Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Some more Xmas photos..

Bon bon action.

Pops, Kai, Mum and Nannette before Xmas lunch.

Poke totem..

Me and the boys.

Wet wet wet...

If you've been watching the news you probably would've seen something about parts of Qld being flooded and very wet. We're in this region, but no flooding warnings just yet (or to be expected). We did go for a drive yesterday (to get out of the house) and checked out Kingaroy. Many of the places we passed through to get there are now flooded.

Anyway, we are still getting Van out and about and thought we'd post some photos anyway.. I might put some more of Xmas up too.

New umbrella for the weather and Thomas towel from Santa.

Wet but not too cold on this day.

The creek at the bottom of mum and dad's street.

Lizzie, Nanna Jean and Van braving the wet and going for a walk...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Xmas in the Shed...

Pops and Van in front of Pop's new fan from Mum for Xmas.

Van riding his new scooter.

Mum and Van with his Xmas gliders.

The shed decorated Xmas style (wood tree, hanging bauble plants and stockings).

Xmas 2010.. Part One..

Asleep under the pillows! Santa filled his stocking!

Family present frenzy..

Santa was generous this year!!

Mum's remote control golf buggy from Dad.

Vince and son getting into the Christmas spirit!!

Stevo & Marty...

It's very convenient for our friendship with the boys that Stevo's parents and Marty's Dad both live within an hours drive of Mum and Dad's place. We managed to catch up for a few hours on Christmas Eve. A shame we didn't have longer, but it was nice to touch base and have a bit of play time.

Uncle Stevo and Kai sharing a laugh.

Uncle Marty and Van playing soccer in the sun!

Pick the poser??!!

Steve Grylls, Karate & Vinnie

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The sunshine coast...

Technically Gympie is a part of the Sunshine Coast. It hasn't been too sunny though in the last week or so.. That aside, it was sunny today and we got out and about to Boreen Pt for a swim. Well, Van had a swim because it was too cold for the rest of us!!
We also caught up with Kirste, Takashi and Jake on the weekend. It's been about 10 years since we last hung out in Japan. They came up and stayed with us for a couple of nights which was a lot of fun - despite the weather. We had lots of outdoorsy things in mind to do but had a lot of rain to deal with most of the time. We still had a good time though and Jake and Van enjoyed playing together! Kai got to spend a lot of time with Nana Jean and Pops. I was able to enjoy more than a few beers and had a couple of nights off. The bottle is going well! Thanks to Kirste and Takashi for making the trip and Mum and Dad for making the stay so easy and enjoyable.

Pics... (It's taking us a long time to upload photos, so don't be surprised if we wait until Darwin to post more - we are impatient).

Jake, Takashi & Van

Jake & Vance

The two fams (Takashi taking pic) in the shed.

Van & Dad checking out Boreen Point. It was a bit windy and cold...

Goofing around

Kai and I

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

QLD Holiday Part 1

Well we're back in Queensland again - staying with Jodi's parents in Gympie. Jodi's been here for a couple of weeks with the boys while I finished up the school year back home. I was sure I'd have a wonderfully quiet time without all of them there - shame about all the reporting I had to do instead... And I just couldn't sleep in anyway!

I just arrived yesterday so the family is back together again and I got a chance to post some pictures from the last couple of weeks as Jodi's skills weren't transferable to QLD. She's just been chilling out really. Dave and Jean have helped out heaps with the boys and haven't had to do much cooking or cleaning - the first time she hasn't had to do anything in what seems likes years!
Anyway enjoy the happy snaps! More to come as we're here for almost a month :) Hoping to catch up with some old friends while we're here...

Van all rugged up for the Gympie summer!

Pops and Kai

Nanna and the boys touring their garden

Dave & Jodi

Van & Nanna working on some xmas craft

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Busy and unpredictable...

Hello all.  Things are going very well at the moment with lapses of insanity.  It's ok though because it's mostly forgotten about soon after.  Thought I'd better put a few photos of Kai up again!  Can't believe he's 5 months already!  He's going in to get his 4 month immunisations today (forgot about them) -so thought I'd post some happy snaps now.

Wearing a singlet of Van's (given by Owen and girls).


A cheeky smile.  Getting chubbier and cuter (is that possible?)

Monday, November 08, 2010


Still having some problems getting dressed by himself!?!  Working on getting his shirt off at the moment.

Mango smoothie!

Time for some muffins!!  For Van or Mum??
Getting pretty good at sifting.

Van trade mark...

Friday, November 05, 2010

Janma Visit!!

Jane (Vince's Mum) came up for a visit recently to meet Kai and catch up with Van (and us).  There was lots of fun to be had in the pool, down the beach and the water park..  Everywhere actually!!  Jane spent lots of time with the boys while enjoying the warm tropics!!!  Even though Vince was working they managed to spend a fair bit of time together catching up and going to the markets for mangoes.  Thanks for the visit Janma (Van's name for Jane)!!

Kai coming to terms with some solids (rice cereal).

Van (left) and Jane getting dumped on by the big bucket at the water park.

Getting more adventurous on the slides.

Getting a little help from Janma.

Taking a walk down the foreshore.
Van showing his little bro his catch (hermit crabs).

That hair just keeps on getting crazier!!  Kai at 4 months and 3 weeks.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Grandad Visit

Jeff (Vince's Dad) came up for a visit a couple of weeks ago now and we've finally got around to uploading some pics.  He came to see Van and hold Kai for the first time.  While he was here, he just happened to recondition the Magna transmission in between sunsets, shopping jaunts, and playing with his grandsons.
Thanks Jeff!

Kai, Grandad and Van

The boys

Van and Jodes at the Sailing Club.  Hot chips and tomato sauce - Van's fave

Jeff built this for Vance.  It's a roundhouse to go with the rest of his Thomas paraphernalia.

Hamming it up on the way to Fogg Dam.

A female water dragon laying eggs.  We found her in the carpark at Fogg Dam.  When we returned an hour later she'd covered over the hole and all evidence of her or the eggs' presence was gone.

Van & Vin on the boardwalk at Fogg Dam.  That object in the tree to the upper left is some kind of nest - possibly wasps or ants.

Van & Vin checking out catfish through the boardwalk.

Vince bringing up the rear along the boardwalk.
Kai & Grandad