17th of September
On Sunday night the night before leaving to see the girls up north, I was busy packing for the kids and I. I knew that we would have to hit the road early so it meant that the packing had to be done the day before. After finally packing, it was time to settle the kids and get them off to bed so that the trip wouldn't be to much for them.....Well lets just say they found it hard to sleep and so did I. We were all nervous, I was nervous because I have never driven so far before and for so long. I was also nervous about taking my new car on such a long drive. (but I was so glad we were traveling in it and not my old bomb....LOL)
We hit the road at 8 and there was no turning back now. On the way up we played the old game of how many road kill were on the side of the road......(total 19 that was up and back.....LOL)
We stopped twice on our 3-4 hour drive, once at Campbell Town and that was at 9.30. The kids loved getting out of the car for a half hour rest and I appreciated the break as my Bum was getting numb already...LOL (oh I forgot we had to have an emergency loo break for Sarah she as busting to go it was a good thing I packed the potty and the was just before we got to Ross....LOL)
It was time to hit the road again and this time we were going to try and do the rest of the trip with out any more stops (well thats what I thought...LOL)
We got as far as Latrobe and we has to pull over, my ass was beginning to go numb again and Grace was busting to go to the loo. Latrobe is a pretty little town they has only one main road and you wouldn't believe it I couldn't find the toilets and some were for the kids to have a play. So we stopped at the first shop there and asked for for directions. The lady at the shop was lovely and gave us a loaf of bread for the kids to feed the duck at the river. So this was a last stop. I rang Alli to tell her where we were and she said that we were only 45 minutes away from Somerset and that just blew my mind.....So it was a quick feed the ducks, eat an icy pole and toilet break and then it was on the road again.
We finally arrived at Allison's house at 1.30 and it was a blow out. I had seen Alli's house only in photo's and to be there sitting inside her house and having lunch was unreal. I so do love your house Alli, its so homely and well loved.... :D I also got to me the infamous Dwayne (Alli's Hubby) Dwayne is lovely and friendly. I also got to meet Alli's mother inlaw and also Alli's son Blake who is a lovely boy too. I can see a friendship between our to families for a long time.
It was great to be there with Allison and her family and to just relax and have a coffee after such a long drive. We sat around for a good part of the afternoon chatting and catching up then it was almost time to head to Marion's house. But before we did that Alli took us to the beach to get some pics and also to a park for the kids to have a bit of a play.
When we got to Marion's place it was time to unpack the car and get the kids settled before the Drinking began. My children were wrapped to spend time with Marion's girls as the last time they were down here they had visiting to do and didn't get much time with them. Tracey and her hubby and kids were coming up after dinner and there was going to be a goog time had by all...hehehe
Mazz and I popped out to the shop while Alli and Gazz stayed home with the kids, so I got to see the main drag of Somerset. (one street town....hehehehe I'm such a city slicker....LOL)
While down the road Mazz showed me the Stamping Bug which is the girls scrapping store up there. It was exciting knowing that the next day we were going there and doing some shopping.
When we arrive back from being down the road I was surprised to see that Tracey was already there, and even though I told Tracey not to be nervous with meeting me....I suddenly had nerves meeting her...LOL. I walked into Marion's house with a bit of shyness, but hey after a few cruisers, Tracey and I got to talking and she is one brilliant chick. She has a great partner (Mick) and he was great fun to be around and I got to meet 3 of Tracey gorgeous children that she is alway scrapping about. Mazz's house was crowed with 11 kids and 7 adults and we had a blast taking pics of each other sharing a couple of drinks and having a good old sing on singstar....hehehehe (oh I have some videos of that to share with everyone....LOL)
The 3 Sarah's Alli's Sarah, My Sarah and Marion's Sarah
After waking up the next morning tired from the night before( and you can I tell why....LOL)
The girls had the day planned out for us.....It was breakfast first then Mazz, Alli and I were off to the Stamping bug, Gazz stayed at Mazz's with the tribe. I was like a kid in a candy store see all the gorgeous product that the stamping bug had. I just keep piling items on to the counter and was not keeping track of how much I was spending.....(Oh and it didn't help that the girls keep showing me more new stuff..LOL) Well $160 later I we walked out of there with smile's on our faces...hehehe
Then we came home packed the kids into two cars and head off to Devonport for some more scrap shopping and also to feed the kids at Hungry Jacks and take them to a play area up there called Jungle Gym's, While Alli and I went to Bev's for some more retail therapy, Mazz and Gary Stayed with the kids and watching them run round like chickens with there heads cut off. Alli and I had a blast at Bev's and I thought that I was quite a good girl and didnt spends as much money as I thought I would. (mmm is another $80 on top of $160 before....LOL)
Any way after spending an hour at Bev's we came and rescued Mazz and Gazz from the kids....It was funny they had just finished a coffee and the kids hadn't needed them at all....It was funny to see there read faced on the trip back home to Marion's the kids were quite and well worn out. That night at Marion's we just chilled and I got to catch up with Maryanne which was great.
Today was my last day with the girls and I felt sad to leave them!! knowing that I would get to catch up with them in ages was hard to come to terms with. I just couldn't believe how fast the time has gone. The kids were already talking about our next trip up there and they were all excited. Marion's and Alli's kid keep asking when they were coming down to see us...LOL
Alli had the morning planned for us before we left. We were going into Burnie to see her sisters gift store, Alli works there on the weekend and on days when she is needed. Gay's shop was amazing. It sold beautiful gift items and they were just putting out there new Christmas decs. Oh course i had to buy something there. So I brought some gorgeous chocolates for Lance and I brought myself a beautiful Christmas dec and a scented candle. It was cool going into Burnie for the morning it was just a shame the weather has turned crappy and that we need to hit the highway early because of a road closure. I would of loved to have spent more time with Alli walking around Burnie and seeing the sites of there city. As I followed Alli out of Burnie and on to the highway, I felt my heart go heavy. It was hard leaving the girls behind. I know that I have made friends for life with these girls and that I will treasure every moment with them!!!
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