Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Chaye is Heading to Australia in 13 days!

Can't believe it is almost here! Chaye will be heading to Australia as a Student Ambassador for People to excited for her!

This is what's in store for her:

JULY 07 – JULY 21, 2010

Depart for Cairns, Australia
• Greet your fellow Ambassadors in your departure city before boarding your
international flight to Cairns, Australia.

En-route to Cairns
● Lose a day as you cross the International Date Line en-route to Cairns, Australia.

Cairns, Australia
• After changing planes, arrive in Cairns where you will meet your Delegation
• This coastal cosmopolitan city is nestled in northern Queensland amid two of
Australia’s most treasured World Heritage destinations, the Wet Tropics
Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
• Ride through the rainforest in a World War II amphibious vehicle, an Army Duck,
which can traverse land and water.
• Encounter Australia's unique fauna, such as koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, and
wombats at a wildlife sanctuary.
• Have your photo taken with a koala.
• Learn how to throw a boomerang and test your skill on the didgeridoo as you
interact with local Aboriginal people.
• See a traditional aboriginal performance.
• This evening participate in a bush dance.
• Don't forget to pack your day bag for tomorrow with sunscreen, sun hat, swimsuit
and towel. An underwater camera will capture those magical moments on the

Cairns, Australia
• Cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef across pristine waters.
• Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and see brightly colored tropical fish, giant clams
and different types of soft and hard coral.
• Any questions that may arise out of your exploration of the Reef, take to the
Marine Biologist that joins your delegation for this experience.

Cairns, Australia
• Take a bird’s eye view above the rainforest canopy on an elevated walkway
above the Wooroonooran National Park.
• Participate in a community service project by making scones and giving them to
the elderly citizens of Malanda. Many of these citizens were early pioneers in the
development and settlement of this area. Learn a great deal about Australian
history and culture as you visit with them while passing out the results of your
culinary talent!
• Shop at the local Cairns Night Markets, a lively emporium for all things unique
and Australian.

Sunshine Coast, Australia
• Get ready to board your flight to Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. Brisbane is
Australia’s third largest city, was the second original convict settlement.
• Overnight at the Sunshine Coast which stretches some 40 miles, and was given
its name because the sun shines most of the time.

Fraser Island, Australia
• Take to the water at a pristine Australian beach and try your hand at surfing.
• Continue your journey north through the old gold-mining town of Gympie, before
heading to Hervey Bay.
• Take a short boat ride to Fraser Island.
• This island is the largest sand island in the world. Fraser Island was listed as a
world heritage site in 1992 by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee due to its
natural and cultural importance.

Fraser Island, Australia
• Get ready to discover Fraser Island on a 4-wheel drive excursion.
• Drive on the East Coast Highway or 75 mile beach as it is otherwise known.
• Make a stop at the prettiest freshwater lake, Lake McKenzie where you will have
the opportunity to take a swim.
• Learn about this unique ecosystem’s flora and fauna including the dingo, a type
of wild dog.

Surfers Paradise, Australia
• Say goodbye to your island home this morning.
• Explore Brisbane a cosmopolitan city; these include areas such as Southbank,
Queen Street Mall and the Town Hall Square.
• Learn about Australia’s national gemstone, the opal, during a cutting and
polishing demonstration at an opal establishment.
• Stay amongst the skyscrapers and the sandy beaches that make up the lively
metropolis of Surfers Paradise, located on the iconic Gold Coast.
● Have a rockin’ and rollin’ good time at the Hard Rock CafĂ©, amidst its fascinating
collection of music memorabilia.

Home Stay-Tamworth, Australia
• Cross over the border into New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state.
• Journey north through rural New South Wales to the home of country music in
Australia - Tamworth.
• Meet your home stay family and stay with them for two nights.

Home Stay-Tamworth, Australia
• Your home stay continues with a chance to experience everyday life in Australia
and meet the locals.
• This is your opportunity to make lifelong friends.
• Remember to thank your home stay family as this will be your last night with
• Be sure to bring your pictures of friends and family back home, as your host
family will enjoy seeing them.

Sydney, Australia
• Don’t forget to exchange address information so you can keep in touch!
• Bid farewell to your home stay family.
• Welcome to Sydney - Australia's largest city and the capital of New South Wales.

Sydney, Australia
• Participate in fun and interactive workshops and challenge yourself as you abseil
down an exposed rock face in the Blue Mountains, all designed to help you
achieve new levels of personal development.
• For your “Full On” experience, please be sure to bring a warm hat, gloves,
clothes for layering, and a medium weight coat that is water-resistant.

Sydney, Australia
• Soak in a 360-degree-view of this beautiful city from the Sydney Tower.
● Enjoy a guided orientation of the majestic Sydney Opera House complex.
• Discover Darling Harbour, a lively recreational precinct located at Cockle Bay
which is one of the waterways of Sydney Harbour.
• Discover the Sydney Cricket Ground and learn about this popular summer sport
before trying your hand at it.
• Go on a dinner cruise with Sydney Harbor as your spectacular backdrop.
• May we suggest comfortable walking shoes for your time in Sydney?

