Sunday, June 29, 2008
Morgan is also a big soccer fan. That is probably not worded strongly enough, but for now it will do. The UEFA Euro 2008 has been on for the last couple of weeks. Ireland did not qualify, so Morgan made Spain his team for the competition. (Due to both summers spent vacationing there and the fact that a number of Liverpool players play on the Spanish National team.)
So..Morgan decided that we would have a Spanish Day today. The most important part of course was watching the game. He also used this as an excuse to make a paella for dinner. His father perfected paella after many trips to Spain and Morgan has worked hard to follow in his father's footsteps. This was much smaller than previous paellas he has made. (It was also missing the squid and mussels - we usually add those to the mix)
As it turns out, Spain won the game and Fernando Torres scored the winning goal. Torres plays for Liverpool and has been a big name in our house for a while. Morgan named the cat after the Spanish Liverpool manager. It is a good thing we are not adding any other pets or small children any time soon...Fernando O'Sullivan just doesn't sound right!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
The next morning I had two e-mails. One was from one of the teachers I work with.
That is great! I am sending it to everyone in my email address book!
We have both read Gorgeously Green and are working on making small changes to become a bit more 'green' at home and at school.
The second e-mail was a bit short and to the point.
Don't send me pictures of dead animals
It was from my mom. I hadn't thought about it before I sent it. My mom refuses to watch any movie in which an animal dies. She is quite serious about this - it is a steadfast rule. I decided to try my luck and I sent her a reply:
Then perhaps you should not be throwing away plastic bags. (Just a thought)
I did not get a reply, but that afternoon my mom called. After a bit of small talk, she asked where she could buy the reusable bags. We have more than we can use, so I mailed her some of ours yesterday. (Along with a reusable metal water bottle, but she doesn't know that yet)
Then last night she asked me about what I use to scoop the cats' litter box now that I do not use shopping bags. (We actually have gotten good at looking for other plastic bags to use to scoop poop. The plastic bags from fruits and veggies, potatoes, lunch meat, cheese, etc. all work great for holding poop!) It does mean though that she is thinking about it!
It made me smile. It's catching on!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Sydney E-mail #3:
We write this absolutely exhausted from a day of walking! We planned on heading to the Blue Mountains today, but decided to stay in bed instead of getting the required early start for the Blue Mountain train journey.
We went back to St. Mary's Cathedral to see the stained glass by day and then did the botanical gardens where we got some amazing photographs.
From there we caught the ferry to Watson's Bay for take out from Doyles. We ate on the ferry back and then walked across the Sydney Harbor Bridge. We picked up some groceries and sat at the pier taking in the sites before heading back to the hotel.
We are going up now to make soup and sandwiches. It will be an early night to be sure we make it in time in the morning! = )
We are slowly coming to accept the fact that we have to head home in a few days! We have had a GREAT time! We hope that all is going well for everyone.
Take care & God bless,
Jenny & Morgan
We are just back from the Blue Mountains. We did a LOT of walking, but the views were amazing! We saw the 3 Sisters and rode the steepest railway in the world. The paths were wet, but the views were great! Lots of pictures to share!On the way back we got some take out...a nice pie covered in potato and mushy peas for morgan and some nice Chinese food for me. We also stopped at a British Candy store...Morgan was like a child! We got a mixed bag of Kola Cubes, Cola Bottles, and Bon Bons (ideas for anyone coming our way soon...)
Thank you to Trevor for offering to pick us up...and to those who have replied to our emails...we will write more when we are not paying by the minute!
Hope all is going well! We are planning our last day in Sydney... = (
Jenny & Morgan
|Blue Mountains, Summer 2007|
Monday, June 23, 2008
We arrived in Sydney safely after a shaky flight and were pleased to see beautiful, but cold weather greet us... the tv reports had prepared us for almost hurricane LIKE STORMS! Sorry, this keyboard is hopeless!
Sydney Opera House
All else is well here. We flew over the opera house and bridge from the plane and we will venture out tomorrow. Our hotel room has the most amazing view of Darling harbour, and we are both really excited about venturing out in the morning.
Sydney Harbor Bridge
Happy Birthday to Robert on Thursday and we hope your exams have gone well. I hope my parents (morgan here) arrived home safe and sound and we send our best to all.
morgan and jenny
Greetings to all,
Another day from Sydney has gone by and gone really well.
We made it to the Olympic stadium today and did a few laps of the Olympic pool.
After that we ventured off to an Australian Rules Football game in the Olympic stadium. There was a terrific atmosphere and 80,000 people in attendance.
Tomorrow we are off to see an international music festival in the Sydney Opera house, which we are both looking forward to. We also plan on walking across the harbour bridge, and also visiting the botanical gardens, so it should be quite a day!
The last few days have flown by and we have definitely done a lot more walking than we usually would do. Jenny has even had to replace her running shoes.
Our first full day in Sydney brought us to the city Zoo. The views were amazing and the animals were great too. It was probably the best zoo either of us has ever visited.
