Thursday, December 30, 2010
For the last 6 months I have routinely seen these Lawn Bowls clubs around Australia. I have wondered what the big deal is? Is it like real bowling? Like Curling? Or just an excuse to drink beer in the sun on a Sunday afternoon?
Answer.... All of the above!
While in Iluka, I went for a trail run which happened to finish at the 'Bowls Club'! I decided to randomly pop into the club to see what was going on. After talking to Bruce the Manager and explaining my travels through his great country, I convinced Bruce to let us 'have a go'.
After Pete acquired the standard Lawn Bowls Uniform, he & I and the kids embarked on a quest to figure out Aussie Lawn Bowls. Turns out... there is much more than meets the eye. An older guy with a club members badge (read....drunk but reasonably understandable) decided to give us a quick lesson. We got some tips and played a few rounds. I am here to say that it was a very educational experience.
YAMBA sports this amazing waterfront sea water wave pool. Its sooo hard to explain how cool this place really is. A concrete 50 metre pool sits right on the edge of the ocean. As the tide comes in and the waves crash over the edge of the pool, it begins to fill. When a KING TIDE roles in (higher than usual) it gets really exciting!On really windy days like today, the waves crash over the side of the pool attempting to flush you from the deep end back to the shallow end. We had an amazing time just chillin' in this pool while over in Yamba.
The Glass Family & The Simms Family Unite in a Christmas Dinner in OZ - sure to be remembered for many years to come. The theme for the night was of course.... "Consumption combined with Competition & Celebration". The evening started off with a friendly World Championship of Ping Pong, followed by a Nerf Warfare Game in the McKinley Common Room at TSS (Watch video of Wendy struggle with Anna's Combative Skill and accurate Nerf shot). The evening finished with cards and the watching of Avatar.
Side Note... Our dinner was AWESOME... fresh Prawns from that day on the BBQ - ie... "SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE". Very Australian?
We wish everybody an exciting holiday and family time. We have had a fabulous (and yes.. WARM) Christmas day! Santa found us down here in Australia.
My only request was a family surf down at the beach and I got it! The kids wouldn't let me get in a SURF B4 presents but after the unwrapping of a few gifts we made our way to the beach.
We managed to get a tree up this year which was different than our Florida trips where we use a palm tree planter in the condo for a Christmas Tree.
Thanks for the gifts that were sent from Canada. I know the kids are keen to head out and do some shopping with their "Aussie Dollars". Hannah off to the Roxy Oultlet and Noah to the Apple Store.
Presents of choice included.....an amazing new Long Board Skateboard for Kevin since I have been seeing everybody cruise the waterfront, A new Beach Volleyball for Wendy, a cool Roxy snowboarding hat for Hannah & Noah got a cool helicopter - check out video below. All in all, happy and thankful kids and parents all day.
Hope everybody has an amazing rest and relax holiday and a fantastic new year!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
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Kevin played "Entertainer" in the back of the 4WD's in Fraser island. Anna and Megan were my two buddies for most of the journey.
Hannah showing off her ice pack after getting a stinger from a jelly fish. the stingers tend to blow in whenever the wind blows from the North for a few days in a row.
Megan showing off he impression of a 'Mini Auntie Wendy'
Noah wins award at school - Most Consistent Academic Award, way to go Noah!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Purling Falls is a local spot that we scoped out a few months ago. We finally got a chance to check it out. We loaded cars up and headed to the trail head. We taped our bodies with Team Canada Hockey tape and addressed all passer byers with a Team Canada chant
The most interesting part of the day was dealing with a few 'leeeches". Megan was the big target by drawing some blood from a leech however dealt with it very well.
The Swimming hole we swam in was soooo beautiful. I shot some great video, check out the link on You Tube (see above)
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
We have decided to do a big Road Tour north of the Gold Coast up to the Sunshine Coast and up to Fraser Island. I have decided to take the role of "TOUR GUIDE" (hat provided) and give everybody a small glimpse of the area up here is like compared to Goldie. Currently I am sitting beside the pool in Noosa just reflecting on the last few days. Glass airport pick up, welcome to Australia dinner, quick tour of Main Beach and then ready for the Tour. The trip up here was successful with some good little beachie waves in Mooloolaba. Today we are going to mess around in Noosa, surf some more and a few are going to climb MT Coolum.
The kids are havin' a blast going to all the new destinations. The van has been rockin' beats froma variety of ipods. The music of choice seems to be "Magic" by B.O.B. . Next few days we will be up on Fraser Island doing some 4WDin'. I told the Newbies (Glass' & Taher's) that they were responsible for drivin' the big Troop Carrier 4wd's! Don't get it stuck in the sand people!