Yesterday we were both up early again and by 0900 we had enjoyed a walk on the beach, breakfast aussie style at the Surf Life Saving Club; croissants served with apricot jam and vegemite; socked the new spinnaker, stowed all our new spares, set aside all the DYI items to be completed over this cyclone season, purchased our cruising guide to New South Wales and paid the marina to stay an extra few days given the storm that was battering the south east coast of Australia and which was forecast to reach us today.After a delicious fresh fruit salad for lunch and with the rest of the day to do as we pleased, we decided to take the tram to the Pacific Fair mall and replace Elaine's comb and nail clippers which mysteriously disappeared during our travels back to the US. We also took the opportunity to purchase some new tea towels and a new memory foam mattress topper for Elaine's bed. Late afternoon snacks and sundowners were enjoyed aboard before a light dinner. It was also the first night since our return to Australia that we both managed to stay awake until a reasonable hour before heading for bed. This morning Roy was awake early and used the time to replace the anchor swivel and the water sensor in the starboard saildrive, while Elaine enjoyed a sleep in. After breakfast we enjoyed another walk on the beach, followed by a mid-morning coffee at the Surf Life Saving Club. The remainder of the day was spent reviewing the various charts and cruising guides, as well as setting our route in preparation for our passage to Sydney. Although the wind had picked up significantly, fortunately the rain held off and, by late afternoon, it was time to dinghy ashore to enjoy the Mayor's Christmas Carols at the Broadwater Parklands followed by a spectacular fireworks display. It certainly inspired us to think about decking Paw Paw's halls!
It wasn't that long ago we were counting the "sleeps" until we saw the family and now we only have four more "sleeps" left before we have to leave them and head back to Australia. We've thoroughly enjoyed our time with them and the past few days were no exception.Although Elaine spent Saturday at the local Queen Creek library for a little peace and quiet to get some paperwork completed while Roy visited the storage unit and we've spent a few days running some errands, we've still had plenty of time for family walks, playtime at the park, movie nights, barbecues and family time around the fire pit just to take the chiill out of the evening air. William has also enjoyed his bicycle rides and Roy has cooked up a few storms in the kitchen, much to the delight of the twins. By yesterday though, Grandpa needed an afternoon nap, so he joined the babies, but woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed to enjoy Keenan and Brooke's friends who had come over to visit. Today was "mom and son" day, so, after fetching Keenan from the airport, him and Elaine headed off for their afternoon together. Lunch was enjoyed at San Tan Flats and although the plan was to go to the movies, we opted instead to go off roading in his new truck. It's fair to say we both enjoyed our time together without the demands of family life. By the time we got home Roy, Brooke and the rest of the family were well into their afternoon of backyard games; corn hole and ladder ball. The day was wrapped up with another barbecue, roasting marshmallows and we got to taste a "smore" for the very first time. By the time we headed to bed, we knew all was right with our world, including Paw Paw. A great big THANK YOU to Ros and Rick off Raya who, once again, tended to her engines and docklines before their departure to Sydney.