Broadwater Boy

Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
Trip End Nov 20, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Saturday, January 7, 2012

This morning starts slowly, we are all wearing lead boots today.

We have brekkie and a bit of a tidy up and the fellas work on the windscreen of our bus. It's looking good.

Noah gets on with some bits, and Woody and I head out to Broadwater Park.  Woody and I have a big wander around the park which for him involves looking for people on skateboards so  he can stare in awe and ask if he can have a go.

Twice at the park today we saw people doubling on a skateboard.  One time a man had his little daughter on the front of the board.  We also see a teenager skateboarding along, with his little brother on his back.  Elwood through this was the most brilliant thing ever

Later, I told Woody  about a competition where he could win a bmx bike.  He said he did not want to enter as he only wanted to win a skateboard.  Oh, man I am going to have to toughen up.  That boy has wanted a skateboard for quite a while, 18 months I think!) and he is only 3.  I will probably need to  wrap him in bubble wrap and take a hip flask of gin for my nerves!

We then go to a section of the Broadwater they have sectioned off as a pool  with a big pontoon in the middle.  Woody and I swim for ages.  He makes a friend and they play happily.  It is a brilliant way to spend a couple of hours.

We head home, via an ice cream shop, and have a late lunch at home.  Woody was rubbing his eyes a lot at the park and they have gone bright red, so I pop him in the bath to rinse his eyes.  His face and eyes go even redder.  We don’t think he can be sunburnt as we slather him in sunscreen but we are wondering if he either rubbed all the cream off around his eyes (and got burnt) or if he rubbed sunscreen into his eyes.  I realise we used adult sunscreen on his face, we normally use kids, and it looks like it is not agreeing with at all.

We try and keep Woody cool, as he is hotter than the sun, and he is insisting on wearing a Santa hat, so he looks like Noddy, and this is not helping .

Finally his face starts to calm down and we head into Surfers.  And Noah and I realise that we live just 5 mins drive from Surfers.  Imagine that!   There is an Elvis impersonator competition on the esplanade to celebrate Elvis’ birthday.  It is fantastic.  There is a great atmosphere, loads of people and the Elvis impersonators are just brilliant.  Woody creates quite a stir in his Santa / Noddy hat and he very unexpectedly starts dancing.  It appears all the time The Mothership  invested showing Woody clips of Elvis on You Tube  has paid off, he was a brilliant little mover and his wiggly leg move was hysterical.  Woody played with his Elvis figure in the sand whilst Noah and I watched the show.  It was great fun.  Randomly, right beside the Elvis extravaganza  there was a beach volleyball competition.  So you could kind of be watching both.  (Later in the evening they will be playing Elvis films on the beach – how cools is that.  Blue Hawaii, no less.)

Elwood starts getting a bit too hyped up,  and some of the people watching seem quite serious about their Elvis impersonators, so we take the overtired one away from the action.  One minute we are having a lovely time, we are wandering towards a cooking demonstration, and the next minute the 3 year old is in melt down.  This is no fun at all.  We decide to head home, and the storm passes by the time we get to the car.  Phew.  We head home anyway as the little fella really needs a kip.

Back at home I tell Woody he can play until dinner and he suggests he tidies up instead.  I think he is trying to make amends for his meltdown.  This is good.

Woody inhales his dinner, we have a game of Wiggles cards, having a lovely read and he is out like a light.

Noah and I have our dinner, watch a program about the building of the Palm in Dubai, I spend a load of money ordering groceries online, we balk at our finances, and I blog and Noah does some work.

Jaws comes on TV, so I watch it. We spend as much time as we can manage at the beach so I am wondering  why on earth I am watching Jaws?  I am so going to be freaking out at the beach tomorrow.  Yikes.  It is still scary!  Luckily it must be Jaws 2, it’s set in Seaworld, hopefully I won’t freak out at the beach!   I will not be getting a job at Seaworld. 

Goodnight (and try not to think about sharks)xxx
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