Easter Monday

We had a leisurely morning on the Monday holiday. Charlie had a longer sleep than usual, probably due to a late night last night. When he woke we all went over to MSAC for a swim and then had a late lunch at the Wine Bar.

Charlie thought it a good idea to climb into the parcel tray under the pram…..


…..then got very upset when he realised he was stuck!


Alan with Charlie & Ella



Easter Monday

Easter Sunday

Blanche’s parents invited us to their place down in Mount Eliza on Easter Sunday.  They have a beautiful home which Alan has dubbed ‘Casa Manuell’.  Ella and Charlie both had lots of fun in the pool with Lily (Blanche’s sister).   We hoped that exposure to their dog, Roxy, would  help Ella overcome her fear but to no avail.

Naturally lots of chocolate was consumed…….it was Easter after all!!

Ella all set for the car journey


And Charlie too…..


Charlie took a naked dip in the pool


Then wrapped up warm with mummy


Ella with Lily in the pool



Easter Sunday

Good Friday

Ella’s friends Hugh and Maddie came over on Friday – they spent time painting eggs, drawing and having fun together.  Lots of mess and lots of fun!  Maddie stayed for a sleepover much to Ella’s delight and they had fun in the bath together.

Hugh, Maddie & Ella


Alan & I with Rory


Charlie fancied some yoghurt when he raided the fridge!!


Fun at bathtime



Good Friday

Grand Prix Weekend

The Australian Grand Prix cavalcade hit us last week.  We had dinner at the Wine Bar on Friday with Fi, Mark, Hugh & Rory and the atmosphere was great.  Lots of people, drinks being taken and fun with kids around.



On Saturday morning we took Ella & Charlie in to the circuit and surprisingly they both kept their earplugs in when the F1 cars were practicing.  Hugh was definitely way more impressed by the whole thing than Ella.  In the afternoon Jill & Dave had a BBQ and it was nice to meet some of the friends they’ve made through work but also a bit sad because it was goodbye to ‘Auntie Aoife’ (Fi’s sister who was heading back to Ireland after almost a year in Melbourne).  To see it through the eyes of a child, Ella said to her “It’s alright, I’ll come to visit you on the airplane”.


Maddie & Charlie



On Sunday Alan, Mhairi & Harry, Jill & Dave all went to the big race.  Ella, Charlie & I stayed home although we could hear it loud and clear.  The fighter jets and qantas flyover were impressive.


Grand Prix Weekend