We had free tickets to Circus Quirkus - thanks to the Lions Club of Manly - who were performing at Darling Harbour. After previous attempts at outings like this, with disastrous outcomes, this time we went with a plan.
The recipe to a successful outing seems to be:
1. Take an extra helper.
2. Have an alternate outing planned for Ashlea.
My sister came with us specifically to look after Ashlea. Seeing as we knew Ashlea would freak out due to the noise of the show, we arranged for Aunty Carolin to come to Darling Harbour with us. Her mission? To entertain Ashlea while Murray and I took Emma and Audrey to the circus.
It was a great plan.
We all sat in the sun at Darling Harbour and ate lunch before the show. Emma and Audrey engaged in one of their favourite activities - chasing seagulls. I on the other hand only managed to sit in their poop. Lovely.
Then, Aunty Carolin took Ashlea to the aquarium while the rest of us went to the circus. I believe there were still a few meltdowns - but none as severe as if we'd tried to make her sit through a noisy performance that she wouldn't really be able to see. She is very clingy to me at the moment, and was quite sad to be separated from me. Occasionally she would just say:
Mummy?That was until someone tried to make conversation with her and told her that her sunglasses matched her mum's shirt. Well that was it. It very quickly became:
MMMUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMYYYYYYYYYY!!!!Anyone else having clinginess issues with their SN kids at the moment???
After the show we had some afternoon tea, and then on the way back to the car, the girls had their first experience on a ferris wheel. I have no photos from inside the ferris wheel as Ashlea and I stayed firmly on the ground. I've got a little height phobia going on...
Ashlea was knackered by that stage...
All in all it was a great day out - and just what we needed. It's a shame Emma can't use this for news on Monday (they have set topics). The last time the topic 'recount a recent family event' came up she told the teacher we hadn't done anything. Sadly it was true.
Thanks Lions Club and Circus Quirkus - we had a great day!!