Sunday 16 June 2013

Museum and Ramen

What to do on a blustery winters day you ask? why not head to the museum! That is exactly what we did. On the weekends public transport is only $3 for the day (instead of $8), so we drove to the station near us and caught the train to the city. As we exited the lift from the station it had of course started to rain. Luckily the walk to the museum wasn't long. The museum is located on some beautiful parkland. It reminded me of the Auckland Domain, which is where the Auckland Museum is located. Fancy that. We ate our picnic lunch before we went in, it had stopped raining by this time. Auron fed the birds half of his bread roll, then when that was done tried to feed them glad wrap, they weren't the least bit impressed with that.
The museum was really neat. We hadn't really been there before. We went once when Auron was a week old or so. Aarahi hadn't been feeling well so went home and left mum and I there with Auron. Then we realised we had the house and car keys so we had to go home too otherwise poor sick Aarahi would have to walk home from the train in the rain (yes it was raining that day too, haha and all you people thinking we live in the land of sunshine!)
Anyway, before I get too distracted... They had a amazing kids area which I think older kids would find interesting as well. Auron was just happy to build with the blocks and play in the tunnels and look at himself in the funny mirrors. It was during this time that Lili decided to wet through her nappy, oh my gosh not just the nappy but all her clothes! of course we forgot to pack extra clothes, we aren't one of those super prepared families as you may have guessed. So I take her to the baby changing room and strip her down and wash her clothes and her in the sink with hand soap then dried her clothes with the hand dryer. I wish I had a photo of that, she happily played in the sink through out the ordeal. Lesson learnt, must bring changes of clothes, and more than one nappy each and definitely more than 4 wet wipes to last the day....yes incredibly unorganised.
We moved on to the more adult orientated exhibits and the kids fell asleep. We enjoyed some more intellectual conversation, and made ourselves feel a bit smarter. We have been feeling like our brain cells are dying lately so are making an effort to exercise our brains more.
When we left the museum we wanted to go to one of our favourite dessert places, it was of course raining again but we pressed forward with the promise of delicious hot chocolate and churros drizzled melted milk chocolate. Alas it was not meant to be. By the time we got there, it seemed like everyone else had had the same idea and the place was packed wall to wall.
We were back out in the rain, luckily the kids were still sleeping nice and toasty in the pram. We walked back towards the city, we walked we talked and found ourselves arriving at Melbourne Central, a train station and more. The train station is underground with a big shopping center and restaurant hub on the top. I looked in our voucher book to see if we had any vouchers for there. Ajsen Ramen it was, and it was delicious. I didn't think Auron would like it too much but eat ate half of mine and a good portion of Aarahi's ramen as well. Lili was happy with rice and teriyaki sauce. We ended our day off with a hot chocolate from Max Brenner.
Another perfect family day out.
Lili tipped the water jug over and decided to eat the lemons out of it....she thought they were great,  not even the  slightest hint of a sour face. 

Auron's favourite part of the museum was the lego wall. If you look closely you can see his attempt with my mascara.....Daddy was not too impressed. 

Ahhh nice and clean after her little nappy incident

Lili is getting pretty strong, and is now pulling herself up on things. 
These kids love bath time. It's a far cry from the torment bath time used to be with Auron

In their matching fluffy pj's, This photos was incredibly hard to get Auron was is no mood to cooperate.

