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.
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.
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.
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?
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