Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Goodbye Price Family!!

Here is a picture of us with the Price Family! This was taken like 5 minutes ago right before we were about to leave!! We had so much fun with them and we will always remeber their kindness of welcoming us into their home!! They treated us like family the whole time by feeding us, giving us a cell phone, letting us have showers and blow dry my hair, haha, and printing off directions to where ever we needed to go!!

This is the name of the bowling alley we went to! STRIKE!!

This is a picture of all three of us posing with our bowling balls trying to look cool!

We are about to leave Zach's for the night which is kinda sad! We had an awesome day with him! After we got home from the Temple we took a bus downtown and Zach gave us the grand tour. He took us to this huge mall called Myer Center! It was 6 levels and the top level was all games! We played some car racing games! It was the ultimate kid place!! We also went to the museum and to the man made beach in the middle of the city which was funny because they still had a surf patrol sign and they was clearly no waves haha! We did a little shopping and saw a lot of cool stuff but the ultimate thing we did today was to bowling! I know that sounds funny but bowling is pretty big down here and Zach took us to this bowling alley that turns into a bowling bar at 8:00pm. It is 10 pic bowling which also makes it way better and more fun! Here are a few pictures of our day! We have to go and get on the road. We need to make it up to Cairns in like 3 days and we have around 1600km to go haha so wish us luck:) Love you all!

Here is a picture of the sign Zachs mom Julie made for us to welcome us when we arrived at their house monday night!! She is the nicest lady ever!!

Surfer's Paradise & Brisbane Temple

Well hello again! It has been nice staying at Zach's house because we have access to internet whenever we want which is why there have been so many post's and we also got to do some laundry which was awesome!!! Last night after the zoo Zach took us out for dinner and we got to go up to this look out to see all of Brisbane at night!! It is beautiful at night! As for thismorning Kyle and I got up real early and went over to the Brisbane temple hoping we would be able to go for a temple session. We were lucky we just made it and they found some clothes for us as well which was great! Everyone there were missionaries because it was their P-Day. It sure was beautiful and so worth getting up early! We didn't have much for formal clothes but luckily i had my yellow roxy dress and kyle had a button up cream stripped shirt that he wore with her brown shorts and his new australian kangaroo tie! Everyone was very friendly there and when we were done we got to walk around the grouds with a senor sister missionary and she told us about all the symbolism about the grounds! We also ran into all the missionaries outside and ended up talking to all of them for a while. The senor sister was from Texas and i met another sister from Sydney and another from Arizona! They were also great girls! Anyways we are leaving Brisbane tonight which is real sad! We have had a lot of fun at Zach's house. Kyle is just in the shower right now and Zach's mom is making us a chicken/pee pie right now for us to take with us! She is the nicest lady ever! But here are some pictures we hope you enjoy!!

This is picture of Kyle and I at Surfers Paradise! We were there just a couple days ago and it was super hot! It was around 36 degrees!!

This is another picture of us at Surfers Paradise! The beach is beautiful here and this town is pretty much where ton's of celebrities come to! You can take celebriety spotting tours haha!
This is a picture of Kyle and I outside the Brisbane Temple thismorning!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Australia Zoo was a blast!

Last night we got to our friend Zach Price's house and it was great to see him! His parents were so welcoming and made us feel very comfortable. They had dinner waiting for us and we ate on their deck; it was a beautiful evening. (The weather that day was around 35 degree's.)
Anyways thismorning Kyle and I both got to have a shower not in a public shower!! It was really nice to have a door. I also got to blow dry by hair for the first time down here! Haha it felt really good:)
Today was a great day! We went to the Steve Irwin Australia Zoo!! The day started off sunny and beautiful but it started to rain around 1:00pm but it was still awesome! We got to go see the giant tortouise's, feed an elephant, watch the crocodile show, walk around and pet all the Kangaroo's, saw Tigers, hold a huge snake that Kyle and i both struggled to hold, and I got to hold a Koala!! We got some awesome pictures we will have to show you all when we get home!! We got to see way more animals but there is too many to name! All i can really say is that if anyone comes to Australia you need to go to the Australia Zoo!!!

When you turn off the motorway to get to the Zoo the road you turn onto is called Steve Irwin Way!! This is the sign at the beginning of it!

This is one of the sign at the beginning of the Zoo!

This is a picture at the Crocodile show! It was designed by Steve Irwin himself because he was obviously the crocdile trainer! This man was actually traied by Steve himself! They Croc is jumping for food!

This is a giant wooden crocodile at the front of the zoo!
This is all we have for now but we have a ton more to show you all when we get home!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Fruit World Rocks!!!!

Here is a picture of us at the front of the park with the giant avacado! Did you know avacado's grow on trees and are hand picked!?!

Here is a picture of Kyle at the back of our tractor that took us through the farm! It is true, it really is the Home of the World's Largest variety of Tropical Fruit!

Here is a picture of me trying to feed the Emu. It didn't hurt it just scared me so when he pecked to eat some i jumped and threw the food up in the air!

