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Stephen, Jacki, Chris & Mitch Brace, 19 Low Street, BUNDABERG QLD 4670 Phone/Fax 07 41552664 E-mail:- email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris) email@example.com, and (Mitch) firstname.lastname@example.org Mobiles:- Steve 0409065557 Jacki 0429065557 Chris 0407177307 & Mitch 0428301241 Brace Family Bugle Volume 15 Christmas 2010 We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year It seems to be the same thing every year with April, just what is it about April and me having a I was back at CUA on May 4th, did Skip’s on the me. I just can not seem to keep up with how fast job change. Well this time it was all Steve’s 5th, last day at CUA on the 6th and Skip’s again the year is travelling, and now that another year doing. He had been feeling a little poorly with his on 7th, then started officially at Skippen has passed since penning the last Bugle, I find I hip and decided he would visit the physio. Skip Physiotherapy on the 11th. What a change, it had am having all sorts of trouble trying to remember asked if Steve new of looking for admin work and been a long time since I did not know anything at just what we have been up to. No doubt it will Steve put my name forward. Came home and all about my job. It is one hell of a learning come to me. As usual I will try and start at the told me all about it. I rang Skip the next morning curve. Struggling with the medical terminology, beginning. (Friday). Went for an interview with him on the but starting to get there. Some of the product Monday after work and got the job. I went to and equipment is a little confusing as well. But I Well Chris, Amber, Bos and Zy arrived on CUA on the Tuesday and handed in my can say I am really enjoying my job. Christmas Eve. We were so excited to have resignation. Wow that happened so fast. I had them spend the night with us. I was so thrilled to to give two weeks notice, and as I had holidays May was a little hectic with Dad’s 70th,we had set know the kids were going to open their Santa booked in there as well, I only had 3 working a date for a party for Dad and then the planning Sacks with us this year. I have to tell you, it was days left before starting at Skippen began. Chris, Amber, Bos and Zy who were told just so very special. Physiotherapy. it was just too far to come, did a fly-by-night and drove in with the horn blazing, surprising both Christmas day was at Kate and Thorney’s were Singleton here we come. Steve & I left Bundy Mom and Pop. They did get roused on for we all enjoyed their new pool. I vote it is at her early on April 23rd and were in Singleton about coming all that we, but I know both Mom and Pop place every year. “There is a Pool” I think 12 hours later. Bos and Zy seemed so excited to wher so happy to have them all there. I put maybe this time the pool was even more of a hit have us stay. Chris and Amber treated us like together a slide show for him and his guests. I that poor little “Max”. (Charlie’s shetland pony). royalty and we had the most wonderful time you think they enjoyed it. Kate, the cake queen, could imagine. We did a little bit of shopping, a outdid herself with a great cake sporting a photo Mitch and Shell picked her birthday (March 6) to lot of sightseeing and a fair bit of just relaxing. I of him on Sheeza. Steve and Thorney did all the Officially celebrate their Engagement Party He got to celebrate my birthday with them and we BBQ cooking and setting up and of course, Val had popped the question, and she’d said yes had the most enjoyable day at Hunter Valley had cooked up a storm. It was a lovely evening. some time ago so it was now all about the party. Gardens. A plan was made that when we The weather was not at all kind to them, We had returned we were definitely going to check out Leisa and Alistair had the most wonderful news had a fair amount of rain leading up to the night “The Gardens tourist attraction”. We had a to share, I was so excited to learn I am to be an and luckily most of the guests arrived in 4WD’s, wonderful birthday lunch and Amber and I Aunty again. Our little Beanie is expected in as we had a huge down pour sending most of us explored the speciality shopping available whilst November. I just can't wait to meet her. Chris heading for home. the boys took the kids to the playground. I Just and Amber had some news of their own, but did loved this day. not share until later and they thoughtfully did not I must admit, I can not remember too much want to encroach on Leisa's special time. So about the day as I chose this morning to have a We visited Stockton Beach, and being with Chris Januray 2011 will Granddad and Granny Jack severe Allergic reaction. I had had a few cases and Amber, we were driving on “The Beach”, welcome Grandbaby Number 3. of the itches, mainly on my hands prior to this, after a few little anxious moments whilst the first significant episode was at Tracey and transversing across sand dunes etc. (everybody The Show was our first penning for the year as Scott’s in November last year, where the itch was knows this is not my idea of fun, I get very the first Maryborough event was cancelled due to driving me mad and during the night my hands anxious, but I have to say Amber made Chris the rain. We had a ball, penned plenty, but was had swollen to the point I had to remove my behave himself and I quite enjoyed it). Within just too slow to be in the money. I really haven't rings. It seem to settle down and I hadn’t thought minutes we were viewing some of the most done too much this year as I missed a couple of too much more about it. This