Welcome to The Bowar/Halbert 2012 Australian Adventure!

Hello All!!

This is our Family…

Ted, Joey, Carol, Ellie, Tate

On January 3, 2012 we will board a plane in Denver, CO, USA and make our way to Sydney, NSW, Australia.

This blog space will hold our account of a year of living and learning down under.


45 Responses to Welcome to The Bowar/Halbert 2012 Australian Adventure!

  1. SMIAL Hanson says:

    So fun! Adventure of a lifetime 🙂

  2. ted says:

    thanks for setting this up sweetie!

  3. John Halbert says:

    OK, I bookmarked this page!

  4. amber says:

    Yay! So happy for you adventure, cheers and good onya!

  5. Colleen Ceyssens says:

    We are excited to follow your adventures! Until that time… we hope you enjoy the pre “OMG-we’ll be away for a year” chaos! much love, Colleen, Guido, Tripp and Finn

  6. Annie says:

    You may have met my husband Sam at the exchange orientation–we are also a family of five heading to Australia for this upcoming exchange year. I keep a family blog and have written some about the preparation for this trip; feel free to check it out if you’re interested. It would be fun to follow each other’s adventures over the next year–exciting!

    • Carol Bowar says:

      Annie, thanks for your message, I am new to blogging! Where are you all going to be? Where is your blog? I was not at orientation (sounds like you were not either), so perhaps my hubbie Ted met Sam…yes, lots of feelings and craziness here! Carol

      • Annie says:

        I thought I’d typed a response to this; I guess it didn’t go through. We’re going to be in Wollongong, and Sam will be teaching at Oak Flats High, about 20 minutes south. We’re excited to spend a year at the beach because Sam and I are both from coastal places (I’m from Miami and Sam is from Santa Cruz, CA). Our condo will be just a couple blocks away from two beaches. You can reach my blog by clicking my name, but the address just in case is http://www.tunheimfamily.blogspot.com

  7. David Burton says:

    I am signed up and ready to follow your adventures

  8. So excited for you guys1 What an awesome experience!

  9. Renee' Leon says:

    How FUN!!!! This will be so exciting to follow! Yay!

  10. jody says:

    The adventure has already begun! Enjoy this scary-exciting-stressful stage too!

  11. The Browns says:

    Got it all ready to go – so excited for you all, and jealous, too! Be safe, have fun and keep writing!

  12. Gwenne Allgaier says:

    how fun this will be! we’ll miss you……this will make it real for all of us!

  13. What an exciting adventure awaits you! I’ll be tuning in for updates and wish your family all the best as you prepare for 2012! Cheers, Heather

  14. Christina says:

    What??!!! You’re moving to Australia???!!!!

    hahahaha just kidding… SO psyched for you guys… gonna be awesome!!!

    rock on,
    chris 🙂

  15. Corrine says:

    Cannot wait to see how much fun you are going to have!!!
    -Corrine and the fam

  16. Countdown is on! Can’t wait to follow your blog. Would rather follow you to AUS, but the blog will do 😉 Amazing move guys – what a year 2012 will be. Bon Voyage!!!

  17. Amadee Zachorski says:

    WOW! We can’t wait to follow your adventures. Dennis and I went to Australia in 1990 and loved every minute of it. Are you ready for visitors…I’m packing my bags.

  18. Gwenne Allgaier says:

    You must be frantically packing by now…….transitions…..sad – exciting – exhausting – fun time!! Have a good month, and hope you stay sane……….

  19. John Halbert says:

    I have a friend from Swarthmore who lives in Sydney. His name is Jonathan Wald. He’s working on becoming an Australian citizen. He’s a filmmaker. Originally from Palo Alto. He went to UCLA, but other than that he’s a good guy.

  20. Jody Camp says:

    I don’t know how blogs work, but I think I just signed up for yours Carol. I am so excited to learn of your adventures my friend.

  21. Leonard Abels says:

    This is going to be an awesome adventure for all of you. We’re excited at the prospect of following your blog and having a vicarious Australian year. We’ll miss you but we’re also very happy for you. Go well, mates. We’ll raise a Fosters in your honor on January 3rd.
    Unc (aka Lenny)

  22. Have fun- keep us all updated!

    Sue Halteman

  23. gretchen says:

    so excited for you guys!!!
    can you please post your address?

  24. germanTrampus says:

    My dear friends, in Germany the 3rd is almost over and I am thinking of you! It has been a long time…Best wishes for your adventure! Our new adventure lasts already 3 months now – I became a mom, Teddy! Our son Ferdinand was born on Oct. 4th…Take care together, I’ll keep you in my thoughts! The Bowar/Halbert family looks wonderful! 🙂

  25. Colleen Colarelli says:

    We are excited to follow your adventure! Ted, please share the quote about creating an exceptional life…I think Robert and I might be motivated to follow the example of your lead and take a leap of our own in the near future. Cheerio!

  26. Joan Abernethy says:

    Today is the big day!!! Thinking of you – safe travels!

  27. Terrie Boicourt says:

    So, Bill and I are wondering where over the Pacific you are right now (8:16 p.m. EST). It is mind boggling that the adventure has actually started (and the packing et al is over). We pray for your safety and sanity (while in flight, tee hee). Can’t wait to hear of all the gems from the mouths of your babes of the trip. God speed and Happy New Year.

  28. Dustin says:

    Ted…I am so excited for you. I see how you begin a new adventure adn I cannot wait for my own to start. Thank you for being who you are.

  29. Jane says:

    We’re thinking about you…especially on Tuesday……and hope all is going well!!

    AJ and Unc

  30. Erika Nolan says:

    Ted & gang,
    How exciting. Enjoy your year abroad…wow, memories to cherish forever. So amazing.
    Peace Out,

  31. Uncle Tommy & Aunt Chris says:

    YAY!!! Glad you landed safe & sound and hit the pool right away.

  32. henrik karlsson roden says:

    Have fun!
    Go visit our old hostfamily and do the horsebackriding again!

  33. Ann F. says:

    So happy for all of you…what an adventure. Lots of love from Meg, Ann and Graciela!

  34. Anita Martin says:

    Hi…I am Corrine’s Mom. She has been telling me about your adventure. I will follow you over the next year…so interested in your experience. Enjoy summer down under!

  35. Kay Bollmus says:

    Good luck!! What a great year this will be! And – I can’t believe how grown up the kiddos are! I just remember it was yesterday I heard about Ellie “Lightning” Halbert!! 🙂 Enjoy – can’t wait to follow and keep posted about your trip. xXx

  36. Troy Steely says:

    Glad you all made it safely and I’m looking forward to following your experiences down under! Cheers!

  37. Heather (Ozaroski) Meunier says:

    Most important question – do the toilets flush backwards?!

  38. Dave Orton says:

    Hey there we would be happy to help you aclimatise into your Sydney experience. Talk to you soon

    Dave, Katie, Charlie,Zac and Molly

  39. Jill L. says:

    Hey guys. So excited to follow your adventures. We’re really excited for your year abroad. Selfishly, we sort of miss you already 🙂

  40. Ann-Michelle says:

    Love reading about your adventures!

  41. Would be keen to know how things are going for you on the journey.


  42. Tate says:


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