Depart for Home
• Board the coach to the airport for your return flight to the United States.
Important Preparatory Information:
• You should also plan to bring a sun hat and a water bottle.
• Activities on this program will include hiking over rugged terrain.
Comfortable, broken-in hiking boots, cross trainers, or athletic shoes with
tread that allow for good traction are strongly recommended.
• Please note a koala photo is included in the program costs, although if you
like extra copies for family and friends these will be available to purchase.

Looks like she is going to have a really great 2 weeks! We will surely miss her!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

November 2009

A picture is worth a thousand words. The month of November seemed like a distant memory already. Time seems to just pass us by with everything that we have going on. Such busy lives we live.

Tim continue to enjoy being able to stay home with the kids and driving the kids, or specifically Chaye to all her activities as Eli tags along.

Eli is growing so fast. His vocabulary is expansive that he surprises us on a daily basis. He is all boy! Such an inquisitive little man!

Noah is playing basketball at Monroe Central Junior High. He has gotten taller, yet again. No surprise there.

Some of my favorite snapshots of Eli from this month.

Play hard! Sleep harder...he can sleep for 14 hours straight, once you get him to go to bed. There is so much he wants to do when he is awake, build forts using our cushions and pillows in the loft, play with his toys, watch his favorite shows on Noggin, sing songs...just to name a few. Whew! It makes me tired just thinking about it. His appetite is unbelievable too. This little man can eat and eat!

Chaye continue to enjoy cheerleading. The basketball season started with a bang. They will be cheering for the boys and girls basketball team. Busy weeks still ahead of us.

A shot of the other girls in her squad. From left to right; Maddie D., Jas, Anna, and Maddie H.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

October 2009

October came and gone at the blink of an seems that way at least! It has been a crazy busy month in the Heiwig Household. Chaye was invited to become a Student Ambassador for People to People. She had to fill out an application form, request recommendation letters from 2 of her teachers at school and from her Sunday School teacher at church. A day after the interview we found out she got accepted. Such an exciting time! She will be heading to Australia next summer with 39 other student ambassadors.

Eli has grown so much! He is witty and charming, precious and precocious as well, he is so full of energy! The long awaited peeing in the bathroom finally happened. One night he went to the bathroom and sat on the potty without being prompted. We are now working on the poop part. He dressed up as Bumblebee (transformer) for Halloween. He enjoyed trick or treating. He was so into it! Saying trick or treat and thank you after he got a treat. Last year he did not put on any costume, he did not want to go trick or treating. He just wanted to give out the candy, so this year has been a definite change.

Chaye dressed up as a school girl. Noah was a military man who was a guard for 3 prisoners of war. He and his friends orchestrated their costume. It was a cool idea. We hosted a halloween party for Chaye and Noah and 20 of their friends. We had a houseful of 7th graders! It was so much fun! The kids had a great time, it was tiring for us adults but it was well worth it. Didn't have to spend a whole lot to have an awesome party!

Tim is attempting to get back into the workforce. He has applied for different human resources position in Clarian. We have our fingers crossed and hoping for an answer soon. I am still adjusting to being a shift coordinator, still feel like a fish out of the fish bowl. I love it though!

We are definitely looking forward to what November has in store for us. October has plagued us with illnesses as well so we are looking forward to a healthy month.

This is what Chaye wore to her interview.

Eli having fun with Jas and Chaye

I love this!

Tim as a dalmatian and Eli as Bumblebee

Jas and Chaye, school girl fashionistas

Noah, Danny, Grady and Jack

Eli and his "sisters"


Friday, September 11, 2009

WMS Cheersquad

Chaye made the WMS Cheer Squad. We were surprised when 2 weeks before school started she decided to try out for the cheer squad because for the longest time she did not want to be a cheerleader. Here are some highlights from the first football game.

Before the game...tailgating with the Hutsons

After the game...hanging out with friends. From L to R, Chaye, Kaylee and Jas.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Summer Adventures with Eli

Need I say more? We have a blast with Eli! He is such a bundle of energy. I love being able to spend time with Eli. He loves picnic in the park! It does not have to be anything elaborate. Whether it's a kids meal from Chick-fil-A or a Happy Meal from McDonalds it is still a picnic for him. I love watching him run around the park and burn off all his energy...actually I am the one who burns off all the energy. He is like the energizer bunny who can keep going even after playing all day.

Playing with his crane in our backyard by the pool

Bad Boy or Just Styling?

I'm going to shoot you!

At Holliday Park

He loves to climb this! He of course is not big enough for it yet!

Balancing Act

A day with Aunt Michelle

One of my favorite photos of Eli and I

Chaye's First Day of School

Our little girl is growing up! Today was her first day of school...seventh grade here she comes! Hard to believe that she is already in 7th grade. She has grown so much physically and emotionally. We are proud to say that she has also grown spiritually. Her maturity level amazes us and other times also baffles us as she occasionally acts out and reminds us that she is still only 12. She has great challenges this year, not just academically which we know she would excel because she always perseveres but because of the issues she has been having with her vision.

She has been very upbeat despite going to school a day after testing where the medicine has not worn off and left her barely able to see anything. She made the most out of what could have been a very challenging day. She came home beaming from ear to ear, excited and full of stories of her first day.