morning though, It spectacular views, including the “Shipwreck”. events when we went on October trip. Gin Gin in came on really fast, I had been sitting here at the Chris was pleased he found “Tin City”, this group August was probably the highlight for me so far. computer trying to put some last minute things of tin shacks in the middle on nowhere hidden in Dad rode with the Heebs and I with the Gilchrists. together when again it struck, but this time not the sand dunes. This place sure had me in, I had This competition was a little different in that a only on my hands, the tops of my thighes were to do a little research when we got home. It Team consisted of either 3 riders having 8 runs itching like mad. I could feel myself starting to looks so Mad Max. Google it for youself. We each or 4 riders having 6 runs each – meaning swell, hands, legs etc. I had the constant feeling had so much fun in Singleton and could not each team had 8 runs which were totalled of needing to go to the loo, I guess I then went believe how quickly our departure date came together to give overall most head penned in the into panic mode, this is when Steve phoned Mum around. fastest time. Dad and Heebs did excellent and and the Ambulance, By the time the Ambos took the title after only missing one head . Dean, arrived, I was starting to calm down as the Zertec Sandra and I did well and managed 6th I think it was starting to work, but as they couldn’t find a was. What a great weekend. pulse, or get a line in for the drip, I was taken to the Base Hospital. Most of this was a blur, but Wendy and Lance joined us for the Bundy Cup here was the beginning to many tests and I might Race day. We had a hoot, and with a runner in add all to no avail as to this day I have absolutely the cup named “Hot Flushes” how could I not no idea what triggered it. I can estacitally add, I back it. She came flying home and I guess she have had no further attacks since, but have to made every woman at the track a little bit richer. say I do start to get a little nervous when I get an We decided to continue the evening over at itch. accross the waves and of course, the boys, not wearing uncomfortable shoes, decided we should So we spent the next few days doing nothing but walk. Apart from sore feet, we had a great day. trying to get ourselves feeling better. Monday saw us at the local Doctors, antibiotics seemed to August 18th saw Steve and I head off to Brisbane help. for me to have an appointment with a specialist regarding my Allergy attack back in March. So Tuesday the 12th was Desiyer's 3rd birthday and with the help of Tom (Our newly acquired Tom we celebrated all day, and what a day it was. We Tom) we found our way to the Wesley Hospital It was so exciting to pull into the first tourist stop had so much fun with her especially watching her and arrived at the Dr’s office about an hour early. and finally see the coastline we had driven all this trying to get the hang of her new pushbike. He was good enough to take me straight in, so I way to see. We stopped at every Lookout we Wednesday was shopping day and we all thought this is good. However I must admit I was could find. It was excellent. I was so sick, but headed off to Maitland for a day the boys would a little dismayed when after all of 10 mins of him there was only two stops I couldn't get out of the probably have preferred to avoid and forget. asking me questions about what had happened car. I sent Helen and Steve (The new Ray Peek Amber and I and the kids had a ball though. Did and if I had had any further attacks I was told not Photographer) to take the snaps. Steve was a bit of serious shopping. to take Asprin or Neuaphan again. Ummm after I impressed with Norm's camera, I think that was told him I was just getting over the flu and had the last time I got to use it. He had a ball, and he We headed to the Hunter Valley Gardens on the dosed up on Aspro Clear he suggested it was not took some really great snaps. Thursday and had the most wonderful day prior that, so it was OK to continue with it. (What the). to getting ourselves organised for the trip home. Anyway came away not knowing any more than Our overnight stay in Port Campbell was pretty We were still feeling like crap, but just had to get when I had left home, feeling like I had wasted good, until the power went out, evidently it was home. We spent a bit of time checking road Steve and My time and the $275 he charged me. the whole town. At least we had had an early tea reports etc, as there had again been plenty of (I did suggest to Skip that his physio charges and could shower by torch light, so no real rain. Friday morning saw us wake to rain and we were way to cheap) Oh well if I hadn’t have dramas. I was just about asleep when the power were on the road home. It pretty much rained all gone, I would have always been wondering. returned, so we quickly watched our daily slide the way home, made if very difficult to stop and show then hit the sack. have a nice break without getting wet. But we Helen and Margaret weren't doing Bundy this made it to home about 7 pm that evening. I must year and as Marg was turning 60 we decided we Tuesday morning was still overcast, and we say I had never been so happy to be home. We would collect Helen and head to Donaldfor the were up early on our way to The Twelve were still miserable. Steve headed back to the party, then continue on to the Great Ocean Road, Apostles, I was still barking like a dog and not at Doctor on Saturday morning, more antibiotics. I include Melbourne before meetting the kids in all well, but there was no way I was missing this was