Sunday 9 June 2013

The Zoo and a birthday date at the Immigration office

It was my birthday this week, it was great although I am feeling kind of old. 26 to be exact. It's been 8 years since I was in High School, I thought I was old then but now teenagers annoy me, well certain ones do. The ones on the train were definitely in need of a slap. We didn't do anything on my actual birthday. I made dinner and a cake. Aarahi looked after the kids while I cooked and baked in peace. It was bliss. I kind of missed my little kitchen side kick though so let him in to help chop some veges, a task he does well with little guidance.
Aarahi had to take the day before my birthday off so we could go into the city to the Immigration offices.  He was sick the night before too so a day off was nice. By the time we got to the immigration department and waited in the loooooong line of people wanting visas both the kids were asleep. Aarahi and i found ourselves sitting together in a waiting room with sleeping kids and nothing but time (our ticket said C34, they were only up to C20) So we sat and talked, and laughed, made plans, talked some more, we laughed at the lady who had see through pants/tights....was not attractive, her husband was with her, we wondered why he didn't say anything to her before they left the house. Finally after 2 hours or so, probably more we were finally seen. Our appointment only took 20mins if that.
We had skipped lunch, foolishly thinking we would just get something after our appointment. It was not close to 330pm and we were famished. We had some indian then got back on the tram to our car. We had hopes of having churros for dessert but the place was closed by the time we got there.
We made a trip to the Zoo whilst our car was getting serviced. Auron loved it, Lili slept for the most part. The elephants are always our favourite. By the time we had finished at the zoo our car still wasn't finished so we carried on to the city for an early dinner. I had a voucher for a restaurant close to the central train station which was convient, we were in no mood for walking around the city. We ordered too much food and had to take some home, we hadn't even touched one of our desserts.
Once we finally made it back to the Holden centre where or car was being fixed we went to drive home but......our car no longer went. Ironic right. The man came over like 3 times and each time he drove it it went fine. Aarahi thought he was going crazy or something. It finally did play up for the man, the mechanic came over and had a look and readjusted the new switch they had installed and all was well, its still going strong. Good little car. It ended up costing $670 but at least now its fixed. I was expecting it to cost more so that was a nice surprise.
Tomorrow is a public holiday, we have no plans.

He was obsessed with these random toilets at the zoo, think  they had something to do with pollution

Stuffing his face with pancakes and berries

Sticky date pudding we didnt even eat. We brought it home and had it later though

Cooking...Some kind of concoction with mustard powder and other assorted herbs from the pantry

First taste of cake

Lili during free time at Gymbaroo

Aurons favourite activity is the parachute and balloons 

Our weekly noodle date after Gymbaroo 

Wednesday 5 June 2013

Shoe's Shoe's Shoe's

Written 3 weeks ago...

Auron LOVES shoes. Every morning he wakes up and selects his shoes for the day and he doesn't take them off except for when he has his nap or goes to bed at night. He isn't as keen on his shoes as he is on mine. His favourites are my grey and pink Adidas ones. When we go out he is happy to take them off and let me wear them and put his own shoes on but as soon as we get back in the door (like while I am trying to unlock the door) he is already trying to get my shoes off my feet.
He's so cute I love him.
Lili is getting so close to crawling it wont be long now she is growing so fast. Aarahi and I are enjoying her baby-ness as much as we can as we know she will be our last baby for awhile, maybe forever so we are just loving on her yumminess. She is sleeping so much better usually only waking just before Aarahi get up for work at 330am then back to sleep til around 630am. I can usually convince her to stay asleep til 7am but then she becomes just too cute to ignore. I love waking up to her cheeky smile. I unzip her swaddle bag and she stretches out then she's off rolling all over the bed. We usually have an hour or so together before Auron wakes up. Auron is also his cutest in the morning. He runs into the lounge and jumps up on the couch for cuddles with a blankie. We usually  watch Sesame Street together then have breakfast. I love my mornings with the babies. I feel so blessed that I don't have to go out to work and that we can enjoy these quiet mornings together without having to rush out the door to get to daycare and work. I can't imagine working outside the home, I would hate it.
Yesterday we went to get Lili and Auron's portrait taken by Soldier's Road Portraits. They are from NZ and doing an Australian tour. They take portraits of people dressed up in traditional Maori dress. Auron was not cooperating so ended up just being Lili. After we left Aarahi was like "We should've got in the photo too" I didn't think it would be his thing as I had asked him when I booked and he said "nah" but after seeing it he thought it was pretty cool. Oh well next time.
We came home and as we were turning into our street Auron started crying and crying. He was upset that we were going home. I looked through our voucher book and found one for a kids playland not far from us. Auron loved it. We were there for four hours, but could have stayed longer. The best part was this huge slide that was almost vertical. The kids were going down with out a care in the world. Several parents went down and when they got off they said "I am never doing that again" I thought "seriously it can't be that bad" I went and had a turn and I assure you it was scary. You go so flipping fast. Aarahi and Auron went down over and over again.


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