* Warning: if you are one of those people who believe sentences should not begin with the word "and", then you may want to stop reading now, and go to something less grammatically upsetting like this old post from days long gone, in Australia, circa 2008.
For everyone else...
It seems like a lifetime ago that we spent long, leisurely afternoons at Nielsen Park (Sydney) walking up and down the beach, jumping in the crashing waves, digging our toes into the super soft, fine white sand, and all the while avoiding deadly entanglement in the scary looking shark net; they don't call it Shark Bay for nothing :).
Walking through the fig trees at Nielsen Park...
And collecting sea glass...
We often remember our favorite (or favourite) places like Oporto, home of the best chicken sandwich in Australia :).
Before our Aussie departure, they happened to have special cans of Coke with Aussie words on them. I could not have asked for better Aussie blogging material.
And our favorite Italian-Style Baked Beans with Poached Eggs brekkie (Aussie for breakfast) at Bernasconi's in Rose Bay.
And in the last twelve months, my children have attended four schools, in two countries, and three states (one Australian, and two American).
This is what they wore to school in Sydney...
Now my kids wear this to school...
As many of you know, first we spent four months in Florida.
And Florida was pretty much a lot of this... and have I mentioned it's about as hot as hell on a sunny day there. Ugh, I hate hot.
And we've always been a house filled with music, mostly our own. Our seven year old has been writing music for a couple of years, and in lieu of a birthday party this year, we went to a real recording studio in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where thanks to a Groupon type thingy forwarded to me by my BFF The Fiery Redhead, for the low low price of $75, he was able to record three of his original songs professionally. It. Was. Amazing!! Our favorite song "Rock n' Roll" is very catchy, or, as our guitar teacher says, "He really understands, it's all about "the hook"." This video is actually more audio than video, but clearly this child needs to be on itunes, available for all the world to hear. :)
And we soon moved to San Francisco, where the weather is gorgeously sunny and cool and gorgeous, ALL THE TIME (except this week, but surely that's just a fluke). And as the months in America rolled by, the boys got bigger, and louder, and hungrier, and blonder... assumingly, that part was helped very much by lack of the Aussie "No Hat, No Play" rule, and the California sun.
And our dogs have gotten bigger, and fluffier.
And some things aren't all that different from Australia to America...
The barbershops are practically interchangeable.
Carl's Barbershop in Davie, FL. Hardcore, old-school barbers.
And we can even eat Vegemite in either country, though in America Vegemite is at Lucky-Charms-in-Australia prices. over $12 per jar!
And though Australia seems so long ago now, especially I can imagine even more so for the kids, my seven year old is still "going for the World Record" for most consecutive days of taking a Vegemite and Cheese sandwich to school. He's been at this (not exaggerating here) for over three years. Seriously, should I be calling The Guiness Book" at some point here??? If you know, please advise. :)
And our new city looks like this...
And have I mentioned that my sister is funny? And she is especially, crazy hilarious when she rides Ruby the Labradoodle around my kitchen like a pony. Good times, good times.
And we somehow squeezed (though I want to say "squoze") in a trip to Alaska this past summer.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a truly inspiring place.
We cruised with our cousins who came in from Portland, Maine-- and what they, and our children, did not know... was that my in-laws (their grandparents) were joining us for the cruise! So when Grandma and Grandpa from Boca Raton, FL (the crankiest place on earth, no offense Boca-ites:) showed up at the Welcome Aboard Buffet-- well let's just say, it was total shock and awe.
And of course, it's not a cruise without a talent show. I can't help but show off, because my eight year old taught himself to play this on the piano while singing, and I love it.
And, my now seven and nine year old boys are in a rock band that plays Weezer and The Beatles and The Ramones and The Sonics. Impressed yet?
And we were lucky enough to go to a World Series game! It was so so awesome, well except for the two dudes spitting and drooling sunflower seed shells out of their mouths next to us, non-stop the entire game, I kind of vomit a little in my mouth every time I revisit that in my head, and I pity the people who put their stuff down in that spot next game. But I digress... obviously, going to the World Series was amazing, despite the spitting chaos.
My kids are absolute Giants fanatics, and that is like my husband's dream, for real.
The flag on the field at AT&T Park.
And finally, after living here for seven months, we finally went to see The Golden Gate Bridge-- just this past weekend. Yes, I am aware that that sounds ridiculous. But here it is, tall and gorgeous, in all its International Orange glory...
Not surprisingly, so many people I have met here, are from here. And they don't plan on going anywhere... hence what is believed to be the inspiration for this sculpture on The Embarcadero, by the bay, symbolizing the famous, "I've Left My Heart in San Francisco".
"Cupid's Span" sculpture, commissioned by the founder of The Gap.
Poof. One year gone.
Guess it's a good thing I took some photos. :)