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October in Australia…

24 Oct

Following will be some albums from our time in Australia during the recent Chinese National Day holiday.
We went back home for my 20 year high school reunion…yes, I know, you all thought I was much younger! As usual we tried to pack too much in but luckily we were able to catch up with many good friends and most of our family.

The first album is of time with my brother and his family for his birthday and later at the airport before Hannah and I flew home. Great to see you Scotty, Chandrima, Jayana, Kane and Dad. It was so so cool seeing the little ones hanging out in the street together. We certainly have some gorgeous kids in our lives.

The second album is of time spent with Simon’s sister Moira and her family. Hannah and I were lucky enough to have another play day in Ballarat with Lily and Jackie which was great fun. Thanks again for the fairies tickets Auntie Moira. It is always so lovely seeing our girls get together, of course the computer just isn’t the same as the real thing but we hope you enjoy looking back over these photos.

Well as always it was amazing to catch up with Miranda, Andrew, Bryony, Hunter, Alby and also the big girls and their babies on our trip this October. So check out these photos and see if you can spot the Aussie creatures and amazing nature…we’ve got chooks, echidnas, kangaroos in the back paddock and check out that rainbow! I also love love love seeing the accident waiting to happen on the trampoline, poor Han and Hunter…a little to the left or right and it could have been avoided…but til then a fun time was being had by all. Thanks again for the memories Donald Family, you never fail to make us miss home.

I can’t stop looking at the photos in this next album. Hannah and I were lucky enough to fly to Tasmania for one beautiful day to see my mum and family. The weather was absolutely magnificent and I fell in love with Tassie all over again. Hobart really is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen, the sky was so blue, the mountain was magnificent towering over Nanna’s place and Hannah and I had a really great time with our family. Thanks mum for taking so many amazing photos of the girls, it was difficult to limit the album size, each shot up at the park was a winner. To think that you have that on your doorstep is incredible…it feels a long long way from Shanghai.

We also had a great time catching up with other friends while we were back and while I didn’t take a lot of photos with them, here are a few from our time with the Rampling Family and also Ruth, Malcolm, Rosie and Annabelle Myers. Thanks for dressing me for the reunion Susan and thanks for adding another couple of kilos to my luggage with all the chocolate Ruth! xxx

As I mentioned, it was for my 20 year reunion that I was back in Australia so following are some photos from that. Thanks to my star photographer Laurelle, I featured in many…I have also culled many! Some were quite shocking to say the least and if Peta Jolley crossed her eyes in anymore photos I would not have had any left!!! It was so cool seeing so many people that I hadn’t seen for so long and others that I always try and catch up with when we are back. The night went too fast and there were people I wanted to talk to and didn’t but hey, there’s always the 30 year Sacred Heart College reunion…


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Photos from our trip to Australia December 2008

15 Jan

Well after getting over the disappointment of not going to visit Sydney and her parents…hang on, we haven’t actually gotten over it yet!…we made the right decision and decided not to wallow in our misery and head to Australia instead for Christmas 2008. We kept a pretty low profile with only limited time there and managed to catch up with family and a few good friends for a lovely little break.

As soon as the plane touched down we picked up the hire car and headed to Ruth’s for a blissful 24 hours with her, Mal and the kids…Good Times.

After Ruth’s place it was straight up to Ballarat…to our place??? No of course not, to “Donaldland”. We had a great afternoon reuniting with Miranda, Andrew and the gang and it was really cool to surprise Andrew who didn’t know we were coming, neither did the kids, Ran sure keeps a good secret. It was amazing to see how quickly the kids got back into hanging out together again and seeing Alby and Mimi together is pretty special as I never thought Ran and I would have more kids at almost the same time.

A big thank you needs to go out to the hostess with the mostess Moira! Auntie Moi’s graciously opened her house up to all of our family and it was so so cool to see Hannah, Mimi and cousins Lily, Jackie, Jayana and new arrival…the male event…baby Kane! Finally a boy! We wished Mum could have been there too but as you will see in the last photos she also got to come over and have a play with the grand children.My brother and his family were able to come up and spend the day while my mum was over so it was fantastic to spend some extra time just with them. The kids got along really well and I loved having a cuddle of my new nephew Kane.WE won’t be back in Australia for 12 months now and then we get a lovely three weeks there so it will be great to see how much the kids all change in that time.

Happy New Year!

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