Zoe's Kindergarten had a Pupil Free Day today. I think there's only that
impacts the days Zoe attends Kindergarten for the whole year.
I'd wanted to make the most of the fact that her friend Mackensie wasn't in
Kindergarten on a Monday either, and have a play date with her at Southbank,
but her little sister was having sleep issues, and her mother wanted her to nap
at home today, so we had to scratch those plans. Given the forecast maximum
temperature was going to be over 30°C today, I thought ice skating would be
a great way to escape the heat, but the rink didn't have their open session
until 1pm, so we had to do something in the morning to kill time. I decided we
should go shoe shopping.
Before we went to Westfield Carindale, we went to Officeworks to print out some
more photos. Zoe really enjoys helping me with the self-serve printing kiosk,
and is happy amusing herself at the kid's colouring table otherwise. I wanted
some unusual size prints, so it involved one of the staff doing some additional
faffing around with Photoshop for me. I'm rather amazed they'll spend the staff
time doing that, when I only spend a couple of dollars on prints.
After that, we headed out to Carindale. Zoe's in that limbo between size 3 and
4 at the moment. I bought her some new size 4 Autumn/Winter clothes the other
weekend, and after that, went through her wardrobe and did a big cull of all
her size 2 stuff and any size 3 stuff that didn't fit terribly well. That just
left shoes and jumpers to sort out, so we concentrated on them today.
First things first, we grabbed some morning tea at Muffin Break. They did a nice
babyccino in a little china espresso cup, so Zoe enjoyed that, and we split a
muffin between us.
Zoe took a fancy to some ballerina pumps she saw at Cotton On Kids. We bought a few
pairs of socks and a pair of size 10 pumps, and she wanted to wear them from
that point on, so we wore them to the shoe shop. Almost as soon as we walked
out of the store, she ran into heel problems on one foot, so after a few rounds
of taking a couple of steps and needing to refit the heel of one shoe, I
convinced her to go barefoot the remainder of the way. At Shoes and Sox she got properly
measured for some light up
closed-toe shoes. Zoe absolutely loved them, and wanted to wear
them from that point on.
Next we went to Target, and got a
couple of jumpers. The kid's entertainment area was both a blessing and a
curse. It was great for keeping her occupied when I needed to dash off and get
some socks for myself for ice skating, but it was a negotiation challenge to
get her away from it when it was time to leave. Toy Story 3 conveniently
finished at just the right time.
We dropped into Pumpkin Patch to
get some boots. Despicable Me was playing there. Zoe is absolutely hooked on it
at the moment. I managed to prime her to leave at the end of a scene though.
She did score a couple of stickers while we were sitting there chilling out
watching the movie though, so that was nice. I love Pumpkin Patch, but my God,
it is expensive. I could have dropped $50 on a dress I really liked there, but
I managed to resist.
We decided to go back to Cotton On Kids to exchange the ballerina pumps. They
didn't have any more of the style she'd chosen in her size, so we switched from
gold glittery ones to red ones, which she wore out of the store. Cotton On Kids
was also showing Despicable Me, so Zoe was very pleased.
Shoes are horrendously expensive in Australia. The Sketchers and the boots set
me back $60 each. The pumps were a bit more reasonably priced. I think they
were about $20. I hope her feet don't grow too fast.
After that shopping extravaganza it was lunchtime, and we split a spinach pide
and had a quick fool around in the outdoor kid's play area and by then it was
already after 1pm, so it was time to head to the ice skating rink.
We got to the rink by about 1:45pm, and I changed Zoe into something a bit
warmer. She was so excited, because we've talked about going ice skating on and
off for a while, but it's just not something we've gotten around to doing yet,
because neither of the two rinks are particularly convenient to home, and they
have slightly odd hours.
The rink had these slightly shorter than waist-height penguins that you could
rent for little kids, so I rented one of them and Zoe pushed it around the
rink, and got progressively better on her skates as time passed. We could also
turn the penguin around and she could stand on the "feet" and I could push the
penguin around by its head, which was fun for her, because we could get more
By the end of the session, she was confident enough to have a few stints
without the penguin, and stayed up pretty well. She was pretty buzzed
afterwards. Going during the week was great, because there were maybe 20 people
on the ice, tops, so it was nice and quiet. Zoe wasn't much of a hazard to
anyone. She loved watching a couple of guys speed skate, and a lady do some
I'd booked myself a cut-throat razor shave at The Emporium Barber as a bit of
a splurge, for 4:30pm, so we headed over there next. We got there a bit early,
so I had a coffee, and Zoe had a juice while we waited. Then we discovered this
dance apparel place a couple of doors down, that also had lots of fairy dresses
and dress up dresses and whatnot. I asked on the off chance if they had ballet
shoes, and of course they did, so we grabbed a pair of them while we were
there, which was most serendipitous. Zoe has a trial dance class on Friday. She
wants to do ballet or something of that ilk as her activity next term.
Zoe was really good while I had my shave, and kept herself amused with my
phone, and then we headed home, where Sarah was waiting to pick up Zoe.
So it was really a rather non-stop, but nicely paced day. I'm looking forward
to capping it off with a yoga class.