The Easter holiday long weekend - how wonderful is that four day break, perfectly placed at the beginning of Autumn when the weather is still brilliant and tucked neatly into the school holidays?
So needed and so appreciated!
For me, it was time to switch off the computer, put down the mobile phone and back away from blogging for a brief but precious few days.
This Easter, we packed up and headed to our favourite Victorian holiday destination - Inverloch. (I have blogged our love affair with Melbourne's seaside playground here before.) Inverloch is close enough to make a decent day trip so if you've never been before, make sure you do sometime. You won't be disappointed.
It was absolutely perfect weather for Autumn with surprisingly warm sea breezes and even warmer sunshine which meant our long weekend was spent wearing shorts and for the kids, it also meant swimming at the beach. It was our last opportunity to do so for around six months and enjoy the freedom of all that space and perfect weather.
And just how much do beaches and kids go together?!
I have to say, I really enjoy the beach as a Mother: It means my kids run away from me to hunt for shells, splash in the water and play together in a way that they never do in any other space! (They are usually hovering too close and too noisily around me.)
Never at the beach though.
Here they all seem to magically just get along - it's pure Brady Bunch heaven.
These holidays marked the first time our toddler Daughter could almost keep up with the bigger kids.
Celeste was thrilled by the excitement of all that sand, the shells and the water and was happy to run around finding treasures for herself quite independently of me.
There was lots of walking on our beach holiday and the wide path that followed the coastline was perfect for the boys to practise their skateboarding skills.
Admittedly, until now, I did not know my boys even had skateboarding skills!
Bad Mumma indeed!
Somehow, my boys, who spend endless hours playing video games, (one of which is a skateboarding game), have become impressive skaters! I am not sure how or where they developed their abilities, but I was fascinated to see them performing tricks almost effortlessly!
The younger first-timers caught on to 'flipping' a skateboard just by watching their eldest Brother and who knows where he learnt!
We're home again now, (big, sad face) and it's raining steadily as I write this post, but I think these photographic memories will keep us happy and warm throughout the long, cold months ahead.
How was your Easter break?
Do your kids give you a parenting break too, when you visit the beach?
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