Wow, I can't believe it's been 2 days since I blogged.  How did the time go by so quickly?  We are all starting to feel a little better (well except mum, she's still got it pretty bad), which means we've been able to get back to enjoying our vacation.  It's been a great couple of days.  Where has the month gone though, it feels like we've only been here for a week or two and yet our vacation is coming to an end next week.



Yesterday was my little brother's 33rd birthday – or not so 'little' brother as you can see from the photo.  For those who don't know, I'm the eldest of 3 children.  My brother is the baby.  He had to work all day but we managed to drag him away for an hour to meet us for lunch at the Olive Cafe – at least I think that's where we met.




We took the kids to Fitzroy Gardens for a play.   The gardens are absolutely beautiful with so much to see and do there.

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Marisol is out of the car and she's off and running through the gardens with her Pa.  Flynn and Marisol loved checking out all of the beautiful gardens.


This is Tudor Village – This model village was presented to the city of Melbourne by the citizens of Lambeth, England to thank them for sending food during the food shortages after World War 2.

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Marisol checking out a little tree in the gardens.

The family checking out The Fairy Tree – you can't see it in this photograph properly but the tree is covered in beautiful carvings of fairies by Ola Cohn.  The tree stump is a red gum and was one of the original trees in the gardens and is over 300 years old.

This is what she said in the foreward of her book The Fairies Tree.:

    "I have carved in a tree in the Fitzroy Gardens for you, and the fairies, but mostly for the fairies and those who believe in them, for they will understand how necessary it is to have a fairy sanctuary – a place that is sacred and safe as a home should be to all living creatures." 



The above two pictures are from the little playground in the gardens.  Flynn loved climbing on the dragons head and they couldn't get enough of the slide.

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Flynn collected sticks all around the gardens and Marisol collected flowers. 


Leaving the park.  I just loved this shot of grandma and Jay and Marisol clinging to her Pa because he'd walked off ahead of her and she was scared he was going without her.



Last night I met my beautiful girlfriends Claudia and Suellen for Thai food.  I can't believe it had been 2 years since I'd seen these girls.  When I had come home last year for a visit Marisol had ended up in the E.R. on the night I was meeting them for dinner and so I'd missed out on seeing them.  Last night though it was just like time had stopped for those 2 years.  We talked and talked for 4 hours in the restaurant and it was just like old times.  I miss you girls so much.


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Harris Boys August 26, 2008 - 5:00 pm

that pic of jay and your mom is precious. glad to hear the crew is starting to feel better and wow its been a month already…where did the time go?I love catching up with old friends. It feels like you never left, huh?

The Burger Blog August 26, 2008 - 5:00 pm

What a fun spot for everyone. The kids look like they are having a ball. Glad you got to get together with old friends!

Amy August 26, 2008 - 5:00 pm

These pictures are all fabulous, seriously!!! Love the 1st one of you, way cute outfit!Oh by the way, I finally have the giveaway up- come over and check it out! 🙂

TUTU Monkey August 26, 2008 - 5:00 pm

The gardens look so fun!! Glad you are o the mend.I can’t believe a month has passed already!!! Looking forward to seeing you when you return!!

Jenn H August 26, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Glad you are feeling better and back to having fun on your vacation!

Casey's trio August 26, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Thanks so much for your comment on my guest post over at Angie’s place (Seven Clown Circus).My girls would absolutely LOVE the giant dragon slide…looks like you have had a fun and busy weekend:)

i'm kelly August 26, 2008 - 5:00 pm

wow! you have been busy! looks like fun! hope you are feeling better!

cat August 26, 2008 - 5:00 pm

That dragon is so cool. And the pics of M F!

Sonya August 26, 2008 - 5:00 pm

I have just one question….can I go next time! 🙂 The pictures look so pretty…I would love to see the beauty you are seeing! :)Much Love!SonyaP.S….YOU LOOK HOT!!!!

The Romero-Schroeder August 26, 2008 - 5:00 pm

I love all teh pictures, the gardens are wonderful! and do happy that you are having such a great time

the schirano triplets August 26, 2008 - 5:00 pm

oh, what wonderful pictures! it looks like you are having so much fun 🙂

lisa August 27, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Aren’t you back yet?!@? We’re missing you around here. It’s too quiet :-)Seriously, I hope the remainder of your holiday is fabulous. I know it’ll be hard to leave everyone, but know everyone here is waiting with open arms.xo

Betty Flocken August 27, 2008 - 5:00 pm

I followed Organized doodles to your blog! I love it. Glad you are having a good time at home! Your babies are adorable.

Deanna August 27, 2008 - 5:00 pm

The park looks so fun and I love the pic of Jay and his Grandma. I am so glad you are getting to catch up with friends. It looks like you are having such a wonderful time. I am glad you are all feeling better.

Sharlene August 27, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Glad you are back to having fun! Looks like you are keeping yourself busy in normal Tonya fashion!

Jaime August 27, 2008 - 5:00 pm

I love the dragon slide! Looks so fun! And I bet the gardens are just beautiful.Glad you got to have a girls night. I need one of those…

Shannon August 27, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Glad that everyone is starting to feel better now! Looks like you’re having a wonderful time, but we sure miss you around here! I especially love the pics of you with all your old friends…you just look so happy 🙂

Belita Rose August 29, 2008 - 5:00 pm

That is the coolest playground!! I totally want one!

Dee September 7, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Great pis, thanks for showing them, I grew up in melbourne but have not been back sadly.


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