New Farm Park, Brisbane

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A DAY OFF

For my daughter, Sonya's birthday, I wanted to surprise her by visiting her in LA and not telling her that I was coming. However, someone with a big mouth, who I won't name but I'm married to him, managed to tell her accidentally. Anyway she was very happy to know I was going to visit her with her sister, Carol.

So, for her birthday we devised another treat. Carol and I gave her some money, and Bernie and I gave her a day off looking after the boys so that she could go shopping in peace with her sister, which they hadn't done together for years.

So off they went leaving Bernie and me in charge.

 Bernie packed a picnic and took us to Coldwater Canyon Park in Beverly Hills. It is a great place for kids. A stream bubbles through the park and enters a small pool and then is pumped back to the top to run again. The children can paddle and climb along its route and float toys down. The boys had fun. 
 We had a picnic in the shade of the trees and then took the boys to the playground for climbing and swinging fun. It took some time to convince Fox it was time to go home.

 When we got home, Papa let the boys help make a Smoothie. He is a great Papa.

 Fox presses the lid and mixes the smoothie. Banjo is impressed.

 Taste test.......it needs more milk.

 Here it comes!

 Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm (There is quiet for a few minutes)

After that it was out in the yard to play until Mommy and Aunty Carol came home with some new outfits. They had a great day shopping and having lunch together. Sonya enjoyed her day off but the silly girl had moments of feeling guilty about spending money on herself and leaving the kids on a Sunday when she should be home with them. She sure is a conscientious mommy.

22 comments:

  1. A mothers heart is always beating even on a day off. A nice present for her to have time with her sister as in old times. The kids are adorable and LA has some fun playgrounds for them.

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  2. What a great day for all. Sonya had a happy birthday shopping with her sister and Grandma had a fun time with the grandchildren. They are cuties. Have a happy day!

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  3. Vancouver Canucks shirt cool:)
    Oh you certainly know a great birthday present that was a GIFT to all. What a great day I can tell everyone enjoyed it. Way to go. B

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  4. you will come home with wonderful bonding memories Dianne; and boy I bet you will sleep on the flight too. Great photos and what a fun place for kids.

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  5. That was lovely of you to send your daughters shopping :) the children are lovely.

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  6. Every mother deserves to have a break now and then. It makes better mothers. This looked like such a fun day. There is nothing better than spending a day with grandchildren. It's so much fun to see the world through their eyes.

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  7. Thanks again Mum and Bernie for giving us time together! I really enjoyed it!

    I loved seeing these photos of fun in the park. I miss them all so much already! Xxx

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  8. awww. what a treat for her and her sis.

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  9. these photos are great, so sharp and clear and the brilliant colors.. i like the turtle fountain and i would like playing there to...

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  10. They are so cute! They help with the blender too

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  11. Children and water, the perfect combination. Good pictures.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  12. The boys are just adorable. It looked like they had a fabulous day with Dad and Grandma. Great photos.

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  13. Always the guilt! I'm sure she had a great time shopping with her sister and just one look at your photos would convince anyone that the kids had a fantastic time too.

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  14. Loved all the photos, smoothies are great Little Leo loves to help me make them for him.

    Hope your daughter had the best birthday, and men can't be trusted at times to keep a secret.......lol

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  15. Those boys are so cute with such lovely hair!
    The park looks like a wonderful place to play.

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  16. Great pictures and a lovely day for everybody. I wonder where you daughter learned to be such a good mother ;>)!!!

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  17. Is Bill still in the doghouse for letting out the surprise? It looks as if 'Plan B' worked very well. It's apparent that Fox and Banjo had lots of fun.

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  18. That was so nice of you ---and I'm sure that Sonya enjoyed some time away from the boys... All Mama's need a break at times. That makes them better mothers!!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  19. What a great day together and that smoothie looks good.

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  20. How wonderful for you to spend time in the States with your family. Memories to treasure. (I think it's funny you have a grandson named Fox and I have one named Bear! Actually it's short for Barrett but we call him Bear.)

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  21. a real mum Sonya is The kids are gorgeous and what a fun to make smoothies The kids are gorgeous

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