Another eventful and busy year in the Head Household, it’s hard to believe it’s been 12 months and the festive season is upon us again.
The year started in fine form with our gorgeous daughter home for the Christmas break, after spending several years traveling the globe. It was amazing to have her back home, especially for Christmas.
At the same time our son headed off on his dream trip – surfing his way down the coast of Mexico. He and a mate Wade, hired a car and off they went stopping at little bays and surf breaks as they traveled down the Mexican coast. Not an uneventful trip with stories of lost wallets, pickpockets, missed flights and car jackings – it’s probably better we don’t know any more. Nevertheless they had a great time with a highlight being New Years Eve in Las Vegas.
One of the highlights of our year was a family trip to NZ in April, it has long been a dream of Chris’ to attend Wanaka Warbirds, an international air show held at Easter every two years. We traveled with good friends Barry and Pat and met up with all the Kiwi family. Adam and Danika both joined us and we spent an amazing time together in Dunedin, Wanaka, Queenstown and Wyndham.
The other significant event was Chris’ retirement, after much procrastination he finally took the plunge on 2 August and hasn’t looked back since. Day 1 of his retirement saw the alarm go off and to his great surprise we were off to a mystery destination – El Questro no less and what an amazing few days – a fitting start to retirement.
Since then we’ve spent a week in Broome with good friends, Barry and Pat and Chris has enjoyed a couple of trips to Sydney to see his Mum, sister and family and of course to spend time with our daughter Danika.
Danika has settled into Sydney life and now calls her new St Peters abode home. She is the Facilities Manager NSW/ACT for Transfield Services, a job she finds challenging but enjoyable…..most of the time. Her work has enabled several trips home to Perth so we are very happy to spend a few days here and there with her. While working hard and playing hard Danika still has the travel bug in her system and talks of plans for future trips – this year saw her not only in NZ with us but also off to Hawaii for a friends wedding. She keeps herself very fit and active and as a vegan tries to live a healthy lifestyle…..
As CFO of a manufacturing company my work life is hectic and certainly keeps me out of mischief. It is wonderful to come home to an organised house with a lovely dinner cooked – – yes I can really get used to this.
I’ve been keeping active myself with Step into Life – exercising in the local parks, I love it – the programs are varied and the groups small and I love being outdoors – yes even when its cold and wet – must be the Kiwi coming out in me!!
I also took part in Relay for Life this year, 24 hours of walking laps of a track carrying a mascot, a great experience albeit tiring and I’ll certainly look forward to participating again in future years.
Adam too is a hard worker with his company IQ Technology doing very well. He has covered plenty of air miles this year with frequent visits to Sydney to catch up with his sister……….. what’s that you say ……. Perhaps a girlfriend on scene? Well yes indeed a delightful young lady has appeared in our lives and her name is Rennae…. Over the year she has spent 8 weeks here working and studying and several weekend visits. They’ve also been to the Galapagos, Ecuador and Machu Picchu midyear for a friend’s wedding and are heading off to Japan in a couple of weeks for New Year. Life’s good – despite the tripping around and hard work Adam has still had the time and energy to compete in Western Muddrush in Perth, Tuff Mudder in Sydney and the MTB Cape to Cape Mountain Bike Race in South West WA. He rides or runs to work most days and it seems we have bred a couple of fitness freaks!!!!
Chris has rejoined a local gym….. he has to keep up with the rest of the fam and it all helps his golf…apparently!!!!!
Christmas started early for the boys who have just spent a long weekend in Bali with good friends and neighbors Graeme and Michael and tell me this is now an annual event…..
We are all very excited about Christmas as we’re heading to Newcastle to spend a few relaxing days….. eating, drinking and just enjoying each others company. It’s been 5 years since we’ve had both our children for Christmas so it will be fun. We’re also lucky enough to have Mum join us from across the trench and of course Rennae.
Most importantly this festive season the Head family would like to wish you, one and all, a fabulously happy time together enjoying each others company. Stay safe
Until next year …….. enjoy
For our Christmas photos click here: Christmas 2012
Trish, Chris, Adam and Danika