NYE started off by taking the kids to see A Night at The Museum at the flicks. A must see movie for all ages, packed with laughs and quite a bit of history I must add. My other half went into Melbourne to work for an events agency of sorts and set up the riverside party from 12midday.
After a long day sleep I took 3 of my kids into town via train, free transport for all on NYE and some of NY day aswell. So, the train slowly filled to capacity at each station nearing the CBD. When we got off the train there were sooo many people everywhere. Connex employees were ushering the crowd in the right directions, keeping a steady flow going, well done to them. They let us out with the pram from a certain barrier.
We walked riverside down past Federation Square where the party had already begun, live bands, big plasma TV's and people setting up their spot for the 9:15pm family fireworks. Walking along another minute or so we got to Birrarung Marr where the Alcohol Free Zone was for families....no..not FREE ALCOHOL as some of the young adults were inquiring of my other half throughout the night, jovialy of course :) LOL
The kids and I met up with their dad, were taken into a compound guraded by security where they got to empty their bladders, have a soft drink or two and some BBQ. Hubby had to deliver a headset to someone at a live site down stream, so we followed. There were live bands from High Schools it seemed, having a battle of the bands. Kids with spikey hair and rings in all orifice, and perhaps other areas of their bodies, were in awe of this uncomprehensible music, LOL. OMG, do I sound old??? Hahahah.
When we left there we went back to the compound, got some cardboard and went back to the riverside where the kids were able to slide down, on the cardboard, a 5 story incline of a hill. What a blast!!! They were sooo tired. Then, at 9:15pm, the fireworks that went for about 7minutes light up the sky from barges on the river. Everyone loved it.
We then walked back together and got some hydration going, the kids had a play at a groovy park they have set up ther and we proceeded back to the station. This is where it got messy. We stood, in a line of prams for 30m ins to get into a lift to take us down to the platform. Then, a Connex lady came up to me and asked if I wanted to try another avenue to get to the station platform. At first, I was hesitant as I'd been in line for so long. But, as I thought we'd be waiting until next year to get into the lift, sigh, I took that option. Along with the lady in front of me and her 3 kids. So, we took the platform 10 lift down and then ushured along to our respective platforms. It pays to be wearing that Connex lanyard that keeps my mobile phone secured to my neck (wink).
We got the 10:35pm train, and got home just in time for midnight. Not before Sarah fell asleep on the train though. Our street went crazy with fireworks and poppers and everyone was yelling out happy new years.
In all, I would do it again next year with the kids in tow to the city, as I know the easiest way to the platform to get home. But, I am hoping we can all go away to Sydney in the bus to celebrate it there, and that my other half not work, nor I, on NYE, so we can see in the new year together. There is only one life time together, I want to make sure we spend as much of it together, especialy since I may well not have survived 2005 already!!!
My New Years resolution is not to make a resolution, LOL. But, I have to say, I reckon I might just resolve to have a Christmas tree like the one pictured, though, the bottles will need to have childproof lids on them :)