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Mission: To do something creative every single day. Here I will document that journey/mission with a photo of that thing.

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    So it’s Monday morning and I could tell my hunch from the night before was right. The boys (and I!) were in need of a little bit of a rest day. BUT this was our last day in Hobart, so I didn’t want to waste it resting! If we were staying for another week I would definitely have just chilled out at home all day. We don’t have a TV with reception (nor a DVD player, nor wifi to watch movies on the iPad), so I don’t know what we would have DONE on a home day, but in the end we didn’t need to anyway.

    We headed out in the morning after a slow start (I made us porridge for breakfast – another good meal to make yourself to stretch your travel budget), and went to the botanical gardens. We were there around 9:30, but there was a fair bit of fog today and I couldn’t really see anything! Meanwhile I had crying babies in the car, and I made an executive decision to google play centres thinking the boys needed a bit of proper fun, not just always walking around looking at stuff. We found one not too far away and headed there for the morning. It was only $7.50 to get in (for all of us!) This was Eli’s first time to actually go INTO the playground (in the past he has been a sleepy baby who either sits with me, feeds, or sleeps in the pram!), and he quite liked it. I’m sure once he’s crawling he’ll like it even more. :)

    Lior loved the play centre too, and wanted to go into the big kids area. He usually does this at our play centre at home, so I didn’t think too much of it. I grabbed some wedges and a drink and sat down with Eli. I could see Lior up at the very top looking down at the other kids, and could every now and again here a cry, but when I looked up at Lior he was always fine so I assumed it was another kid who sounded like Lior. Anyway, eventually I decided to go over to the playground and actually have a look because… mummy instinct and he is definitely NOT fine! He is actually bawling his eyes out up there, presumably because he can’t get onto this weird rope thing with a trampoline at the bottom (which I’m sure he would hate it if he went on, but he still wanted to try it). Anyway, this was a new play centre and I had NO idea how to get up to where he was. I had to quickly dump Eli down in the little kids area and hope he didn’t scream also, and just run up the first stairs I could find and navigate my way around to get to him. Of course then I got to a part of the play centre that I didn’t think I would a) fit through or that would b) support my weight, so I had to convince him to go through this precarious tunnel to get to me instead. In the end he did that and we got down to the bottom. We had a cuddle and he was fine. Actually, really fine. He saw the ball pit and wanted to go in there which I let him because… it’s a ball pit. What could go wrong in a ball pit? Well, let me tell you what could go wrong in a ball pit…

    I went and collected Eli and sat with him for a while in the little kids area while Lior played in the ball pit. I went over to ask him if he wanted to eat some of the wedges, and as I walked over I saw him standing in the middle of ball pit with a bunch of other kids sitting round the edges. Then all of a sudden I see this small kid (similar age to Lior) who is standing up on the top of the ball pit entrance LAUNCH himself into the middle of the ball pit and LAND ON LIOR. Of course Lior was already a bit sensitive so he was crying, and I was so ropable. I went a bit mental at this poor little kid and demanded he say sorry. But then I wasn’t even sure he COULD say sorry, so I got angry at the big kids sitting on the sides because… anger. And I told them that they should be looking out for little kids. They had these stunned looks on their faces, and I just gave up on it all and gave Lior a big huggle and we went and ate wedges. 

    So my relaxing morning at the play centre was not so relaxing!! You can’t plan these things all the time I guess. Both boys fell asleep in the car and I decided to go home and let them have a proper sleep there. I was confident I could transfer Lior to the bed and if Eli stirred as I brought him in I would have a nap too. His night sleeps have been absolutely shocking (we’re talking about 10+ wakings a night) while we’ve been away, so I could do with a little nap myself!

    Surprisingly (or not, if you expect these things to never work out) Lior woke as soon as I stopped the car, and did NOT want to go back to sleep, but I convinced him to just sit on the bed while I got Eli out of the car. Eli hadn’t totally fallen asleep yet, but I brought him in and breastfed him to sleep, and under the guise of “putting Eli to sleep” I sung some bedtimes songs, and Lior had to be an “example” and show Eli how to lie down and close his eyes. This works EVERY TIME. The best. They had a huge sleep together – over 2 hours, and in the spirit of our rest day I let them sleep the whole time. We headed in the car to grab lunch and then finally made it back to the botanical gardens!!

