Australia Day 1

Once we showered we headed out to the Malin’s backyard (which is out of a magazine – just beautifully decorated and complete with a pool).  The boys enjoyed playing with their backyard toys and we all enjoyed catching up….Auntie Raquel snuggled Vera for the 1st time and we all enjoyed the beautiful Australian sunshine.  Before we knew it, it was time to go pick-up Grace from school.  Part of visiting another country that I think is cool is seeing how the day to day looks.  We were pumped to see Grace and Lance’s school!
Grace was SOOOO excited to see Solon and meet Vera for the 1st time – of course after millions of hugs we went up the outdoor stairs to see her classroom. Much of the school is open-air but the inside looks just like an American classroom – I guess teachers are teachers :)!
Her class eats lunch right outside of their classroom door.  The sun is very intense in Australia (as I now know after being fried but that is another story).  The playground is even under cover and they have a “no hat, no play” policy and part of their uniform is a school-issued sun hat.  All kiddos in Australia have a uniform, Grace goes to Pacific Hills Christian School.
We walked in and picked up Grace but the other days we picked her up in what they call “the kiss and drop” line – the same as here but a much cuter name in my opinion!  Grace even takes mandarin chinese and violin in the 3rd grade!
All of us at the school entrance….
After picking up Grace, we headed to their grocery store.  It is styled a bit differently with a fruit and veggie stand with EVERY type of fruit known to man and a butcher with a wide variety of meats.  After the store, we headed home to hang out and make dinner. 

Grace and Vera got along famously….
For dinner, we grilled out on the barbie in good Aussie fashion and talked the night away (sure that surprises no one). Solon crashed around 8pm (he was very entertained) and we stayed up until 10PM before crashing but we were exhausted….it was about 5am our body time – yikes!

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