Hi everyone! Hope your weekend was fabulous! We are in sunny Australia at the moment! All year David had been saying he wanted to go to The Great Barrier Reef before it gets too bleached and whatnot (my geology man!) So I went and booked a trip for us. I knew the only time it would work for us to go was right after we got to Hawaii.. so it felt daunting to get back on a plane after just feeling settled in Hawaii. I am glad we all braved the flight though because it is truly amazing here. I had been telling Atticus about the golf cart we got to ride around (he loves golf carts/buggys!), the boat we would ride on, the koalas, fishes, and more. He was thrilled about the golf cart as I knew he would be and has been loving watching all of the cockatoos in our backyard at the villa. The villa also has a hose which works great because the kids love to play in the hose and we all soak in the view.
Since the flight was pretty long (10 hours fly time) my friend in Hawaii, Brianne, had the idea of wrapping gifts for the kids in aluminum foil. Her mom used to do this on flights since the foil takes longer to unwrap. This was such a hit with the kids!! We got 10 little toys and wrapped them all up individually and pulled one out for each kid every hour. Some were little things like mini light up bouncy balls, a dinosaur egg he had to chip away at to get the dinosaur, little plastic animals, matching games, coloring books, etc. This will definitely be a staple for us on flights so I thought I would share.
We got certified to go scuba diving not too long ago and we will be diving the Great Barrier Reef in a couple days and I am so scared/excited! Eeeek! The babysitter we used in New York really hit it off with the kids and they loved her so much so we moved her out to Hawaii with us and she also came with us here to Australia so we could dive. We go to Sydney next and we have tons of fun stuff planned, I cannot wait.