The boys were so excited about our holiday as it lead up to it. Harri even wiped my chalkboard in the kitchen clean and wrote 'GC' on each day of the week for 'Gold Coast' - just in case we forgot what we were doing that week! ;)
Kobe's fourth birthday. For months he had been telling everyone that he was going to 'Wiggle World' (at Dreamworld) for his birthday. It was hard to explain to him that we were actually just flying there on his birthday, and that the next day we would go to Wiggle World. We were all very excited to jump on the plane. Jalen kept saying how he loves it when you are at the airport going somewhere and you get that excited feeling in your tummy. It was so nice to see the boys so happy.
We had a stop over in Sydney on the way, so we grabbed some lunch before jumping in the massage chairs. I could stay in those chairs all day if I had enough $2 coins! The boys loved them just as much as Mum and I did.
On the plane one of the flight attendants kept smiling at Kobe and said something like 'what a cutie' as she walked past. She then came back to have a chat with him and asked him how old he was. He straight away said 'three' and then stopped and said 'oh no! Four!' as he remembered it was his birthday. I told her it was his birthday, and she straight away pulled out some toblerone from the food cart and gave it to him to share with us all.
We arrived on the Gold Coast late in the afternoon and my brother Chrish was there to meet us along with my lovely cousin Konnie and her gorgeous kids, and Aunty Marilyn. Konnie and my other cousin Lanai had organised some very special things for us, which I will blog about later on. Chrish was going to be our driver all week so I was glad he was there to meet us, so he could drive as I would be in a panic driving in a strange place.
We settled into our hotel and then decided to go to Sizzlers for tea. Aaron and I had actually been telling the boys about the good old days in Launceston when we had Sizzlers and Lone Star, so it was fun to take the boys there so they could see what we were talking about. They thought it was fantastic being able to choose whatever they wanted, and have as much as they wanted - especially from the dessert bar. Kobe LOVED his birthday tea and all week he kept talking about sizzler, so we ended up going back there another night.
The next morning the sun came streaming through the windows as it rose up over the ocean. That meant that every morning at 6am the boys were up and ready to start the day. The first morning they all came and jumped into bed with me, as we watched the beautiful sunrise together.
Kobe couldn't wait to get to Dreamworld so he could go to Wiggle World. All he wanted to do was go on the Big Red Car Ride, but when we got there we saw a sign up that said it was shut for renovations! :( I told Kobe that the ride wasn't going as they were fixing it and his bottom lip dropped and started to quiver and it looked like he was about to cry. I asked him if he was sad and he said 'no I'm not sad' but you could see on his face that he was just trying to be so brave. Once we got to the Wiggle World section though he was happy just to be there.
He was too nervous to go up to the Wiggle characters and kept saying 'I'm not scared though!' as he tried to be brave. Jay and Harri thought it would be fun to go up to them instead.
Kobe was in heaven in the Wiggles shop.
One of our favourite rides that we all went on together was the log ride. The boys loved it and kept wanting to go on it again and again and again.
We were very drenched by the end of the day, but it was worth it.
Harri absolutely loved the vintage cars and wanted to ride them all afternoon.
I'm not one for the big thrill rides, but we knew Mum would be. She talked Jay into going on the big drop with her. He almost chickened out, and was wishing that he did by the end of it as he pretty much hated the whole thing. I don't blame him!
At the end of the Madagascar show they held up a sign which a guy had organised to propose to his girlfriend. Confetti and streamers and all went off and she was so embarrassed (and surprised!), but I think she said yes.
Ande and Dave and their girls for tea. Unfortunately Dave couldn't make it as he got held up at work, but it was lovely to finally meet Ande and her girls after hearing about them for years, reading their blog, seeing their heartbreak that they had after losing their baby Riley, and then becoming friends on Facebook. Mum and Chrish often say to me that they think that Ande and I are alike in personality and I could tell that after meeting her. I think we would be great friends if we lived closer.
The boys loved eating under a hot air balloon!