Feb 12, 2008

All the latest...

Supposedly we are hearing that the boat containing the container that contains all of our earthly possessions has indeed arrived in Sydney. It still needs to clear customs and quarantine but we could possibly have chairs / plates / towels / toys / clothes and the like soon! 3 cheers for somewhere to sit!!

In other news, our next door neighbors are Korean and they are great! The parents don't even speak English, it is fabulous! There are Kimchi pots and Hot chilis everywhere! Here is a pic of their front porch, which is huge!





Clara, the daughter-in-law is so great, she had us over for dinner the first day I met her. She has this hilarious high-pitched laugh and she is so so 100% Korean, something only my Asia friends might understand.

Yesterday I was in a jam, I had obligated myself to make lunch for Ben's entire office. I ran over to see if she could help me with the kids and thankfully she was really excited. Later when I got back she told me Laine kept telling her that she was going to a Party. Clara thought this was so very continental of a 3 year old. She was very impressed until she realized that Laine was speaking with an American accent, not Australian, and that she was trying to tell her she needed to go POTTY. I got to hear that great high-pitched laugh and some hearty claps when she related this story to me.

She is obsessed with Gabe and he loves her right back, it is so cute!

So here are some pics from the weekend. They were supposed to be of us with Kangaroos, but whatever. Those of you who know me well, know that I am PAINFULLY Optimistic. On Sunday we went for a drive to the country and I was just positve that we would run into some kangaroos. My thinking was along the lines that if we drove out a ways to the boonies and parked the car for a while we would have Roos swarming. Okay, it didn't happen. I guess that they have Wallabys close, but you have to drive a bit further for the actual Kangaroo and nighttime is the best time to spot them. People keep telling me to just go to the zoo, I was like, I can see a kangaroo at the zoo in Utah, what did I come all this way for?!


In any case, since we had our camera we thought we'd catch a few shots of us in the country stopping at road sides stands. They have all of these Mom and Pop stands of fresh produce with prices written on them and you just put your money in a cup. It was absolutely gorgeous. Since Laine took most of the pictures, these were the best we had.

13 comments:

Kristine G. said...

Haha, I love the potty thing. Poor Laine. It is a good thing that she could hold it in! And look how sweet little Gabey is. Come home soon so I can see the little rascals!

Keep an eye out for the announcement. I sent it last week, but I know nothing about international mail, so I hope that it comes BEFORE you come out here. When are you coming anyway? Ben mentioned forever ago that you might come a few days early and he was going to work from here. True or False?

Gaengy said...

How fun to have Korean neighbors. They are probably impressed you can speak to them. Glad Gabe has a new friend! The country side looked so beautiful, was that a lilac bush in the background of one of them? Sure was pretty. How did the luncheon go?...and how did you do it with no dishes???

Melanie Whiting said...

Natalie making lunch for the whole office. Only you!! I would be so intimadated. What a nice neighbor to help out with the kids. She looks happy. How ironic that she is Korean. I am so jealous you are in shorts! I am so ready.

Sunny said...

What an adventure you guys are having. Sounds like a little bit of crazy and a little bit of fun. You have a cute way of writing things. Thanks for the entertainment. :)

Jason, Holli, Lizzie and Zach said...

Hey Ben,
Your family is adorable! I haven't seen you forever. Here is my blog so you can see my family.
-Holli Nemelka
holliwebb.blogspot.com

katierasmussen said...

Thanks for saying hi! Wow, what an adventure you live!!! How are you liking it there? I'm glad stace is home from Korea. I'm going out to visit her in April and can't wait. Your little family is darling! He and let me know if you run into any of the wiggles, my daughter loves them:)

Justin, Tammy, Caden said...

Natalie, pack and play man came! I had to laugh about the whole situation because the first thing he did when he dropped it off was give me his business card. I was a little surprised by his audacity. Anyways thanks for following up with that. Love the stories- I think you have more interesting encounters than anyone I know-so fun.

Stacey Lau said...

Nat,
I am loving your hair. That is such a great length on you, you look gorgeous. How fun to get fresh produce that way. And I can imagine the high-pitched laugh :) Potty....lol...people in Australia are going to think that Laine is very popular, always going to "potties."

Katie said...

I loved the potty thing but I do not like the post. I have been replaced. :(

James and Heather English said...

Can you fill me in on the chili peppers all over the porch thing? I'm a little lost!

Shoestring Weddings, Parties & Events said...

Natalie!
Thanks for your comment on my blog! It was great to hear from you! Your blog is great, I am so happy for you guys and the great experiences you are having over there (even though you didn't run into Kangaroos on the road! ;)
I'd love to get together next time your in town, I'll plan on it! Keep in touch cutie!

Amber (Gregory) Wilding

Lindsay said...

Wow! A new look for the blog! I love reading your posts! Oh yeah, and nice pic of Ben in the kangaroo pouch. I can't believe he was able to get in--he must be a REALLY fast runner.

Nick & Nicole said...

Love the painfully optimistic you looking for kangaroos! Hilarious. The roadside stands, they look lovely.

 
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