And It’s Not Even My Birthday

The other day, we got a surprise in the mail.

I would show you a picture of said surprise as we first found it, cheerfully waiting for us on the porch; but as soon as the girls saw that it was from Australia, they ripped the box open and beyond all recognition.  It just looked like a pile of funny cardboard at that point.  The insides were much more interesting to photograph.

Inside was a treasure trove (pretty sure that is the first time that phrase has been used around here) of fun, adorable, sweet, thoughtful Australian memorabilia.  Like, if I ever went to Australia (which I still hope to someday), these are all the things I would have chosen as souvenirs.  So it’s like we’ve been there, even though we haven’t.  Or something like that.

First, we discovered adorable little patriotic Koalas (Koalae?):

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I just heart the boomerangs, too:

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Then there was excited gasping (I believe “squee” is the appropriate phrase) when we discovered there were fairies inside:

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We heart fairies around here, too.

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There was also a tube of Vegemite, which makes me think of an 80s rock tune by one of my favorite bands.  (No, not Midnight Oil; the other famous 80s Australian rock band.

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It answered burning questions for all us Yanks in the house.

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I think the highlight was the pink flannel fabric used to line the box. It is still a source of endless excitement, even several days later.

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So versatile.

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There were all sorts of other exciting finds inside, too. Like tattoos:

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(O7 has tattooed each forearm and is still sporting them a week later.)

There were lovely Australia pens:

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more fairies:

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more koalas (I think there were four altogether, but they scattered as soon as they were set free):

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chocolate koalas:

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and sweet little lip balms:

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And there was the nicest little note:

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Thank you, SB and boys! You sure know how to make a girl’s day. 🙂