Magical melon escape

We usually keep it local on the weekends.

Swimming lessons on Saturday morning, followed by housework and a play at the park or pool Saturday afternoon. Sunday mornings are reserved for ironing and enjoying the kids’ company at home, or venturing to South Bank Parklands. Occasionally we mix things up, but for the most part we keep it simple and close to home attempting to wind down after a busy week.

The thing is though, that I don’t wind down. When I’m at home, I’m sidetracked. I do load after load of washing. I spend way too much time ironing. I clean things that really don’t need to be cleaned. I wake at 4am to write or get work done. Come the end of the weekend, I often feel like I’ve not had much of a break at all. And that’s because I haven’t.

Last weekend though … last weekend, we mixed things up. Last weekend, we went adventuring.

Friday afternoon Dave and I took an early mark from work, bundled the kids into Dave’s truck and headed way out west. Destination – Chinchilla.

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Where the heck’s Chinchilla and why did you go there?

Well, my friends, Chinchilla is a 3.5 hr drive west from Brisbane, where fun grows on the vine. Sweet, juicy fun of the watermelon-y kind.

Last weekend, Chinchilla was a pumping melon metropolis home to the biennial Melon Festival. Think melon rodeo, watermelon tug o war, watermelon bungy, watermelon skiing and the hotly contested melon dash for cash.

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We’d been counting down to this much-anticipated event for months and it didn’t disappoint. Sure, Miss Four talked non-stop the entire way. Sure, there were whingy moments with hot and tired kids that threatened to dampen our spirits. Sure, it was about 3 million degrees and I suffered heatstroke while lining up for hot chips for 40 minutes for said kids.

But, nothing could take away from our melon-tastic time. We loved getting out and about, making memories, seeing new things, and spending quality time with our beloved friends. My only regret is not seeing the melon pip spitting! #holidaygoals

The kids had an absolute ball. Their excitement was off the charts in Toowoomba, where we treated them to Drive thru Maccas, and you should have heard the squealing when they saw their first windmill in real life. They saw cows, sheep, horses, cotton fields and melons – lots of melons. Epic fun, if you ask them.

Go where you feelthe mostaliveAs I was scrolling through Instagram yesterday afternoon, I spotted the above quote in a friend’s feed. It made me stop and think about the life we want for our family.

We certainly felt alive last weekend. (Apart from the heatstroke, where I was near death). We loved exploring our beautiful state, showing our girls new things, and spending quality time together.

We’ve made a resolution to do more exploring and adventure-seeking this year and live life to the full while we can.

How about you? Have you been to Chinchilla? Done much adventure seeking lately?

Linking up today with Kylie Purtell for IBOT.

30 comments on Magical melon escape

  1. Robyna | The Mummy & The Minx
    February 21, 2017 at 5:47 am (1 month ago)

    That sounds like so much fun but you were VERY brave heading outside last weekend. We bunked down, air conditioning on. But with the cool change coming (it is coming?) some weekend adventures sound like just the ticket.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 22, 2017 at 5:45 am (1 month ago)

      I am begging for the cool change. I can’t handle much more of this heat!

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  2. Lydia C. Lee
    February 21, 2017 at 6:24 am (1 month ago)

    We do a lot of adventuring – even just day trips. I’m of the ‘let’s see whats there’ mentality…it actually makes the kids roll their eyes…but you know, it’s not all about them…(and they’ve seen lots of cool stuff on the fly so it’s all good)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 22, 2017 at 5:45 am (1 month ago)

      I love that idea. I need to do more of that.

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  3. hugzilla
    February 21, 2017 at 6:32 am (1 month ago)

    Oh mate this is me. I love having those quiet weekends just pottering around at home – being an introvert I find them quite revitalising – I never stop and relax. I’m always doing something! That Melon Festival looks hilarious though – your pic looks like some sort of bizarre crime scene.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 22, 2017 at 5:46 am (1 month ago)

      Ha! Yes, it does. It was really quite random and reminded me a little of La Tomatina which we went to back in the day. Yep, I’m an introvert too and love those weekends at home. Good to get out every now and then though.

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  4. Jodi Gibson
    February 21, 2017 at 6:33 am (1 month ago)

    How fun! We saw that watermelon festival on the news. The kids thought it was awfully wasteful of good watermelon lol! (They loooove watermelon)
    And I do love that quote too. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 22, 2017 at 5:47 am (1 month ago)

      Lol. You should have smelt the melon in the air. It was a melon massacre.

