Our Queensland Getaway

It has been a tough couple of months here with my ongoing health issues and recent surgery. We are still waiting patiently for my biopsy results to come back but I have a feeling there will be no nasty surprises there. It is however always lurking in the back of your mind and it’s hard to relax until you get the official all clear from your specialist.

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When HB asked if we would like to join him on his work trip to Brisbane last week there was no hesitation in accepting. It was the perfect opportunity to relax, breathe and preoccupy my thoughts. I have never been to Queensland and I love to travel so the idea of exploring a new city for a few days was quite appealing.

I did not pack my running gear, I think this is my first trip away in almost 18 months that I haven’t packed it. It felt wrong but strangely liberating. Also, my body was telling me that I need a much needed break and some recovery time.

We arrived in Brisbane on Wednesday evening and the first thing Maggie did was jump in a warm bubble bath, she hadn’t had a bath for 8 months and over the next few days she took full advantage of it.

Thursday morning we were up early and out for breakfast in the CBD. One quick glimpse around and I could see all my favourite stores everywhere I turned: Myer, Nespresso, Lush, David Jones and the list went on and on. HB started to look quite nervous at this point. I love Darwin, but I do miss a good shopping day out in the city.

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Maggie adores Sofia The First and when she saw the costumes in Myer there was nothing I could do to stop her from putting on that dress there and then. She was quite pleased with her reflection in the mirror but then exclaimed ‘Oh no, where is my amulet?‘. A quick trip down the toy aisle and who knew they also sold Princess Sofia’s amulet?!

Yes, we love spoiling her.

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Every time she catches a glimpse of herself in a mirror she loves what she sees.
I hope this lasts forever. 

And she wore that dress between bubble baths for the next 48 hours. Every time someone stopped to give her a compliment or to say hello she would say ‘thank you very much‘. Princess manners are very important you know?

On Friday we moved to a beautiful apartment across from the Botanical Gardens hired a car and drove down to the Gold Coast to visit Dreamworld.

Snapping your picture the moment you walk through the front gates is a little awkward. 
Paying $22 for that picture stung a little. 
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A couple of hours was spent down at Wiggles World and then our little daredevil wanted to go on some bigger rides so we went exploring. We braved the log rolling ride in the chilly weather, HB promised me I wouldn’t get wet but I was soaked through. Maggie loved it though.

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Spot the princess in the fairy shop. 
It’s far worse than Where’s Wally?!
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I know where to put them now when I want some quiet time.

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A few more rides and it was time to go home.
This princess hasn’t mastered the side saddle position yet.

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The kid has more style than me.

After a full day of fun we headed back into the city where I finally managed to convince Maggie that the Sofia dress really needed a good wash and to change her clothes. We went out for dinner and I think we were in bed asleep at 8.30pm.

On Saturday we were off again, this time up to the Sunshine Coast to visit Australia Zoo.

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Our own little Wildlife Warrior got to touch, hold, snuggle and pat so many different animals and you could not wipe that smile of pure joy from her face.

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When she got tired HB carried her in the ergo.

Somehow she managed to score some cuddly booty

and wanted to do a little babywearing of her own.

I’m so glad we did this, but I don’t think we need to go back and do it again. Don’t get me wrong we had a blast at Australia Zoo and the experience was well worth it.

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I must have a set of these HUGMUGS.

We finished off our busy day by unwinding at the beautiful South Bank and I finally got to experience a little chocolate indulgence at Max Brenner’s for the first time. HB was rendered speechless as he drank his hot chocolate.

On Sunday morning we dropped off the rental car to the airport and headed home to Darwin. I was quietly high fiving the air when I discovered HB had put me in the aisle seat alone whilst him and Maggie took the two seats next to the window.

 

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That is one wrongly placed doll’s bottle ?!

I put my headphones on, watched the movie Labor Day and settled in for a few hours of crochet heaven.

I have found that short trips away can often be stressful and sometimes not worth it once you factor in the travel time and expense. But this little holiday was just perfect, it was a chance to reconnect, put our running training plans to the side and just enjoy life.

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