Now, where was I? That's right - we had just witnessed Jack's first BMX race - and what a racing legend he was!!.
Over the next couple of days, we got back into a routine. Chris working, the kids and I doing schoolwork - although one day we did have a bit of drama. Chris thought it was histerically funny when I told him, but I can tell you, the kids and I were not impressed at the time!
We had got into the habit of riding our bikes down to the local servo to pick up necessities (bread, milk etc). So on this particular day, we headed off on our treadlies and soon arrived at the shop - locked up the bikes and headed in to get the groceries. It wasn't until we were ready to leave that I realised I had left the keys for the bike lock back in the caravan!! Oh No!!! Now what??
The kids were looking at me in despair - what are we going to do Mum? "I can run home and get the keys" offered Jack - but there was no way I was letting a 7 year old run 10minutes back to the van to get the keys on his own. "We can stay here while you go back Mum" suggested Logan - No didn't like that idea either. Ever since we had arrived in Alice we had been told - make sure your bikes are locked up and don't leave them anywhere. Well at least they were locked up!!
So the decision was made - we all had to walk home, with the bags of groceries, in the heat of the midday sun, get the keys, walk back and cross our fingers that the bikes were still there! I have to say, I was a bit worried as there were lots of "locals" that hang out at the shop and I was not confident that our bikes would survive the 20min delay.
As you could imagine, it was not the most pleasant walk I have ever been on with the kids. "It's hot", "Are we there yet?" - but you know what the worst thing was? I had to drag the kids all the way back to the shop again to ride their bikes home! Once we got back to the van at least we could drop off the groceries, we picked up the keys and we were on our way back to the shop again.
It must have been our lucky day - because when we arrived back the bikes were still there - safe and sound where we left them. So on we jumped, rode home and it was only then, once we were home again after the long journey could we laugh about the whole situation!! And laugh we did! And then Chris got home - and we laughed some more!!