Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Australia Day!

Today is Australia Day, a national holiday Down Under. It's the Aussie equivalent of the American 4th of July, except it recognizes the founding of Australia rather than independence. On this day in 1788, Captain Phillip arrived with the first fleet of convict ships in Sydney Cove and raised the Union Jack, thereby claiming this far away continent as a dumping ground for unwanted persons from Britain. To celebrate this historic beginning, Australians traditionally toss the barbie and an esky in the back of the ute and head for the beach! Tonight, fireworks will round out the celebrations before everyone heads back to work (or calls in sick) tomorrow. Our teenage neighbors have been partying around their pool for about 8 hours now, which inspired us to take an Australia Day plunge.

The water is still a bit too cold for baby Stephanie, so she wasn't quite sure what the rest of us were doing. After the picture, I took her out of the kiddie boat and held her in the water. She clung to me in true koala fashion, not quite sure she liked the pool but not sure she wanted out either.


Christine said...

Happy Australia day - glad you had a good time. I love the description of your little Koala :)

Meghan said...

Cutie-patootie family!!

I love Stephanie's cautious look and the baby boat is a fantastic idea!