We loaded up in the car and headed off to Shepparton.
Just getting in the car was enough to adjust everyone's attitude and lift spirits. (Ethan's not sad in the photo above, he just has his head buried in a book).
We had driven not even 30 minutes when we saw a koala on the side of the road! I wasn't able to take a picture, but it was the cutest thing. The boys were beyond excited to see a Koala in "for real life" and it really made our day. Although, it was around this time that we already started wishing Dad was with us. I think over the course of the day it was said about 20 times that we wish Dad could be here. (Of course, Dad was busy building up at the house).
First stop was lunch at Hungry Jacks...
The boys rarely eat this kind of food so it's always a bit of a treat for them (as you can tell by their faces!)
of course they scoff down their food just so they can get to the playground...
Then we were off to Aquamoves! We had the place basically to ourselves and for a $15.40 family swim price you don't get much better value than that!
I had suggested that Ethan and Jayden have one try of the waterslide just because we "try new things" and they both said that once was enough. For all of about 30 seconds anyway until they decided to go down again and again and again. I was rushed off my feet catching those boys at the bottom. They were so brave and I was so proud of them.
Ethan also attempted his first swim without any floatation aids and feet off the ground...so proud of this guy who used to be so scared of the water!
We dried off and headed home pretty satisfied that we'd had an amazing, simple fun day out as a family!