It was a fabulous afternoon. It was a little warm today in Sydney (probably still >30C outside now at 10pm), so the first thing that inspired all of us was this.
The kids embraced the opportunity to get wet with impunity.
Ben was in amongst it with the big kids in the raised part of the fountain within moments.
Charlie wasn't too keen to pose, but he loved the spouting water. A lot.
Elissa was just immensely happy to be wet. In any way at all really.
Of course, it ended in tears.
Ben hurt his finger and had a sulk. But I suspect it was worth it.
After we were all thoroughly soaked, we wandered around and found hula hoops for the taking.
That's St Mary's Cathedral in the background, and very probably Charlie's finger providing the smudge on the lens. It turns out that I can still whirl a hula hoop, but fortunately there is no photographic evidence.
There were snacks and strolls, and then we came across the wonderful
Tram trip home, supermarket visit to buy hot dog makings for kids and meat & salad for ourselves, plus ice creams because a day like that should always end with ice creams.
There was happiness all round, significantly enhanced by the air conditioning we can turn on so as to pretend it isn't 30 degrees outside.
Further Updates (also courtesy of Mim): Apparently we were at the fountain at the same time as the SMH photographer. If you look hard in this photo, you can see Ben, Charlie and Me.
*Chicken Little is an employee of a client who has decided that small boxes being in an inconvenient spot might jeopardise a whole office relocation. I tried to be professional in my response, I really did.
** Edited information provided entirely by Mim. I didn't even managed that bit.