Cataract Dam awesomeness

Posted: 25/01/2015 by Toby in Events, Family, Pictures
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How’s this for a timely post? This morning we all headed to Cataract Dam for the first time, and we had a nice time exploring the dam and the surrounding area. We also brought some food and had a picnic. Thankfully we were able to get our rears in gear and get there around 9:30 while it was still closer to 25 degrees. By the time we left it was up to 34, and by the time we were home it was 36!

When we walked over the dam we looked down and we could see right into the water, there were a number of fish swimming around, and a big fish, that looked a little like a small shark! No pictures of it, sorry, the pictures were lousy not worth posting.

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Yes the last picture is blurry, the camera was having ‘issues’

 

 

This year we decided that we’d take our very first trip to Luna Park, for TJ’s birthday, the longest running and first fun park in Sydney. Was also my parents very first date, that took place there. Turns out that the price of your ticket is determined by your height. So we had 3 ranges of tickets. 3 yellow, 2 green and 1 red. Turned out my brother was going to be down from Queensland and so we invited him and his kids to come with if they’d like.

We hadn’t heard from them and so took off for the park when we were all ready. Once we got there, we got our bands took a few rides, Edgar called to ask where I was, I replied, at Luna Park like I said. He said where about in Luna Park, I said why are you here? behind Coney Island having lunch, he said ok we are on the other side. That was a pleasant surprise. So we met up and 10 hrs later, Toby all tuckered out, we headed off for dinner at Toby’s favourite restaurant Dos Senoritas (Mexican). Rocky was toast (asleep) by the time we arrived so he was no problem whilst we ate. Yum…  Delicious.

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Edgar, Dakota and Owen had a sleepover. And we had a nice time in the morning with the cousins all playing together, and with Uncle Edgar. Granddad joined us for lunch before they moved on.

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All in all a nice birthday treat for TJ and all the kids. At the end of the day Edgar said it was my turn to do the rotor as Dakota, TJ and William loved it, I wasn’t too excited as I felt so sick last time I went on that ride in 2007. Thankfully I did better this time round. Molly you’d love this ride. Did you go on it?

Gran called with a nice surprise, she and Ezra were going to take the train down to spend some time with TJ on his birthday. They arrived at lunch on Monday and headed home the next day. The kids all had a lovely time playing at the park, eating TJ’s birthday cake and catching a cheap flick at the local club – Mr Peabody and Sherman. Before we knew it, the time was gone, and we dropped them off at the station to take the train home. Ezra’s first train ride.

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Somehow the boys all ended up with red shirts on, that day!

Fixin’ Stuff and Savin’ Money

Posted: 08/01/2015 by Toby in Informative
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Well most of you should know by now that Australia is the land of astronomical prices for various things particularly car repairs. We have never been quoted less than $400 for anything, except for changing a headlamp on the VW they only wanted $120 for that. (By the way side note, the engineering on the headlamp assembly on the VW is so simple and easy, it was $2 for the bulb, I pulled out the whole light, swapped out the bulb and put it all in, and there was only one screw! I should do a youtube of it, but so far I haven’t taken the time.) So, over the years we’ve saved a lot of money over the typical Aussie by simply doing it ourselves. There was the…

  • Volvo side mirror
  • Volvo keyless button
  • Volvo side rails
  • Camry mud flaps
  • Camry headlight
  • Camry radiator overflow
  • Camry window winder upper
  • Chrysler spoiler
  • Chrysler keyless entry (x4 or more)

and so on

This time it was the side door handle. TJ was yanking on the wrong side and snapped the hinging side of the door handle so it was just floppy on one side. We were quoted $350 for the part and $350 for the labor of putting it in. So I looked online and found it for $65 plus $17 to ship. Way better. I then went to Youtube U and tried to get an idea what to do. There were some videos but not exact, so I just had a rough idea before I started taking everything off. Luckily I think I did it right and the handle is in there now, working perfectly. Now the only issue is putting the inside panel back on, there are a couple of plastic clips that are only one time use, so I need to get new ones. I might have to order that online since the auto pars stores don’t seem to have a compatible one.

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We also managed to save a little money on Sharole’s iPhone. She was not getting good reception and we thought we were going to have to get her a new phone. We looked at the phone plans, and none of them were as good as the one she was on. So we thought well, let’s see how much it is for an antenna. I was feeling pretty confident after having swapped her cracked screen (thank you youtube u) and fixing two other friend’s screens. The instructions I used, they identified all the different parts that I was pulling out, so I already knew about the antenna. The part itself was 6 bucks and free shipping. I swapped it in without a hitch. Sweet!

