What We Did:
Today we drove out to the beautiful Barossa region, because we heard that our partner Discovery Parks had built a new waterpark. When we arrived, we went exploring with the three-wheel trikes. Gali sat in a passenger seat while Mom pedalled, and Raquel steered all by herself while Dad pedalled. It was so much fun! Then we went into the waterpark and Raquel was very brave to go on the green slide by herself and swim underwater. She bounced with Dad on the bouncing pillow, and went back on the trikes for another spin. Back in the city, Jaci took Raquel and Gali to the City Library for storytime and origami. The stories were all about first things, which both kids are doing a lot of these days. At a Fringe Fest stage show in the mall, Raquel went up on stage all by herself to dance and got rewarded with a Fringe Festival dollar (and lots of applause!)
What We Ate:
Lunch: The kids hardly took a bite of their turkey sandwich. Mom invested in an $8.50 cold-pressed juice.
Dinner: Jaci made her delicious chicken and vegetables. The roasted broccoli was the best.
Where We Ate:
Lunch: The Kids Table (#15) at The Red Door in Tanunda
Dinner: At our Oaks apartment
My Favourite Pictures Today
Where We Slept:
On the 9th floor of the Oaks Embassy, overlooking the Adelaide Conference Centre and the Adelaide Oval (where Dad went to climb on the roof at night). Gali sleeps in his crib in the dining nook, and Raquel sleeps with Mom and Dad (although occasionally Dad has to sleep on the couch because Raquel likes to sleep horizontally.
That Raquel is a natural when it comes to steering a pedal bike, and she can make a fine travel writing assistant. To make origami cats and foxes. To not be afraid of answering questions or getting up on stage. There are many different types of scrambled eggs. We learned that the Murray River is the longest river in Australia. To let anger just go through. To be brave with water. That you can climb on the roof of the Adelaide Oval.
Reflection of the Day
The Best Part:
For Raquel: Going on stage. For Mom: Relaxing for five minutes with Gali at the pool.
For Gali: When the storyteller began to sing Old MacDonald Had a Farm. For Dad: Filing three stories and racking up another two.
The Worst Part:
When Raquel thought she lost her sunglasses. For the adults: Not getting enough sleep.
We'll Always Remember
- Name: Timothea
- Favourite Place: San Francisco
- I Love Travel Because: it's the best way to learn about ourselves and others
- My Advice for Kids: Explore and be curious
- Name: Jane
- Favourite Place: Deniliquin, NSW
- I Love Travel Because: it unlocks the possibilities inside you, and makes you think about why you do things the way you do
- My Advice for Kids: Get the most from each experience, there can be fun even in boring
- Name: Liz
- Favourite Place: The Adelaide Hills
- I Love Travel Because: It enhances your world view
- My Advice for Kids: Have fun
- Name: Fran
- Favourite Place: The Barossa Valley
- I Love Travel Because: It makes me feel alive
- My Advice for Kids: Have fun
- Name: Sarah
- Favourite Place: Marion Bay on the York Peninsula, SA
- I Love Travel Because: of the experiences of new cultures, and relaxation
- My Advice for Kids: Be kind, and be a sponge
Today's Random Thing
A Note from Mom and Dad
After a few rough days – Raquel rebelling against us, Gali reacting to something he ate – it’s great to be back on track with the kids. Mom and Jaci did a great job trying to get Raquel to learn to go to sleep by herself, but in the end we’re having to compromise in order for Her Highness to feel safe and secure (Dad works on these Day logs while Raquel falls asleep next to him). Both kids had a fun, exhausting day in the Barossa and city, even though it was a overcast. They seem to be eating better and sleeping better although we’ve probably just jinxed ourselves by mentioning it.