Week 3 Challenge:
I had a lovely childhood. I haven’t got too much to complain about. We were an average family. I don’t remember going without too much. Although Mum and Dad tell me they had to scrape everything every week to make sure we had what we needed. They did a good job.
Mum stayed at home and Dad was a bank manager. We moved every 3 years or so. At the time I used to get heart-broken that I would be leaving friends. But now, when I look back, I didn’t mind it. I have friends from ALL over. I tell Mum and Dad now it’s their fault I keep buying, selling and building houses… ha! I can’t sit still for long.
We had a family holiday most years – from what I recall. We used to drive north to QLD or Port Macquarie or we’d drive west to my Mum’s family in Urana (not far from Wagga actually).
Amie and I were always close. There is 2 and a half years between us. We were also really lucky and got a surprise brother when I was 9 years old.
Our holidays weren’t flash or fancy, but I remember they always consisted of Dad driving a FORD – and I’m not just saying that. It’s true! I have proof. I remember he loved his Ford’s. We got a new one every few years.
I remember one year we were headed to QLD and were staying in a cabin somewhere close to the theme parks. We were going to go to Dreamworld… It was September-ish and the Rugby League Grand Finals were on that afternoon when we arrived. My Dad is Manly-mad! Still is! He’d snuck our footy jumpers in to the back of the Ford and when Mum was inside the cabin unpacking, Amie, Dad and I put our jumpers on and surprised her! Needless to say Dad watched footy for the rest of the day haha! I can’t remember… did they win that day Dad?
Here are some photos of our holidays…
This is me (and Amie behind me) on a holiday we had at Port Macquarie in 1981. I was 4 and Amie was 2.
This was at the snow (obviously) near Canberra in 1985. Go the leg-warmers!
This is me in 1986 feeding birds at Greenpatch Point (near Jervis Bay on the South Coast NSW). Look at that jumper with the Koala’s! And not to mention, my sexy pants! Thanks Mum!
Nice legs! This was 1987 at The Big Pineapple in Queensland. Who’s been there?? I was 10 and Amie was 8.
This was also 1987. We were at Dreamworld. I remember this holiday well. I went on all the roller-coasters! Amie, you should have kept those sunnies.
This was taken at my Grandparent’s house at Urana in 1987. We loved dressing up in Nan’s clothes! They still live in that house. My Mum grew up in that house. Ahhhh the memories…
This was 1988. Here is my little brother! This was taken at Kangaroo Valley in NSW. We were living at Nowra at the time. I was 11 years old. There is Dad’s Ford in the background! Another awesome jumper Mum.
This photo was taken in 1995. I was away at boarding school. Dad left the bank and they bought a house in Albury. They still live here. They’ve done lots to this house since this photo was taken. I had to do a double take. Here are my Dad’s Ford cars. He has a serious love for them. I learnt to drive in that little yellow beast.
So there you go. There are some memories I have of childhood holidays.
You know what I am going to ask you next… have you voted yet? Or AGAIN? Vote again. Vote from another email! I promise it’s all over soon. 1 more week. Why am I begging you to help me win? Not only is it about the car, but it’s about me heading to the biggest blogging conference in da world (BlogHer). The reason you NEED me to go is so I can learn more stuff and bring it all back to share with you. I need to learn more about this blogging game to give back to you. What works, what doesn’t, what’s hot and what’s not. There is a panel of judges who will consider me too. So fingers crossed the judging is based on my potential to bring home lotsa knowledge! Because after all, if I win, I’ll have you to thank and it’ll be the least I can do!
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Thanks for putting up with me while I ride this wave
PS. Just a final note on the car – I am still enjoying it immensely. I have people stopping me in the street that I don’t know (who must read my blog) asking me about the car. I even had a friend ask me questions for another friend about aspects of the car. She was in the market for one. So whatever promotion I am doing, it’s working. Proof that bloggers are good marketers!