Fiona and Mark’s youngest son Rory was christened on Sunday in the church at Middle Park. Alan stood in as godfather for Mark’s friend who is at home in Ireland. Rory was on his best behaviour and fell asleep shortly after the ceremony. We all went back to Fi’s house for brunch. A great time was had by all.
Rory being christened
What a beautiful family…..
Hugh and Ella in their Sunday best
Saturday (Jan 26th) was Australia day which is the big day of celebration in the country and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories (Monday was the public holiday as it fell on a Saturday). On Australia Day the nation celebrates what’s great about Australia and being Australian.
We went along to our local cafe (Cowderoy Dairy) for breakfast then did some shopping in the morning. We spent a little time in the city in the afternoon before heading back to the Albert Park Hotel for drinks with Amanda, Olivia and Sophie. Maz and Blanche joined us later.
Ella enjoying breakfast
Charlie enjoying breakfast
Tram ride up to South Melbourne
Watching the helicopters taking off at Southbank
Charlie’s first ice-cream
Ella and Olivia swinging in the Albert Park Hotel
Whitney and Brian are the proud parents to new baby Spencer who arrived safely on Friday morning. From watching the video clips on their blog, big sister Maddie is quite enthralled with her new baby brother. Ella & I visited the hospital on Sunday afternoon – he is a beautiful little boy and I was delighted to get a cuddle! Mum and baby got home yesterday so we look forward to seeing them in a few days.
I took Charlie along to the maternal child health nurse this morning for his developmental assessment – she was very happy with him and just gave some general advice about diet etc. His measurements were (and Ella’s at same age in brackets):
Weight – 12.4 kg (11.9)
Length – 79.5 cm (77.5)
Head – 49.2 cm (47.5)
He’s a healthy, happy and very mischievous little boy!!
We were excited about our first family camping experience only to have it washed out by the rain….
We headed down to a campsite in Geelong on Friday afternoon and the weather was lovely and warm as we pitched the tent. Both Charlie and Ella settled off to sleep under canvas then about 9p.m. the rain started. We foolishly (for Scottish people) thought it might just be a shower but no, it was on/off until we packed up to head home on Sunday. Such a shame as the campsite had great facilities, pool etc. but the weather wasn’t on our side.
Ella and Charlie had a ball though – here are some pictures.
Should we have read the instructions before leaving home????
Alan – the only one who knew what he was doing!
Fun in the tent
Dinner time for Charlie
Our little camp site
Ella in action
Charlie on Daddy’s chair
A messy Charlie as we packed up in the rain
Here’s hoping that next time the sun shines….
I’ve entered a race at the end of March and I’m looking to raise as much funds as possible for a Childrens hospital appeal here in Melbourne.
If I can raise $500 I’ve committed to run the race in a kilt.
So please help and donate some money to my cause!
You can donate money here
Yes, a year has passed already and little (?) Charlie turned 1 yesterday. It feels like such a milestone as he’s just starting to walk, cut teeth and use a few words……where has our baby gone???? We had a relaxed morning playing with his new toys and later on headed to a local park for afternoon tea with a few friends. Here’s some pictures.
Having a giggle with some winter clothes sent from Scotland….
Playing in the hallway with his new ambulance
A family picture
Charlie and Sophie
Mummy, Daddy and Charlie
Big Sister Ella
Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you…………
Stopping for a rest….
Fun on the slide