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Great Performance

Yesterday we went and saw “Brainiac Alive” at QPAC.

It was a little Science mixed with a lot of loud entertainment

(and I DO mean LOUD!)

It was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed it!

So, if you are looking for something to do these school holidays,

definitely grab tickets to Brainiac Alive,

although you’d better be fast as their last performance is on the 13th January

and I bet tickets are selling like hot cakes.

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Yes, we were in this audience.

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Posted by on January 9, 2018 in Family Events, Science


Christmas 2017

Another Christmas has passed.

We spent it with all of our favourite people…of course.

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Christmas Eve involved a lot of wrestling.

And big boys urged to do whatever little girls desired.

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There was also some sparkler action.

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This was Miss Almost Five’s first experience with sparklers.

With the example of ‘her boys’, she bravely took her sparkler and mimicked their actions.

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Little Miss Almost 2 was horrified by our decision to play with fire.

She wanted no part of it.

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Then there was more wrestling.

(Doesn’t that face say, “Save me”.  Hehehe.)

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There were also Christmas Eve read alouds before bed.

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Then the ‘Santas’ could do their work.

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The next morning, there were lots of happy faces.

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Miss Almost Two got a lot of books from us.

She took the first box set of books and put them in her present pile, then she picked up the second box set of books, handed them back to me and said,

“Too many books”.

I have a lot of work to do with this little one.

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Miss Almost Two was also our assistant present opener.

No one needed to worry about unwrapping fatigue with our little helper around.

Can you guess which of Ethan’s presents Miss Almost Two had just opened in this photo?

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If you said, 3D printer, then you were correct.

My parents and siblings all put in for a 3D printer for Ethan’s gift.

He loves it and has printed all sorts of things with it.

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So that’s a quick summary of Christmas 2017 at our house.

With the way time flies, it won’t be long before Christmas 2018.

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Posted by on January 5, 2018 in Family Events, Family Life


A New Niece

While we were off on holidays,

a new niece entered our world.


Yes, my sister waited until the first day we arrived in the US

to bring the new family member into the world.


Then, when we arrived home,

we bought with us a nasty coughing virus

and had to wait a further two and bit weeks

before we could safely meet her.

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But, finally, we met little Evie Grace.

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Since we’ve been home,

we’ve visited her often

and taken lots and lots of photos.

This kid (and her sister) already has

more than I have from my whole life!

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Taking photos of both of my nieces

at the same time

is a challenge.

(The plan is, when I find a big chunk of free time,

to photoshop these backgrounds.)

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Both of my nieces are growing quickly.

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Aria is now three

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and loves Star Wars and Fancy Nancy.

Yep, what a combo.

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Evie is almost four months old.

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She is winning her way into everyone’s heart

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and smiling up a storm.

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At my house, there are two little soft-hearted men,

who adore both of their cousins,

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and permit these little girls

to wrap them around their fingers.

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Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Family Events, Family Life


Heading Home

Are you sick of all of these holiday posts?

I’ve been working on these posts for ages.

I’m itching to write about anything other than our holiday.

Well this is the very last holiday post.

Doing a happy dance.


After a cream cheese bagel for breakfast in Washington,

(the thought of it still churns in my stomach…ick!),

we piled all of our luggage and accumulated stuff

into our rental van and headed north to New York,

where we would fly out that night.

But first, we couldn’t leave the east coast of the country

until we saw the Atlantic Ocean.

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So for lunch, we stopped at Jersey Shores,

for the best chips we’ve ever had,

and a quick peek at the ocean.

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Well, it looked an awful like the Pacific Ocean to me,

but what do I know.

With time ticking down, and a plane that wouldn’t wait for us,

we jumped back into the van

and hurried on to our destination.

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Two plane trips and nearly a whole day later,

we arrived home.

To the people in Australian Customs,

you were a breath of fresh air.

Sorry to say, but most of the security folk we experienced in the US

were scary and unfriendly.

Coming home, we immediately noticed the pleasant difference in manner.

It was so nice to be home.

Except for the weather!

Going from minus freezing to plus plus Aussie summer temperatures

was really uncomfortable.

And why do air conditioners only go as low as 17 degrees Celsius.

Our internal temperature gauge said that that was much too hot!