The out of office is on. Our bags are now packed…we’re really doing it, and heading off to a land down under for a couple of weeks. The carry-on bag is stuffed with every known distraction, from books to the iPad, DVDs (just in case the iPad breaks), all the toys, every single snack I could think of and a lot of milk. Visions of our sunny beach-side holiday have been thwarted ever so slightly by news that there is Hurricane Asthma in Melbourne but I have high hopes that the sun will re-appear when we arrive!
As this is our first holiday together and it feels like the trip of a lifetime, I’ve been doing a little plan to make the most of our time and hope we will have time to fit it all in. My OH and I agreed that we want it to be a mix of enjoying seeing everything but also spending lots of time with family, as it’s so rare that we’re all together. So here’s our little bucket list of things we’d love to do while we’re in Melbourne…
1. My little brother getting married
Around a year and a half ago, my brother proposed and we all began working out logistics for their wedding so we could be there…it’s super exciting that the day has arrived at last.
“We’re going to the zoo. We’re going to the zoo. Ee ay ad-ee-oh, we’re going to the zoo”. After months of singing this to Emma, we’re going to attempt at (for once) sticking to our words. Recently Emma’s been getting more interested in animals so I’ll be intrigued to see what she thinks..
3. Penguins at sunset on Phillip Island
I do love a penguin and watching them come out on Philip Island has got to be one of the highlights to my last trip to Melbourne. It does involve a bit of a trek across the city but it will hopefully be worth it – penguins have such personalities and seem to love to entertain the crowd!
4. Shopping on Chapel Street
Ok, so this one’s pretty much just for Mummy…but I really like Chapel Street for shopping and a little bit of lunch. I can’t wait to have a bit of time to shop around and have a look. Also they do have some great baby shops for Emma too, as she is growing so fast that I can’t quite keep up.
5. Riding the tram
Emma is a big fan of all things with wheels so I can’t wait to show her the tram and watch her excitement. I love using the tram too as it’s such an easy way to get round the city.
6. The best coffee in the world
This is such a big statement but it’s so true. Melbourne has some of the best cafes around and the best flat white I have ever tasted! In fact, I think it was a few years back when I was introduced to the flat white in Melbourne and thought is was pretty damn good.
7. Chill on the beach
It’s been a crazy few months for us and I’m really looking forward to just relaxing and spending some time by the beach. That’s if this hurricane decides to let us…as a blustery few hours on the beach is something we do often in Brighton!
8. Visiting my brother’s stables
My brother has an amazing job and trains horses at a stables out of the city. Over the past year, I have watched him set up his own business and been completely in awe of his dogged determination and hard work. I can’t wait to see him in action and hope he’ll let us muck in too.
9. A little bit of time for us
As you’ve probably seen from a poem I recently wrote, as a couple lately we have sort of forgotten to spend quality time together. It’s tricky when life gets so busy that there is no chance at all. But with lots of family around, it will be nice to spend some time together and remind ourselves that it doesn’t have to be all work work work.
10. Forget jet-lag and just enjoy it!
Now, let’s not kid ourselves, the jet-lag is going to be brutal. But my new game plan is to set expectations ridiculously low and just enjoy it. After all it’s not every day we’ll make such a huge trip as a family and we want to enjoy every moment we can.
So it’s over and out for a little while from me…I have very loose plans for my blogging over the next couple of weeks and haven’t really decided whether I’ll do a little update or just kick back and enjoy it all. Hope you have a fab couple of weeks too and see you on the other side, when we will be dangerously close to Christmas…eeks!