Monday, January 31, 2011

Getting ready to visit Australia

Well no real news from here for the past few weeks, we have all had the flu and are now trying to get better before we head to Australia for a quick visit to show off Miss Victoria :)
We are leaving here on Saturday and hopefully connecting with a flight to Brisbane in LA that evening, flights on staff travel are looking a bit interesting at the moment, so we will have to wait and see. The plan at this stage is to be in Brisbane from the 7th-14th Feb, Albury/Chiltern/Wagga from the 14th-21st Feb and Sydney from the 21st-25th Feb, then maybe a few days in LA on the way home?? Who knows what staff travel has in store for us:)
Pleased to report that Victoria is still growing, she is now 14lb 3oz. We had her 4 month needles at the doctor today :( She is now sleeping poor little bub, she was not happy at all with the nurse that gave her the needles!!
Charlotte is very excited about going on a plane.......lets see how long that lasts.......I bet after the first 20 mins she will be like "are we there yet"!! Hopefully she has taken her Nanna Stroud's advice and will have a big sleep, I can only hope!!
Hopefully we will get to see lots of you in Australia sometime in the next month :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Suprise Party!!





This past weekend the 15th we had a surprise party at our place for a fellow Aussie here in Virginia Beach, and Victoria's Mother In Law...hehe :) Katie (Jayden's Mummy) turned 30!! JT had asked us if he could use our place and Ted and I were more than happy to help out. I asked Katie if she wanted to come over for lunch and then an afternoon of Scrapbooking before JT took her out to dinner, Jayden FREE!! She was very surprised to see that lunch involved about 20 of her friends here in Virginia Beach :) We had a great afternoon, JT did a fantastic job organising the party, yummy food and a great cake (it was the shape of Australia with the flag on it, looked cool). She didn't get her Jayden free night but we were busy scrapbooking after all the guests left so I think that was a good evening anyway!! Charlotte had a ball as there were lots of Helium balloons around and a few little friends to play with, including Kagan the puppy. Victoria and Jayden slept through most of the party. They did however have a bath together (WOOHOO!!) before sleeping in separate rooms!!
Sunday we doggy sat Kagan, again Charlotte had a ball!! Ted took the 2 of them to the park and Kagan decided to follow Charlotte down the slide :) By 7pm both Charlotte and Kagan were passed out asleep :)
Today was a holiday here (Martin Luther King Day) so we went out for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. The food is pretty good but the cakes are to die for!! Speaking of cake, Ted and I couldn't fit in our cake (the meals are so big here no matter where u eat), so we got some to 'take out'!! Might have to go eat that now :)

January so far..












Well what can I say but I'm a slacker!!! It's been a while, Sorry :( It's not every Christmas holidays you have a husband at home to do things with, so the blog kinda took a back seat :)
So I'll start at NYE.......we went to a party at the New Aussies (Tony & Trina's) house (yep that's right we are NOT the "New Aussies" anymore, how exciting). We had lots of fun eating heaps of food and watching the boys play XBox 360. Lets just say if u want to laugh to the point of crying, just watch Ted play the hula hoop game!! I was crying it was the funniest thing I have seen in ages. Charlotte decided that she was big enough to stay awake (and I wasn't going to argue on NYE), but she only lasted till 2330........I swear she thinks she is 2 going on 20!! As u can imagine she was extremely grumpy for the 1st day of 2011 :)
A few days later we decided to take a few days out and head to the snow (everything here had melted and we were having withdrawals). So we booked a condo (like an apartment) at a place called Wintergreen. The condo over looked the ski fields, it was so close I could watch as Ted get off the ski lift (I didn't ski or board as I needed to stay with missy Victoria). Charlotte had a ski lesson and I was suprised how well she did. She just loved the instructor :) Mostly he was just teaching her how to start and stop, as u can see in one of the video's, Ted gets pretty excited!! She loved it and looked so cute in her little ski suit (u know how u see those kids at the snow with helmets on twice the size of their bodies, that was Charlotte). Most of the videos are from pretty far away but u get the idea, Charlotte is the one in the purple suit with the orange helmet. Ted also got a few runs in and said the snow was good and there were plenty of runs to keep the likes of he and I occupied. The resort was great as well, they have accommodation ranging from studio apartments to 9 bedroom houses, we checked out a few of the houses they were really nice :) Might be somewhere to head to next winter as well.

Ted went back to work last week, not sure if he actually did any work he said it was pretty slow. Victoria rolled over, from her tummy to her back. Her little boyfriend Jayden can roll from his back to his tummy, I think they need to talk a bit more and teach each other the opposite!! Victoria also had her first bath in the big bath, with Charlotte, of course Charlotte was very keen to help wash her. The older Victoria gets the more I think she is going to crawl/walk sooner rather than later........just to get away from Charlotte!! Victoria is also growing lots, I think she is just over 13lbs now, still short and chubby, but so cute :) Can't wait for u all to meet her in Feb. For those that are not aware, we will leave Virginia Beach on Saturday 5th Feb, and return around the 27th. Hope we can catch up with u in either Brisbane, Sydney or Albury/Wagga/Chiltern.



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