Sunday, February 7, 2010

Aunty, Traveller & Goal-Keeper Extrodinaire

Hello loyal readers!

(Because loyal you are if you're still checking this blog for posts when I write so rarely!)

Well, it's 2010. In fact, it's February, 2010! That happened fast! I keep meaning to write a big long post and tell you all about the things that are and have been going on in my life - but as usual, now that I'm actually sitting here in front of my computer, I can't think of a single thing to write! Of course, the nice thing about blog writing is that I can take as long as I like to write this post, and you'll never know the difference :) Maybe I'll put things under little headings to help me organize my thoughts.

That won't make the whole thing seem to formal for you, will it?! Hopefully not :)

Tammy the Aunty
I'm so enjoying spending time with my little nieces these days! Maggie is just beautiful, and so precious. She's 2 weeks old today, and she seems so much more aware (aka. awake) the last few times I've seen her, which is a lot of fun. She has the cutest little wardrobe, and the cutest little nursery, and the cutest little mother. I'm really looking forward to seeing how she grows up. Oh, and she does the cutest little full-body jig when she's being burped. I've quite seriously never seen any child do it before. She's obviously full of talent :)

And then of course Jenna is just delightful (even though she suddenly looks like a giant next to Maggie!). She absolutely cracks me up the way she struts around the house, and uses her charms to get picked up by whoever is closest to whatever it is she wants to see or touch. She loves an audience, and loves to laugh and be part of the whatever is going on, and lately she's gotten really really talkative. She doesn't always speak English either - sometimes they're just nonsense words - but she seems to know exactly what she's talking about judging by the animated gestures, facial expressions and vocal inflections!

AND, I'm really looking forward to meeting little Jackson when he's born in March!

Tammy the Traveller
I'm very very excited about my trip to the states in April. I know many of you have already heard about it, but for those who haven't, I'm taking 5 whole weeks off work and escaping to the USA for a much anticipated break! It's become pretty obvious to me that the only way to escape from work is to take a holiday overseas, since I've never taken a holiday here in Australia without getting dozens of calls from work - so let's hope this works!

Would you like to hear the itinerary?!

I leave Brisbane on Friday the 26th of March at about 11Am. (That's about 1 week after Jackson's due date... so I really hope he's born on time... we've got that under control, right Jessima?!).

I arrive in LA about 3 hours before I left Brisbane (let your mind trip over that one!), and I fly straight to the Seattle-Tacoma Airport to see Emily, Chris and Parker! Woohoo! I can't wait to see them. We've got a very excited itinerary planned which involves spending a day at Pike's Market (very cool!), dressing-up like crazy Twilight fans and visiting Forks, seeing her teach her YW class, and ooing and ahhing over how cute Parker is! I can't wait to see Emily and meet her cute family (providing the US Navy doesn't change their minds about me being a 'friendly national' and all....).

From there, I'll travel to SLC on around the 1st of April, where I'll be staying with the beautiful Peta, and her (glob trotting) sister Jenny (who has timed her USA visit perfectly!). Very excited to see them both - AND all of my other Utah friends! I'm really really looking forward to catching up with lots of friends (and if you'd like to be one of them - though I'm assuming that if you're reading this blog then you're already on my list - then make sure you let me know in the comments below!). I'll get there just in time for General Conference too, which is part of the plan. Peta has time off work between the 5-10th of April, which will be wonderful. I think we're planning to re-enact several of our favourite past-times (Panda Express in the Provo Town mall food court followed by Cold Stone ice cream hidden in handbag and smuggled into movie theatre etc. etc. etc.) lol!

There's also a good chance that Peta, Jenny and I will also be taking a short 5 day cruise to Mexico between the 10th and 15th of April - so that should be fun too! It'll include 2 days in Carbo San Lucas (which I fell in love with as soon as I saw pictures of it on google! haha!).

And then, on about the 18th or 19th of April, I'll be flying to NYC (woohoo) to spend almost 2 whole weeks with Brecken, Justin, Reuben and Simeon (double and triple woohoo!). Can't wait to see them, and can't wait to see New York (I've always thought I was a bit of a New Yorker at heart!). My plan there is to spend 12 whole days just sitting and talking and laughing and talking and crying and talking and laughing with Brecken :) And then, in our spare time, we'll have wonderful times with Justin, cuddle the boys, and sight-see in NEW YORK!

