By Friday of last week, three out of five of us were in a downward spiral. As you recently read, Jackson was solid. Kenyon rocked his first week of school and was doing great. Sam was okay but even his wake-up-and-stretch-and-meditate routine that had armed him with Zen grooviness the first part of the week was starting to wane. Alex was actively despising school and everything related to it, and between absorbing Alex's stress and the rainy weather, to say I was on edge would be very kind.
The universe smiled upon us in the form of sunshine Saturday morning, and we eagerly packed up a lunch, gathered our beach gear and ran out the door. The stress of the preceding week was left in the wake as we practically skipped towards the beach.
As Alex and I jumped waves, he was gleefully exclaiming things like "I feel like tip-tapping!" and "I'm so so happy right now!". I smiled and laughed, all the while silently hoping he could bottle up this joy and enthusiasm to help get him through this next school week.
On Sunday, we woke up bright and early to catch the train to Sydney, although trackwork on our line meant we ended up on the bus this time. Sydney and surrounding areas have Family Funday Sunday, which means that for a mere $2.50 per person, there is unlimited travel on trains, buses, and ferries in the greater Sydney area. A bargain in Sydney? It looks like this is the only one, so we're going to take advantage of it. I wanted to do something special to celebrate surviving the first week of school, so I bought tickets to the Harry Potter Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. Alex was chosen to be assigned to a house by the Sorting Hat; to his delight, he is a Gryffindor. No pictures were allowed, but the exhibition was an amazing display of Harry Potter film artifacts and the kids were enthralled by the entire thing. In fact, they loved the whole museum and were exclaiming that it was the coolest museum they had ever been to, even though much of it was under renovation construction.
|these sesame prawns were my favorite, although Kenyon enjoyed them as well|
Darling Quarter, where a massive playground with water features was beyond the kids' wildest imaginations.
|the older boys hard at work at the water scoop...|
|...while Kenyon chillaxed in the bowl.|
Now ready to relax, we looked forward to a ferry ride for a little tour of the Sydney Harbour. On the walk over, we spotted this...
Words and my pictures don't do the Sydney Harbour justice--it's truly gorgeous, and we all loved every minute of the ferry ride.
|the entrance to Luna Park, Sydney's iconic amusement park|
A man playing the didgeridoo set to some background trance music occupied us during the wait for the bus home...
...and we all felt just like Kenyon did.
An epic weekend was had by all, and here's hoping it will carry us through the week until the next one. Looks like it's working so far--Alex met his goal of not complaining on the walk to school, and even made a friend!