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Nate’s Three Favorite Things About Our Trip

July 8, 2007 12:42 am

Nate and Mountain

Nate’s three favorite things:
1. I like when we played mini golf. (Daydream Island had an ‘All Around Australia’ themed mini golf course)
2. I liked when we swam at the Great Barrier Reef.
3. I liked when we went home.

When I asked Nate about him listing ‘going home’ as one of his favorite things to do he said, ‘ Well Mom you said I only had to list three.’ Writing is not one of Nate’s most favorite things to do. I should have asked him to calculate the distances between each place we stopped at and I probably would have gotten a much better response.

Hooray for Grammy

June 2, 2007 8:29 pm

We miss her already.

mom and kids

Happy Easter!

April 5, 2007 2:23 am

There’s a mythical creature here in Australia that comes out at Easter-time, sneaks into homes and hides lots of chocolate eggs. Sound familiar? It’s not what you think. It’s the Easter Bilby!

This cute little critter is on the endangered list so the Australian government swapped him in for the bunny (not much love for bunnies here, understandably). Here’s a colourful Easter Bilby card that Maddy made for us at school.
easter bilby
Upon hearing Maddy’s card would get scanned and posted on this site (such regal treatment!) Nate insisted on contributing to the effort. Here’s his picture of a crocodile.
nate's crocodile

Back to School

February 20, 2007 9:41 pm

We’ve had two weeks of school now (school starts in late January here and runs until the end of November).

waterfall Some comments from the kids:
Maddy: the school is spread out. There’s lots of classrooms in individual buildings.
We get to wear uniforms.
My teacher is strict, but we only have homework once a week!
My new friends are Kara, Cara, Brooke and Kellie.
The tuck shop is great!

Nate has made friends with Bill and Ji.
His favorite part is the walk home. It’s mostly along a stretch of beach and there are some neat tidepools.

Top Five Things

February 4, 2007 1:48 am

Here are some top five lists we’ve come up with.

The Top Five Things Nate loves (so far) about Australia.

moffat beach, queensland, australia

  1. I love when we go to the beach.
  2. Swimming
  3. Snorkelling
  4. Bodyboarding
  5. I love that it is hot here.

Maddy’s Top Five things she loves about Australia (so far).

  1. It is warm (enough said!)
  2. It is exotic.
  3. The surfing and swimming
  4. The people are nice and friendly
  5. We are altogether as a family

Things that we find a little different here in Australia.

  1. Number one again, it is hot!
  2. There are palm trees.
  3. They say ‘G’day’, not ‘hello’.
  4. They have skinks and goannas, and oh ya, a lot of cockroaches.
  5. All the rhinoceros beetles are dead in February. (as far as we have seen)
  6. They drive on the opposite of the road, not the wrong side of the road.