The other week, we had the hottest day on record in Sydney. Now it’s pouring down rain and we’re all wearing jumpers. I’m glad it’s not so disgustingly hot, but the rain was most unwelcome over the weekend. Why? Because we were on holiday.
Don’t get me wrong, I love holidays, but when you have two little children, not very many toys, and can’t go outside because it’s nearly a monsoon, holidays become quite hard.
The weather was perfect the first day. We drove down to Jamberoo Recreation Park, which is basically a big water park in the middle of nowhere, built on the side of a big hill. As soon as we entered one of the kiddie areas, the kids were smiling so big their eyes partially closed. Daniel has never been in a pool, unless you count the little blow up pool in Grandma’s yard. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
I think he may be part fish. He splashed and splashed and had the time of his life. When lunch time rolled around, we took him out of the pool and he screamed and threw himself backwards in a horrible tantrum.
We brought the pram so he’d be able to have his usual 12pm nap, but he just wanted to swim. After rocking him for an hour and a half in the pram, whilst he screamed intermittently, and people near and far gave me strange looks, he finally went to sleep.
I left the pram next to a kiddie pool with my pregnant, and therefore not allowed to go on the big water slides, friend watching over him, and playing with Hannah. Daniel was not about to waste too much time sleeping, and only gave me 40 minutes of kid free sliding time. But oh did I enjoy it!
The next day, we got sprinkled on as we walked from our car to the beach. By the time we got there though, the rain stopped and the sun came out. I think the Sydney weather has been taking lessons from Seattle. Rain one minute, sun the next.
Hannah spent almost an hour digging a hole in the sand and then running to the water, filling up her bucket, running back to the hole, pouring it in, then running back to the water again. Each time she came back to her hole, all of the water was gone. Poor girl never got her hole filled up.
And then the rain started. I’m not talking about a little sprinkle. I mean a deluge. There were no more trips to the beach. We couldn’t even play on the swingset outside.
We stayed in our holiday house (that we rented with 5 of our friends) until 2 when we’d had more than enough and went to a shopping centre just for something to do.
Still, we had a fun holiday.
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