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Christmas picture

Posted: 19/12/2014 by Toby in Family
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Hey everyone get a load of this year’s Christmas picture! We are actually a bit behind this year, so those of you who still get a mail out, you’ll probably get it at least a week late. ohara family 2014

Rocky’s 3rd Birthday

Posted: 08/12/2014 by Sharole in Events, News, Pictures, Rocky
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This is how happy Rocky was about it being his birthday!

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Our little man turned 3. The best part of this gift was that Gigi brought it out of her own hard earned money for him, Rocky loves it. I really liked seeing Gigi wanting to do something nice for her little brother. She also bought William a gift for his birthday also. Hopefully this will provide a good example for the the boys that they can do nice things for each other and Gigi also.

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Toby took the morning off and we (meaning Toby, Rocky and myself) took a morning bike ride around Olympic Park. It was very nice. I love getting time with my hubby. We then went for brunch at the cafe there. This being my birthday also, Toby allowed me my request ;)

Rocky’s crazy about Lego presently and Batman, so this was a logical conclusion, a Lego Batman cake, home made, so tasted much better, yay!

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All in all a good day!

Family Holiday in Eden, NSW

Posted: 08/12/2014 by Sharole in Events, Family, News, Pictures
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We took a rendezvous to Eden in October about 6 hours south, over Williams birthday. I remember going down there when I was a young girl with my sister and mother on a girlie camping trip, we took. So when I saw an awesomely cheap deal come up for a villa for a week, I snapped it up.

The kids were so excited, and I admit I enjoy seeing their happy faces, what mother doesn’t! The weather wasn’t as hot as normal for that time of year, but that said I like it not so hot anyways, so perfect for me. 2 things we wanted to do was go to the Killer Whale Museum and go Whale Watching, both of which we got to do.

Playing at the pool! It wasn’t heated and so no one really wanted to be in there, good job we had a spa bath, that was the next best option.

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We went to Merimbula for the Whale Watching because we couldn’t get in at Eden, which worked out fine since that boat came up to where we were anyway, whilst out on the water. It was quite exciting getting to see these massive humpback whales and their babies in the water. One of the babies gave us a great water show, which was beautiful. It was amazing just how big they are, easily 3-4 of me.

Somehow Toby ended up being the photographer and didn’t manage to get in any shots of himself, oops! Rocky, Gigi and I got a tad sea sick, thankfully I managed to get a seat at one point because Rocky fell asleep and was starting to get very heavy, I was glad he went to sleep because it prevented me getting thrown up on, which would have set me off. So glad I took my scarf out there, it got quite cold, between Rocky and my scarf I weathered it Aok.

A tick for my bucket list, yay!

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When we went to the Killer Whale Museum, we ran into one of my old work mates. Talk about a small world. It was lovely to catch up with Darren and Angela. The museum sure had grown and been improved, since I was there last, full of information and stories and videos, the kids enjoyed it.

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We finished off the week at Merimbula at Mandeni Family Fun Park. The kids got to try archery, paddle boating, we did a family bike ride on their bike tracks, and they had a massive pillow also, the kids and my big kid Toby said it was better than the one at the Villa, he was jumping so high and they were all having a blast. We even got to do an 18 hole mini golf. I’m pretty sure I won that. Toby won the archery! Toby took the 2 older boys for the paddle boats and I had Rocky and Gigi. Gigi wasn’t coping and so we dropped her off and went without her. Gigi was loving the local dog there, Sally, which is a big step for her. Gigi wasn’t coping with the archery either, finally she got it and did a good job.

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Up, up and away Toby!!

We all had a lovely time, then back home for Rocky’s and my birthdays.

We decided to take the family holiday this year whilst including William’s birthday. He was happy with that. We plonked his birthday smack bang in the middle of it. He asked that we could do whatever he wants on his birthday, so we said fine, we can do that. He originally wanted to go to the beach but then changed his mind in the end, he wanted time with me, so Toby took the other kids to the beach in the afternoon and William and I took a spa and relaxed together.

First up came the gift opening.

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We did some R/C driving in the afternoon with Williams new R/C car, it works so good, and goes so fast, we all wanted a turn. And we’d brought TJ’s down for him to play with also. Now Gigi and Rocky want one, naturally.

Since we weren’t going to be making one of our homemade cakes this round, not being at home. William ended up choosing a Sponge Bob cake which I normally wouldn’t allow since I don’t like Sponge Bob, but alas it was that or girl cakes so I let it go. It was good to know after eating the cake, the kids said “we prefer the cakes you and dad make, mum!” Aww shucks thanks kids…

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