Thursday, June 28, 2012

Ethan turns 7

One of the joys in my life is watching the kids grow up and as a proud parent I get great satisfaction in watching them enjoy the spoils of life’s adventures.

Over the past weekend Ethan celebrated his 7th birthday. He kicked off the celebrations with a few of his mates coming over for a small birthday party. In typical 7 year old fashion they were non-stop for 3 hours.
Saturday morning was soccer. This is Ethan’s first year playing and to-date, he loves it. In one of the best displays yet, Ethan played an absolutely fantastic game of soccer. His ability to weave past players, turn on the ball and tackle continuously was a pleasure to watch.

Sunday 24th was Ethan’s birthday and it was no surprise that he was up early in anticipation of receiving his presents. The joy on his face as he opened his presents and sat on his new bike are ones to treasure. The massive new Lego set won Ethan and for the next 3 hours we collectively assembled a new Lego Police station.

To complete the day we surprised Ethan by taking him watch the Matilda soccer team play the Ferns at WIN stadium. The Aussie girls put a good show and I was pleasantly surprised by their soccer ability. The 1-1 draw was a good result considering the Matilda’s were outplayed for most of the game.

Happy Birthday Little man.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Taronga Zoo

Having a day out with the family can often be an expensive experience, but our trip to the zoo last week was far from that. Sydneywater is a gold sponsor of the Zoo and this means the staff gets to share in the spoils of free entry, couple that with Family Funday Sunday on the public transport and our trip to the city was great fun.

Leaving early Sunday we caught the train to Sydney, which the kids always love. After a short bus ride to Circular Quay we were soon on ferry heading towards the zoo. The city and surrounding harbour looked a million dollars as we made our way across the water.

Once at the zoo we took the cable car to the top where we started our slow meander downwards. There were a few “must see” shows and as we wound our way down the paths we took in the bird and seal shows. Along the way we checked out the reptile house and the giraffe feeding.

Our time at the zoo went very quickly. It probably had something to do with the beautiful weather and having such a lovely time with the family. A visit to the zoo wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the penguins and as always these fun little creatures didn’t disappoint us as they continually duck and dive around their huge pool.

Eventually we had to leave the zoo and head for the home. Once again the harbour looked magnificent as hundreds of pleasure craft littered the water. Back at Circular Quay we retraced our steps and took a bus to Central before another fun train ride home. Arriving home in the dark we were all exhausted but appreciative of the beautiful day we’d spent as a family.