Sunday, July 27, 2014

Friday Night Lights

Gilles Street Primary School sent home a notice with the boys this week about an upcoming soccer game between Adelaide United & a team from La Liga (a good league in Spain).  Some Minister-of-Something-or-Other in Spain was offering free tickets to students in Adelaide that were a part of Spanish programs.  Because GSPS offers Spanish (sí!), Ryan emailed the minister and originally asked for 6 tickets.  When Ryan got a quick response back, he sent another email explaining who he was and who our group was and asked for 20 tickets.  And we got them!  We had no idea what to expect from free tickets, but they turned out to be $40 tickets that were in a pretty good location.  It was the first professional soccer game for a lot of us…too bad Adelaide lost 5-1.

The Adelaide Oval; the United don’t normally play here so this was a big deal.  The Oval was being modernized when we visited in 2012 and it was an awesome competition site.

Our group, minus two SC students that didn’t join us and plus four Norwegian study abroad students that our students had recently befriended.

Professional Soccer Game.  Check!

another SC group shot inside the stadium

Go United!  Yes, we quickly became super fans.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Week #1 Down Under

We've made it to Adeladie, South Australia and we're slowly but surely figuring things out.  This past week has been full of setting up and getting organized: groceries, cleaning supplies, buying bikes, touring the Uni for Ryan and Gilles Primary School for the boys, walking EVERYWHERE and enjoying the 50-60 degree winter temperatures.  The first few days were chilly and dreary but I keep reminding myself that this is winter and it's only going to get warmer and warmer during the five months we are here.  We still don't have internet at home, so updating pictures and blogging is difficult to do.  But until our wireless supplies show up, I'll try to update as frequently as I can. Don't give up on me!

Ryan and I have our regular email up and running ( and Caden also has an email address now ( and he LOVES hearing from folks back home.

Here are some pictures from our first week in Adelaide. Cheers!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sweet Sixteen

How much do I love my husband (of 16-years as of today)?  Enough to make him a from-scratch coconut cream pie that required FOUR trips to the grocery store (I went three times and I sent Ryan the last time because I was too embarrassed to be seen again).  But he really liked it, so it was worth the time, and the gas, and the money and the time.  Did I mention the time?

It was definitely a SWEET SIXTEEN anniversary for us this year.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

First weekend of....

Happy first weekend of SUMMER for our USA friends and family and WINTER for our Australian-friends-to-be!

With officially three weeks to go before we leave, we still need: a place to live, our VISA's, and our packing done.  No problem, right?  We do have lined up two great Simpson alumni that are going to stay in our house while we are gone and that is a huge relief.

If you were going overseas for 5 months, what is one thing that you wouldn't leave home without (clothes & underwear don't count)?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

one month


I think it is officially time to stop making lists and start crossing things off the lists....

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sneak Peak

I hope to put an entire album together tonight will ALL of the pictures from this past weekend, but here are a few of my favorites in the meantime....

Monday, June 2, 2014

calling all tooth fairies....

It took a LOONNNGGGG time, but Bryson finally lost his first tooth and he couldn't be more proud or excited.  He noticed it was loose last week, but I tried to warn him that it might take awhile for it to be ready to fall out (more than just hours, like he originally thought).  I had only been home for ~30 minutes and all of a sudden I heard Bryson yell something from the basement.  I thought he yelled "snake" which immediately made me run to the steps.  But he was already running up the steps, tooth in his hand and blood dripping out of his mouth. He is NOT a fan of blood, so I took him to the bathroom to try to stop the bleeding as soon as possible.  He started crying even harder, but I quickly realized they were happy/excited tears.  His smile was so wide that the bloody saliva was pouring out of his mouth!  What a precious little boy he is.

Bryson really wanted to ride his bike up the street to show Caden what happened, but I convinced him to wait because I was afraid he would wake up nappers at that house.  Our new plan....we're not going to say anything and see how long it takes Caden to notice!

p.s.  Please notice that his forehead looks MUCH better.