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  5. Bec Senyard
    February 21, 2017 at 7:03 am (1 month ago)

    I loved seeing your pictures on Instagram. What a great weekend away. We want to do similar with our girls too. You are so right about the weekends. You do stuff around the house, but you need to get adventurous and it doesn’t take a lot to be able to do it. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 22, 2017 at 5:47 am (1 month ago)

      Very true, Bec. It’s good to make the effort sometimes x

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  6. Nicole @ The Builder's Wife
    February 21, 2017 at 7:24 am (1 month ago)

    I’m intrigued, what made you go to the watermelon festival? Did it just sound like fun? I think this would be an awesome way to spend a weekend, nothing like country hospitality! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 22, 2017 at 5:48 am (1 month ago)

      We have friends there, Nicole. We’d been talking about going for years. It was a great way to see their town 🙂 x

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  7. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    February 21, 2017 at 7:36 am (1 month ago)

    We went to Melbourne last weekend and we both said how a weekend away, even when it’s action packed, is such a great way to charge our batteries. It’s true what they say, a change really is as good as a rest!

    That melon festival looks so much fun. My bestie used to live in Toowoomba and her in laws live in Chinchilla – it really does sound quite an adventure. So what I want to know is, where will you go next?!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 22, 2017 at 5:49 am (1 month ago)

      Ooh, I just don’t know!!! Will have to put more thought into it 🙂

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  8. Em Toxward
    February 21, 2017 at 8:11 am (1 month ago)

    We try and get away most weekends as if I’m at home it’s no break as I work from home!!! Looks fun my friend 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 22, 2017 at 5:50 am (1 month ago)

      I totally get that. The last thing you want to do is be stuck in the office all weekend 🙂 Lucky you have so much great stuff to explore around your area x

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  9. Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life
    February 21, 2017 at 8:19 am (1 month ago)

    What a unique and fun festival! Watermelon skiing has me totally intrigued!

    Did you participate in any of the events?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 22, 2017 at 5:50 am (1 month ago)

      No, not this year. We were just observers. A safe option, I think!!

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  10. Vanessa
    February 21, 2017 at 11:03 am (1 month ago)

    I have been there ever-so-briefly but not seen much of the place.

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  11. Melinda
    February 21, 2017 at 12:27 pm (1 month ago)

    What an awesome weekend! Nothing says relaxation like exploding watermelons ha ha! I’m like you- always doing something and wonder why come Sunday night I feel exhausted not rested.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 22, 2017 at 5:51 am (1 month ago)

      Ha! Yes, an interesting way to relax lol.

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  12. Denyse Whelan Blogs
    February 21, 2017 at 1:36 pm (1 month ago)

    What a refreshing weekend! I saw your IG pics and wondered where this was all happening. It sounds like you guys need a ‘half-term’ weekend break…each 5-6 weeks or so to get off the regular stuff and into the memory making experiences. Mind you, weekends and kids in sport/classes doesnt always allow for this. Have you considered a cleaner once a fortnight now you are back at work? Much much less resentment on the weekend I found once I did this. Denyse #teamIBOT

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 22, 2017 at 5:52 am (1 month ago)

      A half term weekend break sounds like a fabulous idea, Denyse. I’m definitely going to put more thought into that.

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  13. Josefa
    February 21, 2017 at 1:39 pm (1 month ago)

    Oh wow! This place looks like SO much fun! I am a firm believer that all adventures, all travels with my children, as a family are worth every debt-filled dollar and whinge filled moment to get there. I may not know how to put my boys to bed in ten minutes, or how to meal prep like others might, but I do know that travel and adventure brings out the best qualities of our family and I will swear it is always something I will try my very best to put first in our life – it is worth so much to the soul & to our love together xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 22, 2017 at 5:53 am (1 month ago)

      That is beautiful, Josefa, and what I needed to hear. I keep waiting until we save money for a holiday, but that just isn’t happening for us at the moment. You can’t put a price on memories xx

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  14. Amy @ Handbagmafia
    February 21, 2017 at 4:08 pm (1 month ago)

    Looks like fun! I hope they make good use of leftovers 🙂

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  15. Tegan
    February 21, 2017 at 8:34 pm (1 month ago)

    I’ve only been through Chinchilla on the way to Brisbane. That melon festival looks like heaps of fun!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 22, 2017 at 5:54 am (1 month ago)

      It really was, despite the heat.

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  16. Kathy Kruger
    February 23, 2017 at 8:12 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Good on you Renee – sounds like so much fun. And don’t iron. Especially not in hot weather. Just buy stuff that doesn’t need ironing. Iron as little as you possibly can. Life will be better.

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