    The botanical gardens were great! If you’re in Hobart with kids then I definitely recommend it! Really, really beautiful, and the kids loved it. It’s a great free activity, and was really inspiring. We loved the Sub-Antarctic plant house – Lior especially. He was walking around in there and thought it was cool that it was so… cool! I found the vegetable garden really inspiring, and the succulents and catus. Very cool.

    I used the double pram and pushed the boys around, and I kinda regret it. The botanical gardens were a lot more hilly than I expected, and therefore it was a bit of a pain to be pushing around the double pram. If I did this again I would have Eli in the ergo and just let Lior walk, as once he was in a better mood that’s all he did anyway. It was great to spend some time just walking and getting Lior to find different colours, shapes, and plants.

    After the botanical gardens we headed home. I had promised Lior a treat at our local bakery – Jackman & Mcross but it was closed for renovations! Ah! We went for a big walk to find the other one only to realise that it was also being renovated! Bummer. We went to a different bakery - Daci & Daci, which wasn’t as good. All up it was a funny old day, but I would definitely recommend those botanical gardens. :)

    Hobart with Kids – Botanical Gardens So it’s Monday morning and I could tell my hunch from the night before was right. The boys (and I!) were in need of a little bit of a rest day.
    — 3 days ago

    #big story about a play centre  #play centre horror story 

     hobart to port arthur

    On Sunday we headed out to another recommended breakfast place called Environs. I had the eggs benedict (with mushrooms instead of bacon) and it was delicious. I haven’t had eggs bene that good in AGES. Unfortunately the coffee was only warm (and therefore cooled quickly). There were quite a few families in there, so we found it to be reasonably kid friendly. I always recommend if you’re just going out to eat, don’t bring a pram. One group sitting near us had a double pram and a single pram (two families), and it was just a bit unnecessary (from what I saw, though I obviously don’t know the family or what it would have been like for them without it) and a pain for the staff and other patrons. While we were having breakfast we gave Lior the camera to take some photos and discovered the battery was run out! Eek! So Luke went home (about a 3 minute walk) and put the camera on to charge, and then we took the charger with us so we could recharge again during lunch.

    We headed out to Port Arthur mid morning, and it was such a beautiful drive. It’s about an hour and a half from Hobart, and we managed to time it well with both the boys sleeping on the way. I could really see why Tasmanians love the environment so much. It was beautiful, and all around us!

    Port Arthur was so much more beautiful then I thought it would be. I mean, I didn’t think it would be ugly, I was just generally unprepared for its beauty, having only really read about it and not seen many photos before. It has a fascinating convict history, and was a great place to visit. We just got the cheapest tickets for entry which gave us a boat cruise around the area to see some small islands just nearby that were used in convict times, and a walking tour. The boat cruise was great, and very informative, and it was great to see Port Arthur from the sea perspective. The walking tour was also really informative, though our children didn’t really want to participate! Lior complained and didn’t want to sit in the pram, and Eli cried and was tired. We ended up just letting Lior run around wherever, and I fed Eli while he sat in the ergo and we walked around listening. He went to sleep pretty quickly thankfully! 

    One of my favourite buildings was the church. It was just stone walls and that’s it – space for the windows and doors, but there were none, and not even a roof. They must have all been wood, and a lot of the buildings in Port Arthur had no roofs as a bushfire had been through a long while ago and burned all the wooden roofs. It was so beautiful. I usually don’t like churches as they are full of awful religious icons I don’t care for in the slightest. Such an eyesore at times. But this church was beautiful. You could just appreciate the architecture and worship in peace if you wanted too. Of course it’s not a proper used church anymore, but that doesn’t have to stop you. ;-)

    I could definitely imagine this place in convict times, and I think it would be a great experience for older children to really spark their imaginations.

    We ended up just having lunch at the information centre there because of the power points (to recharge the camera, remember?!), and in the end I’m glad we did. I mean, the food was average, but on our way out we realised there weren’t many other options anyway. We did pack food for the kiddies which was a good move, because as you can imagine the food was not particularly cheap.

