Saturday, November 30, 2013

November

November was 'Suixi Girls Birthday' month!  We love the Suixi girls gatherings :)
But, of course, that was only 1 weekend.  Lots of other things happened too.

I smile when I look at your attempt to spell bicycle....

    

After we arrived back from Cambodia Mummy was very unwell.  We decided to head straight to one of our favourite places - Omeo.  Your teacher has her home there (it's on the market but we are getting to use it when we can).  It's a beautiful spot to come and just enjoy the mountain air and have a rest without tv.  A great time for daddy and daughter to play games too.



This Suixi get together was in Echuca.  I absolutely loved this venue for some reason.  We were all close together around the pool and the kids had an amazing time again.
Starting with a spa bath together!



Fun times at the playground.


Birthday celebrations....


It ended with a trip on one of the old paddle boats.






We went and spent a night with The Grant family and you and Ashlee had a lovely time catching up.


Of course you still totally enjoy being beautiful you!


We had a visit to the Royal Childrens Hospital for a check up of your leg.
We have to go back in 2 years.  You will have been through the 9yo growth spurt so they will have a much better idea.



We then met up with Mel and Sophia for a fun cupcake decorating hour.


A visit to Lilydale lake...


watching Lizzie play basketball...


and the usual fun times with Lizzie.


I managed to snap a couple of images of you.  Love both of these!



You personally are sponsoring Roseanne in the Philippines.  We put the sponsorship in your name and you selected Roseanne.  She is born in April of the same year as you.  Compassion are wonderful with how they keep communication open.  You would love to meet Roseanne one day.




Of course, you are still absolutely loving tennis!







Thursday, October 31, 2013

October = Cambodia

This month saw us visit our dear friends Paul, Katrina, Elijah, Josiah and Autumn-Grace in Cambodia.  It was also the month we celebrated Graham's 60th.  We have had a wonderful month.  Whilst there, the last two times, I've photographed some of the babies that are born into Katrina's program - Mother's Heart.  It is such a privilege.  Amongst all that, there were lots of fun times to be had though.

A beautiful double rainbow to say 'bye for now' to us


Here is a bit of fun before we even left Albury!

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This was taken as we flew over the edge of Australia.


Of course - no trip is complete with out Suixi Bear!  Sitting on the food tray xx


The Concorde Inn - a favourite stop over!


Some much needed sleep in KL


...and, of course, time for a swim before we head to Cambodia....




Welcome to Phnom Penh!....it was incredibly wet and flooded


Here are two little friends reunited!

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First, we took 4 days with the Gliddon family and headed to Kep, a seaside town quite a few hours drive from Phnom Penh.


The views are pretty spectacular!


...and so is the pool!


The girls enjoyed the 'kids club'





...and doing some beading....






Jasmine Eco Lodge was a hit with the kids....while the parents took in happy hour!


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As is the case in most tropical countries - when it rains - it pours!

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then when it's over - it's over....

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There are some beautiful plants around


Along with a favourite spot of ours....the Kep Sailing Club.  You'll see why in the following photo's.





















On the Gliddon's last day in Kep, the girls had some fun in the kitchen with the owners son.  It was such a treat.


....and yes - we took a few selfies!


The next day (8th Oct) the Gliddon's headed back to Phnom Penh and we had some time on our own at a new hotel.


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Then it was the long trip home to Phnom Penh for us! With some VERY interesting sights along the way :)




Here's my girl in action at one of the restaurants we went to with the Attrills

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...and here's Church....

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...and the ride after Church

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Then it was time to celebrate Daddy's 60th birthday!






Just after that, Daddy headed back to Australia and we went for a lovely long, hot bike ride.




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