Happy 6th Birthday Charlie

Charlie turned 6 on January 17th – we now have a little boy who is about to start school (Feb 4th), has his first wobbly tooth, is obsessed with Star Wars & Ninjago lego and on top of all that has developed a bit of an attitude…..the joys of being 6!!  His new bike was the highlight of the day.

Birthday morning

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Scuba Charlie….thanks Uncle Harry!!

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He invited all of his kinder buddies to his party on Saturday at Bounce, a massive indoor trampoline wonderland for kids and adults alike.  The kids loved trampoline dodgeball and of course launching themselves into the foam pits.

Waiting patiently for the other guests – Ewan, Charlie, Findlay, Ursula, Ella & Alix

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Dodgeball

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Sliding

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Buddies

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The Foam Pit – Charlie, Ewan, Cristiaan, Alexander, Findlay, Ruby, Alix, Ella, Poppy

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Free-jumping

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Happy Birthday

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He had a great time with everyone and enjoyed opening lots of fantastic presents afterwards.

K

Happy 6th Birthday Charlie

Running Dad

It seems that every year Alan comes up with a new event to compete in.  Previously it has always been road races but this year he decided to challenge himself to the Two Bays Trail Run which is a 28km run across the Mornington Peninsula from Dromana to Cape Schanck.  Never one to do things by halves he took up training in earnest and competed last weekend, finishing in 2hrs 46mins.

Ready to go

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Watching Dad at the start

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On the beach at Dromana

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Passing us at 10k

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Happy Running along the way

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The view from Cape Schanck

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Finish

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I’m guessing next years challenge will be to beat the time……

K

Running Dad

Farewell

Over this past week we have farewelled wonderful friends, the Duffy family, as they prepared to pack up their lives in Melbourne set for a new adventure in Denver, Colorado.  Their home country but a state they’ve never lived in before.

We celebrated Jake’s 6th birthday a little early surrounded by his friends, we went to the pub and drank bubbles, we tried to help clean out and pack (although in reality this just meant that I gained pantry items).   I found myself pacing their house that morning feeling there wasn’t much I could actually do because the professional packers were coming the next day yet I just wanted to stay, even if I was in the way, because every minute was precious time we got to spend with them.

We had pizza at Chris & Andrea’s on Wednesday night and we all embraced the 6 adults and 9 kids in their apartment, we watched the fire show at Crown on the way home.  The kids were just being kids running around and having fun together.

Finally we spent a glorious (read very hot) Friday at the beach.  Right across the road from what was their house, drinking coffee and of course bubbles in the Cafe across the road.  The kids swam together, dug holes and buried each other and spent what seemed like hours playing with the outdoor showers.  It was hot but nobody complained we were all just enjoying the moment.

Goodbye was, well it was as you can expect, we cried, we hugged and the kids hugged.

I thought of them Saturday morning at 11am when their flight was leaving and now I find it strange to think at almost 10:30 pm here in Melbourne, it is 4:30 am in Denver and hopefully jet lag is allowing them to sleep at such an unsocial hour.

Looking forward to facetime, skype and catching up with their new adventure soon.

K

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Farewell

7 Nights Under Canvas

That is a title I never thought I would write because although I love the freedom and adventure of camping, I’ve never thought past 4 nights with all the kids.  Anyway, we headed to Halls Gap in the Grampians on December 28th and spent a wonderful 7 nights at Lakeside Tourist Park surrounded by great friends.

There were 26 of us in total, 14 of those were kids ranging in age from 4 to 8.  It was fun to sit back (occasionally!) and watch their friendships strengthen and change throughout the week.  There was never a dull moment as they swam in the pool, jumped on the trampolines, fed the native birds, had water fights, dug up scorpions and other bugs, went fishing, trail walks, swam in rockpools, played cricket and soccer and simply enjoyed their freedom to roam the campsite at their leisure.

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A visit from the Zoo

Brave Ruby

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Me and my friend the Olive Python

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Charlie having a turn

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AJ & Ella

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Fearless Aidan

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Happier without the snake!

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Girls together – Marie, Andrea, Danielle & I

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Way too many kids

 

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Rockpool Fun

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Charlie, Ruby & Poppy  – fun in the tent

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Toasting Marshmallows – a staple camping activity!

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Our Empire…..

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Poppy

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Fun in the sprinklers

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Noughts & Crosses

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Cheeky Ruby

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Best Buddies – Ella & AJ

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Pool action – Charlie style!

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Me and my little girls

 

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Fun on our bikes

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Danielle’s Nail Bar…..

 

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The View

 

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Collecting Kangaroo Bones – this activity kept most of the kids occupied for an entire morning.  The boys searched for all the bones while the girls made tickets for the adults to come to their Museum to see the bones that they found.

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Races…..

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Our buddy Jake!

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Girls relaxing

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Aidan with the ladies

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And boys relaxing

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Ella trying to avoid the camera

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Fearless Ruby

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Poppy getting stuck in the Volleyball Net

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We adults had many a giggle and debate around the evening campfire, ate lots of chocolate, drank lots of wine because in the wise words of Danielle “it won’t drink itself!”

Until our next camping adventure – Australia Day weekend in Bright.

K

7 Nights Under Canvas

Christmas Celebrations

Yes I realise its January 6th and I’m only getting around to our Christmas post.  Life and camping got in the way!

We had a very relaxed Christmas morning at home with 4 very excited little people.  Everyone was pleased that Santa had ticked off their most prized requests from their lists!  After much present opening we spent an hour or so with Eddie, our elderly neighbour who recently turned 94, eating chocolate and shortbread….staple parts of a Christmas morning diet!

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Thanks Mark & Fi!

 

 

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We then headed to Jill & Dave’s for Christmas lunch.  The sun was shining and we leisurely grazed over food for hours in between the pinata, dancing to Gangnam Style, playing twister and soccer.

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Making sure Uncle Harry has enough sunscreen

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We got a taxi home which was essentially a yellow version of our car, much to the kids amusement!  The joys of travelling as a family of 6 plus Auntie Maz and Uncle Harry.

We spent Boxing Day with the Andersons.  More fun, delicious food and great company.

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I had to work on the 27th.  Ella & Charlie came along for the day armed with plenty of games, toys, books to occupy them for the day.

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On the way home we picked up Charlie’s buddy Jake for his last sleepover (for a while…..) at the Donaldson house.  He, with his mum, dad and big brother Cameron are moving home to America way too soon!  The cheeky monkeys got up to lots of mischief together!

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The following morning we were leaving for a week long camping trip….I’ll post about that separately.

K

Christmas Celebrations