#2008 Birthday park fun

Lockdowns in both birthday seasons.

You know what I said today?

STUFF IT.

We took a whole lot of doughnuts to the park today. Baby girl bumped into some school friends. The wind was breezy, but that sun was adamant.

I like when it’s adamant. So was I today.

What was left!

She was a very lucky girl. We spoiled her as much as we could, and it’s not even her birthday yet…

So often in life you gotta make the most of what you’ve got, and so far we’re trying, man we’re trying.

So much pink, LOVE it. πŸ’–πŸ’–

#1971 Rock climbing fun

In an effort to boost the fun on the last of these ‘school holidays’ days…

We had a morning playdate in the local park…

Then we had a cheeky Macca’s lunch…

And then we met some cousins for indoor rock climbing!

It was amazing. I was particularly proud and a tiny astounded, but not so much because she is her Daddy’s daughter too, at how freaking good and easy she took to climbing these walls.

She was a monkey. A professional climber, a star, all of the above. She made it look so easy and fun, and now guess what?

I want to do it! Just as well, there are adult climbing sections there… πŸ’–πŸ’ͺ

#1937 The dancing interlude

In between making some cookies and eating some cookies this afternoon, baby girl and I had a dance lesson.

It was a heap of fun. I often forget how fun dancing actually is, and when you’re teaching someone some moves, it turns into a lot of laughs.

She had mentioned the Macarena earlier that day, and so I said quite randomly –

“let me teach you some dance moves.”

First dance lesson, we went over the Macarena.

I learnt this one back when I was like, 12, 13? This was the BOMB. I knew all the moves, and turns out I still do. We had fun with that, before moving onto…

The Nutbush.

This one gets the heart going. You gottta step, step, to the other side step, step, then there’s more stepping, kicking, knee-ing, and then like a star jump, twice.

It may seem complicated, but you just gotta get out there and throw yourself into it.

The next one I fumbled with before I remembered it properly.

The Bus Stop.

You move to the left…

And then you move to the right…

Then you do like a turn to the left, a shimmy, and like the Nutbush, you end up facing a different direction.

But the lyrics say a different thing ENTIRELY.

This one has nowhere near as much jumping as the Nutbush, or as many hand actions as the Macarena, so it’s kinda low on my list of choreographed dances that you do at a party, but still fun.

Baby girl was wanting to keep up, but losing concentration and kinda doing her own thing since it all seemed so complicated… so I put on a popular party dance that I knew she would LOVE.

The chicken dance!

Photo by Achim Bongard on Pexels.com

We went off. We were pecking, flapping, wiggling and clapping a lot.

And then dancing! Skipping around and around with our arms hooked, first that way, then thatta way!

By the end of it, we were pooped as well as pecked.

That’s how you know you’ve had a great dance interlude.

πŸ•ΊπŸ’ƒ

#1881 Saturday night Bowling

Tonight we went to a great new place local to us, General Public.

It’s an entertainment venue that has a little bit of everything. Food and drinks of course, but then there’s the side ice-creamy and dessert bar, the doughnut store, bowling, pool tables, and arcade games! It caters for all, from those heading out for a date, families, and friends meeting up for some games.

We grabbed some food and drinks…

then doughnuts…

then dessert… (😬😬😬🀣)

And then headed up to our booked bowling lane. 😁

It was AWESOME. We had the best time.

And you know what is better than bowling on its own?

Bowling, and BOOZE.

🀣🀣🀣🀣

Honestly, best night EVER. Maybe it’s because we haven’t been bowling in yonks, so it was something interesting and different, or maybe it was the ideal night in, with the weather turning all winter-y on us today… or maybe, bowling is just great.

And being out and about with loved ones, is just GREAT.

And so everything is great. πŸ’–πŸ’–

#1880 Bunny movie time

I took baby girl to a movie today.

It’s been a REALLY long time. It was made all the more fun because

a) it was a voucher given to her some time ago, and

2) we thought it may have expired, because well, IT HAD EXPIRED.

But, in true post-covid world fashion, the use of the voucher had been extended, affording us the ability to use it and have the best time today!

We went to watch Peter Rabbit 2 at the Vjunior cinemas. It was brilliant. I zoned in and out for most of the time, (let’s be honest, I was with child after all) and when the kids went bezerk at the ‘pause’ mark to run up to the mega slide, I slid my legs out across the tiny aisle from my beanbag seat and went –

“Ahhh.”

But it actually was a really sweet and thrilling movie, and I took great pleasure watching baby girl’s smiling face, happily devouring her kids pizza, snacking on seemingly endless popcorn, and giving me a heartfelt ‘thank you’ when I got her a surprise chocolate milkshake.

F%$K it. It’s school holidays, give them all they want.

