Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lake Tabourie

It was Gye's birthday weekend so we packed up the tent and went off on a camping adventure at Lake Tabourie. 

It rained a bit on Saturday morning but cleared up after breakfast. It was looking a bit damp for a while. 

We headed off to explore the beach which was a 5 minute walk away from the tent. 

The real fishermen took off to the lake and had a couple of decent catches. Jack caught a whiting and an octopus. He was super excited to show off his catch. He was baiting his own hooks and casting on his own too. 

The younger crew ran through the splash park.

The birthday boy got right into the splash-action. 

Jack helped with cooking dinner and then the washing up while William rode his bike around the grounds. 

It rained lightly on Sunday night and it turned out to be a perfect day. The boys dug holes and drove toy cars around while we packed up. Great memories were made!

It wouldn't have been possible without Juliette's KIA! Thanks Jules. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

First Reconcilliation

The grade three students all did their first reconcilliation last week. Jack was welcomed into the Catholic church by Father Loi after initially being baptised Anglican. 

There was 4 weeks of preparation at home and lots of practice at school the week leading up to reconciliation. Jack came to understand the true meaning of 'sorry.' Everyone makes mistakes after all.

The flowers slowly opened as they were put in the water to symbolise a garden of forgiveness. 

We celebrated with Strawberry Sundaes for dessert! 

Great Nan 77

It was wonderful to spend Nan's 77th birthday with all the cousins. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Boogie Boards on Waikiki Beach

We hit the waves at Waikiki this morning after Jules cooked Spam, eggs and bagels for breakfast. We hired boogie boards and the boys paddled out and surfed back in for hours. 

Jules and I cut our feet up on the rocks, iodine and bandaids were required! The boys kept pretty clear of the rocks and continued to have a great time.

It was William's first time on a board and he paddled right out and washed back to shore laughing the whole way.

Jack was pretty awesome riding the waves into shore with a huge grin on his face. 

Sam was pretty chilled and has embraced the Hawaiian motto "hang loose."

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Another day in Paradise and a Luau

We started off our day at Denny's American diner. William had chocolate chip pancakes and sausages right off the kids menu. It gave us plenty of energy to go shopping!

It drizzled a bit on our 2 hour walk back to the hotel. We required caffeine and a light lunch before heading out to the pool on the 6th floor.

William had fusion sushi for lunch which was as bad as it looks. 2 little hot dogs on rice. Yuk! The sun came out in time for a swim. 

William rested on the bus out to Paradise Cove and was handed a non-alcoholic mai tai as soon as he stepped off the bus.

The boys enjoyed the spear throwing, tattoos, lei making and climbing around the rock pools before dinner.  

There was a ceremony to unveil the pork from the underground oven and we said a prayer together before we ate. The buffet was enormous with more food than you could imagine. Jack was happy with the GF options and William enjoyed the dessert. William, Sam, Juliette and I learnt how to do a hula dance on the stage and were presented with certificates for our achievements.

The scenery was picturesque and we valued every moment as we watched the sunset.