Friday, January 25, 2008

Almost Australia-n Day


Predictably enough, with Anna & I both due to be working full-time this week, a minor illness arrived on the scene. On Sunday James developed a temperature and a visit to the doctor on Monday confirmed that he had, for a second time, developed tonsillitis - as before, the antibiotics have done the trick and he is much better now, but he did have a sore throat for a couple of days.

With Australia Day looming, it seemed fitting that Anna received confirmation that she has completed the last-but-one step towards becoming Australian, by attending (and passing) her citizenship interview. There has been some controversy about the introduction of a citizenship test here in Australia, but because we applied a little while ago we only need to attend a more straightforward interview (mine is in a couple of weeks).

Finally, we got around to taking some video of James Walking - he's been mobile for around two weeks now, and seems to be getting the hang of it pretty well!


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Friday, January 18, 2008


January Birthdays

We joined up with a few others to celebrate Toby's 1st birthday on Sunday. It was an absolutely swelteringly hot morning but the rain clouds, unfortunately, started to gather as we cut into the cake. However, the rain mostly avoided us and we managed to stay pretty dry.

Tuesday saw the ushering in of my next decade; I'm still in denial! Caitlin, of course, was more than happy to celebrate my birthday if it meant more cake - she was very keen to sing along and blow out the candles, and also to remind everyone that her birthday isn't too far away.

Anna, meanwhile, has managed to secure a 5-week contract doing some design work for Adcorp, with the possibility that it might lead to something more permanent in the future. Her first day went a little askew, as the work she was originally allocated fell through, but there seems to be plenty of other tasks for her to help with.


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Friday, January 11, 2008

Red Dress

Piano Lesson

The week started with a “red dress run” with our local hash chapter. Caitlin was obviously a little bemused at seeing us both in red dresses, as she insisted in also wearing it for much of the following week.

Caitlin was very excited to have graduated from the Brolgas room, at school, to the Jabiroos room. The main criteria for the graduation is that you can reliably go to the toilet, without making any mistakes. I'm not sure if it was because we could have toilet-trained her sooner, but Caitlin seemed to get the idea pretty quickly - although, of course, there were a couple of mistakes at first.

Finally, the “missing piano” that Anna's parents had purchased for James' birthday finally arrived. It seems pretty clear that it got confused with some other deliveries around Christmas - both Caitlin and James are loving it.


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Friday, January 04, 2008

Happy 2008


For the New Year celebrations we headed down the road to Illoura Reserve, where we met up with a few friends (also with young children) for the “kids fireworks” at 9:00pm. The harbour, as always, made for a fantastic backdrop for the festivities and we all had a very enjoyable evening.

We then made our way back home, so that Caitlin & James could get some sleep before we headed down the road to our local ferry wharf for the midnight fireworks.


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