Sunday, December 23, 2007

Perth Summer Holidays

As mentioned earlier we are now Down South (SW Western Australia) with the family. We've just spent the last 4 days in Perth and got to catch up with lots of old friends. We stayed with Vince's sister Sam. It was pretty hectic, especially with a baby in tow, but good to see lots of people. Short but sweet.

On Wednesday we met up with Flick, Dunc, Stew, Lana, Steph & Josh at the Royal in East Perth. Had a nice lunch there. Wasn't long enough though. Flick and Stew were still working so could only come down on their lunch hours. But it was good of them to make the effort, and something is better than nothing! Short time but still great to see everyone. You guys are looking good and doing great...

Thursday night we visited Jodi's old mate Caroline in Maylands. Had dinner there and saw her two babies. Was a nice mellow night (which we needed) and, again, good to catch up with Liney and Jez.

On Friday night we went to the Boys' place in Greenwood for a BBQ. Stevo and Marty played the perfect hosts and cooked up a storm whilst drinking copious amounts. We had a few too! It was just like old times in Darwin - minus Damo... Jodi's brother Darryn made it over for a first time meeting with Vance which was great too.

Anyway, we braved the roads and made it to Bunbury on Saturday. We'll be based here until New Year's which will give us a chance to unwind, get some rest and relaxation in, and get Vance settled for a while. If he's happy and restful, then Mum and Dad will (usually) be happy and relaxed too. Thats the key folks! So far so good...

Here's some pics from Friday night. Vince looks pretty tired because he IS pretty tired...

Vance, Daz & Jodes

A rare family photo (neither of us had to hold the camera this time)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Happy Festivus

Just to let y'all know (those of you that don't) - we'll be in Perth/Bunbury from the 18th of December until the 3rd of January. Just in case you're trying to contact us or whatever. Try either of our mobile numbers if it's urgent!
We'll endeavour to post a couple of pics from "down South" while we're there. We plan to catch up with some of cooler people from Curry Hall UWA (Flick, Steph, Josh, Dunc, Stew [& Lana], Mark [& Susie]), "the Boys" whom we met in Darwin (Stevo and Marty), Caroline, Vikki, Adam, plus the obligatory family. If you don't hear from either of us over this period we hope you have a good festival season and a very prosperous New Year!
Vince & Jodi & Vance

Monday, December 10, 2007

Happy Family Season!!

Merry Xmas everyone!

Have lots of fun!!

Take care!!

Enjoy the holi's..

Lots of love Jodi, Vin and Van XXX

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Granny visit..

Granny (Carolyn) visited Vance yesterday on her way down to Tassie. It was another fantastic stop over visit which we've had a few of recently. Carolyn hasn't visited since Vance was one month old - so there was a lot more happening this time round. Vance had a great time playing with Granny!! She was making him laugh heaps!! Thanks Carolyn for dropping by - we all enjoyed catching up. Hope you managed to get some good sleep after your run of night shifts and travel.. Here are some happy snaps!!
Granny entertaining Van with Bert..
Vance doing his Bert impersonation.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Singing in the bath!


Just too cute!!

Hey guys - gotta post these pics of Van. Of course I'm biased being Van's Mum and all. But how cute is he?!!

Van and his Dad mucking around in the bath. Van's sitting up vey well these days and we're thinking it won't be long before he's quite mobile.

Van playing in Mum's hat - Dad mucking around with him again..

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Ant and Renee's little slice of paradise!!

The other day Ant and Renee signed the dotted line for their 5 acre block in Herbert. We went out for our firt visit and had a little romp around the place. Renee was pointing out lots of the native plants: Terminalias, Iron woods, Cycads and most importantly - the Wooly butts (to name the few I remember). It's a beautiful block and they have great plans for the place. We will follow their progress and keep you all posted. Here are some happy snaps...

Renee, Vince, Owen, Vance and Ant. Note the arched cycad that Vince is leaning on..

