Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A new baby to visit

On Saturday May 26, my friend Roz became a grandmother! Such excitement and what a cute little baby girl Nuri Elly is! She was 2.9kgs and 47 cms long when she was born. Such a tiny but precious package.
Roz took me to see her tonight.

                        Proud father, Danny with Roz and Nuri
                           Roz and her granddaughter Nuri

I had a lovely long turn of holding Nuri Elly, before I reluctantly handed her over to her Ana (Grandma).

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New car excitement.

Stuart and Cherie survived without a car of their own for over nine months! They bought a car this week and are very excited. Cherie said it was getting too difficult to manage an active Lois on the bus these days.
They borrowed my car occasionally, which worked well... but now I have it back!
Thye very much appreciated Rick's help and expertise in choosing a used car. They now have a Mitsubishi Lancer 2008 model. It's very nice and seems roomy enough for their little family.

 Celebrating the transaction with some very nice Chinese students., one of whom is the former owner of the car.
 Monday 14th May : taking delivery of the car at around 10 pm on a cold Canberra evening.
Cherie out in the driveway, complete with head torch,cleaning the interior late that night!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Celebrations and Holidays : part two

Lois's Birthday Afternoon Tea : Sunday April 22

Cherie prepared a beautiful afternoon tea for many of her friends with babies to celebrate Lois's birthday on the Sunday afternoon before. It had a teddy bear theme which was very cute. Lois really loves teddy bears.

Photos of Lois displayed in the sunroom
Beautiful food prepared by Cherie.... an outstanding achievement as it was a first for her, on this scale, in a more "western" style.

It is a Korean traditional for a girl turning one to be dressed in a Hanbok for the celebrations. Lois received two beautiful hanboks! One from Cherie's friend in Canberra and one from Cherie's brother and sister-in-law in Korea.
Lois is walking! She was the centre of attention when she walked a half a dozen steps at her birthday party! Since then she has become more confident and likes to walk everywhere possible. Up until then she had had plenty of turns walking endlessly, hand-in-hand , with each of us, both inside and outside the house. She still enjoys these walks but is now walking on her own more often.

 On her actual birthday ( April 26) we had a family dinner together.

Lois is ONE today!

Uncle Cameron bought Lois an indoor slippery dip and swing for her birthday. She gives it a try.

Richard and I minded Lois and got her to sleep for the first time, while Stuart and Cherie went out to dinner for their anniversary.

Stuart, Richard and I sang in the Men's Choir at the ANZAC day dawn service at the National War Memorial. It was a good opportunity for Stuart to experience singing at the dawn service. Yes, I also sang with the Men's Choir! They smuggled me in and I sang tenor. It was dark so no one noticed . It was great because I had a good view of proceedings! We had to be there a 5am. It was pretty cold but we were all rugged up.
 Stuart singing next to Roy in the Canberra Men's Choir at the Anzac Day Dawn Service

Celebrations and holidays: part one

Today it was my turn at school to take the devotions/sharing time with the junior school staff. My topic was "'everyone has a story and wants to tell it". I brought in my special published book about our trip to Turkey, taken from my blog.
I told them that I blog! So I have come home to do a well overdue entry, which I had started (in drafts), but hadn't had a chance to complete and publish! I also showed the teachers a selection of photos covering our recent trips in the last few years. It was a big challenge to  choose some photos out of the hundreds we have. I showed 83 I think... which was still probably a few too many. The slide show attempted to cover Seoul, Berlin, Paris, Spain and Turkey!

This entry is really from April ..................


I had my 55th birthday on April 15, Lois had her first birthday on the 26th. On April 25, Stuart and Cherie celebrated their 3rd Wedding Anniversary , which was also Anzac Day.

 Rick took this photo one morning as he left for work. It's mist on the oval next to our house.

This is the first of the celebrations: My Birthday....

 All the gang came to church on my birthday, Sunday April 15. It was a very special time.

 After church the family took me to the revolving restaurant at the top of Black Mountain Tower. Such a treat for me!

 Stuart and Cherie took Lois for a walk around the restaurant in between courses. At this point in time Lois is not yet one year old, but has dined at many restaurants and cafes and we have counted that she has been to 6 weddings already!

 The day after my birthday I travelled to Sydney on the bus to spend a week with Mum and Dad. I managed to squeeze in a lovely morning tea and catch up with Julie, Lorelle and Deirdre.

Dad, Mum and I had lunch at the local cafe. I loved visiting them and we had a great week. Lots of rain fell that week, but it didn't deter us much.
 Chatting and crocheting at Lugarno, with Sylvia. Bruce and Sylvia came to Lugarno on the following weekend.
 Out with friends in Canberra. Mary-Ann, Lee and Wendy.

 Earlier in April the "Thursday Group" celebrated Linley's 60th Birthday. Lunch of course!
After lunch in the Parliament House Rose Gardens. We are missing a few people from our group. Such a great group of friends! I am very fortunate.