There. I said it.
I'm a single Mum, money is tight, and in fact, I learnt a long time ago that when kids are concerned, the simple things in life are often the best.
So when a flyer came through our letterbox proclaiming a new motorway was about to be opened, I resisted the urge to put it in the bin.
Instead, I asked the kids if they'd like to go.
Would they what!
And so we found ourselves at a celebration marking a new part of the motorway between Ipswich and Brisbane.
And to my surprise, not only was the entry free, but there was a bus to save little (and elderly) legs, from walking too far.
Once there, the fun was on for young and old.
Kiddies could have their faces and bodies painted; oldies could climb the stairs and overlook the motorway for the first and only time; and a great time was had by all.
There was a wonderful atmosphere, with many workers and their families attending the day not to mention local residents. And the kids loved the freebies - shopping bags, caps, yoyos, and even coffee travel mugs (hot chocolate for them!)
Poster child for the cause
Pot your own tomato plant ...
Pussycat child with a balloon sausage dog
Free jumping castle was a little boring since Miss 7 was the only child on it!
The press pack. Once, a million years ago, I would have been part of it!
It's The Climb (sung in my best Miley Cyrus voice)
Too cool for face-painting, Mr 9 opted for a 'tattoo' - Spongebob Squarepants