    After Port Arthur we headed into the Tasman National Park. We wanted to see a few recommend sites and ended up seeing the Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. We could have gone for a bit more of a bush walk further into the national park, but it was getting late, so we were glad we saw what we did! In true “Lior” form he made friends with another little boy along the path while were at the blowhole. I think the other boy must have been the same age as Lior, as they had about the same level of communication skills. When the other mother said, “give him a hug” they both immediately knew what to do and gave each other a big hug!! So cute!

    The Tasman Arch was SO much bigger than I expected!! I really felt quite surprised seeing it. The height we were looking down on, especially at the Devil’s Kitchen was just… breathtaking (literally for me – I HATE heights!!).

    It was another beautiful drive home, and all three boys fell asleep while I drove.

    We definitely recommend both Port Arthur and the Tasman National Park if you’re in Tasmania with kids, and if you can grab a hire car while you’re in Hobart, this is definitely a great day out. :)

    Tasmania with Kids – Port Arthur and Tasman National Park On Sunday we headed out to another recommended breakfast place called Environs. I had the eggs benedict (with mushrooms instead of bacon) and it was delicious.
    — 4 days ago

    #hobart  #national park  #port arthur  #tasman national park  #tasmania 
    Amo Dad

    The feeling when your son (your own flesh and blood) wakes up from a nap, looks up at you and says “Amo Dad” (I love you Dad).

    Just the best.

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    — 1 week ago

    Usually when we go on holidays Luke finishes up work after lunch and we explore together & then he finishes the work day at night when we’re home and Lior is in bed. But because on this holiday luke is working with Japh & they have an office space for the time we’re down here Luke has had to work normal hours. You can imagine he’s been looking forward to the weekend so that he can get out & do some things! We have saved a few bigger activities for the weekend. The ones Luke wants to do the most, so we aim to fit as much as possible into today – Saturday.

    First thing on the list is the Salamanca markets. It’s one of those iconic Hobart things, and considering our airbnb place is basically one block back (up the hill) from Salamanca place we definitely want to go there.

    At the markets Luke had a wallaby burrito, which was pretty yummy. I saw a few things I would like to get but I probably don’t need them and we don’t have room in our luggage!

    Once we finished at the markets we walked home, got in the car & drove up Mount Wellington.

    We had seen some snowfall on Mount Wellington on Friday morning, and thankfully there was still plenty of it up there when we arrived at 10:30am the next day. Lior & Eli had never been in the snow before so it was a great new experience for them! Lior doesn’t seem to feel the cold at all, but Eli grizzled a fair bit because of it. He needs little mittens! He would stop grumbling when I warmed up his hands in my glove & put them in my jacket.

    We had a bit of a slippery situation where there was ice & Eli and I tumbled over. Ouch! Not my finest parenting hour – dropping my baby on the ice. :-/ nothing some cuddles couldn’t fix though thankfully.

    The view from the top was SPECTACULAR! Just a beautiful way to see Hobart. Thankfully the clouds from earlier in the morning had lifted and we had a really nice view. We were able to drive all the way to the very top, which apart from being terrifying, was actually also really great. There’s a temperature gauge at the top & it said zero degrees exactly while we were up there. The temperature wasn’t unbearable unless there was wind, then we really felt the cold!

    We headed back down and went home again. The plan was to grab the pram so we could walk around and go to a museum. Just off our street is a pub-ish place called Preachers. It looked pretty cool so we stopped & had falafel burgers – yum!

    After that we walked back down to Salamanca and on to TMAG – Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery. This was a really great museum and art gallery, and Lior really enjoyed it. The Antarctica exhibition was great, as was the art down in the basement. This was a great museum / art gallery to visit with kids!

