Home for Christmas

January 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm (Australia)

I loved being home for Christmas.  Clean air, the beach, amazing friends and family… the trip had it all.  It was fantastic to catch up with so many people and I promise to catch the others when I am home in July.

Some Highlights of the Trip:

1.  Spending Christmas in Hobart with my uncle, his partner Paula and Paula’s son Daniel

I loved being away for a few days and being able to relax and enjoy Christmas without feeling like I needed to see somebody.  Hobart is still one of my favourite Australian cities and Paula was an AMAZING hostess.

2.  New Years with my girls and catching up with old friends

I spent News Years in Gippsland with no mobile coverage but lots of old friends.  I really img_3317enjoyed having time to chat with them and rekindle old friendships.  In particular I had a really good chance to get to know Kate’s fiancee Chris.  I then got to start 2017 with my first ever Parkrun thanks to Chris and Bec who were also staying at the farm.

3.  Running along the beach

Need I say more?  Clean air and motivation.  You don’t realise you miss something until it’s gone… that’s me and the beach!

img_33444.  My beautiful niece Mya

She is just the most adorable little angel with a contagious smile that just melts my heart.  I feel very lucky that I was able to celebrate her first birthday and get to be a part of her life, even from a far.  She’ll probably be walking and talking by the time I get home next!

 

Thank you to everyone who made this trip so amazing.  See you all in July.  xoxo

P.s  More photos?

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Congratulations Mr and Mrs Sleeth!

December 20, 2016 at 3:28 pm (Australia, China)

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Mum, my uncle and his partner Paula

Since my last post I have flown to Australia, been back to China and now I am back in Melbourne for the Christmas holidays.  It’s been a whirlwind of emotions and experiences, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

The most expensive weekend of my life was also happily one of the best.  I feel extremely lucky that I was able to attend my brother Bob’s wedding.  Living overseas, does not make it easy to attend these events and I am eternally grateful to my school for allowing the visit to happen.  I flew out Friday morning just after 12am arriving in Melbourne around 2pm on the Friday.  Two full days, two dinners with my besties and a wedding later, I was back on the plane Monday morning.

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James, my youngest brother

I think I can truly say, that everybody at the wedding had a blast.  Bob and Sharne had thought of everything, right down to the personalised bottles of Sriracha and the ‘travellers’ for getting between the ceremony and the reception.  They looked so happy and the actual ceremony was personal and had both of their wonderful, infectious personalities written all over it.  My surprise reading inspired from Winnie the Pooh went well and it was lovely getting to catch up with so many of their friends and family.

Mrs Sleeth, thank you for making my brother so happy and for being a wonderful mother to my gorgeous niece Mya.  I am so excited you have joined our family and can’t wait to share many more amazing Sleeth family memories.

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Congratulations Mr and Mrs Sleeth!

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A visit from Santa at the school Christmas party

Back to China and report writing!  It was a busy time and I am not exactly sure how I managed to get through it.  Perhaps it was the knowledge of being home again so soon?  Perhaps it was coming back to a class that had obviously missed me while I was away?  Perhaps it was the Christmas cheer that many of you have worked with me will remember?  Christmas carols are fantastic report writing help and my various Christmas outfits were a big hit with students, parents and teachers alike.

I did pull myself together to go on the last Suzhou hash of the year.  The 10km route ended up being closer to 15km and I had very sore legs the next day.  The run around Jinji Lake was absolutely beautiful and I met some wonderful people.  Looks like I am hooked!  I’ve also got organised with some running events.  I have a 7km race the weekend I get back, Suzhou half marathon in March and Tough Mudder in May!

For the moment I am happy to be back in Melbourne.  I’m lucky to have such a beautiful city as my home town.

xoxo

P.s  More photos here and here?

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