Friday, 6 January 2012


2011 wasn't our best year. Life just kept throwing us hurdles and all we could do was try our very best to jump them. 
Just when we thought the winds were changing we learnt that Sam's Dad Peter was terminally ill with cancer. Sam spent a good part of October looking after him in Queensland, but the distance was just too much between us. So November saw us all drive up to care for him. Sam cared full time for Peter and it became clear that his condition was deteriorating faster than anyone could have predicted. He passed away on the 6th of December, just 8 weeks after being diagnosed. It was all very sudden.
December was spent dealing with estate matters. Such an overwhelming task.
It wasn't all bad though. We got to spend a lot of time hanging out with my Brother, Sister and Brother in law and in mid December we were joined by my Mum, Dad, 2nd Sister and 3 year old Nephew. 
We celebrated my Sister's engagement and a Christmas full of good food and laughter. 
We also celebrated a pregnancy... my pregnancy! I'm 21 weeks along and due sometime in May. How I managed to keep that a secret for so long on the blog, I don't know. I promise a bump shot soon, it's already so very round.
Well, that's all I can think of right now to tell you, so I leave you with my favourite instragrams of our summer adventures.
Happy Sunday to you.


bec said...

Gosh, sounds like a very full on time! So good you could relocate though and spend time with family, really good for the Huckster! He looks like a real little boy now- congrats on the pregnancy, yay! Are you still thinking of moving back to melbs? I'll put my hand up now for babysitting haha. Such a cool little dude!

Christina said...

Welcome back and congratulations! How good you are at keeping secrets! And how big is Huckle now!

I'm so sorry to hear about Sam's father. My brother in law went through a similar thing with his father. Such a difficult time. My condolences. xx

Susan said...

So sorry to hear about Peter. Congrats on the pregnancy! hope 2012 is an easier year for all of you

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Kate said...

Funny, when I clicked through I had a memory of the first time I ever visited your blog and you were announcing your first.
HUGEST congrats from us to you guys. Super exciting. x

we are the monkeys said...

Congratulations on another baby! So happy for you!
Give my best to Sam!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! And Huckle is soo big!

I am sorry to hear about your loss.
And I really hope 2012 treats you well...


Jaclyn said...

sorry to hear the year was full of hardship but there is always a blessing around the corner, sounds like your family deserves some good news. x

leslie said...

congrats on the new bubba!! and here's hoping that 2012 is much, much kinder to you guys. xx