This weekend we took a family trip across to Altina Wildlife Park just outside of Darlington Point. We had booked into the 1pm tour so we took our time getting ready at home and started the journey from my parents house just an hour away. The wind was freezing with rain on the way but we were all rugged and comfortable and nothing could dampen the kids spirits.

The tour via horse carriage went for 2.5 hours and was absolutely packed with so many animals to see. The park was huge and all of the animals came up so close and were all in big, clean, well maintained paddocks just like you would find them if you had seen them in the wild. We are a bit of a expert on zoos and wildlife parks having lived all over the country and visited most of the australian ones but Altina takes the cake it really was fantastic for everyone from babies to the grandparents, just awesome.

We arrived home just before dark. Absolutely exhausted but totally satisfied. I bet my kids would happily jump in the car and go again tomorrow.

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The kids did a lot of miles today starting with a walk into town and then a bike ride down the bend followed by feeding the kangaroo, eating cup cakes,walking the dogs, collecting wood for the fire and ending the day on a high by chasing each other down the hill on top of the kids plastic slide. The connections, the memories, the smiles. They were priceless.
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With the first week of holidays under our belt and three weeks to go I made the crazy decision to hop on the red eye with the girls and head south to visit my family for a few weeks. We arrived yesterday afternoon and after a good nights sleep we woke fresh and energised and ready for a few weeks filled with family adventures and lots of rest and relaxation.

The kids do not seem bothered by the cold at all. The hardest part is just getting Abigail to actually wear clothes and shoes, well that’s a whole other hurdle. We have never really done shoes before because who needs shoes in Darwin.

And the adventure…it’s everywhere you look. 

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Freedom

by Danielle on June 22, 2014

in darwin, family life, Uncategorized

Friday was the last day of school for four whole weeks The kids are now on holidays until July 22nd. The house was chaotic and I felt the need to embrace our freedom so we did what we do best and  fled to the beach. The light was perfect and the beach, almost empty. It must be all this horrible weather we have been having lately. Just kidding, the weather is PERFECT. The kids ran along the beach picking up shells and digging in the sand only heading back to the car when our bellies began to rumble. It was the perfect start to school holidays.
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Cleaning house.

by Danielle on June 3, 2014

in family life

My children are grots. Complete and utter grots. At least once, twice, three times a day I am kicking them out of the house so I can do boring things like clean it and when they refuse to leave the house their only other option is to get off the floor and entertain themselves. Which in all honestly they are pretty good at {most of the time}. Lucky they are cute or they wouldn’t get away with such naughty behavior.
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The Bali Diaries I

by Danielle on May 16, 2014

in travel

For Christmas my parents brought my sisters & I tickets to Bali. I know, I know. Best christmas present ever and then being his birthday  my brother decided to come along too, the more the merrier right on a girl weekend away. We flew out late and arrived in the darkness waking up the next morning in the most beautiful tropical villa.
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