We recently spent a few days in Sydney to visit Andrew as he has spent 3 weeks based there for work. It was enjoyable to see the sights of Sydney and socialise with family and friends but I returned craving a few quiet days to recover!
The children and I took the ferry to Manly where we visited the beach, Manly Hospital where I worked previously and walked past the little home that we used to live in 5 years ago. We caught up with Heather who helped me toddler wrangle on the return ferry trip during witching hour!
While exploring a new playground and water park we met James (3 months), son of Jo and Shane. Miss Jo has been a frequent traveling companion over the past 10 years. Hugo looked positively huge, when did my baby get so big? James was very smiley and relaxed as were his parents.
Andrew watched with disappointment as Collingwood were defeated in the AFL Grand Final. The children supported him with black and white but it didn’t help.
We spent a rainy day riding on the Monorail, Eva’s train in the sky, and visiting the Sydney Aquarium. Both had all day tickets so we took advantage of the close proximity and went back to the hotel for a sleep to recharge our batteries for more exploring. We loved seeing and learning about the dugong and watched shark and fish feeding.
We took in the sights from the ferry and lunched in The Rocks before heading to Balmain to catch up with Nic and Hayley. Uncle Nic has a fantastic playground near his house where Eva used up lots of energy playing with two willing assistants. Eva enjoyed playing Uncle Nic’s keyboard and went out to her first Sushi Train.
On the last morning we enjoyed coffee and cake with my Aunty Jude who was then able to help me to get organised to get to the plane. I then survived the plane ride home solo with two cherubs to keep happy. Hugo spent time in the bassinet while I had a snack and Eva was pretty good despite not having a day sleep.
Any trip on a ferry resulted in sightings of multiple modes of transportation. Water taxi, plane, helicopter, sea plane, bus, train, car, cruise ship, naval ship with a helicopter on the back and of course lots of other ferries. A toddler’s delight!
I’m so pleased that we made the effort to join Daddy in Sydney. It certainly made the last two weeks without him shorter. I am looking forward to a few months at home without travel for the children and I. We are delighted to have Daddy home now.