    We grabbed a coffee while there was still sunlight & then headed home before going out later in the evening for dinner. We ended up going to Mulan’s, which was really great Chinese food. I did feel a bit defeated this meal and wondered why on earth we EVER bother going out to dinner with kids (perhaps a bit of an over exaggeration seeing as we’d been out most nights that week & hadn’t thought that on any of those nights!). But these nights happen every now & again and I think it’s important to take a deep breath and work how it can be better next time. The thing I learnt from that evening was that 1) we should have brought something with us for Lior to do (anything from ipad to book to toy car), and we should have considered when Eli’s last sleep was before making plans to go out (he went to sleep in my arms as we waited for dinner – tiredness being the reason for his grumpiness!!). Thankfully luke held Eli for the meal time & I could eat in reasonable peace. Well, as peaceful as dinner can be with a toddler who needs to try everything on your plate. :-P

    Hobart with Kids – Salamanca Markets, Mt Wellington & TMAG Usually when we go on holidays Luke finishes up work after lunch and we explore together & then he finishes the work day at night when we’re home and Lior is in bed.
    — 1 week ago with 1 note

    The story of the sheep selfie is up on the blog. :) #zoodoo @zoodoo_zoo_tasmania #hobart #tasmania #carbistravels

    The story of the sheep selfie is up on the blog. :) #zoodoo @zoodoo_zoo_tasmania #hobart #tasmania #carbistravels

    — 1 week ago

    #hobart  #tasmania  #zoodoo  #carbistravels 
    Tiger tiger. @zoodoo_zoo_tasmania #latergram #carbistravels #hobart #tasmania #tiger

    Tiger tiger. @zoodoo_zoo_tasmania #latergram #carbistravels #hobart #tasmania #tiger

    — 1 week ago

    #hobart  #tiger  #tasmania  #carbistravels  #latergram 

    Hobart is turning out to be such a fun place to be. When I was planning this trip I wasn’t sure what the boys and I would do each day, but the more we do the more I find there is to do, and the longer I wish we were staying!

    On Friday we went into the city to do some errands and then we met up with Lauren and her lovely owlets for some delightful banana bread with caramel sauce and  dutch hot chocolate (yum! Will be making this at home!!). Lior loved having kids to play with (he always does, and has been asking for his friends while we’ve been away!), and it was nice to meet these people from my computer in real life. ;-)

    After some delicious laksa for lunch & sleeping little boys, we headed out to ZooDoo. I’d been warned a few times that this might be a bit of a… weird zoo, but it turned out to be one of the most fantastic zoos we’ve been too! I loved that hardly any animals were in cages. There were lots of paddocks and everything was well spread out.

    There was heaps of interactivity at ZooDoo and it was fun to touch so many animals. We even got some selfies with a sheep who then followed us around the paddock the entire rest of the time we were in there! Lior was actually getting a little scared that this sheep wouldn’t stop following us, so we went in to the wallabies.

    His favourites were the monkeys, which is funny as I would have sworn his favourite animal is a tiger or lion. He has lots of tiger and lion things because this is really what I thought! Perhaps he just likes pretending to BE a lion or tiger best, but he likes to look at monkeys more… who knows.

    Anyway, they do have a tiger and some lions at Zoodoo, and man, I thought they were fantastic!! I was totally in awe of the lion which was so huge and amazing. And the tiger was scary and huge and perfect.

    We spent about 2 hours at the zoo and could easily have spent more. We didn’t get to go on the bus tour thing, as we were never there at the right time, and there were other animals up the back we didn’t get to. Lior really wanted to stay longer, but the days are short here in Tassie in July, so as it neared 4pm we had to go before the sun set on us.

    On the way back to Hobart we had go through Richmond so we quickly stopped to check out the oldest bridge in Australia! Apparently it’s also the second most photographed bridge in Australia (I’m going to assume Sydney Harbour Bridge is first?!). I got some lovely photos of Eli smiling at Lior, and one of my favourite photos of Lior hugging Eli & I. LOVE!

    Lior totally surprised me by picking up the camera and actually being able to point it AT SOMETHING instead of the ground like he normally does. And then he surprised me again because he could actually press the trigger as well! So I ended up with a few photos of me breastfeeding Eli. Lots of blurry and out of focus ones of course, but Lior totally understood when I explained to him that he needed to find something he wanted to take a photo of, aim, and then press the trigger. I mean, I’ve been teaching him this for MONTHS, but this was the first day he got it, so yay! 

