Today Mathew and I graded to our Green Belts in GKR Karate. We were very proud of our selves as the morning was very hot and humid. I was sweating a lot, when I finished my Gi was soaking. Both Mathew and I received our certificates from Sensei Kelvin Trembath. I put my Kumite gear on and we had some sparing closer to the end. Tracey, Emily and Lauren came along to watch and now Emily is showing an interest as some of the girls her age were brown belts. We had the support of Dave and Scotty from our Camira Dojo. Thanks to them and Sensei Ben Williams along with Sensei Leanne from Forest Lake Dojo. I have uploaded the photos here.
Just finished the evening at the Springfield Central State High School Awards Night, where Emily was playing in the band and singing with the choir. Emily received a citizens award and Tony Catrter (freinds of ours) recived an academic award.
I was very proud of her achievements and her music skills, As I have said several times "it comes from my side of the family".
Last week Nana & Granddad came to visit us from New Zealand. They arrived on Wednesday and had to make their way from the airport to us over the other side of town. The GPS decided to loose signal at the top of our street so a quick call to Tracey and they finally arrived a few hours after landing in Australia.
I decided to take the Friday and Monday off and spend some time with Tracey’s parents and show them around Brisbane. On the Friday we went to Mount Coo-Tha lookout then it was down to South Bank for lunch.
Over the weekend Tracey took them down to the Gold Cost and into Jindalee. On the Monday we decided to go to the Sunshine Coast and our favourite picnic spot Perigian Beach. We arrived about lunch time and set up under a tree for some shade, after some lunch it was of to the beach for a swim then we had a game of beach cricket, thanks to Mathew for remembering to put the bat and ball in the car. Lauren did really well and was only caught out by Emily in the end. Mathew had a chance to show them some of his Karate moves.
They struck the weather just right as it was a little cooler last week and the days weren’t too hot, unlike the week before where we had mid 30 degree days and warm nighst that makes it hard to get to sleep.
We took only a few photos from our phones and they are here in the photo gallery. Emily, Mathew and Lauren all enjoiyed their Grandparents visit and both Emily & Lauren decided to perform for them with Lauren dancing and Emily singing "The Climb" by Miley Cirus, this did leave a tear in Mums eye. I have uploaded some video to the gallery here.
Emily's Birthday present was a new watch and Mathew got Skylanders (Xbox 360 game). I received a bottle of blue label Johnnie Walker Scotch which I and very grateful to receive. Overall we had a good time and it was good to see them but a week goes so quickly and Emily was glad to get back into her room again :).
Emily Frater turns 13 today. It was 2000 and Tracey and I where living in Auckland at the time when Emily was born about 10:10AM after a long labour. Emily was our first child and sent me into shock when she was born as the realisation of becoming parents was such a big event. We have come along way since those early days and now for her birthday she is getting an new IPhone. Nana and Granddad have come over from New Zealand for a visit and Emily s birthday. Photo Gallery Here