Friday, November 28, 2014


We are having a predictably uneventful Thanksgiving day here in Australia. I'm a little sad that I wasn't able to watch the annual dog show and the Macy's parade, but we do have football on right now so Peter is happy for that little slice of home. Actually, it's Black Friday here, and it's the first year in a long time I haven't gone shopping, or at least ventured out to witness the madness first hand. Two years ago, my sister and I went to Walmart in Springfield, Missouri (where Peter and I lived at the time) and observed an epic girl fight over bedding. I'm not sure there's anything at Walmart that I would line up for hours to get at a mediocre discount, let alone fist fight over. Especially bedding. But it was entertaining nonetheless.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are a few things I am thankful for today- in random order:

1) Amazing friends and family, both near and far.

2) While we miss our family and friends, we are thankful for technology/social media to keep us up to date with everything that's going on at home. Although my Dad's most recent Instagram post doesn't make it any easier to be a million miles away. There is nothing I wouldn't do for a slice of this cake right now: 

3) The opportunity to embark on this two year Australian adventure. Neither of us could have guessed in a million years that we would move to Australia and we are extremely glad we did. In fact, I would go so far as to say it's the best decision we have ever made. Aside from hanging out with kangaroos and exploring a new country, we've already met lots of great people and learned a lot.  

4) This Buzzfeed list that captures my love of the aforementioned dog show. 

5) The continued weakening of the Australian dollar...hello 15% raise for Peter! 

6) Our health and happiness; corny but never to be taken for granted today or any other day. 

7) Our apartment building- it has made us feel at home from the day we moved in and has everything we will ever need in one place.

8) The fact that we are making a trip home in January! Not excited for the weather, but excited to see family and friends and shop at the real Target.

9) This blog, which has allowed me to document our lives in Australia both for our family/friends and for ourselves to look back on in the future. I've also met a couple of friends through the blog, which is an added bonus!

10) Dessert

We have a big "Friendsgiving" dinner planned for Sunday, which should be lots of fun. Off to pick up the turkey now! 


  1. Have a wonderful "Friendsgiving" dinner. We missed you but are looking forward to January!!

  2. The apple upside down cake was awesome! Loree made the same dressing she and Peter made last year, too.

  3. We just had our first Thanksgiving in Australia last night. The Aussies loved it! They were mystified by pumpkin pie but had to agree it was delicious. It was fun introducing them to our American traditions. Have a fabulous friendsgiving!

    1. I'm so curious to see how the pumpkin pie goes over! Australians seem hopefully we can turn them into fans as well. Glad you had a great Thanksgiving!

  4. I'll make the cake AND homemade macaroni cheese when you're home in January! We were thinking about celebrating Thanksgiving in Springfield last year. I missed Peter's cooking help this year and we have no wild animal safari or Bass Pro Shop in Minneapolis. However, we were all happy not to be making any long driving trips.

    1. Yumm!! I haven't had macaroni and cheese- even out of the box- since we moved!



Welcome! I started Laura and Peter Down Under in July 2014 when my husband and I moved from the States to Melbourne, Australia for his job. I blog about expat life, our travels, food, and whatever else comes to mind. Follow along on our adventures Down Under!



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