without a doubt, our day at the australian open while in melbourne was dreamy. when we started talking about making this dream trip of ours a reality, we knew we needed to make sure we timed it to be there for the open. i’m so glad we did! the arena is much smaller than most tennis stadiums (the US open arena feels twice as big) so we were able to snag seats on the third row which made the entire experience feel a little more intimate.
we bought tickets to the day session, but with kids, we didn’t know how long we would last and kept our expectations low (i swear being flexible is the only way to have fun when you are traveling with kids!) somehow though, we managed to stay the entire day, and didn’t leave until around 6pm! i think one of the things josh and i have learned to do well and makes all the difference when we’re traveling or at an event or activity (or restaurant even) with kids is to tag-team it. this way, we’re both still able to get the most (or the most you can with three kids around) out of the experience by taking a couple of quick shifts or breaks with the kids while the other one enjoys the match (or whatever) solo for a bit. we actually didn’t have to take the kids out too many times during the matches on this day, because eleanor and samson were really into every game and loved asking questions in between points and watching and soaking it all in. i took conrad out a few times for mini breaks and naps and what not, but overall, they did amazing. i’m always extra sensitive of the people around us when we’re at things like this, and definitely don’t want my child to ruin their experience if they are being noisy or loud, so usually if i see them beginning to be a bit restless, we’ll go for a quick walk or go get a little snack.
we were able to see the 4th round of the tournament. we watched angelique kerber play annika beck and stan wawrinka play milos raonic. kerber ended up winning the entire australian open so how great that we got to see her! she has to be the strongest female player i’ve seen on the court. so much fun to watch. when the men came out, eleanor decided our family should root for milos because he was wearing bright orange tennis shoes with bright orange laces and bright orange wrist bands. and she liked them. especially the wrist bands. :) the women’s match was really great, especially the first set which was really close. and that men’s match was incredible, lasting several hours as the two battled it out. milos won! hooray! he is so elegant on the court with those long legs. i don’t know how he’s as fast as he is with that height. phenomenal. the best is that samson and eleanor have been talking about “milos” and samson has been pretending to be him while practicing tennis (and how to pronounce his name!) at home.
below are a bunch of photos from our day and also a video from the day too. editing things down has never been my specialty as you know, so the video is long. but the last few minutes with the kids playing with josh outside the arena could not be cut. if you can only watch a few minutes, those are worth it. :) i was dying they were having so much fun and it was so sweet.
do you see e’s face?! i can’t. i love those two together.
getting some exercise in before the big day begins!
you see what i was saying about milos’ legs?! amazing.
in-between matches, we found a little corner and plopped ourselves down to enjoy some lunch. (chicken fingers and chips (or fries) and some pizza, too!) the kids always find a way to get into conrad’s space when he’s trying to nurse. sometimes i feel so bad, but he really doesn’t mind it. i think he likes the attention. ;)
waiting ever so patiently for his super oversized tennis ball! he wanted one so badly (fortunately eleanor wanted just a “medium” one. lol.) you’ll have to see the video to see how that all went down. ;)
this body! the strength! i don’t feel young or hip enough to say the phrase “goals,” but if i was, i’d be saying it right here. ;)
gotta keep hydrated. ;) and save some on our shirt for later.
the personality in this photo makes me laugh. i love it.
sometimes you need a break from the day to play some games and puzzles.
what an experience! see a few old posts from when we went to the US Open this last year, a few years before that (e and s were such babies!), and the bnp paribas open at indian wells in california (one more post here from that trip, too!) so fun to see all the different hair colors i sport in each of those posts. lol. i’m already itching for a new one. any suggestions?!
ME: black t-shirt from zara (old), highwaisted back denim jeans, yellow bow sandals and fedora hat. wearing this lipstick. eleanor and samson’s fedoras are from crewcuts and all the kiddos sneakers are new balance tennis shoes which we like because they come in wide sizes for our family’s “athletic” feet. ;)