30th October 2008
Todays agenda was Seaworld and OMG it was a hit. It had to be our pick of the parks. There was something for everyone. We got to watch all the shows. Loved the dolphins, it was exactly as I remembered, if not better. I loved seeing Taleisha's excitement about everything, especially Sesame street beach and Elmo, that was definitely a hit.
31st October 2008
The last of the theme parks today, we headed off to Movieworld. We were a bit worried as we had heard soem reviews that there wasn't much there for young kids but we found that the WB kids section was fantastic. Taleisha went on nearly every ride and had an absolute blast. So we would highly recommend Movieworld. We were also very fortunate that given we were visiting parks during the week and out of school holidays the queues weren't crazy and Taleisha could hop between rides without having to wait for an eternity to get on them.
Taleisha was the cutest on the mini bumper cars, she could only just reach the pedal to make it go and when she did she would go round and round in circles.
1st November 2008
We drove up to Brisbane for the day, visited South Bank, what a little beauty that place is. We went to the State Library and caught up with a good friend and her girls. Taleisha had an accident whilst at the library and managed to make a bit of a mess of it, I felt so sorry for the guy that had to clean it up. We also didn't have any spare clothes for her, whoops. After a play at the library we went for a stroll down a local eatery and had lunch, the big girls got an icecream as a treat, they looked uber cute licking their ice creams together.
When we got back to Surfers Paradise we where off on a tour on the Aquaduck, this thing was heaps of fun, the girls even got to have a turn at the wheel when we were on the water.
2nd November 2008
On the road again, today we got up early and were headed for Sydney. It was a very scenic trip and coming out and seeing a hot air balloon in the sky and the rolls royce travelling in front of you was pretty nice. Driving into Sydney the views were simply spectacular.
3rd November 2008
From the last time I visited Sydney and visited Taronga Zoo I have raved about it, so it was a must see place when we were calling through. One thing however that we did not take into account when we headed off to the zoo this fine sunny day was peak hour traffic. A trip that our Navman assured us would only take 40 minutes took some where close to 2 hours, it was insane and quite frustrating. The zoo was just as I remembered it, definitely managed to get a work out, walking up and down the hills with Miss Mackenzie in the sling and Miss Taleisha in the pusher.In the evening we were very fortunate enough to have a dinner invitation with a good friend and her girls. Our kids got on famously, it was great company, excellent food and a fantastic evening.
4th November 2008
On the road again, headed for Canberra. We had a lunch date with a friend and her little boy so had some distance to cover. However Sydney traffic had other ideas, and it took us a while to get moving. On the way we decided that we were not going to be able to see the things we wanted to see before going to see Cirque de Soleil that evening, so we decided to stay an extra night in Canberra. I cancelled our accomodation that I had planned for the next night and booked another night at the Crown. ( it was our splurge night given we had done the budget thing for all the other nights and I had gotten a good deal, our extra night however was at rack rate and it was nasty but we went ahead with it anyway). Lunch was lovely. We visited Parliament house and got some obligatory photos and then it was off to Cirque de Soleil. The show did not disappoint it was awesome!!!
5th November 2008
Today we continued with the tourist thing, we visited the War Memorial, that place was impressive. We visited the Canberra Mint. We visited the National Zoo and Aquarium, this place was a little disappointing given it is titled as the National Zoo, it did have a heap of renos going on, so it can only improve. Visited another carousel and hit the shops. Managed to run in Jana (whatever her last name is), the olympic runner and her family in pumpkin patch. I also introduce Andrew to the Krispy Kreme donut and he is instantly in love insisting that tomorrow we need to buy a couple dozen to take home with us.
6th November 2008
My birthday and the second year in a row that we were away for it, definitely spoilt. Nothing exciting planned for my birthday though, driving driving and more driving. Whilst on the road Andrew simply mentions, that given we are this close did I want to visit my bestie in Melbourne for a few days. OMG hell yes!!! I call my best mate and see if she can put us up for a couple of days, she is just as excited at the prospect as I am, so it is a deal. So another change of plans. So I cancel our accomodation again and we change our course and head for Melbourne. Woohoo!!!
7th November 2008
Today we visited Aunty Laina in her classroom, Miss Taleisha thought it was fantastic. We then went to the Aquarium as it was one of the few places in Melbourne left for us to see. I do believe we will be going back again, Taleisha loved it and I would like Mackenzie to experience it to. We also managed to do a bit of shopping, factory outlets are really bad, especially on the bank balance.
8th November 2008
Considering this part of the trip was completely unplanned we kind of took today as it came, so first place we visited was the Dandenong Show. It was years since I went to a rural show. However I know one thing that has changed for sure having to pay for parking and entrance fee, ouch. The girls got there first showbags. We made our way to Pancake Parlour and I found my new favourite dish, chocolate panckaes with chocolate sauce, cream and strawberries.9th November 2008