Thursday was Australia Day, so I'm taking a small break from holiday postings to blog about that.
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. From what I had heard, it was similar to our Fourth of July. Mostly I knew that Brian was off work and we would we be having something off the barbie at some point that day. I was happy when our local paper had a section devoted to what was happening around the area for Australia Day.
The closest celebration to us was at Fly Point, which is the same place the Christmas on the Bay was at. It's a nice park right on the water and just a few blocks from the marina. It is also supposed to have some of the best snorkeling around. When the boys get a bit better at swimming I'd like to find out for myself.
There were lots of booths and carnival type rides set up. Entrance was free, but of course all the rides were at a cost. No big deal, the boys had a great time. It reminded me a lot of a county fair. There were lots of demonstrations happening - line dancing, the surf club put on an exhibition, and a few local bands played. There was even a breakfast with a Bush Poet - which we skipped since none of us are big poetry people.
We knew for certain we wanted to see the raising of the Australian Flag and the National Anthem. We headed down about an hour and a half before that began and just wandered around. The boys even got Australian flags for a donation to the local marching band.
The boys saw the child sized Jeeps and that was all they wanted to do. Nath quickly informed me that he had a "child's license" and was therefore able to drive. He never could tell me where he got said license from, but we let him drive anyway. Brian had to cram in a car with Will, since Will couldn't reach the pedal. It was hysterical to see all these dads with their knees up to their chins helping their children.
|See what I mean|
|Nath was very serious, but not very fast|
|The almost wreck|
|"Hey! That's what he's going to do to me?"|
|I told them this was the only way I better see them in a police car|
|And a car for me|
|He was singing along with the Anthem|
|Lighthouse from the parking lot|