Socialising

April 23, 2014

We’ve had so much fun catching up with family at various BBQs, breakfasts and Grandpa John’s Birthday brunch. Here are a few pics.

Alan, Papi, Dave and Auntry VJ and Grantie's Deb and Rachel.

Alan, Papi, Dave and Auntry VJ and Grantie’s Deb and Rachel.

Trevor, Alexandra and Mrs Hunt (Jennifer's brother, daughter and Mum).

Trevor, Alexandra and Mrs Hunt (Jennifer’s brother, daughter and Mum).

Donna and our cousin Andrew.

Donna and our cousin Andrew.

Aunty VJ, Deb and Rachel (Great Aunties) and Mum.

Aunty VJ, Deb and Rachel (Great Aunties) Mum and Carlos.

Grandpa John and Jennifer tearing up the dance floor.

Grandpa John and Jennifer tearing up the dance floor.

The big day – Grandpa John and Jennifer get married

April 22, 2014
All scrubbed up for the main event.

All scrubbed up for the main event.

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Giving Grandpa John a big squeeze for good luck.

Grandpa John singing his bride down the aisle.

Grandpa John singing his bride down the aisle.

The happy couple.

The happy couple.

Rafa thought the aisle made a perfect train track.,

Rafa thought the aisle made a perfect train track.

And I got the rings to the right place at the right time.

And I got the rings to the right place at the right time.

Rafa forgot he wasn't actually part of the wedding party.

Rafa forgot he wasn’t actually part of the wedding party.

The family shot.

The family shot.

Time for dancing.

Time for dancing.

And dinner.

And dinner.

The day before the big day

April 21, 2014
At the wedding rehearsal Rafa thought he would quite like to be a groomsman.

At the wedding rehearsal Rafa thought he would quite like to be a groomsman.

Meanwhile I was hard at work learning my role as ring bearer.

Meanwhile I was hard at work learning my role as ring bearer.

I was taking my responsibility very seriously.

I was taking my responsibility very seriously.

I still had time for fun... racing William.  I won!

I still had time for fun… racing William. I won!

Later that evening Papi, Grandpa John and a few other boys had a party which included consuming an $800 bottle of Grange.

Later that evening Papi, Grandpa John and a few other boys had a party which included an $800 bottle of Grange.

Whilst Aunty VJ, Mum Rafa and I hung out in our apartment having our own party.

Whilst Aunty VJ, Mum, Rafa and I hung out in our apartment having our own party.  Our party was cooler, we had easter eggs.

By Ana.

 

WiFi troubles

April 20, 2014

We’re having a great time in Perth however our hotel WiFi is patchy. After several attempts to post pictures we’re conceeding defeat and will update you all when we can get a better connection.

The great Sydney rhinoceros hunt

April 18, 2014
We found our first rhinocerous on the corner of Pitt St and Market

We found our first rhinoceros on the corner of Pitt St and Market.

Carlos rode one at Hyde Park.

Carlos rode one at Hyde Park.

Bright and colourful at Cockle Bay.

Bright and colourful at Cockle Bay.

Another Cockle Bay rhino looked a little bit like Rainbow Dash.

Another Cockle Bay rhino looked a little bit like Rainbow Dash.

We found this guy outside the Chinese Gardens.

We found this guy outside the Chinese Gardens.

Another one hanging out in Pitt Street.

Another one hanging out in Pitt Street.

Pitt St clearly a popular rhino hangout.

Pitt St clearly a popular rhino hangout.

Macquarie St.

Macquarie St.

Circular Quay at the Ferry Terminal.

Circular Quay at the Ferry Terminal.

Abuela wanted to take this one home (Botanic Gardens).

Abuela wanted to take this tiled mosaic home from Botanic Gardens.

And this guy at the Botanic Gardens was covered in lids!

And this guy at the Botanic Gardens was covered in lids!

At the Opera House.

At the Opera House.

Darling Harbour was the hangout for this darling.

Darling Harbour was the hangout for this darling.

And this one.

And this one.

Rhino or Zebra?  We thought he counted as our 15th rhino.

Rhino or Zebra? We thought he counted as our 15th rhino.