    For dinner this night I cooked up some sausages at home with a pre bought salad from Woolies. This is a definite advantage of staying in an airbnb place (or any place with a kitchen) – you can save a bucket load of money while travelling just by cooking one or two meals a day (or even just a week!) at ‘home’. Sausages for dinner cost us about $10 for all the ingredients, and we’ll be having the leftovers another night as well, so that’s a lot cheaper than $30+ for dinner out somewhere which is what it costs us nowadays, even for takeaway. I’ll share some good cooking while you travel tips soon. :)

    Hobart with Kids – ZooDoo Hobart is turning out to be such a fun place to be. When I was planning this trip I wasn’t sure what the boys and I would do each day, but the more we do the more I find there is to do, and the longer I wish we were staying!
    — 1 week ago

    #hobart zoo  #zoo  #zoodoo hobart 

    As I mentioned in the last blog post, I took some fun photos of the boys in the beautiful autumn leaves in St David Park here in Hobart. I had been meaning to take photos like this of the boys back at home, but there is only one spot I know of with trees that change colour like this, and I missed the window to take the photos, so I was thankful for a second chance! Anyway, how cute are these brothers?! I love them so much. :)

    Hobart Photos – Brothers Playing In The Leaves As I mentioned in the last blog post, I took some fun photos of the boys in the beautiful autumn leaves in St David Park here in Hobart.
    — 1 week ago

    Our first experiences of Hobart as a family are great. It’s not as cold as we expected & it’s super beautiful. The boys are doing so well with travelling, and we are taking things slowly but also making sure we use our time well. We want to relax, but not do all the same things we’d be doing at home, you know?

    Anyway, after getting in on our flight and catching a shuttle bus to our airbnb place it was lunch time. We headed out for a walk and picked up some chips down by the warf, and explored through town as we went to meet up with Luke’s work colleague – Japh. We grabbed a coffee with him, and then we split up – Luke & Japh to work, and Lior Eli & I to explore. I haven’t been to Hobart in years, and when I was here it was a work trip, so I didn’t do much exploring. It was really nice to just walk through the mall and arcades and get a bit of a feel for Hobart. We stopped at a supermarket to get some supplies – nappies, fruit, drinks, snacks etc.

    After exploring the boys & I headed back to our house and got ourselves a bit organised there while Luke finished work. We had some Indian take-away for dinner & called it a night! 

    The next day we woke up at like 7:30 (I mean, we had been up like a MILLION times in the night with Eli, but this is when we actually looked at the time and got out of bed), which was a bit of a surprise. It was still pretty dark outside, but we got dressed & headed to a bakery just down the road from us – Jackman and McRoss. We had breakfast there which was really, really great, and then Luke quickly headed to work as he was already late! The boys and I headed home and got our things ready for the day. It was a bit rainy, and we were off to pick up a hire car.

    Seeing as we now had a car I decided to take the boys on a little drive. We headed South West along the coast line, and when I saw a big old tower on the side of the road we stopped to see what was inside. Well it was this old shot tower, and it was a really fun little thing to see! There are HEAPS of steps, which Lior had to walk up himself as I had Eli asleep in the ergo. I am terribly afraid of heights I realise, and so walking up the creaky steps was at times a bit terrifying, but I was brave so that Lior wouldn’t be scared. It was so funny when we got to the top though because Lior would NOT go out on the ledge without holding my hand! As soon as I was holding his hand though he would tear off around the ledge and then of course I was carrying on with “Lior, just slow down! Wait, don’t touch that! Don’t go near that edge! Stop!” etc. etc. Anyway, thankfully it didn’t rain while we were up there (though it had rained on the way up, and again once we were at the bottom), so we could investigate safely.

    After the shot tower we kept driving down to Kingston and the boys fell asleep in the car (if you need a reason to hire a car when travelling with kids – this is it! Haha!). We met Luke & Japh for lunch back in town and had sushi – yum!

    We went for another explore, this time going down some new streets and finding alternate routes home. Because we went a new way we found a new park & this one has great big trees with turning leaves, so we have a bit of a photo shoot there (photos to come), and play in the park for the late afternoon.

    Pushing both boys in the double pram up & down hills is making my legs sore, so we are totally justified in grabbing some jam doughnuts and a croissant from the bakery. :-P I eat my croissant with HOT tea (our airbnb host has stocked the fridge/pantry with a few essentially like milk, tea, coffee, oil for cooking, peanut butter etc.), and watch the rain drizzle down outside. So lovely. I actually wear Eli in the ergo for this nap because his sleep has been beyond shocking & I really feel he needs a proper sleep. This is all part of going with the flow with kids travelling – even though he doesn’t nap in the ergo at home (actually at home he has been putting himself to sleep for naps), it is the easiest way to get it done when away & in unfamiliar environments (though it took me a day or so to work it out – I’m getting quicker at changing my habits the more we travel with kids!).

