Friday, July 11, 2008

Our trip away...

Well...we're finally unpacked, washing done and ironed, housework done, pantry restocked...everything back to normal again! We had a lovely time away but it's so nice to be home in our own beds...and the kids are having a ball rediscovering all their toys and things... You'd think we've been away for months!

This holiday was our annual trip down to visit Paul's Nan & Pop in Sydney and his Mum & Dad in Mallacoota. As it turned out we never actually made it all the way to Mallacoota this year because Paul's Mum was taken to Bega hospital just before we left home. (She's still there but starting to feel a little better now.) So we spent a few days in Sydney, then headed down for three days in Bega so we could visit the hospital, drove up to Thredbo so the kids could see the snow for the first time, went back to Sydney, then drove home to the Gold Coast. We've covered a lot of kilometres in the past couple of weeks!

I thought I'd share a few photos.... some of my favourites anyway. I can't believe how many pics we took on this trip!! So easy to do with digital cameras these days...

The first night we arrived in Sydney we all went out to dinner at the local RSL. There was a whole bunch of us there in the end... Paul's Nan & Pop, his Aunty Ann & cousin Shelley, Paul's brother Kevin (who we haven't seen in a long time) and all of us. So nice to catch up with everyone! (Unfortunately we didn't get any nice group pics... I'm blaming the long day of travel for that one...)

Whenever we visit Paul's Nan & Pop we always take the kids for a walk to Oatley Park for a play. Paul loves taking them there as he used to play there as a little boy! It's changed a bit since then, but there's still a big green steam roller that he used to climb on with his brothers. It's such a beautiful park... and so peaceful!

One morning Paul and the boys got up nice and early and went fishing. Ayden had mentioned it out of the blue the day before so Paul jumped at the chance to take them! (He's been talking about taking them fishing for AGES!! Must be a boy They didn't catch anything but they had lots of fun doing it!(Riley was able to go right up to the kookaburra! He thought it was amazing!)

I did visit one scrapbooking store at Bexley while we were there.... can't remember the name now... but I did buy a couple of things.... Then on the way down to Bega we stopped in at this store at Nowra. I just had to share a photo of it... it has to be one of the most charming scrapbooking stores I've been in! Such a beautiful setting...

It's the Jindyandy Mill Scrapbooking Superstore and it's located in this lovely old building (the Jindyandy Grain Mill convict built in 1830 so the sign says). I'm kicking myself for not taking any photos inside but it was so nice with wooden floors and staircase.... they had a wood fire burning (although it was still freezing). They had lots of nice things in stock too... although I didn't buy anything in the end (can't believe that!). Anyway if you're ever in the area you should check it out.

Then it was on to Bega. I've never actually stopped there before... we're usually just travelling on through to Mallacoota (VIC). The first thing we did (of course) was see Paul's Mum in hospital. It was so lovely to see her and she hadn't seen the kids in ages. We saw her a couple of times a day while we were there. (Unfortunately we couldn't get any photos of her with the kids this time around.) Paul's Dad came up to see us (and his Mum) which was great. When we weren't at the hospital we wandered the main street exploring the shops... I spent one freezing cold morning at the local laundrette (it really was soooo cold waiting for the washing) and we also visited the Bega Cheese Factory. (We couldn't find much else to do!! LOL!) We did some cheese tasting (of course) and browsed around a bit. Here's a few pics...
None of our kids had ever been to the snow so it was always part of our itinerary this time to take them. We were originally going to do a day trip with Paul's parents but obviously they couldn't go with us which was disappointing for them and for us. Anyway, when we left Bega we drove on up to Thredbo. It cost us $27 just to drive in there to the National Park (didn't know that beforehand). It was soooo cold, but we rugged up pretty well and had such a fun time! Paul and the boys threw so many snowballs at each other and they attempted to build a snowman but the boys lost interest in that pretty quickly and went back to throwing snowballs again! Madi was really funny... wouldn't keep her gloves on for anything but everytime she fell over she'd cry because her hands went straight into the snow... otherwise she quite enjoyed watching Daddy and the boys playing.
(My Mum & Dad honeymooned at Thredbo 38 years ago and asked me to look for the lodge they stayed in. However of course the place has changed A LOT since then and we didn't see it. Would've been kind of cool though...)

We had lunch and then drove back to Sydney. We thought about stopping overnight in Canberra to see a few things there but decided to leave that for another trip.
We spend a couple more days with Paul's grandparents (they're such sweethearts). Paul's cousin Shelley happens to work at Luna Park and offered us tickets so to finish off our trip we jumped on the train and headed on in to the city. Just the train ride itself was a hit with the kids - especially Riley, him being such a train fanatic! (It's hard to believe that Paul and I had never been to Luna Park with all the time we've spent in Sydney over the years!) Shelley met us at the gate and spent some time with us which was great. The kids had an awesome time on the rides!

On our last night in Sydney we all went out for dinner again with the family. We just love spending time with everyone down there but it always seems to fly by so fast. We actually remembered to get a group photo this time (although only just... and even then Paul's missing because he was taking the pic!).
The trip home went pretty well. We ended up doing the whole drive in one looooong day. The kids were great (thank goodness for in-car dvd players!), although Madi was pretty much over it by the time we reached Coffs Harbour. We were all so relieved to get home (and we won't be going to Maccas again for a while... so sick of takeaway!)
So that was our holiday! It's turned into a mammoth post but I wanted to get it all down. If you're still reading I'm really impressed!! (And thankyou for hanging in there! LOL!)
I was tagged by a few lovely ladies while I was away so I'll be back with those shortly. In the meantime, have a fabulous weekend!!! Stay warm!!
Sheree xx


  1. Oh Sheree I really enjoyed reading your post! Sounds like you had a brilliant holiday and some gorgeous pics-i see a fishing layout coming soon as well a snow lo, a day at luna park. hehe youll be busy. I cant believe youve caught up with all your washing, ironng and so on. My house is a wreck and I haven't been anywhere! Have a great week! Leax

  2. Oh wow what a fantastic time you have all had....
    I hope Pauls mum is doing ok and will be out of hospital soon.
    Love all the photos..
    How nice does that scrapbooking store look!!!
    Cheese tasting...mmmmm kids are busting to go to the snow....
    Luna kids want to go there too...LOL

    Glad you all had a great time.
    Chat soon
    Cherie xx

  3. Sheree - sounds like such a fabulous holiday!

    I just adore the kiddos in the snow - how cute are they. By the pics it looks like you have a BIG kid in there

    Sorry to hear about Paul's mum - I hope she is doing ok now.

    I want to go to Luna jelous. Looks like a fabulous fun place!

    Thanks so much for sharing - loved reading your post!


  4. So glad your holiday was a big success. By the looks of these photos lots of fun was had by all.

    Luna Park is fantastic fun isn't it.

    Have a great week end and keep warm. From Susan (smiles1965) from Scrapboxx.

  5. Wow what a wonderful holiday! And snow! Tassy's hasn't even seen snow yet! Apart from what we can see on the mountains from here!
    I hope you tooted as you drove past me in Canberra!

  6. Oh WOW, Sheree, what an awesome trip!!
    You guys fitted in SO much!! Snow - Max keeps asking me to go to the snow - it's on our 'to do' list.. And Luna Park - our Luna Park is not too far away, but I have never been!!! Must go also... I am sorry to hear tho, that Paul's mum is unwell, and hope she gets better soon:)) LOVED all your photos!!
    Great stuff!!!
    Take care and great you guys are home safe and sound:))

  7. hello, love your new layouts and cant wait to see what we are doing on wednesday....
    love jo c


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