Easter and Family Across the Globe

You know your family is growing up when all four of you are spread across the globe for Easter – Kerrie in Amsterdam, Emily in Spain, Molly in Albury and I was in Singapore.

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This meant our traditional Easter Egg Hunt was delayed by a week…so to make up for it we had it in a beautiful setting in the Melbourne Botanical Gardens.  Easter Eggs were all sold out so it was Lindt and Cadbury Favourites spread throughout the garden.

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As always it was hotly contested but this time Moo came out a clear winner with Flora (a ring-in and Moo’s friend) a close second.  Em was really off the mark this year!!!

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A BBQ Brunch by the river was a great way to finish off a nice Sunday morning in Melbourne.

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Emily Movie – Age 4 – 2004 to 2005

This is the fifth instalment for Emily and follows her at the age of four through to her fifth birthday. The #1 Single when she turned four was “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 from her “Songs About Jane” album. Unfortunately due to copyright the version of the video I have uploaded does not have the single playing, instead I have kept the original video sound in place.

At this age Em had a fantastic imagination and often went into her own little world for periods at a time.  This is how the video kicks off with Em on an imaginary phone having a conversation with an imaginary friend. In fact this snippet is from a 20 minute video of Em being a school teacher to a whole imaginary class in the living room of the house we had in Curtin, Canberra.

After some summer shots of Em putting the angel on the Christmas tree, staring as Mary in the Nativity Play and then showing her unique swimming style we end up with seeing an excited Em jumping up an down as she is off to kinder and Molly to school for 2005.

A few more scenes of her playing and then the start of a typical Em tantrum while jumping on the trampoline with Molly.  I cut this before it got into full swing.

Easter in 2005 was with the Glassocks as they visited us in Canberra. Then to feeding the goats at Dream World on the Gold Coast. This was a fun week away with my mum and dad as we all went to Brisbane for Frank Hobson’s christening.  Some great video and memories with mum and dad around Dream World.

The following scenes were from our summer holiday (winter in Australia) in the UK and France.  Frist to see Kerrie’s parents and second for a classic road / camping tour around France.  Cooling our feet in Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park, singing in Concarneau, playing at a campsite in Loire Valley to eventually the excitement of our first trip to Disney.  We finish off with an over excited Em in a playground in Paris and then brushing her Build-a-Bear.

For her birthday party we had moved into our new house in Heysen Street, Weston, Canberra and so she was out on the back deck with her friends to blow out her candles.

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Flagstaff Green – Our View of Melbourne in 2019

This will be our view of Melbourne in 2019 when our new 2 bedroom apartment completes as part of Flagstaff Green development.

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Walking distance to Queen Victoria Markets through the beautiful Flagstaff Park and part of Melbourne CBD will mean life defiantly be sweet.

We were debating between 2 and 3 bedrooms when we found this development which had a 2 bedroom option that had a 2.4m by 2.7m space off the main living area. This gave us the space we wanted without the huge premium jump of a third bedroom.

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By 2019 Em will have finished school and so we realised we did not need three bedrooms…the ironic thing however is given my eagerness to continue to work in Asia it will most likely be Moo and Em that move into the apartment and not Kerrie and myself.

The development is 20 floors and we have secured a place on the 17th.  Only the top five floors have access to the roof top gardens and are finished in the luxury pack and features…as per these show room snapshots.

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Moo’s Thank You Note to her Nana

Mum had a big impact on all her grandkids and gave them all an exceptional amount of her time and energy together with her unconditional love.  At some stage they have all written notes at school mentioning this.

Here is a note to Nana that Moo (aged 8) wrote at school.

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Moo’s Big Weekend back in 2005

Moo still recalls the weekend when she outran me through a maze in Canberra.  She brings it up from time to time just to keep me on my toes. One of those huge moments in a child’s life when they start to out compete their parents.

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Moo Settling into 2nd Year Uni

Moo is all settled into and enjoying 2nd Year at Melbourne Uni.  She has mid-terms coming up next week and is feel confident. Subjects are much harder she says but at the same time much more interesting.

She is also back into the swing of college life and has a great room in a corridor with many of her friends at Trinity. She is at the end of a very long corridor and as such has one of the larger rooms with a corner desk and great view of The Bulpadock.

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As well as study she is back in the parties and the many great events that Trinity has.  Not all partying however as she did coach the Trinity Softball Team and now I think she is coaching Hockey. She cannot play this year due to her ACL Surgery.

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AFWL Opening Game

The Adelaide Crows taking out the inaugural AFWL Grand Final today reminded me that I had not blogged about being able to attend the season opener and very first AFWL game with Carlton defeating Collingwood 7.4.46 to 1.5.11

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Not only was it great to be watching this with Em (Moo was in India) to see her inspired by women’s sport but it was just fantastic to see a fully packed Princess Park (over 24,000 in attendance) and the gates having to be shut with people not being able to get in.

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People were standing in the isles and on the stairs it was so packed and they were not disappointed because it was like watching a classic game of old.  It was tough footy with strong tackles and the girls really getting into the action.

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It was great to be a part of history and to see the Carlton girls win the first ever AFWL game.  Was extra special to see this at a fully packed Princess Park.

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It was a short first season with each team playing each other only once and then the top two into the Grand Final.  Carlton did OK coming 4th out of 8 teams but in the end it was just great to see AFWL start and proud that Carlton fielded a team.

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