We are camped up in a lovely motel in Brisbane, right near the airport. Sadly our plan to spend a couple of days at the Gold Coast with my best friend from high school and her kids fell through. We were worried about road and weather conditions (naturally, both would have been fine, but ah well!) and decided it wasn’t worth the risk. If I’d been smarter, I would have booked a motel near Dreamworld and spent a few hours there with the kids in the morning, but in one way, this is probably better (more relaxing!). We got here about lunch time, and haven’t left the room yet! Will head down for a swim soon though. Kids would love it if I let them swim again tomorrow too, so we’ll see how we go. Flight isn’t til nearly 3pm, so we could also drop luggage and check in, then pop back out to DFO for a look… Have a very big handbag I got for Christmas that is currently EMPTY! I’m kind of half thinking we really need to come for a quick visit to the Gold Coast during the year with hubby, just for a theme park hit 🙂
The past couple of weeks have been lovely. We mostly spent the time with Mum and Dad, although we managed to catch up with my good friend Sharryn & her kids at the pool a lot, and various others with quick chats down the street and at the pool. With the flooding, we were fairly restricted in where we could go for most of our time there, which precluded a few of the plans we had to catch up with other friends. Probably didn’t see as much of my nephews & their mum as we should have (my brother was working mostly, and I wasn’t too stressed about seeing him anyway!) but we did try. Got some nice pics of the five kids together on our last day, which made Mum happy!
We popped up to Roma last Tuesday for an afternoon shopping. Combined that with a catchup with a friend and her sons for lunch, which was nice. Enjoyed the sale at Toyworld and Target (kids stuff pretty much!) and picked up all the stuff for Bub’s first birthday! Yep, he turned ONE on Saturday, which I guess means he now gets referred to as Master One here! His party was the best catchup time of all probably – had a heap of adult friends and lots of kids and it was a thoroughly enjoyable day. Master Eight and Grandpop came back from their fishing trip at Poona just after the party started, which was great. Party went from 10am to 5.30 pm with various visitors and was just great. Master One enjoyed his friends, the food and his presents, so a success all round!
All in all, I wish we’d had the extra week at the start we were supposed to. And the floods interfered fairly significantly with our plans, but we were all safe and fairly dry, so it’s a small complaint to have, particularly when we drove through the devastated area down the range from Toowoomba today and saw how badly the people there are affected. We did have a lovely time but I’m also looking forward to getting home and not living out of suitcases! And seeing hubby 🙂