Hi Amazing Peeps,
Yesterday was INCREDIBLE! I mean seriously Amazing.
We were going out with the Balhatchet’s, a fantastic family that we met in Cronulla. We had such a fun time with them the last time we got together, we knew we wanted to meet up again.
Yet with us and our business and weather restraints and their own busy schedule, we kept missing each other.
Finally yesterday we managed to catch up and WOW! What a day!
We met up at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour. It was a fun walk from Blackwattle Bay to the park as the kids saw some really cool stuff on the way.
They had a truck driver who honked and waved madly at them; they saw a lift on the outside of a construction building and they also got to see the red man turn to the green man when we were allowed to walk across the road.
We then got to the Park! It is a cool park!
There was a large grass area, a huge playground and then the water park. Just up a bit was the Chinese Garden of Friendship.
We met the Balhatchet’s in the Oval. It was great to see them again. The kids acted like they had met last week, picking up where they left off. I am always a little nervous and it takes me a bit to settle in.
I see myself as a bit rough around the edges, yet really soft in the middle – like fudge. The Sean and Mel are so gentle and wonderful, I fear that I am too aggressive, too loud and over the top. Sean and Mel are so nice and always a joy to be around that I wonder why I was nervous in the first place.
The kids took off into the playground, swinging on the flying fox, climbing of the rope pyramid and going down the slide. They were having so much fun.
Steve did a toilet run with some kids and then got hot chocolate and coffees for everyone while I caught up with Sean and Mel. There was a lot to catch up on.
After a while, we moved to the grass for a picnic lunch.
I am pretty sure we talked for about an hour while Yahsha chased seagulls, the older ones climbed a massive fig tree and the littles played peek-a-boo through the bars.
After lunch, we went to the Chinese Garden. This place was a magical place.
One of the first things that we saw was a water dragon. It was trying to blend in rather unsuccessfully but I loved the effort it put in.
The kids job was to find all animals from the Chinese calendar. They did a great job at finding them. It became a bit of a competition.
I was just taken by the beauty of the place. We were massive coy – Azanyah said he didn’t like them. They scared him. There was amazing waterfalls, beautiful lotus flowers and even turtles.
The wood carvings in some of the buildings were stunning. The detail in them was sensational. I could have studied them all day.
The rocks in the pond also looked like certain animals when looked at the right way.
It is a perfect place to bring a good book and stay there all day, reading while taking in sights, smells, sounds and serenity of it all. With the shhhh of the waterfalls, the bubbling of the streams, the calling of the birds, the fish, the turtles sunning themselves and get lost in the tranquillity. It really is a secret garden.
I came out of there feeling wonderment.
We then headed back for the last-minute play in the water fountains. It was still warm and the kids did not hesitate to get wet. It was their first fresh water shower in a long time and with the amount of chlorine, they got a sterilizing too.
The sun was getting low in the sky and it was time to say our goodbyes. Just before we did, the Balhatchet’s surprised us with a gift. It was the most wonderful box full of goodies and games.
There was a pirate game called Loot which Steve and I played tonight. It was fun! Then there was card Scrabble. That was fun too, a little more panic to get the word down first but a great laugh. There is also a game called Traffic Jam. We haven’t played that one yet but I’m sure it will be a hoot. They are all small and easy to store but the big plus – WE LOVE GAMES!
Then there were Captain Chocolate – we had a good laugh at that. It was salted caramel milk chocolate nibbles. OHHHHHH THEY ARE GOOD! Not for kiddy fingers at all. YUM!
The really funny one was the last bit. In my post Vomits & Psychology: What a Mix, I mentioned how I was sitting at home alone drinking fake hot chocolate because we had no marshmallows. Well the Balhatchet’s had packed Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows! It was HILARIOUS! And the thought was incredible.
We are cherishing every bit. It is such a beautiful thing. The thought that went into the gift was what astounded us the most. We are deeply moved. The day was amazing, the people were incredible and we came away feeling lighter than we had arrived.
Thank you Balhatchet’s! You have touched our hearts and our appreciation is unspeakable.
Love really abounds everywhere.
Bless all of you.
Beccie is a Best Selling Author, a World Travelling Sailor, an Awesome Wife and the Best Mum to the 10 most Amazing Children on the Planet, a Millionaire, a Polyglot and an Oracle