After the recent natural disasters which have struck the country, I think everyone needed a fabulous Australia Day. The weather came to the party first, delivering a scorching day - the hottest Australia Day in 20 years. This was perfect because some sort of water activity (be it beach, pool or backyard sprinkler) is a must for most Australians.
We ourselves started off the day relaxing at home. The kids played in the backyard, enjoying their slip 'n' slide, playing soccer and searching for worms...which they found and named Willy and Jim as they relocated them to a new home in a pot plant...
|The Slip 'n' Slide never gets old...|
|One day I'll get Thomas to not pull a face in a photo!|
|Daniel and his inside out bucket hat - very Australian!|
|Nonno playing with the boys|
|Willy or Jim?|
No Australia Day is complete without a Barbie (barbeque for our overseas friends, not the long-legged impossibly proportioned plastic version), so that was next on the agenda. Nothing like it on a gorgeous Summer day...
|BBQ King...except he burnt some lol|
|Lunch with my Mum and Dad...Thomas pulling a face as usual|
|Aussie Barbie staples - beer and sauce|
We would have liked to have got in an afternoon nap, but that didn't quite happen. After cleaning ourselves up, we headed off to the city to have dinner at Darling Harbour. Flag waving, a walk along the harbour, pre-dinner ice-creams and roaming street performers - Sydney looked gorgeous!
|Sydney Tower towers over the street performers|
My in-law's, sister and brother in-law, niece and nephew joined us for a seafood feast at Criniti's... they'll probably kill me for adding photos of them! I didn't add the stair ones guys!!
|Thomas and Sarah - Thomas, stop with the silly faces!!!|
|Jack and Daniel clowning around|
|Maria and Mario|
|Sarah and Sam|
|Me and Daniel|
|Our YUMMY seafood feast! 2 of these plus other food - we were stuffed!|
We had to leave our prime position in the restaurant by 8pm and we were dreading standing amongst the crowds, but the waiter gave us permission to stand on a side balcony so we had perfect views. The kids got to sit and watch their first big fireworks display...and they loved it! I must admit, I was one of the people supporting a call to cancel the fireworks and give the money saved to Queensland flood relief funds...but when that didn't look like happening, I thought I may as well enjoy them properly :) The display actually started with remembering the many volunteers and professionals saving lives and helping out in flood regions...
|Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi|
|Guess who "konked" out on the way home??|