15 different pointe shoes tried on by Melissa before finding the perfect fit.
14 total dives between Scott, Cindy, Stephanie and Tom, plus 6 tanks between Connor and Eli following their introductory course and pool time. We compared sightings of moray eels, octopus, reef sharks, rays, green turtles, and thousands of brilliant colored fish and corals.
13 or so guests at our 4th of July Party, but we had hot dogs, hamburgers, and potato salad for 30 (the extra was packaged up as party favors.)
12 hikes more or less, including the Noosa Coastal track, to the top of Mt. Coolum, and to and fro on the island of Malololalai where our lovely bure sat facing the ocean. Scott, Cindy and I walked across at low tide to another Fijian island on our last day to have a look at a rural school, and a chat with the inspiring, progressive, phenomenal principal. He is changing the lives of 168 kids with his work ethic and high expectations. No lazing about for these kids!
11 items at least on the buffet table in addition to the whole roasted pig on a spit complete with an apple in it's mouth. I personally declined the offer of a piece of crackling. (roasted skin)
10 minutes was about all the boys got on the wake board before a screw pulled out and they were back on the beach. The complaining stopped when they had milkshakes in their hands.
9 times 10 koalas at the koala sanctuary, in addition to the hundreds of lorikeets and dozens of kangaroos available for petting. We couldn't let Jaycee go home without being cozy with a marsupial.
8 (or more) groans from kids( mostly Eli) as we took a drive in the van to do some sightseeing in the sunshine coast hinterland,including the Yandina farmer's market, Eumundi craft market, and Kenilworth cheese factory. Big smiles as we watched our teenagers go for giggles at the playgrounds.
7 poker guys came over to our house in Yaroomba when the gals headed to Brizzy on the train...which we almost missed, as we arrived at the station at 7:01 and the train departed at 7:05
6 testosterone driven activities undertaken by Connor and Eli: pummeling each other, wrestling, extending horizontally from a pole, running up a waist high rock wall, sleeping until after lunch when possible, and shoveling copious amounts of food into their mouths several times a day.
5 big ones would have been a good catch on the deep sea fishing trip undertaken by Scott, Cindy, and Tom, but instead they just had a long boat ride
4 of us toasting with excellent Australian Shiraz to Scott and Cindy's 19th wedding anniversary at Ba Viga restaurant in Mooloolaba. Also 4 kids hanging out, gossiping, playing scrabble, swimming, and ditching the adults whenever possible.
3 hours or so Melissa and I were up on Tuesday night in Fiji as she had the flu (details omitted)
2 thrilled and beautiful girls after getting la-ti-da facials in Brizzy in honor of Mel's passage into teenage hood
1 fabulous trip with the Bradshaws and Jaycee; we all looked forward to it and now it is all memories and pictures, sigh. As of this week our oz adventure is half over. We are sad and happy, missing our friends, but not the fog and Tom is REALLY not missing the stress of the office. In three weeks Tom's sister Jill and her beau Angel are coming to see us .... no doubt we'll make the most of it!