Kirk and I met in Port Macquarie 19 years ago. I was in Year 11 and he was in Year 12 (at different schools) and we met at a youth concert at the local community hall. I went with my good friend Alana and during the evening I noticed this handsome, quirky boy dancing about with his mates and jumping up on stage to sing “O Come All Ye Faithful” in rap….who knew he would one day be my husband! I just love a good Christmas carol rap 😉
When I got into university on the Sunshine Coast, my family packed up and moved and Kirk came along to study a Sports Science degree at the same uni as me. Over the years his family moved away from Port to different places throughout Australia (and even Japan!) but Kirk’s parents and one brother remained. This year their tribe of children (they had SIX!) and their growing families travelled from far and wide to surprise Kirk’s mum for her 70th birthday! What a fantastic surprise she had!!
It was such a great time seeing everyone (some haven’t crossed paths for many years) and see all our children playing together. Aren’t cousins hanging out just the cherry on top! At one point Kirk’s dad was heard saying to his wife while looking out at their kids, their children-in-law and their grandchildren, “we are responsible for all this”. I love that!
So for three days we were in Vagg family heaven in Port Macquarie sharing meals together, visiting local coffee shops that we remember from our teenage years, fish and chips at the Town Green, travelling out to Kirk’s parents place to do some odd jobs, and we all had a delicious lunch in Wauchope for the special 70th celebration! Then we all got back into our cars and travelled back to our homes…with a quick stop at Grafton to see my friend Alana (still one of my closest and dearest)!
It was way too short for a visit and we asked if we could stay longer but the caravan park people were completely booked out for the Easter long weekend. I had so many friends and family that I didn’t get to see during our quick visit, but next time! We aim to come down every year. It’s so uncanny seeing where you grew up and how it has changed. Looking forward to our next trip!