The next day we got a train and bus out to Bondi beach. We then took the coastal walk all of the way to Coogee beach, where the views over the cliffs were spectacular. We also managed to see lots of Aussies surfing!
We hope that all is well in your corner of the world,
more updates soon,
morgan and jenny
Part two to come soon.
|Sydney, Summer 2007|
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I must say the view as you get off the plane in Ayers rock is amazing! We walked off the plane and saw the red rock in the distance.
We went to our hotel and booked our transportation. From there we went to a supermarket to buy breakfast and lunches. (The Aussies all have tea making facilities and a fridge in the room so that helps!)
We will just see the sunset tonight and will be out again tomorrow...
I hope all is going well! Internet is more expensive here, lol so keeping it short!
Jenny & Morgan
The rest of the trip was covered in an e-mail from Sydney. Morgan was having Internet withdrawal, so he was the one to write the first e-mail from Sydney. Here are the relevant parts:
We have arrived in Sydney after an amazing couple of days at Ayers Rock. We stayed in a wonderful hotel / apartment that was about 15 minutes from Ayers Rock itself.
We saw a beautiful sunset, sunrise and also spent time walking around it. The scenery was amazing. We also took a day trip to the Olgas, which many say is more spectacular than the rock itself. We decided to be adventurous and go for the Valley of the Winds.... and was it windy!!!
The pictures we took were fantastic and we did more walking and hill climbing / steep , VERY steep climbing than we had in a long while.
We followed this up with a big treat for the two of us...an Australian Buffet with Kangaroo and crocodile amongst other Aussie treats on the menu.
...and that catches you up to the last stop on our vacation down under. We are a little behind schedule. Morgan and I realized last night that exactly one year ago we were already in Sydney. Crazy to think it has been a year already!
Click below to see the rest of our Ayers Rock Pictures.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
So much for not being in touch. My husband gets a bit antsy when he has not checked the internet too long...he may not drink, but I think he has a problem! = )
He ran out of sites to check so I said I'd send a quick update. We are in Cairns until Monday. We did the rainforest thing yesterday It was really neat. We took a cable car thing up and saw the tops of the trees and the mountains in the clouds.
When we got to the top we spend a little too long in a little town while waiting for the train ride back to town. The train ride back we went past some waterfalls which was neat.
The view from the train
Today we' planned on going to the reef, but it is still a bit rough at sea. We are hoping for better tomorrow! We did laundry and went into town where we found a market. We are going to Mass tonight in hopes that we will be on a boat tomorrow morning!
More updates in time...likely sooner rather than later...we pay for 20 minutes of internet at a time...and Morgan can't miss a day! = )
Take care & God bless,
Jenny & Morgan
Looking back, we must not have sent a second Cairns e-mail. Even though it was still a bit rough, we did go the the Great Barrier Reef on our last day in Cairns. We were both looking a bit green in the face on the ride out there. It was pretty bad!
Finally though we stopped and went snorkeling. It was a dull day and a cheap camera, so the colors are not the best. Regardless, it was amazing! The reef was just so BIG!
What impressed me most was that I saw a reef shark. I can now say that I went snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef and saw a shark. My third graders were impressed! (Although I waited until we were back on the boat to tell Morgan - he was not too impressed to have been in the water with it!)
Again I've uploaded the rest of the pictures to an album. Feel free to look if you are interested!
Monday, June 9, 2008
I am working in my classroom and running errands this week, so I thought I would relive last summer's vacation. It really was a spectacular trip - it is worth reliving! So...we are starting in Brisbane, Australia. Morgan and I spent 4 days there and loved every minute of it. It is the kind of place you would want to live.
Here are my actual e-mails and pictures. Enjoy!
Hello from Down Under!
Morgan and I found in internet cafe, so I have 8 minutes left to give you the latest on our trip!
Day 1: LA
We stayed up all night before our trip and then flew to LA bright and early. The seats did not recline, so we were exhausted! We got to LA at like 10am and did not leave until 11pm. We took a bus in LA to Santa Monica. (Yes Lyndsay, the 75 cent bus!) It was a nice way to spend the afternoon. We made it
back to the airport with only 4 hours to spare...we thought we would never leave! Qantus was great though and the flight was non eventful.
Day 2 : Brisbane
We landed and get to the hotel to find out that our room was not yet ready...so we walked to the church for mass. We had been up for way to long by this point...and were slightly smelly...but they asked us to carry up the gifts!
We were mortified but agreed...and the homily was about taking part in the mass so we were glad we had! We went shopping and were in bed by 1pm...had plans to get up but slept through to the next morning!
Day 3: Brisbane
We met up with Morgan's mom's best friend and two of her kids. (The siblings of the Australian who stayed with us in Delray a few months back) We went to a park for a picnic and had a great time. It reminded me of a painting I studied in college...everyone sitting out with wine and all.. We took the
ferry around and had a great day
I am out of time, but we are in South bank at a man made beach...more to tell later!
I've uploaded the rest of my pictures to an album. You can click here if you want to see more!