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Published: March 28th 2019
When Katherine, Thomas, Sienna and Evie moved to live in Copenhagen around five years ago, each March since then Katherine has come to Sydney (usually on her own) for a short time to attend a Hillsong Women's Conference. Since their move to Copenhagen Isabella - born in May 2014 - has joined the family, and usually the whole family then visit us in July each year. But this year they decided to do something different so that the whole family could enjoy some beautiful Australian autumn weather. Then, come July, Katherine and Thomas will come back on their own while Ingrid and Carsten look after the three girls in Copenhagen.
With Noosa, in Queensland's Sunshine Coast their first stop-off point it entailed a mammoth journey; Copenhagen to Doha to Sydney to Brisbane where they picked up a hire car to drive to Noosa. Meanwhile all Kev and I had to do was fly from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast where we also picked up a hire car to drive to the four bedroomed house - with accommodation for eight people - which Kev had organised and where we all met up on Friday 8 March. There, Andrea also joined us
from Pomona where she had been staying for a short while.
The Noosa house was a wonderful home away from home. Five minutes walk to beautiful Noosa beach where the water was lovely and warm and where there were enticing shops, cafés and restaurants along the main street to tempt us. Plus our house has a swimming pool in the back garden which proved to be a great asset for all, most especially for the grandkids and their friends who called in to spend a day with us. We couldn't have chosen a better spot so it really was a week well spent during which time the weather was just what the doctor ordered, nice and warm with hardly a cloud in the sky! While there we also enjoyed an early birthday dinner for Thomas at SumYungGuys Restaurant at Sunshine Beach.
That was until it was time to say our goodbyes when Katherine, Thomas, Sienna, Evie and Isabella headed off to Brisbane airport to catch a plane to Melbourne for the weekend while we went to the Sunshine Coast airport for the flight back to Sydney. A massive electrical storm put paid to all our plans; flights out
of Brisbane were all cancelled and Qantas put the family up in a hotel for the night before they flew to Melbourne a day later than planned. All flights out of the Sunshine Coast were also cancelled so we had to find a hotel for the night; luckily we were able to book one about ten minutes drive from the airport and we too were flown back to Sydney the following day.
While the Hansen's weekend in Melbourne was cut short by one day they nevertheless enjoyed their time there. Staying in an Airbnb apartment which was half way between where Kerrii, Seb, Grace and Rupert live plus where Nicola also lives it gave the cousins the chance to spend some precious time together. It would seem that a major attraction for Sienna, Evie and Isabella were Grace's two kittens. Isabella too enjoyed Rupert giving her a piano lesson and the opportunity to play the bongo drums while Rupert played the piano.
But all too soon, by Sunday afternoon it was time for Thomas, Sienna and Evie to board a plane for Copenhagen as the girls had to go back to school. Meanwhile on Monday morning Katherine and
Isabella flew from Melbourne to Sydney to stay with us for a few days.
This gave Katherine and Isabella the opportunity to meet up with some of their friends and have a few days relaxation (at least I hope it was!!) before Katherine went into the city for the Hillsong Colour Conference from 21 - 23 March while Grandma and Grandpa looked after Isabella. Visits to the local shopping centre and the park across the road culminated in meeting up with Marian, Juan David and their daughter Sienna at the children's playground at Castle Hill RSL Club. Isabella, who is almost two years older than Sienna proved to be the much more daring of the two; nevertheless the lure of a little adventure kept them both busy for over two hours.
Finally, on Sunday 24 March we had to say fond farewells as Katherine and Isabella caught a 4.25pm plane headed for Copenhagen. The little adventures were over! Once again it was hard to say goodbye and when Kev and I arrived back home it all seemed very quiet indeed.
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