Thursday last week I had to travel down South to Hobart to have a PET scan as a follow up after my Melanoma removal. It takes 2 hours to drive from my home to Hobart and the PET scan takes about 4 hours in total. As it was the last day of term one for Poppy we decided she would take the day off and our family would make a mini holiday out of it and stay in Hobart for a couple of nights.
We had a few things we really wanted to do in Hobart, meet up with my brother and his husband, do a little shopping and the children had been asking if we could go to the 'Sushi Train' for weeks. Other than that, we were happy to see where the days took us.
While I was at my PET scan, I was injected with some radioactive dye and was unable to be around children for a few hours, so instead of coming to my appointment, Tom took the children to do some activities for a few hours.
When driving into Hobart we had seen a huge cruise ship docked at the wharf, the children were amazed at how huge is was and loved the look of the pools and huge water slides on board, so Tom took them over for a look. They then headed to the Hobart museum, which happened to have a great children's exposition on, so there was plenty for them to see and do.
On Friday, we didn't have any set plans and starting looking for something to fill our day, we planned to head to a nearby beach for a walk, to the shops to find some Winter boots for Poppy and as it was such a beautiful Autumns day I looked at perhaps a boat ride out on Hobart's river Derwent.
After a short search, we decided to head to the famous MONA museum and to travel there on the 'MONA ROMA' boat, it would be about a 15 minute ride each way and we would stop at the museum for about an hour, perfect.
As we were riding in 'cattle class', we sat with the gorgeous sheep and cow on board, which the children absolutely loved.
We traveled under the Tasman bridge (my children call it the 'dinosaur' bridge) and the Bowen bridge, which was great, as we had driven over them so many times but never been under them.
Tom and I had been to MONA museum before so we knew that there was some exhibits not really appropriate for children, so we avoided those and showed them some of the more family friendly exhibits, such as the water fall of words, the huge snake wall and the trampoline outside with huge bells attached.
The glass lift was also a great attraction for the children, me on the other hand, I took the stairs.
We then walked down the 99 stairs back to the ferry and had another great trip home.
On Saturday we headed to the Salamanca market for some breakfast and a wander around, the girls loved all the gorgeous jewelry and dresses where Rory was more interested in the music and food.
After a little feast in the park, we headed back home to Launceston with our arms full or fresh fruit and a few new trinkets.
The perfect little family get away to start the Term holidays off.
For the rest of the holidays, we won't be getting out much, I have a lot of jobs to do around home, and with a few play dates booked, some Dr's appointments, hair cuts for the kid and the usual catch up jobs, I'm sure the weeks will fly by.
I love having my three home through the day, and spending time reading, cooking, playing and going for walks. Perfect.
Happy Holidays! xx