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A couple of months ago we were trying to decide if we should go somewhere for Maya’s spring break. After much discussion and research we decided to take the kids to Disneyland. The girls were super excited and I heard “I’m so excited to go to Disneyland!!” every day for weeks :) Anna had no idea what “going to Disneyland” meant but she was excited any way. Maya spent the weeks and days leading up to our trip planning out what rides she wanted to go on.

We arrived late last Monday and headed to the park first thing Tuesday morning. We all had so much fun. Maya and Lorne spent much of their time going from ride to ride. Anna loved the rides she could go on, especially the carousel. The girls got to meet a few characters, including a few princesses. Maya wasn’t as into the meeting characters this time, she preferred the rides. Anna loved it and was such a ham every time she posed with a character. Some friends of ours were also at Disneyland last week and we met up with them several times throughout the trip. Maya and Anna loved getting to explore the park and go on rides with some of their best buds.

After four days of fun at Disneyland we headed home. The girls were sad to say goodbye. They would have loved to stay longer. Anna has asked me at least a dozen times today when we are going to Disneyland again!

It was a great way to spend spring break. I always love going to Disneyland with the girls, it is so fun to see it all through their eyes. Looking forward to our next trip.

It feels like just yesterday that I was writing about our arrival and getting settled in here in Brisbane and here we are 3 months later already and I’m writing about winding things down.  Time has gone by so quickly.  In a mere 10 days Maya and I will be saying goodbye to our down under home away from home and heading back to St. Louis.  It really is true what they say, “Time flies when you’re having fun!”

We’re definitely ready to be heading home.  Ready for the comfort of our own beds and getting see our beloved kitties and hang out with our dear friends again, but, part of me will definitely miss this place.  Part of me wants to stay.  The past 3 months have been amazing and have definitely made me fall in love with Australia.

This past weekend was the first of our last two weekends.  Since winter is rapidly approaching here in the land of Oz the temperatures have been steadily cooling, which means perfect beach days are often few and far between now.  With only two weekends left we feel the need to really make them count.  Unfortunately, the forecast for the weekend wasn’t great.  There was rain predicted for both days.  But, we were determined to make it work.

Luckily, we were able to miss the rain both days.  We left our adventures just as the skies opened up.  It worked out perfectly and we ended up making a few more memories to take home with us.

Saturday we stuck around town and headed up Mt. Coot-tha to check out the views of the city from the look out at the top of the mountain and then headed just down the mountain to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens for another meander through the gardens.  The views of the city and beyond from the top of Mt. Coot-tha were beautiful, even on a hazy, cloudy day.  We wandered around the look out for a little while, soaking it all in before heading down to the gardens.  Lucky for us a bunch of flowers, including cactus flowers and tropicals that weren’t in bloom last time were beautifully in bloom this time around.  We wandered around the gardens, stopped to let Maya climb all over the rocks in the cactus/rock gardens that she loved so much last time and had a nice picnic lunch up at the top of the gardens before heading back to our apartment just as it started to rain.  It was a lovely day.

5-21-11 View of CBD from Mt. Coot-tha [640x480]

5-21-11 Beautiful coral cactus flowers [640x480]

5-21-11 Can't get enough of the rocks [640x480]

Sunday morning we woke to find cloudy skies and more rain in the forecast.  Maya really wanted to go to the beach, and even though it wasn’t going to be a particularly warm day and we might get rained on, we decided to test luck and head to Main Beach on the Gold Coast.  It rained on us on the car ride there, but the skies cleared up by the time we got there and we managed to squeeze in a couple of hours at the beach before the rain clouds rolled back in and the skies opened up.  The beach was practically deserted, something we haven’t experienced at Main Beach, it is usually hoping with people.  There were a few other families and a bunch of surfers enjoying the rough waves, but that was it.  It was cool for swimming but Lorne and Maya managed to get in for a little bit.  We spent most of our time busy on the beach digging a big hole in the sand.

5-22-11 A quiet cool day at Main Beach [640x480]

5-22-11 Big jumps over the waves [640x480]

5-22-11 Lorne and Maya begin the big hole dig [640x480]

We ended our weekend having dinner down on the river at our new favorite restaurant, Boardwalk Bar and Bistro.  Every Sunday they have a special where you get a personal, wood fired pizza and a beer for $7.  Plus, you get to sit right by the water and enjoy the atmosphere that only cheap beer and pizza can offer.  Lorne especially loves it because he gets to drink mine and Maya’s beers since one of us is pregnant and the other a bit to young for beer drinking.

The weekend ended up being perfect, even if it did a rain a bit.  Now we are down to just one weekend left.