And then *sob* I'll leave my days of holiday leisure behind and travel back to my real life (you know, the one where I work full time! lol!). I'll leave NY on the 30 of April I believe, and get back to Australia on the 2nd of May (there goes that crazy time-zone thing again!). The good news is that there is a public holiday on Monday the 3rd of May, so I'll get a quick breather in to catch up with my wonderful family, before it's back to work again :)

So as you can see, I'm very excited. It's less then 7 weeks till my flight! Oh, and the other lovely thing is that my friend Brodi is also travelling over to the USA (to Sandy, Utah) at the same time, so we've booked our Brisbane to LA flights together so we have a friend, and neither of us accidentally get on a plane to Russia. Or, you know, so that we'll have company if we DO accidentally get on a plane to Russia.

Tammy the New Years Resolution Keeper
And speaking of Brodi - she's kind of become my hero since the 4th of January! Every morning, she comes over to my house at 5am, and we work out together until 6am. We both decided that our New Years Resolution would be to get in shape and lose some weight, and we both can't believe that we're still going at it! This last week, we graduated from the Beginner workout, and have gone up to the intermediate workout. And all I can say is that the intermediate work out is WAY HARDER! haha! We've both barely been able to move all week we're so sore! But still we continue! Thank goodness Brodi keeps turning up every morning, or there's no way I'd still be at this :) And not only are we still at it, but it's actually working :) I feel much healthier, and much better physically (or at least, I suspect I will, once every muscle in my body stops hurting). I eat vegetables now (a lot!), and the weight is coming off bit by bit. So yay for February. Our plan is to continue up until our holiday, and then to try and just keep being 'somewhat' healthy while we're overseas (obviously that conflicts with my Panda Express and Coldstone plans up above...hmm...), and then to keep going when we get back. And (knock wood), I actually think we'll manage to reach our goals! How exciting!

Okay - I'd better go. I'll be surprised if any of you are still reading - once again I've written an epistle!

My love to each of you though - and I'm looking forward to seeing many of you again soon (ie. If you're a Munro, there's a good chance I'll see you at Fast Sunday dinner tonight, and if you're an American, there's a good chance I'll see in you in about 7 weeks!)

xo Tammy

PS. If you've got ideas or suggestions for the holiday, send them on over - It's still pretty fluid since I haven't booked any of the domestic flights yet.... International ones are officially booked and paid for though! woohoo!


emilysuze said...

Aunty Tammy-you're so cute. :) You must post pictures of the sweet little babies. And hopefully Jackson will work with your holiday plans and come on time so that you don't miss out on his first few weeks of life.

World Traveler-seriously excited. I've ordered the stencils for the t-shirts, just need to get paint and buy shirts for all of us. I also found out that there's a tram between the Seattle ferry and the Space Needle so we can easily make it over there and be super touristy in Seattle. And I will try to cook somewhat healthily while you're here, except for the brownies. :) Yay! Chris keeps reminding the guys at work that you're coming so they can't renig on letting him out of work early every day so he can hang out with us and I have to admit that there are some single sailors who are interested in meeting a certain Aussie lady. ;) Also, please make sure there are no explosive devices in your bags so we can smoothly get you onto the base. :)

Sandy M. said...

I enjoyed reading your post Tams :)
Agree, agree and agree about all you wrote regarding the gorgeous girls and the (two)cute mums. You are a terrific auntie too.
I hope you love your trip as much as you are looking forward to it!


Jonny and Jessima said...

Yay for your trip. I wish I could go with you, but you totally deserve this holiday. Live it up while you there and take it all in. Maybe you should keep a journal/lots of blog posts while you are over in America so we can all be up to date with what you are doing and where you are :)

Yay for keeping your NYR's. I wish I were as diligent as you. I kinda failed at the health one. I have this constant need for all things chocoalte and ice cream. Oh well.

As for your cute neices, well, how could they be anything else but adorable. All Munro's are adorable :)

Love you Lots Tammy!!

P.S. I'm pretty sure when this blog post came up Jenna saw your picture and said "Tammy".