It fills my heart. πŸ’–

#1870 Kids will be kids

I feel sorry for any neighbours around us who don’t have kids.

Because come 5pm onwards, the kids around our house start mimicking some serious bird life.

You know birds… they make the most racquet twice a day… early morning, and late evening.

Well the last few days, baby girl and the neighbours have been making a racquet like some right old parrots.

Squawking. Shrieking. Flapping their legs and arms around as they propel themselves high into the air, as far as their little legs will send them.

3 trampolines sit back to back on our strip. 3.

Ours is one of them.

And the kids head outside, yelling to each other over the fence trying to get the others’ attention, chattering loud for all to hear, playing crazy games, and peering over fences until dinnertime.

I love it.

It reminds me of my own childhood, only we were less forgiving as kids, and more intrusive…

‘Knock knock knock,’ we’d go on the door.

ALL THE TIME.

The kids are helicoptered more nowadays, but their insane antics stay the same.

Today I caught baby girl and the neighbour passing something over the fence…

Can you guess what it was?

Pegs. They were trading clothesline pegs. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

As long as I can still hang my clothes up… I don’t care.

Whatever keeps them happy. Whatever keeps them being kids.

(Whatever keeps them out of my hair!)

#1867 Out us two

Hubbie and I haven’t been out somewhere, the two of us, AT NIGHT, for, ohhhh…

Maybe over 3 years? The last time I can remember, it was The Weeknd concert, and that had followed the Sia concert the week before, so we had scored two ‘us time’ weekends out in a row…

But then a massive 3 YEAR GAP.

We had a birthday tonight, and it was so great to catch up with great friends, reminisce, talk about the future, and have a couple of drinks.

A couple. Specifically, 2.

There was a bit of a yellow glow to it all… due to the yellow lamps hanging everywhere…

Or, maybe it was us.

GLOWING in excitement at being out. 😁😁

#1832 A foot for both families

Today was an exciting day in that we made NEW memories.

We went to my parents new house… and we were ALL together for the first time.

YAY! Happy dance.

As I walked the path between my parents’ house, and my sister’s house, along this cute, tiled path that crossed the fence line, I couldn’t help but think of that The Simpsons episode…

The one called ‘Bart versus Australia,’ where Homer learns that the American embassy, even if located in Australia, is still considered American soil… and so he does this:

It’s a funny memory that has stayed with me since I was a kid. Well I did my own Homer today…

One foot in sister’s territory… and one foot in my parents’ territory!

Parents’ house.

Sister’s house.

Parents’ house.

Sister’s house.

This is going to be FUN! πŸ€£πŸ‘πŸ’–πŸ˜

#1829 Water balloon fight!

It was hot. I really wanted to go to the beach today.

But, we were still under restrictions. Beach-going, felt like a no-no.

I had read an article the other day where it was explicitly stated that sunbathing wasn’t allowed.

But beach… it’s exercise, right? In some ways it was just like taking your kids to the park, and that was allowed. I put the idea to Hubbie – why don’t we walk through the shallow waters of the beach, across the whole expanse of beach, and then turn around and go back?

And we’ll just conveniently be holding towels and wearing our swimsuits?

His answer was definite.

“If I’m going to the beach I want to sit down!”

Fair enough. He had been running around all day, so he kinda didn’t wanna be running around more, plus in HEAT.

But then I got another idea…

Water balloons!

Baby girl was rapt. I’m sure her excited squeals could be held all the way down the street, as we pelted each other with balloons in the backyard. It was a WHOLE HEAP of fun, and it actually did cool us down, so much so that we were pretty good the rest of the day.

There. A totally inventive and fun way to keep chill. And there’s exercise involved there too, so you don’t miss out… all the bending over and picking up of broken balloon bits off your backyard grass, later.

🀣

#1791 Thank God it’s Sunday

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday.

Or for us, it could read like this:

Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday.

Because we’re on holiday time baby!

😁😁😁😁

We finally got back to one of our fave family places, where we dine, and play.

Southland. The places in question? TGI Fridays and Totally Games.

I had this delicious cocktail with my dinner, because of course that is the ultimate way to start a holiday break now isn’t it?

And then we went on to the most anticipated part of the evening (according to baby girl) where we played a crap load of games at Totally Games.

You know what was the best? Even better than baby girl squealing at each game we played, or getting the crappy little presents for all the money we poured into them?

It was Hubbie letting her win the Mario driving game.

I found it so weird that during the game she got to the lead, because well frankly, Hubbie used to live and breathe these kinds of games growing up, and still has a strong knack for them. As she screamed with delight when she crossed the video finishing line, I looked at Hubbie who gave me a wink.

“Shhh.”

Awww. And that’s a really simply way, to make everyone happy. 😍😍πŸ₯°πŸ₯°