It was a very early start for Marc yesterday. They were catching the 6am flight so had to be up bright and early to make the flight. We kept the whole day a surprise for Marc, until the very last minute. So when he went to bed the night before, he knew that he had to be up early for a 'special day', but knew no more than that. He was up and ready far too early, he couldn't go back to sleep or eat his breakfast, he was that excited. Lucky he didn't know what he would be doing that day as he wouldn't have slept at all!
Marc and his Dad finally boarded the plane and Marc was a bit nervous. On take off, he was completely overwhelmed by the experience and was very anxious. The airline staff were wonderful, managing to settle him down in no time and then he could enjoy the flight. The Captain even wished Marc a happy birthday, as he announced their arrival into Sydney, over the loud speaker and this was lovely. To top it off, Marc was even allowed to sit in the co pilot's seat before they got off the plane in Sydney. What wonderful memories for an 8 year old for his first time in a jet!
Once they had arrived his Sydney, Marc and his Dad took it all in, making sure to get a photo of the plane they had travelled on, of course!
They took the train from the airport into the city. It was a grey and overcast Winter's day, but that didn't stop Marc from having a great time.
You can't go to Sydney without seeing the Opera House. The Sydney Opera House is a performing arts centre, located on Bennelong Point in
Here is the spectacular Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is a steel, arch bridge that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney CBD and the
Marc was so excited all day, to be in a new place, after flying to get there, that he even forgot all about his stomach! Marc often tells me that he is hungry and wants something to eat, but all day he was that happy and involved in what he was doing that he forgot all about eating. He hadn't been to Sydney before so the day was a very special one indeed.
Flights within Australia aren't expensive and when you compare this to the cost of a having a kid's party, there is not much difference in price. So doing this for Marc's special day was really not that extravagant at all. Marc's interest in aviation is massive and this is something we want to encourage. He even loves watching planes as they fly past our home, running outside to watch it fly over when he hears it coming. He reads about planes, researches all about how to fly, constantly bugs me to get him a flight simulator for our computer so he can learn how to fly, draws planes, builds airports with his toys and never stops talking about it!
It had been a very long day for both Marc and his Dad and I was glad to see them walk back in the door that night. It had been an amazing day for our second born son and I'm sure, has given him a special childhood memory that he will carry with him forever. That night, while I was preparing dinner, he said, 'Thank you mum for making my dream come true. I went on a big plane to a big city', and I knew at that point that we had succeeded in making Marc's 8th birthday one to remember :) xxx