A Visit from Prue

We were delighted to spend the day with Prue today – it seems crazy that this is the first time she’s met Charlie (never mind Ruby & Poppy) given that she’s only in Sydney.  We’ve been a bit slack on the visiting front!!  Anyway, she was fully inducted into the mayhem which is the Donaldson house and she’s gone back to her friends place for a well-earned rest!

Prue with Poppy

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Prue & Ella

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A Visit from Prue

The Southern Star Observation Wheel

The Southern Star observation wheel opened in Melbourne’s Docklands on 20th December 2008.  The wheel rises to 120 metres and has 21 air-conditioned cabins from which you have fantastic panoramic views of Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay and up to 40 kilometres beyond.  Alan went on with Ella & Charlie yesterday afternoon.

The view from Harbour Town

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Ella on the way up

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Charlie

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Looking up to the next cabin

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Ella

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The view from the top

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The Southern Star Observation Wheel

At the Football – Melbourne v Sydney

Here are some pictures from their trip to the football.  It was Alan’s first time taking Ella & Charlie himself (with Neil to help) and he was surprised at how good Charlie was.  He sat on his seat for all of the first half and Alan reckons he’s way more manageable than Ella was when he took her at the same age.

Ella & Neil in the bar before the game

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Charlie & Ella

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Ella deafening Alan with her football horn and Charlie trying to escape

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Someone drinking Alan’s pint

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In the stadium

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Ella watching the match

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Charlie watching the match (and having a snack!)

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Daddy and Ella

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Happy Daddy

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Ella having fun with Neil

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At the Football – Melbourne v Sydney

St Kilda Beach

Yesterday was a beautiful morning so we walked along to Beachcomber on St Kilda Beach for brekkie.

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Neil, Kirsteen and Michael came over for a BBQ in the afternoon then Neil & Alan took Ella & Charlie to the football.  Neil did a grand job helping Ella paint her tea-set (thanks Maddie!!)

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Ready to go

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St Kilda Beach

Boxing Day

We took a stroll along to the beach park early doors before the heat really set in.  There was a sailing regatta going on out in the bay but calm conditions weren’t helping! Kevin and Sylvie visited in the afternoon.

Charlie in his seat on top of the new pram

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Sleeping soundly

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Ella swinging

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Charlie on the wobbly bridge

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Charlie swinging

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The regatta

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Poppy

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Sisters having a chat

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Later in the afternoon Mhairi, Alan & I walked to the pub for ‘light refreshments’ with the kids.  They had fun walking home.

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Boxing Day

Merry Christmas

I realise that its a bit late to be wishing all our friends and family a merry christmas but I just didn’t get a chance to post yesterday!  Hope you all had a great day.

Ella & Charlie were in Treehouse for a few hours on Christmas eve which allowed us to get last bits & pieces done, Alan and I also managed to escape for lunch on our own leaving Ruby & Poppy with Grandma.

Me multi-tasking while Charlie patiently waited for his breakfast!

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Christmas morning was fun with Ella immediately checking whether Santa had eaten his cookie, although she was a little disturbed at the thought that Santa had been in her bedroom while she slept to fill her stocking.

Charlie

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Opening their Stockings

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Ruby & Poppy slept through the fun

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Opening Dad’s presents too

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Charlie delighted with his steering wheel

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Playing in the hallway

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More presents

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Poppy looking festive (I later dyed a load of washing pink with this top – oooops)

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Ella, Poppy and Mummy

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Driving his beloved ‘Harry car’

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Grandpa with Ruby

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Harry with Poppy

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Charlie and Daddy

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Proud Auntie Jill

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Merry Christmas