Well this weekend went soo fast. As enjoyable as it was, I feel like I didn’t get to spend some good, alone, quality time with my little family.
I didn’t realise how busy this Easter long weekend would be until Nav and I got into bed together lastnight – before 11pm I must say, which is unusual for us. Friday was public holiday so we went to Double Bay with my inlaws and khale (aunty) Fereshte and her family for a picnic. We pretty much spent the whole day there before coming home for dinner. On Saturday, Nav was back at work, so Aaliyah and I took a morning stroll to the shops then to the park, before coming home to clean up. Sunday morning, we decided to head over to my inlaws for breakfast – who live only 15min away from us. Aaliyah and I then took a nap – not sure for how long – which was strange because I never nap while she does during the day – and yet I felt more asleep than I did before I took that nap, how does that work? Anyway, we ended up spending our whole afternoon there for lunch and afternoon tea and games before heading home for dinner – dessert!
Easter Monday was to spend with our closest friends at the Easter show in Homebush. Our day began with a proper family breakfast at home – boiled eggs + wholemeal toast, drizzled with olive oil and a dash (trying to sound fancy) of salt and pepper with a few slices of fresh tomato. Yum… a simple, healthy and delicious way to start our day. We met up at Nellie and Danny’s place at midday, packed the 7 of us plus the two babies into 2 cars (Car 1: Nour, Wasfieh, Aaliyah, Laith & moi. Car 2: Nav, Nellie, Danny & Yanni) and started our trip. A long trip we did not expect – stuck in traffic with two babies who were exhausted from missing out on their nap and probably hungry. We decided at last to make a detour towards Lidcombe station, park and then train the rest of the way to the Easter show. Wasn’t easy at first, every parking spot was taken. All of a sudden out of nowhere, we stop on the side of the road and Nellie comes running back to the car from God knows where - she tells us that we have two parking spots? (judging by her hand gestures and body language). Apparently she spotted a Korean shop and went and spoke to them, and before you know it, we’re parking! By now the two babies were in tears, so we quickly jumped out of the car as soon as we were parked to grab them. Making our way to the station and hoping on the train could not have been easier, I guess having other people there to help with a baby and a pram while using public transport makes a huge difference. Once we arrived, first things first, FOOD! It was a bit overwhelming in a jam-packed venue with the heat and all the walking plus the babies to care for. Now that they are more independent and mobile, its hard to keep them happy and content in one spot for long – God I miss the days when they were younger. It was a long walk – sightseeing, eating, drinking, not much sitting, lots of talking and laughing. We saw little farm animals which the babies got to touch (or not touch) for a little bit before they both hit the hay-stack. Meanwhile, the boys had just made there way to watch the game - Eels vs Tigers at the stadium. So the girls (us) just walked around with the sleepy babies and did some shopping and eating. I finally got my waffle on a stick which seemed like a mission to get. Soon, the boys joined us, by now it was 6pm and it started to get a bit chilli. Wasfieh, Nour and Laith disappeared for a bit while we walked around and did some final shopping. I really wanted a showbag for Aaliyah and everyone else wanted to check the place out aswell, so we made our way to the showbag arena which was packed with people! Seriously?! Finally, found a Peppa Pig showbag and my journey was complete :) On our way out, we stopped for coffee, iced coffee, fish and chips and a rest. My feet were aching and my body felt overused. We trained it back to Lidcombe, Nav and I took Yanni home while Nour and Wasfieh dropped Nellie and Danny off as they only live 5min away from each other… makes sense.
We got home and put Aaliyah to sleep before we jumped in to bed not long after. But before we slept, I felt the need to send Nellie a quick (maybe too long) msg thanking them for their help and company. She and Danny were soo helpful with the kids, being playful with them and pushing the pram. Awesome, genuine friends are hard to find in this big fat world, so we are soo thankful that we have friends like them around!
Unfortunately though, we did not have a goodnights sleep - night sweat, nightmares and runny nose. But hey, atleast Aaliyah got her Peppa Pig showbag :)
Happy Easter everyone!!!