Birthday travels

Last week, I turned 40, and I knew I wanted to do something special for my birthday and I definitely did not want to be in Weipa. As I’ve mentioned before there is not that much to do here. I also wanted to spend time with my family. So a trip to the Gold Coast was planned. Joey did most of the planning, and he did an amazing job. We had a lovely time, after already having 4 weeks off work in Weipa it was nice to get out and about. I was most excited about being able to go swimming without the worry of Crocodiles 🐊. More on that later!

Beach walks were had, shopping, house hunting, catching up with a friend who now lives on the Gold Coast, shows, pool swims, FOOD, lots of delicious food. And lots of surprises from Joey and being spoilt. Plus a huge surprise in one of my best friends arriving from Melbourne πŸ€—.

My Mum and Step Dad, Bill (who flew up from Sydney), and Joey and I all enjoyed a lovely show and back stage tour at the outback spectacular all organised by Joey. It was a great night, even when they called my name out and announced to everyone waiting in the bar that it was my 40th birthday πŸ™„

On the day of my birthday, my little sister, Kathryn and her hubby Josh arrived (also from Sydney) mid morning. While we were all enjoying a swim in the pool with a fresh lemonade and vodka (thanks Josh) and trying to dodge all the random children, I got a tap on the shoulder, I thought it was my brother arriving, but when I looked around there stood my friend Mel, a huge surprise to say the least. It was so good to see Mel, we had a great few days hanging out and catching up, it was almost two years ago that we saw each other.

On the afternoon of my birthday Joey and I headed to the beach for our second swim. Now you may be aware of the recent news reports of the blue bottle plague, and yes the warning signs were up! The first day we swam, no problems, we saw two blue bottles floating after a while so decided to hop out. No such luck seeing any to give us warning this day……………Boom I got stung………….. Happy birthday to me! It has ended up with quite a reaction and I’m on antibiotics πŸŠβ€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ. The water was quite busy with lots of people swimming…………. and I seemed to be the only one that got stung πŸ™„

As the afternoon unfolded, other family arrived. My brother Darryn, SIL Kel and nephew Damon from Brisbane and my father David from Sydney. A big group that just fit at the Teppanyaki table. We went to Misono Japanese Steak house at the Marriott hotel. Teppanyaki is always fun…………….

All the slow mo videos below were taken and kindly shared by Josh – including his own selfie one πŸ€—

No Darryn is not shouting ^^^^^^^^ he is ready to catch the prawn πŸ˜‚

The seal noises provided by the chef were the best πŸ˜‚

The whole trip was a wonderful way to celebrate turning 40, it was lovely to catch up with the family. I’m so grateful everyone made the effort to come. Especially Mel. And my husband Joey did a great job organising and surprising me on several occasions. Thanks to everyone involved 😘


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