We are squeezing in as much as we can into our last few couple of days in the land of Oz touring all of Sydney’s most famous landmarks. This caps off our final week on the Gold Coast, which was jam-packed. Addison absolutely loved her bumpy 4×4 ride on the sand roads of Fraser Island, plus she had multiple opportunities for one of her favourite new activities – “digging”. The island is 99% sand so there were digging opportunities everywhere.
The Great Barrier Reef was stunning, especially the parade of manta rays that paid daily visits to Lady Elliot Island. The Princess tried out a little snorkelling with a special floating board that has a window so you can lie on it and look down. But she wasn’t nearly excited as her Mommy and Daddy and that lasted about five minutes.
As you know, life is always interesting with our troublemaker. We did have one little incident while on LEI. A nasty centipede decided to pay a special visit to Addison in the middle of the night while she was asleep in her crib. It stung her lip and hand, causing a lot of swelling and pain. As always, our little trouper just kept going after the first night of shock and discomfort. Aside from her huge puffy lip, enough to make Angelina Jolie jealous, Addison just forged ahead with her amazing energy and enthusiasm for staying busy. I was more traumatized from the sight of that wriggling and rather large centipede crawling around in my daughter’s crib! Thankfully, Gong Gong hunted it down and got rid of it…permanently. Five days later, her lip is almost back to normal. We know Australia is the land of weird stinging, biting, poisonous creepy crawlies but trust Addison to meet one face to face.
It has been great to watch Addison exploring and embracing all the new sights, sounds, smells and tastes while travelling. In many ways, Aaron and I see her flourish when thrust into strange and unfamiliar situations. She is always up for an adventure. But I suppose with her life experience, none of us should be surprised at her resilience and zest for life!
Elaine, Aaron and Addison