Tuesday, August 30, 2011


I had a fabulous time in Sydney with Nicholas last week.

it was so lovely to be able to spend time with him and cheer him on in the shot put.

Thank you for all of you good luck wishes for Nicholas, unfortunately he didn't place in the top 3 but he felt that he did his best and I was just so proud of him.

Making it to State level was such an achievement in itself especially for a kid who didn't train at all : - )

His event was first up at 9am so we were finished before 10am and because my sister Gail took the day off work to hang out with us and we had the rest of the day to fill we headed over to Featherdale Wildlife Park.

It was great! Nicholas and I hadn't been before.

The park is a really great size to wander around without getting exhausted. Very easy to see everything in a few hours.

There are lots of birds to enjoy, including this cute albino Kookaburra.

and cute animals to pat and feed.

I highly recommend a visit, a lot of the animals wander freely and are happy to be fed and petted.

On Friday we were at the University of NSW in Randwick for the Robocup Competition. Nicholas' school had two teams involved.

Both teams were competing in the Dance section. As a team they designed their robots using Lego Robotic kits. The aim for each team is to program their robots to move around a specified area using as much of the designated space as possible without going outside of it. The program is set to music with the team also performing a dance in conjunction with the robots. The routine is to last between 1 - 2 minutes.

The team was to first introduce themselves then they had to approach the judges and explain their robots.

It was rather dark and I couldn't get any closer so the photos aren't the best sorry!

Nicholas' team performed really well, but unfortunately didn't make it through to the next stage.

I had a great time watching all of the teams and was amazed at what these kids can do. They are all so clever.

It was a fantastic opportunity for Nicholas to be involved in and I am just so very proud of him!

PS. Nicholas did dance a little, he "Shuffled" 



  1. I agree with you Nellie, making it just to compete at state level is a huge achievement and all we can ever expect of ourselves is to do our best, so big Congrats to Nicholas for that :)
    The wildlife park looks great. How lucky of you to be able to pet a koala!
    Ps love the pics of you and Nicholas x

  2. Wow nellie, he did so well! no wonder you are so proud of him! my kids are into shuffling aswell!! Unfortunately, i cant see all of your pics yet, they are taking so long to load as my naughty boys have used over 100gig in three weeks and we have gone down to a slower speed!! (it was my husband too! he downloaded heaps of movies and cooking shows - i wouldnt let my kids spend that much time online!!!) will see them again soon hopefully!!! Lots of love and hugs to you, Laura xxxx

  3. oh i love hearing how proud you are of son.......
    sounds like you both had a great time, and a big smooch to you lisa xx

  4. So happy to hear you had a great time away together. What an achievement for Nicholas reaching state level, regardless of his placing xx

  5. It's so great to do such things with your kids! I love to be with my son, too, and especially his tennis matches. Happy Tuesday to you!

    Love, Kristin