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Feb 12 2014

Into the blue

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Here’s some video of Mitchell’s first scuba dive in Rarotonga. It was an awesome experience!



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Nov 03 2013

Something evil this way comes

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Oct 18 2012

Fabulous Fiji

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Jan 29 2012

Five weeks in the States

During most of December, across Christmas/New Years and into the beginning of 2012, we wandered, moseyed and explored our way around the US of A. It was an absolutely fantastic holiday that included:

  • Orlando (Disney, Legoland, Kennedy Space Center)
  • Washington DC
  • New York
  • Chicago (Christmas – bloody cold, but no snow damnit!)
  • San Francisco (New Years eve)
  • Big Sur coast down to LA

All in all we had a huge time. I posted lots of photos on tumblr, but I’m reposting a few favourites here for posterity – and some that we didn’t put on tumblr such as Mitchell as an astronaut, and us swimming with the dolphins.

Discovery Cove

NASA Kenney Space Center

And some of our favourite pics from the tumblr load

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Dec 26 2009

Some pork with your Christmas lunch?

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Yesterday’s Christmas lunch didn’t quite go as planned. The intention had been for some friends to come over for a roast turkey and maple ham lunch, and to continue the Christmas cheer with fresh puddings, mince pies and shortbreads.

Unfortunately Mitchell’s immune system had other plans.

He’s had a cold for a few days, and on Christmas eve he developed a raging fever which persisted all night and was unresponsive to anti-pyretics. So come Christmas morning, with all of us very sleep deprived, we hurriedly opened presents and then headed off to the hospital for a swine flu test.

The initial check suggested he had H1N1.  With several littlies expected at our Christmas lunch, we thought it prudent to cancel everything. Then we headed home, to await the outcome of the influenza test.

Eventually, later in the afternoon, the test came back: negative. Which I guess is a shame really. Afterall, he’s already sick as a dog, but at least if it was the crazy pig stuff then he’d develop some immunities to it.

So that was our Christmas. Fried ham and egg sandwiches for lunch, roast turkey for dinner (sans friends), a puff on the shisha and some crappy TV on the box.

Hope you all had a great one. Merry Christmas to all!

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Nov 10 2009

Playing in Penang

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We’ve just returned from a couple of days in lovely Penang, where we had lots of fun playing in the tropics. We stayed at the Golden Sands hotel, which was perfect for our little family unit, being very accessible for Sheridan and with lots of kid-related stuff like an indoor adventure zone and a great wading pool. We really struggled to get Mitchell out of both of these.

The only real negatives were that the visit was so short – only a couple of days – and someone broke into all of our suitcases between Penang and Beirut. Fortunately we didn’t have any valuables in the cases so the only thing they took was an old mobile phone. Unfortunately they wrecked the locks on the suitcases in the process, so the end of the holidays were spent filling out insurance paperwork with Malaysian airlines.


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May 11 2009

Video: Mitchell having some fun at the beach

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May 03 2009

Video: Fun with Grandad

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May 02 2009

Holiday over, back to the Madness

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We’ve just returned from our four week leave in Australia. After 20 hours in a plane and with very little sleep, we’re all kind of staggering around the apartment in that semi-intoxicated giddy state that only deep fatigue and jet-lag can bring you.  Mitchell woke up at 2.30 this morning and was ready to get into the day.  But luckily we managed to coax him into our bed and back to sleep until a much more respectable 6.30 am.

It was really great catching up with friends and family in Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra during the trip, but such a shame that Sheridan wasn’t feeling the best through some of it. Mitchell definitely enjoyed the trip, although I think he’d be hard pressed to decide on the best highlight. A few shortlist items might be:

– chasing Nanna’s fostered guide dog puppy Dax around the garden, pulling her tail, throwing balls for her and getting licked all over his face.

– discovering that the Easter bunny’s been and then spending the next few days gorging on chocolates. (He has now added the phrase “I want some chocolate” to his daily lexicon. Hmmm.)

– seeing the lions and tigers at the Adelaide zoo, or seeing the lions and giraffes at Monarto zoo.

– making Grandad chase him everywhere, totally and blissfully oblivious to Grandad’s dodgy hip and tricky ticker.

– playing dress-ups with Lily and trying on all of her necklaces, bracelets, rings and tiaras all at the same time.

– having water-bomb fights with Liv and Nadia in Geoff and May’s garden.

– discovering that unlike in Lebanon, Australian shopping malls have coin-operated rides every ten metres, but for some reason whenever Daddy goes to the mall he’s never got any coins in his pockets.

– riding on the carousel at Darling Harbour and saying “Hi” to uncle Christopher with every revolution.

– watching sharks glide over him and James at the Sydney Aquarium.

– consuming a full sized strawberry milkshake from Billy Baxters cafe in less than 30 seconds.

– riding on lots and lots of planes, plus a train, the monorail and the Popeye boat on the Torrens river.

– running endlessly from one end of Dubai airport to the other using every travelator in the building.

– being chased by the waves at Semaphore beach.

– swimming at Elizabeth aquatic centre, and then delighting when daddy got told off by a lifeguard for diving into the pool where there was a “no diving” sign.

– telling aunty Charmaine that she looked like a princess when she was all dressed up for work in the morning.

– playing piano and guitar with Erin.

– kicking Matt’s butt on the XBox 360.

– getting lots of really nice cuddles from all of his friends and family.

Yep, it was a pretty uneventful holiday…

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Apr 09 2009

Oh yeah baby!

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