Photo Dump: Christmas, Weekend Travels and the rest of life the last few weeks.

Apologies for the lack of posting in the last month. But this post is full of pictures that will show what we have been up to!

 Christmas at our place, we decorated a bit and here is our tree with gifts from family in the USA.

 Ryan woke up before 6 am on Christmas Eve to wait in line for Seafood with Trish. In Australia Christmas lunch/dinner is all about the seafood. We had Salmon and some delicious oysters.

The tree at Trish’s place (where we spent Christmas).

A beach walk on Christmas morning including some Christmas cheer!

Pia, her cousin Mara and a family friend Grace went to church with Pia’s Nana. She has been going this church for 45 years.

 This is a beach that we (Pia and Allie) used to play at when we were kids and it is literally down the hill from Nana’s Church. We obviously loved going here because of the name.

After Christmas lunch it was time for a bit of relaxation on the beach. It was a passport shredder of a day.

We spent a few more days post-Christmas with Trish at her place and then headed back to Brisbane. We enjoyed a picnic at the cliffs on Kangaroo Point. The views are spectacular.

In Australia there are BBQs in every park that are free to use, it is such a great way to get people to be outside and enjoy some greenery.

We also managed to squeeze in a few swims at our favorite local pool.

Ryan looking his finest.

We also took a few walks once the weather had cooled down. This is from Kangaroo Point looking over to New Farm where we live.

I (Pia) also enjoyed another BBQ with my cousin at the top of the cliffs one night.

We also mailed in a application for Ryan to gain residency in Australia, look at all that paper!!

Up next: Our trip to Sydney.

PS We have had a bit of rain due to Cyclone Oswald but all are okay! We are enjoying drying as we speak.

Weekend Edition: Marapalooza

Another weekend, another great flurry of fun!

Pia’s cousin Mara graduated from the University of Queensland on Friday night, congratulations Mara! We celebrated with a family dinner that lasted so long the restaurant had closed and we didn’t even notice. However we did notice when they asked us to leave…ha!

Saturday was spent running errands and then heading to Mara’s Birthday party at her childhood home, Hunchy. It is a beautiful modern home situated on a bluff that overlooks a valley and then out to the coast. Both the views and the home are stunning plus the party was pretty darn fun too!

Allie took these photos on Sunday after the party.

Although they no longer live at Hunchy the family pets, the cows, still enjoy the beauty of Hunchy.

Happy Birthday Mooey and congratulations on graduating!