Keith and Cathy Atkinson said...

HEy Tammy Liss is also going to America and will be in salt lake from the 31st March till around the 7th april. Is there any chance she could hang out with you guys on th econference weekend. she is staying there to go to conference but hanging out also to wait fro Bec where Bec ends up having the baby,Mexico Idaho or elsewhere. Seh would love to hang out with some one she knows instead of walking qaround by herself. she si nanying fro Bec and Brad for around 3 months adn will get home mid to late June

Keith and Cathy Atkinson said...

Goodness my dyslexia really surface on the computer doesnt it Sorry I didnt check before I posted Hope you have the gift of tongues. WE are all still eager to see pictures of Maggie. I keep sending my email so I can go to Abbys site but I dont htink it has happened yet. @ weeks adn every week is a great time for babies. We are looking forward to our new editions in April May and July. ADam and Courtney came up with their little foster kids and they are so cute so we get to be part time Grandparents for them too.Anyway you had better get back to work so you can fit everything in before you go.I enjoyed reading your blog always fun to get to know what you are all up to.

Kara said...

Sounds like a great holiday Tammy!! I am sure you wil have heaps of fun.

breckster said...

Hurray for babies! I'm glad all are safe, cute, and loved.

There are not words to express how utterly thrilled I am for your trip. I am SO excited. I am so looking forward to the quality time, and just so you can get the full New York feeling: Falafel and Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, China Town, Times Square (with a show), The Moving Picture Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Pizza, Central Park, The "You've got Mail" places (and any other NY movies you want to add to the list.) Top of the Rock (better view) or the Empire State building (in more movies). And, I'll show you "regular" new york life. Take you grocery shopping, have you climb some stairs, rely on public trans. (If I'm missing anything you better make note.)

Congratulations of a great first month of resolution keeping! I don't know what I'm going to do once we get our elevator back and I don't have 6 flights of cardio every day.

Abby said...

Hello, Loyal Writer! (I love your lavish opening!)

What a fun post! Lucky! - because if it hadn't been we wouldn't have read the whole thing!!

Maggie loves you! Jenna is just like you! Perfect timing with Jackson - If you're going to miss 5 weeks of a baby's life, miss the first, most boring 5 weeks! You'll be getting back when he's starting to get really fun! :)

Your holiday sounds fabulous, I would expect no less! I wish I could be there with you, you'll have to take a gazillion photos! (that's more than a kazillion...). I was halfway through reading your 'Tammy the Traveller' section (By the way, love the subtitles - it's very 'Tammy and the Lawyer', you're doing your namesake pround ;))when I realised that you're going to be away for 5 weeks! Sob! I'll miss you heaps!!! I hope you email or blog or something so we can keep in touch! Life will be way less fun without you! So please don't go to Russia! Unless you see Brodi getting on such a flight and you don't have time to stop her!

Omigoodness I just read Brecken's post and love her getting you into the mood for NYC bit. You have to get the You've got Mail picture!! So fun!! I can't wait to end up if you look Russion like Mum and Dad did in the photos - hehehe :)

THanks for the post xoxoxox

Jennsie said...

I loved your latest blog! It does sound like a fantastic trip and yes i the beautiful jenny just like my beautiful sister peta are very excited to be with you and have tons of fun! I'm soo looking forward to doing all those things you mentioned on your blog. When you mentioned panda express my mouth literally started to water hahah! As for mexico I told peta to check with the border pertol immigration people to find out if she should take the risk. I have a feeling it might not happen, which i know will be much to your delight :) If mexico doesn't happen, I really would love to carry out with plan B Vegas and luxioury hotels! Any how, I'll be seeing you in 8 weeks. My gosh i'm still on holiday here in perth for another 3 weeks and i'll be going on another one in 8 weeks. LOL I'm soo spoilt, but i credit my wonderful parents for being soo kind and giving to me.
Look forward to seeing you looking healther only because i know how much you are wanting it and working towards it. I'm impressed. Keep it up. Love you girl!

ndmunro said...

Did you know that you could make the acronim GATE out of the title to this blog entry if you just change it to Goal-Keeper; Aunty; Traveller; Extrodinaire. How cool is That?