And so ends 2008

Here we are on the last day of 2008 and what a busy year it has been.

I can only imagine with a second child due in July 2009 that next year will be just as ….. crazy.

On Boxing Day I tried to take a couple of portraits of the family so we could look back and remember what we were like at this time. Unfortunately there was not much enthusiasm from the participants; especially Anna who would just not sit still.

So this is what we are left with:




Christmas Day 2008

We celebrated Christmas day at our place again this year and hosted 30 family members. Many thanks to everyone who attended at brought a great spirit of generosity and friendliness.


Anna certainly enjoyed herself; with so many presents and people to play with she didn’t stop moving all day.
We hope you had as much fun this Christmas as we did.

McKenzie Family Letter – 2008


Here we go for the second annual McKenzie family Christmas letter.

The usual relentless lifestyle we lead continues unabated with our ongoing involvement at church, work, committees and social activities. Denise is on Vestry for the first time at this parish, spent plenty of energy working with the Teenage program including a weekend camp at Sorrento and has recently joined the Social and Fundraising Committee at childcare.

Grand Prix group dinners continue as always with 12 years of history under our belts (in more ways than one). The group continues to grow with three new members in the past 12 months (Joshua Annat, Victoria Halpin, Hunter Jefferies) and at least one more in the pipeline. We experienced the usual variety of new dishes and old favourites.

After 7 ½ years with Expert IS/Infosys, Adrian change employer to nabCapital in a project management role. The current projects are going well which makes life much more pleasant. The highlight for the work year has been the introduction and use of “Agile” project methodology. It has been somewhat of an epiphany and has transformed the way he thinks about projects delivery.

Denise continues her work at the Department of Sustainability and Environment (Victorian State government) and increased her work commitment to three days per week and “enjoys” the challenges of balancing work and home life.

Anna has had a fantastic year of fun and development spending half her week with mum and the other half at childcare in Ringwood East. She is full of energy and has developed from crawling at the start of the year to walking, running, tripping over, jumping, dancing and climbing towards December.

Her vocabulary has expanded significantly as the year progressed to the extent that she can now make herself understood. She does however favour one word: NO!

The year was full of activities, experiences and outings including:

  • Antoinette’s first birthday party which was a great success in February thanks to all the super hero’s that attended.
  • Trips to the Aquarium, Zoo and Melbourne Museum
  • A developing fascination with Cycling, Cars, Trains and Planes
  • Weekly swimming excursions for Adrian and Anna which have proved to be very enjoyable and fruitful with both participants swimming skills and techniques developing over the course of the year

We had holidays in March where we went to the RACV Club in Inverloch with Gran (Jenni) and Grandpa (John) to stay in the caravan (and wind!) and then onto Tasmania (via boat) and stayed with Papa (Peter) and Nanny (Judy) at Little Pine Lagoon and visited family in Hobart and Huonville.

On a slightly sombre note we farewelled some wonderful people this year and remember the fabulous lives of Chris, Gail and Gary, and are thinking of their families during this Christmas season.

For more details & photos on the year just been and the year to come drop by the blog once in a while at

We wish you a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy two thousand and nine. We are looking forward to spending quality time with you all.

Love, Denise, Adrian & Antoinette

Hi everybody,

We are writing to let you know that Denise is pregnant and we are expecting the arrival of a new family member in July 2009!

Sorry for the impersonal email; given the time of year and all the complexities of Christmas and pregnancy, it seems like the most practical way to let everybody know.

We are currently 10 weeks into the journey but decided to let everyone know prior to the 12 week scan, rather than sit on the news over the holiday period.

We hope you have a fantastic Christmas and New Year with family and friends and look forward to speaking with you soon.

Denise, Adrian, Antoinette & TBC.

Christmas festivities @ work

Here are a few of my pod buddies at work.


The battle was epic, but Darth Vader & Jango Fett defeated Yoda, Lando Calrissian & Rudolph.

Congratulations Jo & Darren

Congratulations and we hope married life treats you well.


Courage & Joy

It is almost exactly 12 months on from from the loss of baby Lani. The anniversary of her birthday was celebrated with a fabulous family and friends BBQ at a park in Moorabbin where we also got our first look at Lani’s baby brother, Simone and Rob’s second child Beau Flynn who was born in November this year.


We hope and pray that Beau continues to grow in health and happiness. Anna is looking forward to him getting a bit bigger so that he can play chase.

“Star Wars” – an a cappella tribute to John Williams

Some people have too much time on their hands.

It certainly makes our life more enjoyable.


Congrats to all the Movember participants for their mo growning and fundraising

Especially to the 5 people we sponsored


Movember - Sponsor Me

Looking forward to seeing some photos of the finished product!

Space Travel

I am not sure if you noticed this story in the news last month but I found the life long journey that Richard Garriott has undertaken in order to fly into space quite intriguing.

Of most interest was a series of 6 podcasts in which he describes in detail the adventure; from training to launch and return.

I highly recommend a listen:

There are 6 parts

Part 1 & 2 – February 2008: training and preparation for the flight
Part 3: September 2008: a couple of weeks before launch
Part 4, 5 & 6: November 2008: post flight.

The easiest way to listen is to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes (search for dragonhearth), otherwise you can listen directly via the web page.

Network Performance

Last month we switched Internet/Phone providers from People Telecom/Telstra to Exetel. Everything went smoothly and we gained a 3 times up and download speed increase with a $42/month decrease is fixed costs (from $100/month to $58/month).

Over the past week I have done a little programming (for the first time in a couple of years). On this web page you can see the response time in milliseconds between and via a Ping (ICMP) request.