we made our own with it lol
(I discovered howmuch I love panoramic pictures while in NZ)
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The Museum of Te Papa (on every list of must sees)
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preserved giant squid!

We also went to the Weta Workshop: Our minds Exploded inside their work space but sadly picture taking was restricted 😦 
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The dreaded ferry
(I did not know this when the picture was taken! The ship though didn’t have balancing ballasts and we were on some pretty choppy seas….the end of my life as I knew it)

Now we have made it to…The South Island!
Our first day was hiking Abel Tasman
DSC_0270Just beautiful the whole trek
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DSC_0290DSC_0294Cricks (lil creeks) and baby waterfalls everywhere
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The ever wonderful silver fern!
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DSC_0316This is the trunk of a silver fern cut close to the base
What marvelous wood grain!!!
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DSC_0335DSC_0361DSC_0369Our stay for the evening was at a quaint hostel
Our room:
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It had a name: The Love Bug
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These are chocolate/mint love bugs!!!
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We have just brushed the surface of all things South Island of New Zealand~y!!!!
Hope you enjoyed the pictures!
More to come just keep a look out friends!!

Peace, Love, and Happiness Everyone!

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The Day has Come and Gone….

We had such a wonderful day full of hard work, love, laughter, tears,
and the start to another unforgettable adventure.
Without further ado we present to you….
Pictures in the form of song!

Our Day we share with you…Enjoy!
The Furleighs

What is this about Pre-marriaging?

PENGMINIONS!!!!!
I am back again for a second time this week with…

More things all coupley:
Almost a whole week after our engagement shoot we spent 8 hours of a Saturday engrossed in Pre-Marriaging!!!
Something cool you soon to be married people/or those of you no where near engaged can keep in your back pocket for the future if you ever end up going down that aisle. (like “going down that road”, get it???) Anyway, the point being we were going to do most of our premarriage things on our own and they are going smoothly but when searching for information on a marriage license I stumbled upon this site where in the Houston area if you take this 8 hour course you get a certificate to waive the 72 hr wait period and for $60 off of your license!!?!?!? And we thought even if this is teeeerrrrrriibbblllleee we can basically get paper married for FREE! So we went in HOPING it would not be too this or too that and it was PERFECT! It was the complete opposite of a stale, stuffy, over rehearsed, book class. They had the most REAL couple leading the discussion for the day. They were well versed in their curriculum and used their own life as examples, the good and the bad, while also having us interact with them, each other, and the group.

The focus for the day was on Communication. Many of the skills learned can be applied in life period but there were a few things we took away that I think were absolutely wonderful when resolving conflict within relationships. Some things we already did but it was nice to have an outside perspective and something with a little bit clearer of a picture  that we can build on things we already do. They did not preach “this is how things are supposed to be done,” there was no shaming or finger pointing but helping by giving tools to use within each unique relationship and perhaps insight into things that may not have been thought about before. Every relationship is different and there is no cookie cutter way for navigating them. One thing that they said, I have known, and cannot say enough is that relationships are WORK and you both must always be investing in it for it to grow and be rewarding for you day after day.

There is so much more detail that I could put into this for you, so if you want to know more about the group class or want to know about the specific tools we learned don’t hesitate to reach out to us we would love to share with you!

Enjoy the rest of your day Pengminions! We look forward to next time.

Peace, love, and happiness,
Kristen Burleigh

PS: Invites are out…don’t forget your RSVP for April 12, 2014!!!!

And we may have worn our custom jerseys ;P

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Dress Shopping!!! and other relationship things

Hello Penguin Followers!!!!

Sooooooo I had a birthday this past week. 25!!! Weeeeee I can now rent a car all on my own! Thanks to all who sent FB wishes of kindness. It was a fantastic day on the shire of Mt. Hope. Desdemona enjoyed sharing my natal den with everyone throughout the day. I was presented with quarters from cast members and showered with love from my friends and family. The first of our off days Richard, some fellow cast member friends and I went to Hershey Park! We rode roller coasters, learned about the making of chocolate, and ATE CHOCOLATE!!!!!!! It was a deliciously fun time that was only the pregame to the WHITE TRASH BASH we threw for fun!!! We were inspired by these cups we saw at Kirkland’s while looking around for inspiration for the Soiree and knew we had to make this event happen and recreate these cups!  Aaannnd we did 😀
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Tons of country music was a blasting and much beer pong was played! It was a fantastic time! Just imagine thirty plus actors …yeah! We go all out.
Here’s a taste…
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The very next day my also engaged friend, Chailee, and I went out to try on dresses…I never thought something so girly could be so fun!!! We had a blast. The first place we went was called Cocoa Couture in Hershey and was a lovely establishment. The staff was super friendly and helpful. The dresses there were magnificent and certainly gave me so ideas that I can incorporate into the dress that I want to get made. Here is a look at me in a fancy white dress! Image

I’d post a pic of the both of us but she hasn’t picked her dress out yet and I would hate to give away her look if it were her ultimate choice!

On another note Relationship things.
When it comes to that we both always come to communication. It is KEY!
Communicating with each other and others you can learn so much.
We were talking with a fella today that we had just met. His group will be performing as an independent act at the faire. As we got to know this guy he was extremely open, talkative and inquisitive. A super friendly guy that we enjoyed. At the tail end of the conversation he recommended a book for the two of us to read, The 5 Languages of Love. He is a recent divorcee and said he found this book just too late and has recommended it to others who have thanked him after. As he was talking a bit about this book and what it covers, while chatting together later, we discovered that we both have had similar thoughts about what he was explaining. And that is when relationship advice has been imparted to us we often times have had the thought of…we kind of do that already..and its a pretty cool feeling. It makes me feel like we must be doing something right. We aren’t perfect by any means but hopefully these things will work out for us in the long run. The 5 languages of Love book we are looking into reading together. If there are those of you out there that have any other suggestions on pre life commitment material you would recommend we would love to check it out so please post away!!! We are always wanting to learn more and try to make this and anything we do better!

It is about time to hit the hay for it is another faire day in the morn.
Til next time my lovely penguin followers! I love you all and a wonderfully good night!

Future Mrs. Furleigh