Saturday, October 23, 2010

Two days outside and the kids are shattered!

We've had two beautiful sunny days in Hobart and we've been pretty busy with it. So much so that Kelvin fell asleep on Trev's lap tonight (this is the kids who will not go to sleep in his big boy bed without me laid beside him).

Anyway, last night we decided to hit the "sandy playground" with some friends and have pizza for tea (and a sneeky beer) in the sultry psuedo-summer evening! It was surprisingly quiet at this very, very popular playground on such a lovely evening but it meant that our tribe of 6 kids under 5 could explore freely and feel like they ruled the place!

Captaining the stationary boat!

Singing songs from "Annie" at the top of your lungs whilst playing the bongos!
Getting ready to launch down the fireman's pole.
And climbing up the slide when you know you're not really meant to!

It was one of the best evenings we've had in a long time - spent outside with some of our wonderful friends, the people our kids are going to grow up with. I feel like I have been really lucky with my Mother's Group - the mum's are all intelligent, caring and fun people to be around; married to gentle-giant men; raising and ecclectic bunch of beautiful, funny, energetic and challenging children. As a female engineer I have often missed out on developing close female friendships within the workplace, and I didn't really go in for the bitchy-cliche that was girls at high school so although I sometimes feel I come across as awkward and incensitive with my Mum's Group friends I also feel like they "get" me - which is great, and I'm grateful!
Yes, that is Kelvin deliberately falling off the merry-go-round!

And today after swimming lessons for Tilda and soccor for Kelvin we pottered in the garden before deciding on the spur of the moment to go to the Royal Hobart Show. We didn't get there until about 3pm but we managed to avoid the show bags, pat some animals (which Kelvin adored, Matilda was a bit timid) and have a ride on the dodgem cars. Walking through the dog pavillion we were handed two inflatable dogs on wheels because they couldn't be bothered deflating them to pack away.


JANE said...

Hasn't the weather been just delightful, Ange? Hmm, that looks like the new playground at SB. And is that a certain mutual friend I spy?! That spot is a Planet Baby fave as well. I'm so pleased you've enjoyed your mothers' group. I was lucky enought to as well and miss 'my girls' now we're here in Hobart. Now we need to organise that pudding making! I'm onto it! J x

humel said...

That sounds like a lot of fun :-) We're heading towards winter now, so lots of rain and wind and cold....

TK said...

aren't friends who just 'get you' the best.....

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

Hasn't the weather been dandy lately?
I think you come across as friendly and lovely Ange :)
and that is just blogland!

Sarah said...

How did I miss this post? That was a magical evening - we need to remember to do it again soon.

I think to myself all the time how lucky we've been to end up with our group.

BTW, awkward and insensitive? Not one bit sunshine!

Oh, oh, I'm going to write it here just in case I forget to tell you tomorrow. Doots told me she had a dream that you gave her some blue crocs because you thought she didn't like yellow, hehe.