The wrong side of 35

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

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Super dooper  birthday day.  Starting the day with people giving you presents is a very good idea indeed.  And it goes some way towards dulling the pain of turning 36.  Yep, 36.  I am not impressed.  I was considering having a midlife crisis, except I realise given we have sold our house and car, quit our jobs, and moved to another hemisphere - I don’t know what I could do to constitute a midlife crisis, which we have not already done.  So I might just dress too young for my age, that would seem the easiest thing to do. 
Back to presents.   I did well and got new wallet, super-cool cool-bag, wine rack and lots of other bits and pieces.  Woody got me a kid’s cook book and has earmarked all the things he wants to make.  This fills me with joy. He spends ages chatting me through all the recipes.
We head out to swimming and Woody is fabulous, and he kind of knows it, as he gives us the thumbs up lots in the lesson.
We then have a few Christmas presents to pick up and then we head for the beach.  On the way, it starts chucking it down so instead of sitting on the beach as planned, we go to the surf club (How very Home and Away of us!) We eat lamingtons and drink coffee overlooking the beach and cling to the table to try and not get blown away.  I display some very bad project management and finish my lamington whilst I still have coffee left (ideally, you should finish both coffee and cake at the same time) so I am forced to buy and eat a melting moment biscuit just so I can get the coffee / cake ratio right.  Very good.
We buy some supplies for later in the day, and head home so Woody can trash the house.  Grrrrrrrr.
We then head up to Mel’s for Christmas festivities in Windaroo.  Mel lives on this street where every house is decorated with Christmas lights, lots of them are properly National Lampoon stylee.  So we eat snacks out the back, I get some gorgeous gifts from Leonie (and my body weight in sweets.  Thank you!) and kids invent crazy games whilst we wait for the sun to go down.  Woody is in his element as Leonie's boys, Luke and Alex are there.  Woody follows Alex about and just stares at him smiling pretty much constantly.  Once it is dark, we sit in the front driveway drink wine, and eat fish and chips and watch the lights and watch the hundreds of people and tour buses go by looking at the lights.  Elwood is so excited he chats nonstop.  He spots a hole in the sky which he is confident leads to the North Pole and then he spots another hole which leads to Grandma in Billericay.  He cannot believe his eyes when he spots Santa’s sleigh.  When someone points out that it is actually an airplane, Elwood is in awe.  He nods seriously and tells me he has just seen Santa’s plane.  He is very happy with everything he has managed to spot from a driveway in Windaroo.  We then go for a wander around the street, with hundreds of other people, and we cannot believe how brilliant it is.  The atmosphere is amazing.  Because we are responsible parents we put Leonie’s 6 year old, Alex, in charge of Elwood and the two of them walk happily hand in hand up and down the street.  Cue proud parent moment.  Elwood is very tired but crazy happy and keeps bursting into song.  Lovely.
We head home and I chat to Mum on the phone and I drink that tropical sensation which is Malibu.
A great birthday indeed, despite turning 36.
Lots of Love from all of us.  x
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Tracy on

Happy Birthday Bree - wow, those lights are awesome. I think Andrew has found his Christmas heroes ...

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