Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Five Little Reasons go to the Big City.

During the holidays, Brett and I kept saying we wanted to take the Five Little Reasons to GOMA, the Gallery of Modern Art.  Finally, one Sunday morning, a clear schedule meant that it was the day.

As we packed the Five Little Reasons into the car, we didn't tell them what we were doing, or where we were going.  We do this for a couple of reasons.  Firstly, it stops the constant questions of time.  There is nothing worse than a couple of children, who don't understand the concept of time asking millions of questions about "Are we going yet!".  Anyone who has told their child of a fun event ahead of time, will understand what I am saying.

Secondly, it means that Brett and I can take the adventure with the wind.  We didn't really have a "plan".  We just knew that we would be going to see the Yayoi Kusama: Look Now, See Forever exibit.  What happened around that, was up to the day.

This is generally how we run our adventures.   We find that having a general plan, but going with the flow, makes for a less stressful and more enjoyable outing.  

As we arrived in Brisbane, we parked in the QLD museum carpark and made our way up the elevator.  We walked along the Brisbane river side past the Museum, the state Library, and the Art Gallery, before finding the Modern Gallery of Art.

We stumbled upon a holiday workshop where the kids made some Robots from paper cups and bits and pieces and some rocket ships from cardboard and cellophane paper.  We looked through the big glass windows at the Children's section of the State Library.  Mental note - another day out.  

GOMA was fantastic.  So.  Much.  Fun.

After wandering around for a few hours, we decided to walk to Southbank for some afternoon tea.  As the kids played on the play ground, Brett and I sat on the grass with a coffee and a muffin.  

Brett decided to take a ferry across the river into the City.  We had to convince Joshua.  I think he thought it was going to be a ride.  He isn't a fan of rides.  So, after a little chat letting him know that he could sit on my lap the whole time and that we would sit inside the cabin, we boarded the city cat.

"This is fun mama.  Not scary at all!"

We wandered through the city, taking in the sights and sounds.  As we walked past Myer, Lucy reminded us that "This is the windows that we saw the Christmas Decorations.  That was my favourite day ever!"  My heart skipped a beat.  This is what it is all about!

After looking around for somewhere to have dinner, we decided on burgers and noodle box and with full bellies, we started walking again.  Without plan, we ended up at the Botanical Gardens.  It was dusk and as the Five Little Reasons danced around the flowers, the sun started going down.

As the sun set, we walked along the Brisbane River towards the story bridge.  Every now and again, a Reason would stop   -    "Take a photo of me here Mama".  

We ended up at the Riverside ferry station and decided to catch a smaller Ferry back to Southbank.  This was a magical, epic movie moment for me.  As we sat on the open top of the ferry, I sat in silence taking in my gorgeous family.  

As we placed our feet back on dry land, we could tell that the Five Little Reasons were becoming tired.  So we slowly made our way back to the car. 

This day out was one of those moments where I remembered what life is all about.   I am so blessed to be sharing this adventure with the best explorers in the world.

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  1. My Issy went there that particular day with her Nanny and had a great time. Did you see the fairy garden made out of sugar? We love GOMA they always have heaps of free things for the kids to do. Plus I am a member there. Love getting updates of whats going on.

  2. Gorgeous! I'm glad you had a wonderful day. these pics, are seriously gorgeous. Your kids, beautifully captured.

  3. Oh beautiful photos of a beautiful city. :)

  4. We went to GoMA recently. What a great exhibition! I love your description of your day. It does sound prefect. We took advantage of being in town today and had a great afternoon. Rachel x

  5. Elizabeth KAMANYIREOctober 7, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Thanks for your inspirational blog. It inspires me to enjoy my four kids.



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