We spotted our last one just as we were getting into the train station on our way to the airport.

We spotted our last one just as we were getting into the train station on our way to the airport.

The rhinos are part of the Taronga Zoo’s Wild Rhinos to raise awareness of the plight facing rhinos through poaching and habitat loss and to raise funds for the zoo’s rhino conservation program.  The herd is 125 strong and spread around streets, parks and public spaces in Sydney.  They will be auctioned on May 14th.

Another wonderful day in Sydney

April 16, 2014
We love the Darling Harbour / Cockle Bay area so much we went to hang out there a few times.

We love the Darling Harbour / Cockle Bay area so much we went to hang out there a few times.

We checked out the heritage ships.  I was sure a pirate once owned this one.

We checked out the heritage ships. I was sure a pirate once owned this one.

The carousel was definitely my favourite activity of everything we've done in Sydney.

The carousel is definitely my favourite activity of everything we’ve done in Sydney and I managed to get more than one ride on that.

Tumbalong park comes in at a very close second of favourite things to do.

Tumbalong park comes in at a very close second of favourite things to do.

Rafa needed a little convincing to put his feet in the sand.

Rafa needed a little convincing to put his feet in the sand.

But later when he saw me on the digger...

But later when he saw me on the digger…

That was all the motivation he needed.

That was all the motivation he needed.

And if you wonder why he was almost naked on the digger you just need to know that there is an amazing canal system with dam gates and waterwheels.

And if you wonder why he was almost naked on the digger you just need to know that the park has an amazing canal system with dam gates and waterwheels.

And a splash pad.

And a splash pad.

Where we both got delightfully soaked.

Where we both got delightfully soaked.

By Ana.

 

Harbour and gardens walkabout

April 16, 2014
A perfect day for a walkabout.

A perfect day for a Sydney walkabout.

The Opera House.

The Opera House.

The Harbour Bridge.

The Harbour Bridge.

Play time on pieces of an old building facade at the Opera House entrance to the Botanic Gardens.

Play time on pieces of an old building facade at the Opera House entrance to the Botanic Gardens.

Runabout.

Runabout.

Time for a climb.

Time for a climb.

And a family shot.

And a family shot.

Coffee and a chat.

Coffee and a chat.

Three times around then three times back making a wish around the wishing tree.

Three times around then three times back makingour wishes at the wishing tree.

Hyde Park

April 15, 2014

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IAH > LAX > SYD

April 15, 2014

Our trip got off to a bad start with me vomiting, Papi feeling sick and a momentary hiccup with Rafa’s Australian visa.

We had everything back on track by the time we had departed Houston and had dug out things to do from our activity pack.

We had everything back on track by the time we departed Houston and had dug out things to do from our activity pack.

Flight one down, followed by 5 hours to hang at LAX.  We thought the new terminal was gorgeous with its new shops and restaurants and giant digital art screens.

The kids area was super cool too.  We surfed a little then played tag with some bigger kids on our flight (who Rafa had no problems tackling to the ground).  We ran until our cheeks were red.

The kids area was super cool too. We surfed a little then played tag with some bigger kids on our flight (who Rafa had no problems tackling to the ground). We ran until our cheeks were red.

We slept for about 3/4 the 14 and a half hour flight with our new travelling blankets and pillows (Dusty and Sofia the First themed).

And for the first time I signed my own Incoming Passenger Card.  A-N-A.

And for the first time I signed my own Incoming Passenger Card. A-N-A.

About 30 hours after we left home in Houston we were getting off the train in the Sydney CBD.

And happily reading books with Abuela in a Pitt St Cafe.

And happily reading books with Abuela in a Pitt St Cafe.

Mum and Papi were happy to be there too.

Mum and Papi were happy to be there too.

By Ana.

 

A celebrity guest at the office

April 11, 2014
Easter Eggs Rafa with Bunny 2

Our celebrity guest.

And she brought eggs for us!

And she brought eggs for us.  But we had to find them first!

When I got home I wasted no time checking out my loot.

When I got home I wasted no time checking out my loot.

Neither did Ana.

Neither did Ana.

Nor Carlos.

Nor Carlos (who is just as much a part of my class as I am).

By Rafa.


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