Tuesday, April 24, 2018


We've had so many holidays lately, first it was Easter, where we went camping at Griffin Park for four nights, then after being back at school for a week, we went straight into term holidays, which we are smack bang in the middle of. We've been busy keeping our three busy, here is a little of what we've been up to lately...

We've visit Evercreech Forest Reserve, and a tree that's over 300 years old, I remember visiting the same tree when I was younger, and it brought back some great memories.

We took the short walk to Mathinna Falls, last time we were here it was hot enough for a swim, this time we just stopped for some photos and spent some time climbing the rocks.

They spent hours on the motorbikes and buggy over the Easter, I'm impressed at how good all three children are getting on the two wheeler.

The Easter bunny found us camping at Griffin Park and left a great big egg hunt.

We cooked damper and marshmallows over the fire.

We've spent lots of time with good friends.

Alexis and Poppy had hair cuts, Alexis had quiet a lot cut off, her hair was right down past her bottom before the big chop! It looks so great and healthy now.

We've been out for endless coffee dates.

We've had picnic dinners in many parks.

We explored some art around the walls of our town.

We've gone on much longer bike rides than ever before, Tom and I walk and the children ride ahead, stopping at any fork in the road, we've explored so many new tracks, stopping half way for a picnic and a rest.

Rory's helped Tommy in the shed.

We've caught up with cousins from Melbourne for fun play dates at Granny's.

We went to the YMCA open night and tried lots of activities, including the new rock wall.

We drove to the beach and collected sea treasures along the sand.

We stopped for Ice Creams on warm afternoons.

They played nicely (most of the time) and visited almost every park in the area.

We've been to the town Library, borrowed books and enjoyed quiet corners to read in.

Poppy's baked biscuits, and shared with anyone and everyone.

With one week of holidays left, I'm sure we'll visit more parks, go for more rides and have more coffee dates.

I'll be back soon to let you know how we go.


Monday, April 23, 2018

Queensland Part 3 - Theme Parks

Oh Hi! I am still alive, busy with the usual, and deciding to spend my spare time out in the sun before it disappears for the Winter, instead in front of the computer, which is why I've been so slack (again). With a thick fog laying over us this morning I had a little time to do some blog reading, and forgot how much I like having this record of our years, all in my blog to see, it's like the photos albums from my childhood, except I don't have to walk down to the Kodak shop to get my film developed. In fact loading my photos to this blog and writing a little to go with it is ridiculously easy, I don't know why I haven't done it as much lately. 

So here goes, the third and final photos from our trip to Queensland (in the Summer holidays, I know, so long ago.) Our last two days were spent at theme parks, which the children and Tom were wetting their pants with excitement about. Both day's were extremely hot, so I was just interested in making sure we packed enough cold drinks and fruit and if they'd be enough shade... there wasn't.

The first day was spent at Movie World, we got there early and waited 30 minutes for the park to open, Tom had a clear idea of which rides he wanted to go on before the lines got too big as the day went on, and as he was a 'single rider' he could use the fast track lane into most of the rides.

We all went on lots of rides, watched the Stunt Show where Tom was called up onto the stage to be in the show, watched the street parade where all the characters came out and went to the 4D movie which was probably my favorite.

It was a great, long day, we were there at opening, and left because the rides had shut down for the day, we were exhausted that night and went back to the hotel for a swim and an early dinner and bed ready for Wet and Wild the next day.

We spent out last full day in Queensland at Wet and Wild, it was the perfect place to spend such a hot day, the children all went on the most ridiculously high water slides, some that were all in the dark! They swam in the wave pool and all spent time with me floating around and around the relaxing river. The ground was so hot that our feet got sore but we didn't care as we ran from ride to ride with excitement. 

The children were all a great age to take to these two theme parks, Poppy was tall enough to be able to go on all the rides and the twins were happy enough to go on the 'medium' rides that they were tall enough for. 

All these months later I still hear the twins in their bedroom talking about the fun rides and activities we did in Queensland, and I can't wait to show them all more of Australia in the coming years. 

My favorite part of our family holiday was spending time with everyone in such a relaxed way, and making memories that will last a life time.

We're right in the middle of term holidays at the moment, so I'll be back to share some of our holiday adventures soon.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Queensland Part 2 - Exploring.

While in Queensland we enjoyed exploring Surfers Paradise, and doing some shopping at the large shopping centers and eating out at the many amazing restaurants. 

Our little hire car was perfect for getting us all around, and we almost always made a stop at 7 eleven on the way back to our resort in the afternoons for a Slurpee! (We don't have 7 eleven's here, so it was a real treat!)

We also took a day trip to Byron Bay while on holiday, I had spent a fair bit of time here when I was younger, and I was excited to show the family around. The lighthouse was our first stop, then Byron Fresh for some Brunch before we did a bit of shopping and wondered the beach.

Another day we visited Ripleys Believe It Or Not in Surfers Paradise, as we were given tickets for Christmas, it was fantastic, and the whole family enjoyed it, we spent a good three hours here, and could easily have spent more.

Near our resort was the 'Sling Shot' and Poppy and Tom had been eyeing it off for the first few days, so one afternoon we had time to wander over and check it out, Poppy was very keen, so Tom and her had a turn, it was so crazy and 'slung' them 80 meters in the air!

Another morning we booked to have a tour via the 'Aquaduck" a great bus that drives on land and then right into the water for a tour around Surfers Paradise.

It was a great way to have a look around, and all the kids even got to have a turn at driving the duck.

We sure fitting plenty into our short holiday. With our last two days being spend at theme parks, I'll share them in my next blog, when I get the chance.

At the moment it is a rainy Friday afternoon, all the children are tired from a big school week and the weather is making all all feel a bit glum. The perfect time for us to look back on photos and talk about our hot Queensland holiday!

Until next time... Happy Friday xx