Tiptoe through the Tulips in Silvan

Yesterday I took the kiddies to check out the Kids Week fun at Tesselaar Tulip Festival.

Let me just say, visiting a flower farm is not normally my idea of an exciting day out so it was an unexpected surprise that I enjoyed this one so much.

They’ve got all these awesome kids things happening over the school holidays, and best of all, it’s free for kids under 16 to get in! (Adults are $22, conc. $18)

Squishy trying out some Dutch style

Squishy trying out some Dutch style

There was shows running on the stage practically all day with lots of singing and dancing, a Despicable Me 2 show starring 2 dancing minions and an awesome and educational animal show from the Reptile man, and then we checked out their stall afterward and got to meet and pat some cool lizards and I got to hang out with this guy…I can’t remember what kind of python the guy said it was, but it was just gorgeous!

 

Hanging out with my scaly new friend

Hanging out with my scaly new friend

 

The face painting was amazing. Yes, the line was HUGE and we waited nearly an hour, but it was also right at the busiest time of the day, but they were only charging $10 a kid and the ladies were doing a really wonderful job, every single kid I saw looked amazing – lots of frozen themed ones, princesses, dogs, cats, super heroes, lions everything.

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Squishy wouldn't sit still long enough to get his face painted, so the lovely lady did this rainbow spider on his arm. He loved it!

Squishy wouldn’t sit still long enough to get his face painted, so the lady did this adorable rainbow spider on his arm. He loved it!

My "frozen" princess

My “frozen” princess

And now a smiling one :)

And now a smiling one 🙂

 

Squishy's spider, he was showing it off all day!

Squishy’s spider, he was showing it off all day!

The fairy garden was just adorable, and we even stumbled across a fairy taking a nap in a tree!

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Who’s that up there having a sleep?

The mobile animal farm was a huge hit with the kids, they loved meeting the gorgeous baby cow, lambs, bunnys, guinea pigs, geese, chickens, ducks, a goat kid and a cheeky little piglet.

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Getting cuddly with the lambs

Getting cuddly with the lambs

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Oink Oink

Alpacas

Alpacas

And lets not forget the reason for the festival… The tulips!

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They were gorgeous, I had no idea there were so many wonderful varieties and colours of tulips, it was like walking through a rainbow!

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We’ll definitely be heading back again next year.IMG_0314

 

 

 

 

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A day at the Zoo

Yesterday, we went on a family outing to the Melbourne Zoo.

It was the most perfect sunny day here in Melbourne, we couldn’t have planned it better if we tried.

I haven’t been there since I was a kid and was pretty excited to take the littlies to see the animals.

Miss Snugglebug was pretty excited too.

Getting ready for bed the night before, we were talking about what animals we might get to see and she told me “Mummy, I wanna see the a lion, a fluff-fly and a ‘raffe.” and then, “no, no lion Mummy, too scared.” I told her that the lion’s really just a big kitty-cat and she decided she wasn’t too scared to see it.

The new baby elephant

The new baby elephant

Butterfly House

Butterfly House

Meerkat Manor

Meerkat Manor

We saw the adorable new baby elephant, (I can’t remember it’s name but it was so cute!)

The butterflies and the reptile house were always my favourites when I was little and I’m happy to say that Snuggle enjoyed them as much as I used too. (especially the turtles and the “snap-snap”)

She went a little bit nuts over the Meerkats, running up and down trying to catch them through the glass saying “I want one, I want one!” (Well, they are super cute!)

We saw:

The 'raffe

The ‘raffe

The Big Kitty

The Big Kitty

Geting up close and personal in the reptile house

Got up close and personal in the reptile house.

Creepy & Cute, the rattlesnake

Creepy & Cute, the rattlesnake

Little Squishy slept for most of the day, happy to be pushed around in the pram in the sunshine.

