Hi friends! Hope everyone had a great weekend.
We stuck around Brisbane this weekend and enjoyed time just the three of us. We are currently experiencing a pretty hot streak in the weather and so most of our plans revolved around staying cool.
Friday, Leighton and I kicked off the weekend with a trip to our favorite place, K-mart, to cash in some Christmas money she received from my grandparents. FYI K-Mart in Australia is not affiliated with the ones in the US (neither is the Target, weird I know) and the ones here are awesome.
Leighton walked out with a few goodies, including her own coffee machine because she loves to point out “poffee” everywhere she goes and a wooden sushi set because she also loves sushi (mostly because it consists of her favorite, rice). She fell asleep on the way home and when she woke up from her nap she was so excited to see her new goodies all set up. Trav and I spent most of the weekend getting coffees and sushi brought to us.
Friday afternoon we also met our friends, Lindsay and Stone, for a gelato date. I am not sure if I have mentioned them before on the blog, but we actually met on the CityCat (ferry) last July. They sat down by us and we started chatting and quickly realized we were both Americans and our kids were just a few weeks apart. When we moved across the river to the same neighborhood we became fast friends, and see them at least once a week.
After we enjoyed our cold treat we let the kids run around at the park. Only in Australia do they have a play cafe and espresso machine as part of the playground. It was a great way to start off the weekend and I see many more gelato/park dates in our future.
Saturday morning we had breakfast at home before heading out to the Farmer’s Market. It was already soooo hot and after we did a quick run through we took Leighton to the (shaded) playground for a little while. Luckily there’s a coffee (of course) and juice stand at the playground, so were able to get a little relief in the form of a fresh orange juice.
After playing for a little while we hopped on the ferry back home to have lunch before nap time. Leighton took an awesome 3 hour nap (literally only happens on the weekends when Travis is home) and once she was up we headed to our pool for a dip (it was 4pm and still so hot).
I bought Leighton some flip flops for the beach/pool on Friday and she is obsessed with wearing them around the house. I can’t get over how big she looks.
After our swim we decided to head out for dinner. We are starting to realize our days of dining out are going to be much more limited once we have another kids, so we are taking advantage now. Luckily, Leighton is really quite well behaved at restaurants (because food). We decided to take the ferry across the river to a neighborhood we don’t visit much to try somewhere new.
How cute are these two walking down the jetty? We had a nice meal and we couldn’t help but laugh that Leighton is a much more adventurous eater than we were as children. We rarely order her a meal and just share our food, so that night she was all over her gnocchi dumplings, scallops, calamari and pork. We were still hungry when we left so we stopped for some gelato (seeing a trend here?) before walking back to the ferry. We got home an hour past bedtime, but it was such a fun night. I am so excited to meet our little guy or girl in May, but I’m also a little sad that our era of being a threesome is coming to an end.
Sunday we decided to do some more exploring. We took the ferry and then bus to South Bank to check out some museums. Leighton doesn’t ride on the bus very often and she was having the time of her life. Every time the bus would stop she would yell “bus!” and sign “more” as to tell the driver to keep going.
Our plan was to hit up the GOMA first because it was the last day of an exhibit I had been wanting to check out, and then head to the Queensland Museum where they have more kid friendly activities. The pictures above were from this crazy giant mirrored box you stuck your head in and other people were looking from other directions. I told Trav I felt like I was in a real life kaleidoscope.
We weren’t the only ones wanting to check it out though and there were quite a number of people there. We walked through the exhibits and then decided to wait in line for a separate exhibit called “Soul Under the Moon” where you stand on a floating platform in the dark surrounded by mirrors and colorful floating ping pong balls.
It sounds trippy and it was. Leighton was starting to lose patience in the line, but once we were inside she kept saying “lights!” and was pretty mesmerized. We made a pit stop on the way out at the children’s area which was mostly for older kids, but Leighton did love this activity where you got to put clothes on the person.
We were already pushing it for her nap time but also starving, so we stopped at a hip little bar and restaurant on Fish Lane for lunch before starting our trek home. The rest of the afternoon was spent doing some solo grocery shopping (heaven) and hanging out in the air conditioner. It was such a great weekend and I was honestly sad when I realized it was coming to an end yesterday afternoon.
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