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Love the pictures, I could feel the nervousness just looking at them, knowing what was in store for you! You are doing a great job of improving your work. I for one enjoy going through my favorite bloggers' first posts and seeing the difference the years make as they grow and improve. Some of them seem fresher and more honest in their earlier posts. So don't be too hard on yourself, although I do understand what you're saying. I see your blog as quality work, with so much thought and effort put into it. I'm glad it has become a valuable outlet for you as it entertains and teaches your readers! xo
Okay, I did laugh at a few details, I used to think that 19 was oh so grown up but I guess we are at the age now to realize that it's such a young age, so vulnerable, making mistakes and having to figure out what to do all alone! You made it through stronger and better!
You have gone through so much with this latest move, but I continue to be astounded by how well you all have adjusted and made the most of your experience, even though it wasn't easy.
So fascinating! I loved the part about the passion fruit and how you like to let the juice run.....
Absolutely, this would be the hardest thing for me, too. I loved reading this and the comments as I sit by the window and see snow everywhere! LOL
Wonderful, thoughtful post. I love how you were able to look back through all the years and experiences and come to so many good illustrations to prove your points. I remember you mentioning the English reaction to children when you were living there, I can imagine when you have several little ones yourself how stressful it would be to do anything in public!
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2014 on The Dreaded Expat Syndrome at The Plunge Down Under
Christie, I also laughed at your punch line. :) What a delightful, family filled post of little but oh so important moments!
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2014 on A Day in Photos at The Plunge Down Under
Such a story to tell for your family history! Glad it all worked out eventually, and that you were still able to go on your adventure.
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2014 on Down and Out Down Under at The Plunge Down Under
Beautiful! And such fun for everyone. I still can't believe your poor Dad. What a good example of going with the flow, and looking for the silver linings.
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2014 on Post Cards from New Zealand at The Plunge Down Under
Hi Christie! I just opened up my new laptop this morning, it's fresh out of the box. Your site is the first one I've visited, and this is the first typing I've done on it, to stop by your blog and say HELLO. All the pictures are stunning, my favorite one was the third. xo
It will be different when you leave Australia b/c you just don't know when or if you will be back. So I can see how it would be sad. You've done such a great job at meeting people and putting yourself out there, I admire that so much about you!
Happy Father's day, Ross! Christie, this was a great post...loved all the pictures. I think my kids would like using that juicer and the pancakes look deliciously perfect, with ice cream no less! The photos of Ross with the kids are priceless.
Christie, I am so so sorry about your friend. You wrote beautifully about her. My sympathy goes out to you and her family. Thinking of you!
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2012 on In Memory of a Friend at The Plunge Down Under
I love this post. Especially the picture of YOU. The sunrises are lovely and a feast for my eyes....I'm glad Cameron knows to keep his distance. And I can echo your last remarks. School mornings are quite hectic. xoxo
Very nice post. I chuckled over the "dentist's dream" comment.....
Toggle Commented May 1, 2012 on The Fourth Time's a Charm at The Plunge Down Under
Another fascinating post. I read every word with interest. The beautiful blue of the water and sky are what stood out to me the most. I love the family picture, you look happy and cute.
Yes. I understand. The camera helps us to see the good, the beautiful, and that there STILL are blessings around us, even with worry in our hearts. I've always admired your wonderful Grandma. I hope and pray she is feeling better and that you continue to find peace in such a hard time. You & your Grandma are close in heart, despite the distance in miles........
Toggle Commented May 1, 2012 on Autumn in Full Swing at The Plunge Down Under
Worth the calories? Sounds delicious. I see little Sophie has left you a comment, I smiled. Grace does that now and then on my site, too. Hi Sophie! You're as cute as ever! Hugs, my friend....your photos are so beautiful. Thank you.
Toggle Commented May 1, 2012 on Anzac Day at The Plunge Down Under
I LOVE all the pictures, especially the one of the family panning for gold, with the older man also in the picture; so dear. I hope he found some gold. I also liked the quote, "Better to wear out shoes than sheets." Very nice, well-written post, my friend!
So special!!!
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2012 on Happy Birthday to Four at The Plunge Down Under
Poor Tamika, how did she make out with her hearing? Sorry to say, I had a little chuckle over the traffic violation! Yikes!
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2012 on Farewell at The Plunge Down Under
Yes, I got teary eyed, too. It's all so sweet...the rose, the bee, but especially your happy birthday girlie.
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2012 on Color Burst at The Plunge Down Under
James is as adorable as ever. What a great day for the boys!
I had to chuckle over those language phrases, especially "having a pash". (???) Your food pictures (and ideas) are wonderful, Christie! Yum!
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2012 on Food and Language Round Up at The Plunge Down Under