05 September 2009

what day is today....

...today is Father's day!

So I hope everyone wished their father a Happy Father's Day.

Apparently Australia celebrates Father's day on a different day than us....who knew?

Mother's Day is the same though. But get this several people have asked us when Christmas was? Too funny. They thought it was in July. Christmas in July. Strange.

Today we celebrated and got up and all had brekky together with Rob. Rob is our pseudo-father here. Then we gave pressies....Chels and I gave Rob some Cadbury Chocolate because he LOVES chocolate like every other Aussie. Then we had Angie and Rob's family over for a get together. Being around their family just reminded me of mine....loud. We just love their families and feel like in a way they are ours too now. I am so grateful to have that feeling of family here. I don't think I could have made it this long without it.

Anyways, so here's a small tribute to my father, Gleners. It was tricky finding a picture of the guy because he is always the one behind the camera. He's a terrific guy if you know him. If you don't you should meet him. So HAPPY FATHER'S DAY dad. Missyou and love you!


the other day we got haircuts.....I know exciting right? Our friend, Telestra, from church did it. She's the best. Her actual name is Telisha but I don't have a very good memory. After we met her the first time I was talking about how we met her to Alice. I thought her name was Telestra and Ali laughed so hard at me. Actually Telstra is the name of a phone company over here so I just took a spin off of that. Anyways, Ali told Telisha what I called her and she thought it was the funniest thing ever. So now she always knows when I'm talking to her and it's even caught on. Everyone is starting to call her that. Well enough about that. Telestra cut our hair and she's the best. It's going to be hard having our hairdresser in Australia but you know we just live that glamorous of a life. We will have to come back just to get our hair cut.

Just thought you should know that we got haircuts.

i'm in love...

...with footy.
Aussie Rules. AFL-Australian Football League. Footy. Football....whatever you want to call it. It's Melbourne's favorite sport and mine too.

We went to the footy game a few weekends ago with our great friends, Lisa and Kiara, from church. Someone gave Lisa tickets to sit in the "expensive" seats. So she told us we had to dress up nice because well that is what you are supposed to do. For the first time since we've been here we put on our "fancy" clothes to go to the game...weird...I know.

I had been watching footy on tele. to get an idea of how it was played but going to the game was even better. I don't really know how to describe it its almost like part American football and part soccer. The object of the game is to get the ball through the goal posts at the end of the oval. However, you can't throw the ball you have to either punch it or kick it. It's really exciting and very fast pace which is why I think I like it. Not to hate on American football which stops every 10 seconds and 30 min on the clock could last 1.5 hours...eeek! The clock always runs on footy so I couldn't believe after 2.5 hours that the whole game was over.

But the best thing about it was the players....let's just say that most of them are good looking. I didn't really think about it at first but I found the reason I think they all are attractive. #1...they don't have helmets and big pads on them so you can actually see their faces. #2...they are super strong because they don't wear pads or helmets. awesome. I managed to get a few shots of my new found love and favorite player so that's exciting. Too bad I won't be able to follow my new favorite game in the US. I don't know how often ESPN shows footy games so I may be out of luck.

So here are the pictures from the game...

Chels, Kiara, Lisa, and me pre-game

The footy field. It's a humongous oval and they are always running around the entire game. I don't know how they do it. Its intense. They have to get the ball which looks similar to a football but with more rounded edges through the posts at the end of the oval. You get 6 points if it goes through the middle ones and 1 point if it goes through the outer ones.

My new love #2 on Carlton's team, Jordan Russell. Thanks dad for the camera with the really awesome zoom. I'm sure you are proud I'm putting it to good use.

Ryan Borden anyone...if you know him?
Signature open mouth picture....

The game was awesome. Great time with great friends, great game, great players. I love Australia and footy.

just when you were tired of seeing the beach....

So I know everyone is sick of the beach pictures but I just can't help it, it's so beautiful. I think I'm seriously a little picture crazed because I just looked and I have 1,224 pictures that I have taken since I've been here. That is why I can't update my blog because there are too many to chose from. But I fully intend to have a picture night when I come back where everyone can view all my photos if you like.

Here are some more pictures of the beach. Spring is coming! I can't wait for it to get warmer. I told Chels the other day that I didn't think I could wear long sleeves anymore. I just couldn't do it. I'm so sick of the cold. And the best part is that it will just start getting cold when we get back...hooray! Two winters in a row! Everyone in the house laughs at me because I like to wear shorts around the house even though its cold. Oh well, I just can't be bothered wearing pants.

So we were walking home the other day along the beach and I took some pictures...here they are!

This is a picture of a hedge in front of a house we always pass by. I really don't understand. It's very Edward Scissorhands to me. Weird but hey its Australia....

The view from the hill that we go down everyday

Swimming anyone? Apparently there are lots of jellyfish this time of year. Not that I would be swimming in the freezing cold but definitely not with these things. They had all washed up on the beach.

Favorite pic....this old man and his little dog. Precious.

Love it. love it. love it.

I'm going to have to live by the beach when I get home. I don't know what I will do. It is just a constant reminder of how great God is.

So I'm moving to the beach when I get home.