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 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.
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 –
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 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…
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.
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.
Awww. And that’s a really simply way, to make everyone happy. 😍😍🥰🥰
It’s too late in the night/too early in the morning for me to think up a more adventurous post.
But today truly was about adventure.
People, places, memories.
The night ended with Hubbie’ s cousins over for a last-minute, impromptu visit… but aren’t those the best? The ones where the kids are screaming excitedly as they run from room to room, the grown-ups voices and the music from the speaker compete against each other, each trying to drown the other out, and where you go back in time, sharing memories and funny stories.
It was adventure in our minds.
The middle of the day had my sis and nephew pop over… and well that was a different type of discovery, but for them, not so much me.
Still, taking them around, and explaining the ins and outs of the town, showing them great locations… seeing the joy on their faces, made me share the journey with them as if it were the first time.
It was living thefirst-time adventure in our town, vicariously through them.
But I need to make special mention to the beginning, the start of the day…
Because that was adventure, in the true sense of the word.
We went to another place, we lived, we enjoyed, we explored.
We caught up with baby girl’s cousins at the Enchanted Adventure Garden, and it was a different kind of day, let me tell you.
Because it drizzled, almost all day. My hair was a bomb site through it all, and often we found ourselves in a maze, on the tube slides, or taking photos, all while a consistent stream of wispy rain came down.
It didn’t stop the magic though. Or the wonder.
It proved to me, that where there’s a will, there’s always a way. Rain, hail or shine… in our case it was definitely the former.
And if you wanna have fun, make the most out of the day, and make memories, you will.
It was finding adventure, fun and happiness, despite what life threw at us.
And you know what? The unexpectedness of rain made it that much more adventurous.