My dog was given a huge bone this morning and didn't want to play with Gladys, so instead she came to work with me. We were in charge of sorting keys... such an important job I have. Surely the company would not survive if I were to leave.
Here is Gladys with all the keys neatly in their rows.
Then tonight we babysat my cousin. We played Super Mario Party 8 with him. And won every single game. I don't think he likes us anymore... maybe we should have been a little nicer to the ten year old...
Oh, and we;ve decided that Gus is trying to make us look bad because we received a SECOND postcard today! This one if from the longest pier PLEASURE pier in the world!! I'm obsessed with giant things so this is so cool!
Pancakes for breakfast this morning. Gladys and I shared some cinnamon apple ones but also tried the banana walnut ones my sister had ordered. They were so yummy!!
While we waited to be served we played giant chess.
After breakfast we caught the train out to Werribee because my sister wanted to visit the zoo. And it turned out to be a great idea and we had an amazing day. It was an open range zoo so there's not as many animals as a regular zoo - but instead the animals have so much space to roam and you are able to get incredibly close to them!
We went on a safari ride and got to see giraffes, lions, hippos and more! It was such a fun day and we got some great photos. As usual the best are kept safely hidden for Gladys to take home in her scrapbook.
Gladys also got VERY close to some of our native animals. But those photos will have to be saved for the scrapbook as well! She was so very excited to see a ____________ jumping on the path right in front of her! Seeing a huge ____ blocking another path was not quite so welcome. Especially as i'm terrified of birds!
That night we went to the Crowne Casino for dinner. No photos because they frown on that when you are gambling... :P
Today we caught the tram (how one travels around Melbourne) to St Kilda.
St Kilda is a suburb of Melbourne and it's biggest attraction is the beach. Unfortunately June is not beach weather on our side of the globe. To make Gladys feel more at home we had scones and jam out on the pier.
Gladys got a little bit cold with the icy Melbourne weather....
So we went back to to city for a little shopping for something to keep her warm (but we won't tell what it is). We spent most of the afternoon shopping at DFO - a huge mall of factory outlets. Our favourite shop by far was Frat House which sells American clothes such as Hollister and American Eagle.
That night we went to see Jersey Boys, a musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Poor Gladys had "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" stuck in her head for DAYS afterwards~!!
Since Australia was celebrating Queen Liz's bday this weekend my family decided to take advantage of the break and go on a mini holiday to Melbourne, Victoria. Gladys learned that it takes just 1 hour 9 minutes by plane to get there.
We had a fun plane ride watching old episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Gladys also listened to some Glee on my ipod. She's become quite the fan - i'm such a bad influence on her. But is is keeping her distracted from the fact that she swapped places with Gus and is now missing out on seeing Aerosmith! I'm not sure she'll ever forgive me for that! I wouldn't!!
Brunch in Melbourne at the Queen Victoria markets. A lime milkshake (which Gladys stole from my Dad, there's no way I was trying something that colour!) and nachos!
Wandering through the markets - a little of a let down. The ones in Sydney are MUCH better! :D
We spent the afternoon shopping in Harbour Town (note: this will be a recurring theme over our holiday). So many wonderful shops. And the place was decorated with lovely lanterns! Such perfect weather for a city that is always talked about as cold as miserable! Us Sydney-siders are so horrible to our Melbourne (our rival city).
Sydney has been having a LOT of rain lately. So much that Australia made international news! We know that doesn't happen often~!! :P
Anyway we finally had a break from it this afternoon. And when we looked out the window and saw the most amazing rainbow. The biggest i've ever seen and the end of it was so close to us! just across the bay. Gladys and I considered driving over to the next suburb to see if we could find the giant pot of gold at the end....
My camera wasn't working well so this photo doesn't do it any justice. You'll have to trust us that it looked awesome.