And although it rained for the first two days, I forgive you Melbourne. Nothing could have dampened my days with my gorgeous family, who I met after flying in from Manila last Thursday night and attending the Problogger Conference on Friday (more on that later) I thought my heart was going to burst into a million pieces when I saw Hubby and my frills approach in a taxi to stay at the apartment I'd booked for us to have the weekend together before I had to fly back....
There were tears all round, they leapt out of the taxi and in my arms, frantic kissing and squeezing, I couldn't pull myself away. Working long days, 6 days a week for weeks on end it seems I was desperately needing my family. I'm a real sook. I haven't seen them for three weeks. 15 minutes of Skype a day with my kids just isn't enough for me, and it's not enough for them.
So that night we ignored bed-time and set out for a late night bite. We dropped the bags in and headed for a lovely dinner, nothing special but I remember sitting there staring at their faces and feeling so grateful.
Next day (yesterday - Saturday) we headed to the best place for breakfast - in fact we went back today. The service was amazing and my husband who is a very fussy coffee person said it's the best vanilla latte he's had in his life, they were great with the kids too... Cafe Andiamo if you are in town..
|One of the eleventy-billion baby-cinos consumed on the weekend...|
|And red cups too!|
Yesterday we hit the shops, because when it's raining in Melbourne what else is there to do? I bought 3 pairs of new shoes, I was the silly person who took only 1 pair of work sandals to Manila - these ones:
- and found these on sale for 25% off in Myer yesterday
Thank you Diana Ferrari for making such comfortable shoes.... I bought them in black, latte and blue the only colour I didn't buy was red.. which is my favourite colour, not sure why actually...
We literally shopped until we dropped:
|Laura clearly has my genes, I tire of shopping pretty easily...|
A perk-me-up was a carriage ride around Melbourne, I would totally recommend this - although $60 for 15 minutes or $100 for 30 minutes when you get 5 people in the carriage and you see Melbourne in style I think it's worth it.. the kids LOVED it!
The only downer to the weekend was going to a restaurant/bar which had the worst service I'd ever had. And to top that off the worst food. Not only could we not order half/half pizzas, we weren't allowed to take any leftovers with us and in hindsight a good thing because my hubby informed me that he'd tasted better McCains Pizzas. My crab spaghetti was too oily and my hubby's main size of pork belly looked more like an entree. That's the only time you let me down Melbourne. $184 later for five of us... money better spent at Pizza Hut and buying shoes with the change....
We did cheer ourselves up afterwards by heading down to Ganache for a chocolate overload afterwards... as you do...
Today our last day together I woke up with a heavy heart, I could feel it with Olivia too, she wouldn't leave me even for a second. We took the girls on the tram - because you HAVE to if you're in Melbourne....
|Perfect opportunity to get pics of my frills - Olivia waiting for the tram|
|Thanks Mummy for my twirly dress (Love the shopping in the Philippines, dresses were $20 each!)|
LUNA PARK! Now this is an expensive little exercise, but if you can stay at least 3 hours I think it's worth it. For us the admission worked out to be about $35 each... for unlimited rides, but unlike Sydney's Luna Park no re-mortgage of the house is necessary to buy drinks, lunch, sideshow alley or souvenirs. The rides are good and for a good range of ages, you'll have at least 4-5 rides even if you have the littlest ones....
|Mummy 'looking cool'|
|I'm a bit of a fan of sideshow alley...|
Everyone went home with a toy after not much $$ too. Win/win.
Then Mummy did some shopping at the St Kilda Markets, enroute back to the hotel to quickly pack and come out to the airport...
Tearful farewell... I'm not due home until December 8 - I'm hoping my frills and hubby can come visit me.. not sure when I'll have time to see them even if they do.. I would settle for the evenings and my one day off a week... I truly would. Until then, it's back to Skype.
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