Hello and welcome to our first update for 2007. We've recently celebrated our eight wedding anniversary and are about to notch up eight years in Australia. But the news of the moment (in our world) is that...
Yes that's right, our little bundle should arrive in mid August. Flick has survived the first trimester in pretty good shape, but has been tired, forgetful and really cranky when she gets hungry. We found out a couple of weeks before Christmas, which tied in quite nicely with our NZ holiday (apart from the restricted alcohol diet). Below is a still from a scan at 13 weeks. Total length about 8cm.
Of course, our holiday was the usual run around and visit as many people as we could affair, driving nearly 1,700km and notching up catch ups with something like 32 family members and 35 friends in two and a half weeks. Attending Dave's parent's 40th wedding anniversary garden party celebration helped a bit.
We did manage a week or so of quality relaxation, first at Kuratau (which we had to ourselves before the McEwen/Wiltshire invasion for Christmas) and then Foxton Beach (where we had the privilege of staying at Rose's husband Ken's family bach - a superbly authentic affair propped atop a sand dune).
We also managed to pack away four excellent Christmas dinners (Christmas Eve thanks to Alison, Christmas lunch at the Stevens, Christmas evening at the Randalls and a Boxing Day party at the Stevens), which Flick compensated for by being able to "eat for two" (a well known fallacy, that one) and Dave by doubling his normal cycling quota and reestablishing how hilly and windy NZ is!
On New Year's Eve we attended a party at the Hawthorn Lounge, a new bar in Wellington set up by our friends Justin & Jonny (the brothers McKenzie) in the style of a 1920s Gentlemen's Club. Just right for an old married couple like us. Add a Cuban Gangster theme to the evening and it was jolly good fun.
Back in Sydney we had a few more days off before restarting work. Dave's had a fairly quiet January, but the pace is building and the final "Executive Year" of his AGSM MBA, which includes four residential sessions totaling 18 days, will be a major (though interesting) distraction. If you have no idea what he does at work, check out our new page "in the media" for links to some of the articles in which he's been quoted. Flick, for her part is about to commence her major sell in, so is in the process of finalising the new swimwear range ahead of the annual sales conference.
January brings with it the Sydney Festival, and this year we actually managed to get organised and book a number of shows. Highlights included:
Deirdre Tarrant stayed with us briefly in January while doing her RAD examining in Sydney. As always it was great to share her bubbling enthusiasm.
On Australia Day (a Friday this year) we hosted our annual Cecil Street Cinema extravaganza and wound up with 5 guests over-nighting (including Michael who came down from Brisbane). Saturday we prepared a recovery breakfast of barbecued bacon & egg rolls for 11 and slipped a swim at Shelly Beach in amongst the clean up activities.
Meanwhile, the engagements and babies keep coming. Congratulations to:
There's definitely something in the water! And on that note, we'll leave you until next time...
All the best,