First things first. Luke you rock. Thanks for the amazing advice on going to fruit world. We loved it so much that Kyle applied for a job there. Haha just kidding! Well the last few days have been really hot and sunny. We stayed in Byron Bay for 3 days and while we were there we went and had Surfing lessons with a company called Kool Kats!! Haha It was great! They took us out to a neighbouring town called Ballina. It was raining that day but the water was still warm and the waves were perfect! Kyle and I got up with the first try, it was not as hard as we thought it was going to be. Kyle got the hang out it right away and he actually started to learn how to do a spin on his board while riding it. As for me I found it easy to get up but the longer the board the harder it is to control but to learn it is best to use a long board so i would find myself starting to turn sideways and I would just have to jump off. By the end of it I learned how to turn my board and i was able to go straight haha! It was awesome!

As for Fruit World!! We went to fruit world yesterday and it was a very hot day! Before we got there we went swimming at Byron Bay for 2 hours and it is true what they say about the Australian CAN get sunburned within 5 minutes haha! But we got to fruit world around 1:30pm which was great because the last tour of the day started at 2:00pm. They took us on this tractor all through the farm. They had so many crazy gradens, Aztec Gardens, Indian Garden, Chocolate Garden, Asian Garden, Berry Garden, Olive Garden......there were so many! They have the most variety of fruit in the world!! You pretty much see new fruit you never even knew existed. We got to stop along the way, such as we got to stop at the Macadamia Nut tree and pick a couple nuts and crack them open; they were soooooo good! We went further along and we got to go on a mini train ride. And what i mean by mini is the train track in like 1 foot wide. You stradle the seat and ride around part of the part haha! Then we went on a boat ride through the river to another part of the park where we got to feed Kangaroo's and Emu's. The Emu kinda scared me when they pecked at my hand haha! They didn't hurt me it just made me jump! Feeding the Kangaroo's was so fun, it feels funny when they eat because they are so gentle and they pretty much just lick the food off your hand! When we were done the whole tour we got to go for a praivate food tasting! It was really neat because we found ourselves liking some fruit that we don't usually like at all, such as grapefruit and mangos. But they day was awesome! Here are a few pictures we hope you enjoy!!
Fruit World Rocks!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hey everyone!! So far our trip has been awesome as you would expect but the only downer is it has been raining like crazy! Apparently it is flooding up in Cairns! But depite that we have been able to find fun other places! The past 2 days we have been traveling up to the coast and we have been stopping at cute little towns and beautiful beaches and it has been just our luck that the rain has stopped and the sun has come out for the whole time we went swimming! It was awesome! So in the afternoons we get at least 4 hours of sun shine! We went swimming at Newcastle at the beach called Nobby beach and in Booti Booti National Park at a beach called Elizabeth beach! Elizabeth beach was beautiful, nothing but pure sand a clear water! And the waves were huge, close to 10 feet haha!! (When we hit them wrong they pounded us hard aha! we did many summersaults under water!)
Well we hope you enjoy our pictures!! We are in a little place called Byron Bay today and we will be here until Sunday! Tomorrow we are going for surf lessons which should be great and the next day we might go scuba diving!! Scary!! haha but we will post soon! Love you all!!

This is a picture of Kyle and I at the Bega Cheese factory! This was a town before Sydney! We got some lunch here and they made a mean grilled cheese sandwhich haha!!

This was 2 nights ago. Kyle and i stopped and slept at a truck stop called "The Rock" and we made dinner in our campervan for the first time! (The gas station was really shaped like a rock! It was huge)

This was me on Nobby Beach at Newcastle! 10 minutes later the rain stopped and we went boogie boarding! I knew the heavens were listening! haha
Oh and we found our boogie boards by a garbage can in a national park we drove through. There was no one around and they weren't broken so we threw them in the back of our van and they work awesome! Haha!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Hello Everyone!!

Hey guys! So i finally found a place where i had time to post some pictures!! So far our trip has been awesome! We flew into Sydney on the 5th and drove down to Canberra that night. It is the Capital of Australia and it is pronounced Can-bra, the E is silent! The next day we drove all the way to Melbourne which took us all day cause we took our time taking pictures of road signs and the scenery! That night we went to the broadway Wicked at the Regent Theatre in Melboure which was worth every penny!! I would recommend it to everyone to see it! Then the next day we went on this all day tour that started at 7:30 AM and we didn't get back to our van till 9:00 PM. The tour was great and we got to go on our first ever helicopter ride!! It was awesome and me (Lissa) got to sit in the front seat right against the window! I got super car sick during the tour and i threw up 6 times!! But i am good now so i hoping whatever it was will not come back!So far we have slept at the Parliment buidling in Canberra, the Melbourne Zoo and the Melbourne Temple haha! The temple was closed because it was Sunday but we got a few nice pictures! We gotta go but when we get home ask us to tell you how crazy it was driving in Melbourne...just to give you a hint try driving on the wrong side in the biggest city we have ever been in without a map and down town in a hightop van that doesn't fit in any underground parking haha!
We could only get this one picture to post here but we will try another day!!
Love you all

Monday, February 2, 2009

Our Van!

I am just learning how to add photos to my posts just incase I have the time to add a few along the way. So I decided to show you a picture of what our van looks like. This is the style we rented so it should look pretty much the same. Just next time Kyle and I will be in the picture too:)

This is the type of van Kyle and I are going to be living in while in Australia!!

This is a map of Australia. We are going to be flying into Sydney, going down to Melbourne and then back up the whole Eastern Coast all the way up to Cairns. We are stopping along the way and just hope to have an awesome time!!