While walking through the city to catch a tram we ran into Alex who had been working in Melbourne for a few days. I did get a photo but I had a brand new SD card that lost a heap of my photos from the first day :( While we were talking to him I heard a 'hello King family!' and was thinking 'uh oh - who knows us in Melbourne!?' and it was a nurse from the kids ward at the hospital who was also over there for a couple of days. Whenever we go away we always run into someone we know from home.
We had breakfast in the city (the boys were in heaven having McDonalds pancakes for breakfast!) and then jumped on a tram to go to the MCG so we could do the tour and visit the National Sports Museum.
Harri was so excited to go to the MCG...
although you can't tell in this photo as he was having a grump moment :) We did the MCG tour with a group of about 12 others.
Harri was so excited to be able to go into the players changing rooms. We were lucky enough to be able to go into Hawthorn's rooms that day as it was game day. Harri kept saying 'Dad let's do the shoulder thing!' (what they do before the game to warm up).
While the lady kept telling us about what goes on in the rooms, Harri just kept walking around the rooms pretending he was kicking a footy.
The boys thought it was really fun to sit where they do press conferences.
The tour was interesting (especially if you are into sports), but I much preferred the National Sports Museum which we paid for as part of the tour. It is an incredible museum with so much memorabilia (we weren't allowed to take photos of that) and an awesome interactive section where you can take part in different sports.
Harri absolutely loved the interactive handball competition.
You could spend hours there, but we didn't have a lot of time as we wanted to fit in some shopping before the game on Friday night. Kobe was so great the whole time, even though he had a really late night.
We spent the afternoon shopping but all my photos from the afternoon are gone. Luckly I did take a photo of Jay doing some rock climbing at the DFO. He wasn't phased at all about going up so high and did it twice. I was silently freaking out while I was trying to encourage him to keep going to the top!
That night we jumped back on the tram to go to the MCG for Friday night footy - Hawks V Bombers. It's so fun in Melbourne when everyone is heading to the footy as everyone stirs each other up about the team they barrack for or you get lots of people yelling 'go Hawks!' when they see you with the Hawks gear on. Some Collingwood fan had a go at Aaron as we were walking in the city saying 'we'll see you next week!' which was funny.
We were disappointed that Buddy wasn't playing as he was suspended for one game, but we were right behind the goals, and close to where the Hawks ran out so we got to see him a lot.
There is nothing like going to a game at the MCG - it was very exciting to be there.
We got back to our hotel after lots of laughs on the tram at about 11 pm again. Kobe kept a bunch of drunk guys entertained by giving them all high fives, and he kept charming everyone wherever we went. We were amazed at how good he was the whole time, considering he hardly had any sleep.
The next morning we got up and checked out of our hotel early, so we could fit as much into the day as we could. The day before Kobe kept saying all day that he wanted to see the 'sharks and fish' as he saw a video of them on the SkyBus from the airport. We had considered going to the zoo, but he was so excited about seeing the sharks that we decided to go to the Aquarium instead.
We all loved the aquarium and our favourite things were the penguins. They were so cute and we could've stayed watching them swim and walk around for hours.
Kobe loved reading the safety card and kept saying 'mum read to me' so I would make up a story about a Mum and a boy going on the plane (not mentioning that they were wearing oxygen masks!) and Kobe would smile and say 'me and Mum!'.
I just wish we could go on a whole family holiday and take Noah with us somewhere fun, but it exhausts me just trying to work out how we would get him on the plane, how we would get around and the places we could go. It was just so much easier when he was smaller and you could lift him easily. It's nice to know that we can go away though and that he is well looked after. Thanks Mum for giving us a little break. The boys are already asking when we are going to go away on the plane again.