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 :-(


Saturday, October 17, 2015

An 11 day South Pacific Cruise, an Engagement and Snow 2014


This was our 11 Day P&O Cruise June last year - fabulous! AND where Luke proposed to Georgie.
We also popped down to Canberra for a few days to see snow and my friend Kim!


"The Engagement Ring"

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon swimming holes - stunning but COLD!!

Then Engaged couple!


On our way up to Blue Cow


It was PERFECT conditions - a white-out blizzard. We were so lucky. 


Grace at the Canberra War Memorial


Citizen of the Year 2015 & School Captain

Harrison was awarded Student Citizen of the year for 2015 and School Captain for Anula Primary.
These awards on their own are super special but to get them both.....had his proud parents in tears.

Australia Day Awards Ceramony

All the Hill children represented in the end of school assembly!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Grateful

I needed to get two of my back teeth removed, they'd been painful for a while and were just getting worse!

I'd organised to go through the most expensive surgery in a Darwin simply because they were one of the few who offer an anaesthetist to do a twilight sedation and they were offering one soon!

All was going well until I had to visit the anaesthetist! I tried not to judge his sadly neglected yard, the pitiful waiting room with the continuously yapping dog and the tiny sparse office (I use the  word office VERY generally) with dust so thick on parts of the desk you could literally write your name in it.

He said very little, but what he did say was very arrogant, particularly when asked questions about the procedure. Sorry mate, telling me "if you vunt it to vork it vill vork" does in no way allay my fears and it's not a fucking medical term - you're not hypnotising me you tosser, you're sticking drugs into my vein and I'm paying you $500 for the privilege. I tried a few different angles to get more information - same response (I kid you not, Harrison was with me, he can vouch for this stupid mantra).

It bothered me so I called back a few days later with my concerns. Long story short he refunded my money. Great I couldn't have him touch me but what the hell was I supposed to do now - no way was I brave enough to do this without some kind of mind altering drugs.

I'm fucked and my teeth hurt like a bastard! I'm bawling my eyes out (as silently as I can cause I'm driving the car with 5 kids in it).

A desperate call to Northern Anaesthetist and they put me on to a dentist, Dr Pham, who was using one of their dr's on Friday (this is 2pm Wednesday).

He's a defence Dental surgeon but that's ok because he's prepared to help me. He does his work at the private hospital under a general - a little over the top I said - nah that's ok, we use the same stuff, but more of it - great!!!

Now this excruciatingly long story is about being grateful and that sometimes things happen for a reason. This lovely man went out of his way to get me on his surgery list, with less then 48 hours notice. He didn't mind, he was sincere about that (you can tell). He made calls to the hospital and my dentist to organise my records and discuss. He called me back after hours to let me know what was happening and called last night after dinner to see how I was feeling post-op. AND  lucky for me I went under a general (he tells me) because one of my teeth (the root canal one with the abscess) shattered when he tried to remove it so the 10 minute job took nearly an hour!

Now it's not that I needed my faith in humanity restored because I know we're a pretty decent bunch but I can't begin to tell you how nice it was to have a stranger really help me out when I needed it (word has it ....I don't handle stress well). So today I'm feeling ....... grateful, thankful and lucky.

Sorry it would be remiss of me not to also mention  - the whole procedure has cost me less then half of what I was quoted with the other dentist - sooo nailed it!!!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Honor Diaries

 
 
"Honor Diaries features nine courageous women's rights advocates with roots in Muslim-majority societies. These women, who have witnessed firsthand the hardships women endure, are profiled in their efforts to affect change, both in their communities and beyond"
 
I went to a screening of this last night.
 
I feel like we all have an obligation to see this movie, be aware of what is happening and work toward change!!
 
(movie trailer)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Fast Fresh and Tasty

Pork & Orange Salad
I have just finished doing a cooking class at Casuarina Senior college. I loved every minute of it!!

These are just some of the things we cooked!!!
Prawns Pilpil

Quinoa Tabbouleh

San Choy Bow


Thursday, March 6, 2014

The 2014 School year! They grow way too quickly......


This year Harrison was voted in as an SLG - Student Leadership Group member. He is perfect for the job, he was born to lead and is so considerate of other's and their feelings..............he's a heart person
 I'M VERY PROUD OF YOU HARRISON