I find that having something to look forward to helps a lot so when the AFL fixture came out at the beginning of the year, I looked at the games to see what would be a good game to take the boys to on the mainland this year. I knew that the games between Sydney and Hawks would be big ones, and I was lucky to get cheap flights to take the boys to both the games - first in Sydney in May and then cheap flights came up for the game last night in Melbourne.
Having my brother Christian in Sydney and sister Nicki in Melbourne is handy as it means we can have a nice cheap holiday as long as we can get cheap flights, and can catch up with them as well. Having Fridays off work is great as it means we can have a long weekend and make the most of it. I don't think having a day off school now and then hurts the boys, when they are getting to experience different things.
We flew to Melbourne after school on Thursday and stayed with my sister and her family. My niece Maddi was so excited to see Jalen as she loves watching his videos on his YouTube channel. She is his little fan, and keeps asking him to do a shout out to her on one of his videos. When we arrived she was watching his videos and was so excited to see him.
On Friday we got to see Maddi and Alex's classrooms at school. They were so excited to have us at their school and to show us their classrooms. My EAL kids that I teach really stand out at school, but at Maddi and Alex's school probably half or more of the class are from backgrounds other than Australia.
After we dropped them off we headed to the Scienceworks museum with Nicki and my nephew Linc.
We went there last year and ever since Kobe has been begging to go back. I was glad that we did, as there were a lot of new things since we went last time. The new exhibit was to do with the future.
There was a room where you could choose which kind of music or sounds to make, and then people had to press buttons according to what mood they felt. The colours of the room would then change according to the mood.
in Melbourne in December, so we emailed to see if he was close to Nicki's area to see if we could catch up quickly while we were there. We were glad to hear that he wasn't far away and organised to meet up to have lunch at a shopping centre. He let me know that Sister Vermuelen was also in his area. We loved her so much and she even spent Christmas morning last year with us, so we were so excited to hear that we could also meet up with her.
Elder Hosman had a lovely companion - Elder Davis who is going home to the USA in a few weeks. The boys loved having arm wrestles with them.
It was so lovely to see both of them and to meet their companions. We loved having them in our home so often, and their weekly visits really brightened our day, so catching up with them was like catching up with my own kids. We loved having the Elders visit because the boys love having some older males in the house again, and I loved having some girly company when the Sisters would visit.
We just had to take a few selfies before we said goodbye :)
Watermarc. It has pools and a tipping bucket area, which is very similar to our Aquatic Centre we have here, but it also has two awesome indoor water slides (photo taken from their website). Once you pay the entry free you can go on the slides as many times as you want.
Kobe was tall enough to go on the bigger slide and absolutely loved it. It was a tube slide which was also dark in places, and was very long and very fast.
We had a great morning and had fun going on with Nicki and Alex and the kids too. Poor Linc was sad because he was too short to go on the big slides.
He cheered up after a little while and the boys had fun going to their favourite shop in the city - which is a massive EB Games store. There was a new section downstairs which the boys freaked out about - they are all obsessed with the Pop Vinyl figurines and have just started collecting them, so they so excited about how many were there. I let them choose one each and it took them forever to work out which one they wanted.
Whenever I'm in Melbourne I think about how much Aaron used to love it there.
Nicki got us awesome seats - three rows from the front up near the goals.school footy trips, to get his students laughing.
Thanks Nicki and Alex for such a fun weekend, and Alison for looking after Milly for us. The boys were very happy to get home to her today, and she has been following us around since we walked in the door.
p.s: Hello to the lady who said hello on the plane. It's always fun when people say hello and say that they read my blog, even when we don't know them.