Archive for February, 2002

Coolendel 2002

As in previous years, the river was the focal point for entertainment on Sunday.

February 25th, 2002

Planning Grace’s Surgery

We took Grace up to Sydney to meet with her cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Nunn, today.

Dr. Nunn explained the details of Grace’s upcoming surgery to us. Basically, he will be sewing a patch into the hole between the top two heart chambers and sewing the hole between the bottom two chambers closed. He has done this operation over 200 times in the last 15 years, and will have done it at least 5 times this year by the time he gets to Grace. It’s good to know he’s well-practised!

Grace has been booked in for surgery on the 21st of March. Dr. Nunn expects the surgery to last around 4 hours. Grace will likely remain in intensive care for 2 or 3 days, and if all goes well will be home 10 days after the surgery.

February 22nd, 2002

Grace’s Christening

Grace was christened at the Kiama Catholic Church on Sunday, the 17th of February.

We were blown away by the number of friends and relatives that were able to make it to Kiama to spend this special day with Grace. With so many caring people to help look after her, we’re sure she’s got it made!

Photos after the service…

Grandparents (Robyn and Ian):

Great-grandparents (Joyce and Lionel):

Great uncles (Phillip and Les):

Godparents (Narelle and Mark):

Grace held up well despite the flashes of the paparazzi:

Friends and relatives at lunch in the park:

Kids having fun:

It was all a bit much by the end of the day:

February 18th, 2002

Cheeseburger Pie



  • melted butter
  • milk (not much)
  • 2 cups flour


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup white breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 kg mince
  • grated cheese
  • salt


  1. Mix melted butter through flour.
  2. Add milk and keep mixing until it forms a dough.
  3. Pat down into a greased tin, covering the bottom and sides.


  1. Combine all ingredients except cheese in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix well, then spread filling into pie shell.
  3. Bake in a moderate (220°-230°C) oven for 45 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven, arrange grated cheese on top, and return to oven until cheese melts.

February 16th, 2002

Thankyou Cards

Megan has been busy this week filling out thank-you cards on behalf of Grace. Just as she finished, I came across this helpful site. Maybe we can use it next time.

February 13th, 2002

Smiggin Holes Winter Olympic Bid

Have you been watching the Winter Olympics? Don’t forget to register your interest as a volunteer for the Smiggin Holes 2010 Winter Olympics Bid!

February 13th, 2002


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