Ryan woke us at 8am and we were so surprised that we all got a sleep in… Until David told us Ryan woke him at 4am so he gave him Peppa Pig on his phone to watch lol. We packed up the car, said goodbye to the motel and headed to Pukekura Park to see the giant water wheel. Ryan loved it last time we came, in July, but we didn’t see it last night.
We also missed the kids playground last night and discovered that they have revamped it. Ryan loved the water play spinning cups!
We decided to find a geocache while we were here, not realising the one we picked was up a hill (zigzagging steps) to a lookout. We were sweating but Ryan was happy because he could see the fountain from up there 🙂 And we found, signed and rehid the geocache 🙂
At the playground Ryan had a jump, swing and a turn on a very interesting slide!
Ryan has been asking to go on a Flying Fox for a while but everytime we see one it’s very high or he says no, when we offer a turn. Today we found the perfect size one and Ryan LOVED it!
Then it was off for a drive… To Te Rewa Rewa bridge. What an awesome sight this was! And Stefan and David raced off and found a geocache, while Ryan said hello to everyone who came past. It’s a very busy place so lots of hellos! As we were leaving I noticed a view of the mountain and asked Ryan to stand on the seat so I could take a photo. He jumped up and yelled “I’m the king of the world” making a few people laugh 🙂
Lunchtime was at Burger King and Ryan found the TimeZone area. He was very pleased when he won some chocolate bars from a claw machine!
We popped into a clearance shop and I picked up some games and books for Ryan’s homeschooling activities. Ryan was sitting in the trolley and saying hello to everyone we passed, even getting a high five from a guy, and we headed for the checkout. For some reason Ryan’s impulse control disappeared and he grabbed a plastic toy from a display box and threw it, hitting the poor checkout girl in the forehead! I was mortified! Stefan quickly exited the store with Ryan, and David and I apologized and asked if she was OK. She said it really hurt, but she was OK. We finished paying, apologised again and left. When I asked Stefan why he didn’t wait for Ryan to apologize he said Ryan was starting to laugh and he thought it would be worse to stay and have Ryan laughing at what he had done. I agreed, and we talked to Ryan about the lady being upset, and that he had hurt her. He said he was sorry, and was quiet for a while. I hate situations like that, and it came totally out of the blue!
Our last stop was a walk along the waterfront and Ryan asked to sit in the pushchair. He liked the crashing waves and we all got some fresh air before we started the 3hr drive home.
At the petrol station Ryan was excited to see the car wash going.
Ryan started getting carsick every half hour or so, dry retching, so we had to stop often for a walk or sit under a tree until his tummy settled. He was having a few short absence seizures and saying his head was “doing funny things”. Stopping often was a good excuse to find a few more geocaches, and a play at the park in Hawera. We even discovered an Elvis Presley museum in Hawera so we will go back one day to look inside – it was open by appointment only.
We were home with time to do a load of washing (Ryan’s first request), then a shower, dinner and bed. We did a lot in 2 days but it is very good to be home again 🙂