My Mom Came To Visit

Here is the most wonderful woman in the whole entire world…my mom.Image

It was a last minute plan that came together that brought my mom out to visit us from the US. And, boy, are we happy she came! Just a warning – this is a “mother-of-a” post (pun), so expect many, many, many pictures. The following is a documentation of sorts of my sweet mom’s time with us.

The first week was spent hanging in, staying close to home, just being together. Here Téa got a kick out of getting her head scratched one night at dinner – so funny.Image

The second week we ventured out more – checking out parks, shopping centers, and finally made it into Sydney with the chil’ns. Image

We took the train in – which was a bit of a fiasco, yet again. From not finding a parking spot close to the station, to figuring out which side to wait on in order to catch the one going in the right direction, as well as having to wait a while for it. It was not the ideal start to our big day out. But we made the most of it, and my mom read them books while we waited.Image

We took the kids to Darling Harbour Park to have some water play, had some lunch there, and took in the sunny afternoon.Image

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Then we took a taxi boat under the Harbor Bridge and over to the Opera House. It was only $15 per person for adults, and no charge for the kids – TOTALLY worth it! It was a great way to take in the sites and saved us A LOT of walking.



We had a pot of tea, as it was getting pretty brisk out, and a beautiful dessert at a cafe located at the base of the Opera House. There was a bit of silliness going on as well. 🙂

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We snapped a few final shots and headed home on the train. It was a great day out.

We hung in for the next week, just doing life together. People kept asking what had we done together, and the response kept being, “Nothing much…just hanging out together”. We did go out for a mother/daughter dinner at a great new restaurant called “His Boy Elroy” and shared a fantastic meal, all the while chatting to the people sat beside us. It was just enough to spend time together, and I was REALLY appreciating all the companionship and help with the kids. It wasn’t until the final week of her visit that I knew I had to step it up. We had to do some memorable outings before she went back to the US. I mean, she came from the other side of the world, we should at least see and do some Aussie things. So we did. We decided to drive up the coast toward Sydney and check out the very cool Sea Cliff Bridge as well as the Symbio Wildlife Park. We were in for a treat!

I thought it would be a nature park with a few animals, but it turned out to be a full-blown zoo, complete with all the indigenous Aussie creatures (wombats, koalas, kangaroos, dingos, blue-tongue lizards, kookaburras, crocs, and all). Plus there were a few unexpected wonders as well, the first being that we arrived just in time to watch a Sumatran tiger eat his lunch…

And we were pretty darn close…

And the biggest treat of all was that we got to feed many of the animals right out of our hands! It was incredibly fun to watch the kids interact with all the friendly fuzzy friends – which included alpacas, kangaroos, goats, and ponies. I think my mom got a kick out of it too (as did I). Check out these great pics…

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Some nibbled, some “lipped” the food off your fingers, and some just slobbed your whole hand with their tongues. Hee hee.

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It was a fantastic time. Check out the smiles…

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After we packed up and began driving home, we saw signs for Bald Hill lookout point and decided to check it out. As we pulled up we spotted a van selling coffee – Score – and as we pulled into the parking space we jumped out of the car as fast as we possibly could just in time to witness this…

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How cool is that!? We hung out for a while to watch a few more hang gliders run off the cliff-face, and we took in the beautiful view of the coastline. It was such an awesome way to cap off the day.

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Another thing we decided to do was to celebrate Thanksgiving while family was in town, just a bit early, but no one was the wiser. We fed a dozen adults and almost a dozen kids. It was classic crazy chaos, but the spread was yummy, if I do say so myself, and it was actually fun spend two days in the kitchen with my mom baking pies and such. I am sad this pic is fuzzy, but here is the beautiful Thanksgiving Queen servin’ up a feast of yummyness.

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Frank cooked the turkey on a spit, and it turned out delicious. And although at times is was a wild goose chase to find all the ingredients in a foreign land, it was all worth it.

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For many of our great Aussie friends it was their first American Thanksgiving experience, and I think it was a success. Some are saying that they are still full days later. 😉

And last, but not least, we also took in a show at the opera house. Just me and mom went to see a play called “School For Wives.” I did not know what to expect, but it was a surprisingly fun, whimsical, and entertaining show. We stayed after and shared a late night snack together at the Opera Bar before heading home. I just love hanging out with my mom. She will be missed greatly.

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I love you, Mom. Thank you so very much for coming to visit.
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