Seeing as it was a festival I bought a $1 tube of bubble mixture from BigW the day before and went nuts blowing bubbles for the boys. Suddenly I was surrounded by children, all going absolutely crazy for the bubbles. All the parents joked that I should have been one of the entertainers. I felt pretty awesome.
On Sunday Aidan and I woke up bright and early, got dressed, packed our bags and waited for our friends Monica and Brock to arrive. She greeted me with a piece of cake for my birthday. The boys gave each other high-fives as we shuffled carseats about and loaded the car with all their essentials. A short drive to Homebush and we had arrived at Rhymes Festival ready to rock… toddler style!
As soon as we showed our tickets and got inside we headed straight for the food. It was almost lunch time and the boys (as always) were hungry. The first act we saw was Yo Gabba Gabba. Aidan’s jaw dropped, he pounced out of his stroller and was off dancing up a storm. The outdoor stage was our favourite place to be as it was nice and low for the kids to see and there was plenty of room to run around.
Monica and I packed lovely lunches and ate them in the sunshine. It was overcast but it was still a really nice day. The boys ran around crazily making new friends, jumping about and coming back to us when they were hungry. I had a great time chasing them about with my camera. Too hard not to, how adorable is Aidan wearing his cute baby hat! He loves to wear it, I think it’s because when he does every woman within a 5 meter radius tends to gush about how gorgeous he looks… we both kinda like it.
Monica and I didn’t get much of a chance to chat, we were constantly chasing after Aidan and Brock. Aidan perked up when Lazy Town came on stage and started trying to do star jumps and clapping his hands about. There were plenty of people but not enough to make you feel claustrophobic. The spaces were really open and no one got in the way, it was quite nice.
Aidan and I try to hang out with Monica and Brock (who is 20 days older than Aidan) a couple of times a week. They’ve known each other forever and they’re best mates, real little dudes. Sometimes they come over for dinner and the boys run off and keep themselves amused whilst Monica and I pass out on the couch and Steve gives them a bath and makes dinner… bliss! It’s our version of a girls night out at the moment. Thankfully Steve’s more than happy to indulge us.
I met Monica through our Community Health Mothers Group back when Aidan was around 2-3 months old. The boys are both our first and we’re almost the same age, it’s nice having a friend nearby to go through it all with together. Monica has always had my back and supported my business and often drops by to entertain Aidan so I can meet a deadline or attend an event. She’s a superstar in my eyes so if I can I invite her along to events and give her a few products I’m sent to try.
Aidan’s wanting more independence and I’m trying my hardest to give it to him. Trying to respect his space but keep close tabs on him at the same time. It’s hard to believe we’re already at the point where I have to teach stranger danger. Rhymes Festival staff were really great. They were visible where ever you looked and upon entry they gave out wristbands incase you lost your child. The front of the stage was always monitored as that’s where most kids tended to wander off to.
Burts Bees was a sponsor of Rhymes Festival, supplying luxe goodies in the change room area for free. We got there later in the day so a lot of the product was gone but that was ok as Burts Bees had already sent me out a Burts Baby Bee care pack in the mail. I’m heavily addicted to the Dusting Powder, it smells so sweet and Aidan giggles when I put it on. The Diaper Ointment has the same consistency as Sudocream but it smells great and feels softer. We use the Buttermilk Lotion every night after his bath, I love lathering it on myself too. The Banana & Beeswax Hand Cream lives on my desk, it makes my hands scrumptious and the Tinted Lip Balm lives in the car for emergency touch ups.
We took a break from the performances and decided to check out some of the other forms of entertainment including the silent disco. Everyone was handed a set of cordless earphones and they bopped along silently to the tunes. It was weird to watch, actually it was pretty hilarious and it was quite nice to take a break from all the sound.
There were Springfree Trampolines, market stalls, nursery rhymes and sing-along games. Playgroup Australia set up a massive play area with Crayola Craft products and, ball pits, tunnels and games. The boys had a ball especially once they found another lady blowing bubbles. After several hours it was nap time so we decided to head home, we were all tired. The boys dozed in the back of the car and Monica and I finally got the chance to have a nice long chat all the way home. It was a great way to spend my 26th birthday seeing Aidan and his mate have so much fun. I fully recommend attending next year! Thank you Rhymes Festival for a great day out full of Australian and international talent.