Down Under...

So we are going to Australia.

Just like that.

I know.  Me too.  It's a bit surreal....but in August we will be in Perth for nine days.

 This trip required passports and a visa...which if anyone has applied for these lately, they ain't cheap!
My dad, my childhood traveling partner, offered to take us.  It is beyond generous and I keep stressing to my kids how lucky they are for this opportunity, and how if my dad talks to them on the plane they better unplug and listen, because they are about to learn so much!

This kid could NOT be more excited about the trip!!  She will get to meet an on-line friend of two years when we get there.  

In other news....this boy of ours.  So. Proud. Of. Him.  He bought  his first car yesterday....on his own....big down payment...at 18 years old.

I'm not sure if I shared this or not on my blog, but David dropped out of high school his senior year (last year).  He was in the early college program, and by IQ standards the kid is literally a genius, but standardized school, not for him.  He is a learner- reads physics for fun and loves anything about medicine, but seven periods a day of other people's interests, not so much.  So I gave him my blessing and he quit.  Just like that.  Two weeks later he got his GED.  One month later his little part time job offered him a general manager's position.  He makes more money than I did as a public school teacher, and in less than a year his salary will be the same as my husband's base salary- not bad for an 18 year old kid :)  To say we are proud of what he has done in less than a year of being out of school is an understatement.  He is doing what he loves and thriving.  Well done.

Also, if you follow my cousin on Sweet Tea and Linen- she made the most amazing bench. Creativity runs amuck in our family!

Oh, and if you haven't heard of Snapstagram....it is so fun!  It is a site where you can upload your instagram pics and get 12 copies for $6.99.  I keep mine in an ironstone bowl on the table and the kids as well as guests like thumbing through them.

I know this post was a bit all over the place, but so much going on here at the cottage!  Tonight I hope to sweet talk my hubby into installing that new front door lock set ;)

Have a great day!!


  1. Wow! It sound like you and your family our going to have an amazing trip - your father is very generous. School is not for everyone, I was watching The Wendy Williams show last night and her guest was Larry King - he shared he never went to college and he was raised by a single parent, his mom. I think Larry King has done just fine. I have never heard of Snapstagram.
    Thanks, Patty

  2. We just got our passport photos at the post office when we filled out and filed the forms. I think they only charged $5 for them.

  3. Congrats on your trip! How very exciting!! Looking forward to you telling us all about it when you get back!
    I didn't know Caroline was your cousin! I have ordered several of her pillows and I love them!
    Congratulations to your oldest son too!

  4. So excited for you and your trip! LOTS of pictures please :) Thank you so much for sharing my bench! Congratulations to David! He is truly amazing, as are all of your kids!
    Hi Lisa!

  5. Tricia! Thank you so much for showing us some love in this post. Putting your prints on the table for your kids, visitors, and whoever to flip through is such a great idea! We love scouring the web to find creators who are using our products in cool ways. Feel free to shoot us an email at info[at]snapstagram.com and we can coordinate a fun giveaway for your readers :)

    Have a great one!

  6. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Perth is my home town! I have been following your blog and now it's like a famous person is sweeping into my little town!! I hope the weather is not too cold and wintery for your stay :/ Some great places to shop Fremantle, Subiaco, Mt Lawley, Maylands...........oh my how exciting :D

    Linda from Perth

    1. Hello Linda from Perth! How funny! Small world ;) Yes, we will be in on the 19th, and thank you so much for the shopping suggestions! I am always up for meeting readers (even on the other side of the world!) Just email me at tandtgoins@gmail.com and maybe we can plan something!


Thanks so much for popping in. I appreciate all of your lovely comments...Tricia