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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tay, Tip, and Heath Arrive in Australia!!

Palm Beach Lighthouse Walk

Day 1 with Everyone! Tay arrived May 4th and Tip and Heather arrived May 12th. We are so excited to have them over here in Australia with us! They all came in on the Northside shuttle bus at about 8:30am. It was awesome just to give them a hug and see their faces. I have missed them so much. We wasted no time in showing them around. We made coffee and went out to look at the beach which was beautiful as always. Then Mikey, Tip, Tay, and Heath went for a quadzilla run on the beach which is about a 35 minute run in thick sand on a slant. I made breakfast!! We then headed to Palm Beach, the most northern point of the northern beaches. We hiked the Palm Beach Lighthouse for some outstanding views of Palm Beach, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, and Central Coast to the north of us.
We then headed back to the house and got ourselves turned around to go down and grill
by the Lake. We got different flavors of chicken skewers, sausage, and some cuts of steak.
We also sauted some vegetables! It was a really nice atmosphere and gave them their first

Aussie Barbeque. Many more of those to come that's for sure!

Camping the Basin

Day 2- I decided that Camping the Basin was a must with only 2 full weekends with everyone here. The weather is also only going to get colder so I thought we might get better weather. Mikey and I both worked and I was lucky enough to be invited by my boss to go into the city and take pilates class at the head Classical Pilates cneter in NSW(our state) The studio was located in Surrey Hills which is the Eastern Suberbs of Sydney. I had never been here before so this was a real treat. She drove us in and we grabbed a coffee and snack before heading in for our advanced Reformer class. It was awesome! I was really pushed and definitley exhausted after. I had lined up for Tay, Tip, and Heather to get the L90 bus to Palm Beach and then catch the 2pm ferry to the Basin. I was planning on meeting them there but after the class in the city Gail needed to run some errands which was fine with me and by the time we got home it was 6pm and dark. I figured that by the time I got there it would be completely dark and they would be tired from a long day outdoors. It sounds and looks like they had a great time! They got to see there first live Wallabies which was cool. I am still sending them to the zoo so they will get to see even more of Australia's wildlife.

A Rugby Game at Sydney Olympic Park

City at night from the Ferry
The Opera House at night from Ferry
Kris and Heath bundled on Ferry
The 3 Muskateers on Ferry!!
ANZ stadium in Olympic Park
Rabbitohs vs Tigers
Rabbitohs win!!
Day 3- The activities keep coming! Mikey had to work in Manly so we all took the 155 bus into Manly where we met Mikey at his work. They had there first Australian "pie" experience for dinner. Aussie's love their pies! It is like a chicken pot pie but they really experiment on what they put in them. Tip and I got the Chicken Satay, Heath got a chicken bacon avacado, and Mikey the Steak potatoe cheese. We then took the Manly Ferry which is always a great way to travel to the city with amazing views and sites of the Harbour and Circular Quay. From Circular Quay we got the train to Sydney Olympic Park's ANZ stadium for a 7:30 Rugby Game. It was South Sydney Rabbitohs verse the West Sydney Tigers. Yes, Mikey and I are really Manly Sea Eagles fans and we would have loved to take them to one of those games but they do not have one scheduled at home in the 2 weeks we are here. So we settled on Russel Crowe's Rabbitohs. At least they would get to experience Rugby! We had a great time. It was great game. The Rabbitohs won which was who we were going for in this match. Our travel time was about 1 1/2 hours each way and Tip and Heath were still kind of jet lagged so we headed home after the game.

Kristen and The gang