Our collection of family holidays. From our very first family holiday, to our most recent adventures

Goodbye Gladstone

Goodbye Gladstone

This morning I was on breakfast duty. Belinda had picked up some bacon, eggs and pancake mix yesterday, and I was in charge of ensuring we didn’t end up at McDonalds for breakfast. After a few minutes trying to work out the stove top, I was underway. The kids enjoyed the freedom of being able to travel the elevator from floor to floor, to visit Grandma or Uncle Brad and Aunty Kellie. So I sent them to collect a second…

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Goodbye Nan

Goodbye Nan

Today was a day with some mixed emotions but also some consolation in knowing that we now have a place to go to remember Nan. Boyne Island has always had a special place in my heart. Although I have many fond memories of Nan and Pop, the best memories I have, are here in Boyne Island. We started our day with the kids roller blading around Turtle way. I may have made a wrong turn which almost ended with an…

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Bellingham Maze

Bellingham Maze

We are off on our first holiday for 2020, since the whole corona virus pandemic started, and are all very grateful for the break. After an early start, and breaky in the car, we stopped at Kilcoy for a small break before heading straight onto Bellingham Maze. Bellingham Maze was relatively easy to find, although some of the current road works had us doing a few loops. When we got there we were greeted with a pretty aMAZEing entrance. After…

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State Champs Queensland Basketball 2020

State Champs Queensland Basketball 2020

We are back again to the State Championships for Basketball for Declan this year. Unfortunately, this year the event was held a week later than usual, which meant I was back at work and Belinda was on her own for the first few days (possibly not such a bad thing for Belinda). Because I was working, Ryan went to stay with Ma, at Mt Mee for the week. Belinda headed up there on Tuesday to drop him off, and then…

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Goodbye Ashmore Palms

Goodbye Ashmore Palms

Sadly, today was our last day of holidays. We say goodbye to our little holiday home at Ashmore Palms. Despite the constant fighting from Emma and Ryan trying to kill each other, the holiday was fairly relaxing and enjoyable. We definitely are going to miss being able to go to the pool everyday. Last night we went out to dinner at the Ashmore Tavern. It was just a short walk around the corner, so we set off on foot. We…

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Disco Night

Disco Night

Today was a big day! We started it off with some Timezone fun. The place has had some changes since we were there a year ago. The kids had the most fun on the motorbike game. Declan laid done a basketball challenge to me. I chose red and he chose green. The first game I won (red 109, green 94). So of course he wanted a rematch cause he reckoned that there was something wrong. I went a bit easier…

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Morning tea with the Mermaids

Morning tea with the Mermaids

Today we had the kids activities down by the pool. Unfortunately, the mermaids didn’t turn up. We still had fun holding Princess, the cockatoo. The staff at Ashmore Palms said she could be about 30 years old. The oldest living cockatoo of her species is an amazing 125 years old, and that most captive birds with the right diet and care will usually live up to a 100 years old. The staff here are really great. They came over to…

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New years day Parkrun

New years day Parkrun

We welcomed in this new year with some more parkrun fun. Just when we thought it couldn’t be anymore fun, we were “pleasantly” surprised by being able to do TWO parkruns on the same day, one right after the first. Even though the kids were “super keen” to do park run and there was no fighting, complaining or whinging, for some reason they didn’t protest when I decided to not do the second and just let Belinda and Declan have…

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New Years Eve

New Years Eve

Ashmore palms were offering a free shuttle bus service to southport to see the fireworks and new years eve concert, so we decided to go and check it out. The fireworks were at several locations throughout the Gold Coast this year. This was our first time seeing the fireworks on the gold coast, so we didnt really know what to expect or where to be for the best views. There was quite a large crowd, which we expected, but it…

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Face painting

Face painting

Today’s activity was face painting and colouring in. Emma got a dolphin and ryan a dinosaur. We went back to Pacific fair shopping center to pick up a few things and then headed back to the apartment to get ready for our new years eve fireworks.