I've been thinking and talking with others for a couple of weeks now about my personal "highlights of 2005" - the best moments, quotes, pictures or whatever from the year just gone for our little Williams family. And here's what I came up with from my (sometimes shaky) memory:
Maya's Quotable Quote: Maya was only 20 months old and starting to mimic what we said in her cute, high squeaky voice when, while driving down the Great Ocean Road, she came out with "Stinky Daddy!" (and she actually meant it...ouch!)
The First Big Event: Camping in our new tent at Halls Gap (January) was one of the best fun things of 2005. Hot weather, natural beauty and relaxing time off.
We take to the Air: Our Apollo Bay holiday (September) was probably the number one event for the year for me. It wasn't a big expensive deal, and the weather wasn't fantastic, but the whole thing was great. The helicopter ride at The Twelve Apostles was the best of the best - the excitement written on all our faces at the end of it was priceless.
TJ's Quotable Quote: TJ says lots of funny things. He was convinced that fish poo from their cheeks (an interesting dinner-table conversation) at one stage, but I laughed most when he assured me that "The weather man didn't say it would be hay bailing [meaning hailing] tonight".
Olivia's Quotable Quote: Muddling her words one night, Olivia came out with the never-heard-before phrase "Moonar Lodule". She laughed so hard she cried!
TJ Turns 4: TJ's pirate party was another big fun event. Being 4 - that is, bigger than 3 - had many advantages for the little man, and one of the most significant was that he (and I) got to play with Lego.
We take to the Air (Again): For her birthday, Olivia got the gift of a tandem skydive. She thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think I'm still living off the goodwill from giving her that gift.
I Start Shaping Up: In July, just before turning 32, I joined up with a gym and also started going to Weight Watchers. The situation in my mind was bad; I was nearly topping out our scales at 120kg (265 pounds). I haven't looked back, and although I've lost only 9 kilos to date, I feel much better and feel like I'm in control again.
My Quotable Quote: I know I shouldn't laugh at my own jokes, but I did think I was pretty funny one night when Olivia had phoned the police to report some yahoos in the park next door, and I quipped, "When are they sending the sniper?"