A random shot of all the trees (maybe young iron woods?)..

Lot 4723 is now sold!!

A nice shot of the happy couple - Ant and Nee..

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Van's First bike ride!!

The other day we bought a new bike seat to take Van for a ride.. We bought a seat which is easily attached and removed to make it less cumbersome to take up and down the stairs.. He doesn't like his helmet much which is admitedly a little too big for him right now.. When we first put it on him he screamed his head off - it's the first time he's shown real distaste for anything.. However the next day he was more tolerant. He enjoyed the ride - Mum enjoyed it more!! Lucky Vince will be able to ride with him everywhere next dry season!! Here are a few pics....

That's Van under there!!

Mum trying to put the helmet on swiftly.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Grandad Day!!

Vince's Dad and my Dad came to Darwin yesterday just stopping through on route to other destinations. Van was happy to see both of them (and so were we)! We're pretty lucky that our families make such efforts - it's great! I got some photos of Pops, Vin and Van in the pool - but unfortunately didn't manage to get any of Grandad Jeff and Van (too busy with the night duties). It was good though - Van was very lucky to receive some gifts from Jeff and Carolyn (thanks guys) - I'll post some photos of Van playing with them a little later on..

Van and Pops.

Van looking very pleased with himself in his swimming ring.

Dad and Van.

Van getting a little bored with it all - time for bed!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007


We recently purchased a walker for Van to use. He was starting to get bored just laying around in his gym. He has also become extremely interested in everything around him - he's a big stickybeak - and wants to see it all. So he absolutely loves the walker: it gives him a bit of freedom to move around and check things out. Thanks to Dave & Jean for helping out with the walker...
As of November 9 he is now 6 months old (that has gone by really quickly) and weighs in at 8.5 kg!

I tried to edit this video but the program I was using kept freezing so apologies for the length...

Monday, October 22, 2007

Pops and Van...

Dad came home tonight and Van was still awake... Van had been an absolute maniac an hour before - but he was mellow or happy when Dad came home.. We caught a few happy snaps.. Sweet. I was just glad to have someone else hold him for a while!
We think Van was stunned to be around a man again!!
So happy to see his Pops he wanted to eat him up!
A nice shot of Van, Mum and Dad.

Feeding Time at the Park...

We took Vance and Lizzi down to the park for a little bird feeding.. We thought that Vance would get a kick out of it.. He was mildly amused. Mostly looking at Mum and I trying to get him to look at the birds. It was nice though -he did look around and Lizzi cam head to head with a black swan which was entertaining too..
Van looking at me (not the birds)...
Van looking at Mum (not the birds).
Mum trying to get Van to watch the birds feeding..

Lunch Time Fun...

Today's the warmest day in Gympie since we've been here. We've tried to sit outside and enjoy the balcony previously but it's just been too cool.. Finally we could sit leisurely outside! It's a nice space - Mum and Dads house is sweet.

Van and Mum playing on Nana Jeans balcony..

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Spider.... Blurghhhh...

Here's a spider that lives near and around mums kitchen.. When its legs are straightened out Mum says it is more than 15cm across... The photo doesn't do it any justice.. I keep thinking that I feel something down my back... Yuck.. Sweet dreams...

Noosa Drive...

We've had a nice Sunday checking out Noosa... It's a bit swanky for me - but it was nice to go for a walk and have lunch.

Van and Mum on one of the many water fronts.

Van and Nana Jean having a laugh..

Van watching Mum and Nana Jean eat their lunch....

Van's First World Cup..

We were all up nice and early this morning. Just so happened that the World Cup Grand Final was also on.. We all piled into Mum and Dads bed to watch it in the warm... Van wasn't that impressed and neither were we.. He's decided that he won't go for those teams but hasn't told me who he wants to play for yet?? He he...

Nana Jean and Van.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Qld Trip...

Hey there folks.. We are still in cool Gympie.. We doing plenty of walks and catching up with lots of different people.. Unfortunately I haven't gotten photos with people -too busy chatting and doing the baby thing..