    Once Luke gets home we head out to Da Angelos – a local pizzeria and we have awesome pizza. We are overly critical of pizza because we can make such good ones ourself, but this is a humongous family sized pizza that needs a stand and the base is great.

    So that’s our first few days in Hobart. :)

    Hello Hobart – Our Family Holiday Our first experiences of Hobart as a family are great. It’s not as cold as we expected & it’s super beautiful.
    — 1 week ago

    #hobart  #tasmania  #travel with kids 

    Hello! We are now in Hobart after a quick stop over last night in Melbourne. Seriously, I think we were in Melbourne for like 2 hours of sunlight and that’s it. :-P That didn’t stop us having a bit of fun though, and it was nice to visit one of our favourite cities.

    First things first though, the flight. I had a few things prepared, but really just expected Eli to fall asleep during take-off and Lior to play on the iPad the whole time. Well neither of those really happened. Ha! Neither of them were bad, and it was actually a pretty good flight, but it just didn’t go how I had anticipated. Flying with two kids is definitely more challenging than flying with just one, mostly because you don’t seem to get a break from kid duties at all. I remember the “good ol’ days” when Luke & I would swap kid duties for aeroplane sleep. Not any longer.

    Eli loved playing with the little girl in front of us who was quite a little monkey. He did so well for his first ever flight, and took it all in his stride. He was quite curious about it all and I sat on the window seat with him when we went in to land and he watched the entire thing – transfixed! He slept for the last hour of the flight, and was generally not a worry the entire time.

    This Sunshine Coast -> Melbourne flight was Lior’s first time in his own seat. He was a bit nervous when the big engines started, and held onto me quite tight, but other than that he just cruised along. He did play on the iPad a bit, but also looked out the window, talked with the other kids around, and played with us. 

    We caught the skybus from the airport to Southern Cross station, and then they provide shuttles out to your hotel. We got a mystery deal on Wot if for our accommodation and got the Mercure on Terry St. It was a fantastic position – just near to the Queen Victoria Markets and also near to Swanston St. We’ve never stayed up that end of town before, but it was really good. I would definitely stay in that position again.

    I met up with a friend, Laura, for coffee and a sinful salted caramel doughnut (delicious!) as the sun set, and then we set out to find some dinner. We were on our way down to an Italian restaurant a friend had recommended but we passed a whole heap of Vietnamese places along Swanston St and I decided we would go to one of them instead. I have Vietnam on the brain at the moment as it’s next on my list of places to go. We went to “Rice Paper” and got a great selection of food & drink to feed all four of us for $50. Eli chowed down on some salad bits and before I knew it he had dragged the plate of spring rolls over to himself (how does he reach so far all of a sudden?!?!) and was nomming them down. So I guess he officially eats meat now. :-/

    Lior is being all toddler-like at the moment and would only eat rice. What happened to me food loving baby? Blah. We keep offering him things, and hope for the best. I guess it’s all we can do. Luke & I had a starter each and then mains (well, we had part of the spring rolls, but Eli kinda ate the other part of them). Such yummy, yummy food! And delicious lychee sodas (I had lemon soda) to go with it. I’m dreaming about making my own lemon sodas when I get home (it was just lemon juice & soda water – same for the lychee soda, just lychees & a bit of juice with soda water).

    We went for a big walk after dinner and got back in time to put the boys to sleep late – around 9pm. Luke went out to meet a friend for drinks and I stayed with the boys. I was so tired, I tried sleeping so badly, but when Eli woke up for his first feed of the night at 1:30am I was still awake. :( I just don’t sleep so well in beds that aren’t my own! Sometimes I think I have passed on to my children. We slept all four of us in the same bed which was quite a different experience. It worked pretty well though

    Four In The Bed – Overnight in Melbourne Hello! We are now in Hobart after a quick stop over last night in Melbourne. Seriously, I think we were in Melbourne for like 2 hours of sunlight and that’s it.
    — 2 weeks ago