After lunch we even had a celebrity sighting, when I went to the parent’s room to change Squishy’s nappy, where we saw Dave Hughes (comedian & panelist on ‘The Project’)

(I thought it was nice to see Dad go change the nappy while Mum was outside with the other kiddies.)

How Mr Squishy spent most of the day

How Mr Squishy spent most of the day

The kiddies had a wonderful time, and so did us grown-ups too.

Can’t wait to go back when Squishy’s big enough to run around and see all the animals too.

A big thank-you to Uncle Steve, and Vovo and Dida for wrangling the kiddies and spoiling them too 🙂

 

Hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s day, whatever you get up to this weekend.

Ours is going to be a nice quiet one, I have requested a sleep in and an afternoon of dvd-watching on the couch and not having to cook anything all day! Can’t wait 🙂

Till next time,

Beck xoxo

All tired out....

All tired out….

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My Birthday Weekend, 2013

Well, here we are.
Home again.
Back to the shed.

It was my birthday on Thursday, so after a stressful  morning trying to get organised, we headed off to my Grandparent’s place for a yummy birthday lunch. I’m a very lucky girl, I got some gorgeous prezzies, including a pair of caramel coloured, butter soft leather boots that I’m so in love with I may never take them off!

We stayed the night there, then the next day took the kiddies over to their Dida & Vovo’s house (grandma & grandpa) where they spent the night so Kane and I could go out. ( It’s the first time I’ve left the little Squishy one overnight, and I was a little bit worried, especially as he was screaming his head off as we left. Talk about making me feel so guilty for leaving him, but two minutes later he was fine and was pretty good the whole time.)

A happy little Squishy

A happy little Squishy

Hubby & I decided to book a night in the city since we already had tickets to see our favorite band play at the Forum Theater. We got a room at the Adina hotel on Flinders st, nice and close to everything and lovely room and view.

The view from our room

The view from our room

We got there in the afternoon, checked in and went for a wander around the city and stopped in Chinatown for some yummy dumplings for lunch. Did a little spot of shopping too, ended up buying a new dress to wear. Went back to the room to have a drink and get ready for the gig.

All dolled up with my new dress & rocking my new fringe.

All dolled up with my new dress & rocking my new fringe.

For dinner we went to a Ghurkas Nepalese restaurant, had a great chicken curry, a spiced pumpkin dish, some rice and roti and, of course, a glass of bubbly, then off to the show.
The Drones were awesome, love them to bits, this is the fourth time I’ve seen them play (sixth if you count the two times I’ve seen the lead singer play solo gigs) They always play with such intensity, whether it’s a small show for a couple of hundred people or a huge one in front of thousands. The support act was King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizards (yeah, try saying that three times quickly!) They weren’t exactly my cup of tea but they were still pretty cool. I’ve never been to the Forum Theater before, but it’s a really cool looking venue and great sound.

After the gig we went back to the room and chilled out, enjoying a bottle of bubbly and watching the city go by You get used to the pace and quiet in the bush, but sometimes I really miss the sound of cars in the night and seeing the city lights twinkle. It’s funny the things you miss.

The next morning we decided to go for a stroll around and find somewhere to have breakfast. When I walked past a cute little donut bar, I couldn’t resist! So we got a half dozen donuts and a coffee for me and a thickshake for Kane and went and had a picnic breakfast in the sun at Federation Square.

MMM.....Donuts

MMM…..Donuts

After that we still had a couple of hours spare so we went for a bit of walk around and found the cutest vintage clothing store, Out of the Closet, where I ended up buying a really cute dress that looks like it’s from the early 70’s and Kane bought a cool vintage corduroy jacket.

Then we went to pick up the kiddies, who had a great time while we were away and were pretty good too. In fact, Snugglebug is usually better behaved over there than she is at home. We went back to my Grandparent’s again and had dinner and stayed the night there before heading home Sunday morning.

All in all, a great weekend.

Now, back to reality…

Till next time,

Beck xoxo