The other day we went up to Burrum Heads to visit my cousin Brooke.. Fabulous little beach town - they run a motel on the beach and look extremely happy and healthy..

Popped into Howard to see Mary and Dave and had a beer.. They've also settled into the Qld lifestyle well...

Sue and Peter popped in today to visit Vance and have lunch.. And Lyn dropped by for scones and tea in the arvo..

It's pretty busy but great fun and a nice change..

Nana Jean is a super star!!

We miss Dad/Vince lots!

One of the many beautiful Jacaranda trees in Gympie in flower. The town looks absolutely gorgeous sprinkled in purple.

Van man and Nana Jean.

Nana Jean, Van and Lizzi walking in Tin Can Bay.

Rainbow in Tin Can Bay (ending at Rainbow beach).

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Nana Jean Visit...

Vance and I are in Gympie visiting Nana Jean at the moment.. It is our first trip and everything seems to be going pretty well really..

The flight was fine. Not a peep out of him.. Fed him on take off and landing - and I think he would have slept through most of the flight if it wasn't for a little treasure sitting behind us (my time will come).

It's a bit colder than usual over here which is a nice change for me - but I'm not sure that Vance really knows what's going on. He's sleeping pretty well but his routine is all over the place.. Doesn't matter when you're on holidays..

Van is giving Nana Jean the works! Lots of smiles and chats! He also seems to be most amused by Lizzi (labrador) - for some reason he laughs out loud whenever he sees her and she licks him.

Mum's smitten with Van and is loving having us around.. It's great being here to see Mum and Dad's new home in Gympie. We both miss Vince/Dad though.. Wish he was here with us - however, a break is nice for us all.. Love you Vince - Vance gives you a big cuddle and smile.. XXX
Lizzi and Vance. We went for a quick walk down the street. Vance is all rugged up.. The first time he's worn a beanie.
Van man kicking back and getting ready for the ride.. He's a pretty easy going baby..

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Birthday Bash..

Ho hum.. Dum di di dum.. Yeah - birthday time again for me.. 32 today (yesterday).. Not much to celebrate really these days - but it was a nice excuse to get all our mates together down the foreshore (yet again)..

It was a fun afternoon/night.. Had the volleyball and the rugby out. Plenty of yummy food and cake organised by my wonderful friends! Everyone even passed Van around all night to take care of him for me! Awwww - so sweet!

Had a good time

Here are my mates..

Danielle and Craig.


Vin and Van.

Ant and Renee.

Dylan, Ellen, Myra, Tess and Tristan (Owen's girls and Danielle and Dennis' boys)


Owen with the Tiger beer hat.

Dennis and Danielle.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Shaved Poke: The Movie

He is "talking" heaps more now. In the last week he has taken to squealing when he's excited. It's amusing to start with but very loud - and we're not sure he's OK until we double-check on him: then it's all bloody smiles! He is also sticking out his tongue a lot more. We noticed he can roll his tongue - got those genes from his Mum.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Shaved Poke....

No more whispy baby curls. We've started fresh with a number 3 & 4 shave to see how it all grows back. Lots of people say that he looks a couple of months older now. Also that he's looking a bit more like Mum.. We just think he looks like more of a bruiser.. He's getting bigger every day.. At 4 months and 3 weeks he's weighing in at 7.68 kgs and is 71.5cm long. He's doing well.. Here are some happy snaps...

Before: Still got the curls and sideburns. Burns were coming down to the bottom of his cheeks, and furballs were appearing at the back of his head, along with mini-dreads... Plus the build-up has all but started up here now so he was getting pretty sweaty too!

After: Number 4 on top with No. 3 up the sides. Smooth operator!

Here he is trying to grab the camera. He is reaching out for everything now - especially if it's in Mum or Dad's hands. He is especially fixated on the iPod and beer bottles...

Happy camper. Laying with Shecky the sea turtle (present from Auntie Sam).