Thursday, May 3, 2018

Connor & Harrison AFL 2018



Connor front left, Harrison front right

Welcome 2017

We spent the beginning of 2017 with our friends Nicky Damien, Sally and Glen in Tasmania. We also travelled the Great Ocean Rd. Despite it being January and Summer time it was surprisingly cold but stunningly beautiful.





One more chance

I had a dream last night. It's similar to a book I read years ago by Mitch Albom: For one more day.

I was sitting around a table with a group of people - in the group was dad's twin brother Gordon and Nanna Ward (dad's mum) both of whom died a long time ago.

In the dream I was very surprised they were there because I knew that they had passed away. I was telling people this and they kept saying they couldn't be because they were "right" there! I started taking photos with my phone showing the others they there weren't in the picture (and they weren't).

Gordon died at the table, it was very vivid. It was then that I realised that I was so busy wasting my time with trivial stuff that I  had lost my chance to actually talk to Gordon. For some reason I was given an opportunity, one last time to talk to these two people and I'd blew it with Gordon.

I started dancing with Nanna and I told her I loved her. I felt warmth and so much love. After a while she walked away out of my sight. It was so beautiful.

I don't have any unfinished business with either of them. I was about 9 when Nanna died, kids don't talk about love at that age, we just love. Gordon died when I was about 16.

I wrote this down the very next day but it actually happened a while ago. It was an incredibly powerful dream and the message is clear! Thinking about it still brings me to tears.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Tiime out

Last year Arthur and I spent 4 days at Berkly River Lodge. It's a stunning Resort on the Kimberly coast line and is only accessible by plane. Everything was included in the price including tours etc. It really was breathtakingly beautiful.


 

Gracie's graduation 2016

How beautiful is this girl!
Congratulations Grace Elizabeth Hill



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Masters Games 2016

In October 2016 a group of us drove down to Alice Springs for the Masters Games to play netball. We went via Kings Canyon (stunning), the Olgas and Ayres Rock. The whole trip was so much fun. I had never played in a sport where I actually had a uniform. So at 48 years old for the first time in my life I put on a uniform and played in a competition with a team - a bloody awesome team. We didn't win, but it didn't matter - it was magic 



Georgie's Hen's High Tea June 2016

With all the preparation for the wedding just about finished, we had Georgie's Hen's party at the beautiful East Point beach. It started out quite proper, but if you look closely in back ground you will see the eskies..............and that all I've go to say about that!!



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Tasmania

In February I spent a few days in Tasmania with my good friend Nicky who had the audacity to move there with her family nearly a year and half ago - I miss her terribly!

I went down with Nic and Sally. The four of us had a wonderful time touring some really beautiful places and spending quality time together that we had all been missing - nourishment for the sole


Richmond Bridge - oldest bridge in Tasmania built 1823


Their house overlooks Blackman's bay - such beautiful views





Monday, May 9, 2016

If I had a sister......

This is a bit of a knobby picture of me, but I think it's a lovely picture of my favorite cousin Leisa and Georgie. Leisa came up in February to keep me company (and recuperate from an operation) while Arthur was in Aftica (a whole other post).

I don't have a sister, but if I did have one, I would want it to be her. She has a heart as big as the sun, I love her to bits!



2016 starts

Starting the year off on a high!!!

As you can see Harrison has joined Connor at middle school. He is in year 7 and Connor in year 9. Grace is in her final year (6) of primary and Olivia is in year 4.

Grace was voted in as Vice School Captain and Vice House Captain (for her sport team). She also plays netball for Pints and is in the under 13's - she so talented, she's actually quite amazing given she is the shortest kid on the team (they call her "Little Pocket Rocket")

Connor is Captain of his soccer team and is in the Development Squad.

Harrison has just been accepted in to the Northern Suburbs Soccer team and going to Katherine next month.

Olivia has just turned 9 but play's netball for Pint's in under 11's! She's very good - she's got quite a bit of go about her - she is walking in (both of) her sister's footsteps - Georgie is also an awesome netballer :-)

Georgie is in her 2 year of teaching and loves it! She has lots going on this year not least of all being her wedding in July. There is some serious organising needed to pull a wedding together - fortunately the younger 4 have agreed to elope!

Shantelle is in her final year of her traineeship with Dept Transport and Infastructure. She loves it and looks absolutely fab in a pair of steel cap boots and hi-vis clothing :-)
Despite how it looks, Connor does have a right arm :-)

I told them to pose - Connor is looking a little judgy........
I am very proud of my beautiful children.

Xmas 2015


DMZ BALI






We spent last Xmas in Bali (Kuta and Seminyak) with our good friends Sally, Glen and their 3 kids and John and Kelly and their 3 kids. Unfortunately John broke his leg on day 2 (delivering Arthur a beer - which he managed without spilling a drop LEGEND!!). He is still having operations on it 3 months down the track, however you will see him in all of our pictures because he refused to miss out on anything - no idea how he managed with his injury.

What a fabulous two weeks. We squeezed in quite a bit, the highlights being a 32km bike ride down the mountain, white water rafting and Xmas day spent at the magnificent 5 star W Resort - OMG none of us had experienced such a delicious and luxurious xmas lunch.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Harper Jean Campbell



This beautiful little princess was born 9 June 2015 , clearly I'm a little late posting this super exciting news. Alicia and Robert have slipped into the role of parenting like pro's! 
The rugged up picture is of them in New York! They went over in Novermber so Robert could run the NY Marathon - I know, I'm exhausted just writing that :-)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Australia Day

I don't understand why some choose to think of Australia Day  "invasion" day.

We can't change the past but we can learn from it.

"The more anger you carry in your heart towards the past, the less capable you are of loving the present"

I acknowledge what happened was appalling, but we can't change it.

When I think about Australia Day I think about all the wonderful things Australia has to offer and how far we have come. Our problems in Australia are real and plentiful. However when I reflect on other (3rd  world) countries I am grateful that this is my home.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Yes they are all OLD posts

In case you're wondering I am trying to catch up......so all of the post so far are months (and some of them MONTHS old).

The Graduate

Miss Georgie Hill is officially a teacher!

If you read the article below you will see that Georgie was one of 13 teachers ("These teachers are the cream of the crop") who were given permanent positions.

She is teaching a transition class at Leanyer Primary - she's very good with kids! We are so proud of her.


most promising graduates

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Chicken Pox

The boys got chicken pox last year and it was horrible. They were so sick - there wasn't anywhere they didn't have sores - scalp, ears, mouth.

Then the girls got chicken pox - but not really. About 10 spots each. Not sick AT ALL!

It turns out that the girls were immunised. Obviously still caught it but with very minimal side effects.

I would have definitely gotten the boys immunised had I realised they weren't. They were as sick as I'd ever seen them, I could not sooth their itchiness and 5 mornings in a row my beautiful boys woke up crying. Yes I would have immunised to avoid that :-(