Thursday, 22 August 2013

Spontaneous Combustion

I'm a planner.

If you know me or have been reading my blog for any length of time then you're not surprised by this piece of information at all, I know, but I needed to open with that. A confession, of sorts.

I love making lists.  I get a thrill sitting down with a fresh piece of paper and writing a title.  Even starting a "To Do" makes me feel in control and at peace. It's pathetic a little sad.

Obviously, something I don't cope well with is spontaneity. 

Even the word makes me shudder. 

I'm not entirely sure why the thought of any sort of spontaneous event leads me to think it could all end in disaster.  Spontaneous combustion, if you will.

Part of it is my own obsessive-compulsive issues, sure.  Another part is the fact that three small children and spontaneity don't really mix.  Things like food, drinks and nap times really do need to be considered and planned around.  For the sake of everyone's sanity.  

Finally, I guess it's also because new situations can be kind of unnerving.  

What I'm discovering more and more on this adventure that is parenthood, my reaction to things will influence how my children deal with similar situations in their futures.  Bottom line - Modelling how to cope with new situations is something I need to do for my kids.

So, I've been very pleased with myself when we do throw a few 'fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants' moments into our weekends.

On one such weekend, while out and about, we decided to head to "the park" armed only with a few snacks that we grabbed at the grocery store en route! (Fortunately, I am always within reach of my well stocked Nappy Bag, so we had water bottles, hats and baby-friendly, organic, natural insect repellant too!)

We ended up at the George Brown Botanical Gardens here in Darwin. This chance visit has led to us "discovering" one seriously cool tree-house. 

Three levels, stairs, ladders and slide make this a winner.  

The fact that it's build around an amazing, still-living-but-looks-like-it's-fallen-over tree is really awesome.

We had ourselves a play and a picnic.
The children's garden has a few other features, like a mini maze and a bamboo forest, which are fun for kids. 

It was so much fun we even went back the following week for a hike through the rainforest section of the Gardens to the waterfall.

Of course, that trip was planned.  There were snacks.  And water bottles.  And backpacks.  And the dog.

But, the 'spontaneity' of our visit meant that we didn't know the waterfall was closed for repairs!  But, you know what? ...We had lots of fun anyway.


  1. Ha Sarah, I am the complete opposite! The words 'routine' and 'organisation' make me shudder. I do it because I have to, but I'm all about spontaneity :)

    1. I'm sure we could teach each other a thing or two, Madelaine!
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