still not 100%, but we both went back to Sydney after dropping Helen off. I had never one. It was just fantastic. We were then on our work on the Wednesday. been to Melbourne or Sydney, and I wanted it all. way through to Melbourne. I still can not believe The Tram Ride, St Kilda, Victoria Markets and the the scenery. I am sure some of the sights would Well here it is November again, Vick and I are Theater, in Melbourne and the Opera House, the have been better if we were driving the other determined to get on our shopping spree again. Harbour Bridge, the Manly faries and a trip to way, but I still can not believe some of the grand As we have both been so busy and with other Luna Park with the Grandies, then back to sights we saw. Tom (our Tom Tom) got us safely comittments, we will have to cut out trip short by Singleton just in time for our little princess's third into Melbourne and to our Motel with no troubles a day. So heading off in wee hours of Sat 27th birthday on th 12th. So a plan was beginning to at all. We got booked in and I so needed a and back on Sunday pm. We will shop till we take shape and I might add it took nearly 12 shower. I was feeling miserable. After about 5 drop and/or run out of money. months, so my expectations were grand. mins, I rang reception to find the secret to getting hot water. Hot water they said, oh I am sorry Have just had a visit from the Petterson’s, what a We left Bundy on Wed 29th Sept, were in there is no hot water in the Hotel at the moment. wonderful evening we had. Had only just arrived Narrandera by about 3pm thurs, and made it into You have to be joking. We were booked into home from work, showered and came out to find Donald about 4pm, found the Motel, booked in, Hairspray. Bugger. So we freshened up as good Shell getting the goodies together for a private unpacked, and met up with the Family for dinner as we could, didn't even get changed and party. It was so good to catch up again and my it at the local. headed off to Hairspray. Jumped into a cab just was unbelievable to see how Cam and Harry are outside the Hotel, thinking this is good. I told the growing up so fast. We had breaky with Marg Sat morning, Steve cabbie we needed to go to the Princess Theater - and Helen helped Marg set up for the party while where, he says, (all I could think of was being on Sunday Nov 21st saw the arrival of Leisa and Lou and I managed to get some shopping in we the Great Race, where the cabbies never seem Alistair's precious little Poppy Grace, born around made some purchases at a wonderful little to know where they are going). Anyway after 2pm weighing in at 7lb 5oz. I just can't wait to costume jewelery shop. I bought several trying to drop us off at the wrong place, finally meet her. And I think this is the perfect place to gorgeous scarves. It was then time to get tarted found his way to The Princess. The show was draw this years bugle to an end. up for the big night. Marg's party was a huge FANTASTIC. It was just such a fantastic success and she had an excellent time. After evening, even though we had not bathed. Got cleaning up and heading back to the motel, we back to the hotel to find we had left our $20 decided we would have to have a slide show of souvener programme in the cab and we still did Here’s to a wonderful Christmas not have hot water. You have to be joking. all the photos we had taken before going to bed. With bloody day light saving I think it was about Season. Lets hope 2010 brings good 3.30 before we hit the sack and I was starting to Wednesday morning and still no hot water. I had health and happieness. feel a cold coming on. Ohhh noooo. to have a extremely quick COLD lick and a promise. We headed off on foot towards the The Great Ocean Road was just around the river. We walked along the river to Federation corner. I was so excited, just wanted to get on Square where we caught the city tram and did the road, but of course, by the time we had hit the circuit back to the Princess Theater. Went Margie for breaky again and bid our farewells it for a walk down towards China Town, found a was nearing late morning. We followed Tony and nice little place for lunch, and then came the rain. Pembi to Stawell and checked out their home It bucketed down. We tried to wait it out, but before continuing on to Warrnambool via the there was no letting up, so did a runner and scenic Halls Gap. We got ourselves organised, made it to the Tram without getting too wet. Got had an early night after dinner at James and back to the Motel, and YEAH finally hot water. I Kath's and woke to light misty rain on Monday bagged the fist HOT SHOWER. I finally felt a Till next time, take care and here’s morning. Ohhhh nooooo. Here we are on our little human again. Had a relaxing afternoon and holiday of a lifetime, I am sick, and now it's headed down to the Chinese Restaurant for tea, wishing you the Best of Luck, all our then back to the room for an early night. By now raining, thankfully it cleared to just being overcast. We spent the morning sightseeing, I had been so considerate, I had shared my Love and warmest wishes From Steve, visited Flagstaff Hill and found time to visit most illness with Steve. Poor bugger, was in a bad way. We were both just so sick. We spoke with Jacki, & Co of the tourist stops prior to heading out to “The Great Ocean Road”. the Kids and suggested we just head home, but they would not hear of it. They were going to have us as visitors, sick or not. We told Chris to cancel all Sydney bookings and to expect us on Friday. Sydney, was just going to have to wait.
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