Dumb American

My daughter has just recently started high school here in Melbourne, she is just 11 (high school starts in year 7 in Australia.) Since day one, she has been bullied and laughed at because of her place of birth, even though she has never lived there. Whether out at recess or in the classroom, there…

Academic Grading

I literally had no idea about the grading system in Australian schools until recently and we have been in Oz now for going on 5 years. To be honest, I had a partial idea from what my kids have told me, but never did any research on the topic. I am just not the type…

Gravestone Rubbing

Taking a gravestone rubbing is commonly used by family history researchers for preserving a tombstone inscription. I remember doing this as a child with my primary school class at a local cemetery in Connecticut. It’s quite easy and fun and makes for a unique activity to do with kids. I did a quick search online…

Birthday Girl

My baby is 11 – how did that happen? Haha! We have a tradition of opening up presents birthday morning – no matter our schedule. This means we may have to crawl out of bed a bit earlier to accommodate life but we do it anyway – it’s tradition. There is no complaining or attitude…

Keeping busy

My husband is currently on his way to Wellington, New Zealand. Let me say that again, he is flying in an airplane, leaving Australia, to visit another country! Progress! We now have a travel bubble with NZ, yahoo! ✈️ My daughter wrote to Scott Morrison (Australian Prime Minister), to advocate for proper vacation time from…

Birthdays On The Road

What better way to celebrate another year on this planet than a holiday away? That’s what we thought anyway, so we packed up the car, the cake and the dog and we set out to Alpine National Park, to the village of Dinner Plain. This is our second time ordering a cake from Mille &…

Snow In Oz

What a treat we had this past weekend in Dinner Plain. Not only gorgeous mountains, sunshine and trail walking but also, snowfall. We’ve seen a dusting of snow twice since moving to Australia, once in the Snowy Mountains village of Thredbo and then once again in the Blue Mountains. Each time was exciting but what…

March 2021 Goings On

I’ve been to the hospital twice this week. Once for my J who fell at school and we thought he might have a wrist fracture. Thank goodness, the scans came back negative and the doc’s say it’s just a soft tissue injury. The second visit was for my girls who have head colds and we…

Car Wash and Dog Wash?

Here in Australia, it’s fairly commonplace that where there is a car wash there is also a self serve dog wash. I’m wondering, is this something specific to Oz or have these been popping up in other parts of the world and I‘ve just missed it? 😂 Each time I drive by and see one…