I've been wanting to write about the 'noise' of life. Its something that has been on my mind alot lately. I'm not going to write about that today. Instead I'm going to enjoy the pictures that I took on a recent beach holiday that Jeff & I went on with the kids.
My hardworking parents have a little place further down the coast that we are able to use from time to time. The location is magnificant. When we are there, we are able to get away from all the noise of our otherwise busy lives & just relax, explore the beach with the kids & slow everything right down.
Its just priceless & I am so grateful for the opportunity.
I know the kids are too. I can see it in their faces.
I love giving the kids far more freedom than they would ordinarily have so they can explore just like I did when I was a kid & the world was a safer place.
I like seeing them get splashed by the water, get sandy, muddy, windswept and generally experience a more relaxed holiday.
Its not often they get a hose down at home these days. And we don't even have a spinkler. Gee life has changed.
Its not quite camping but dorm style sleeping and all together, is still holiday fun they just don't experience so much at home.
I love to see them come out of their shells & experience new things. I discover more little gems in their personalities every time we go away.
Our last holiday was our best. We are finding our groove holidaying in the same spot with the 5 kids. We are leaving most things we need down at the beach house in terms of swimming gear & bedding so that there is not a huge back & forth of stuff for a family of 7. Makes for a much easier stay. We are planning our meals before we go & take just enough food.
I am finding I still pack too many activities for MYSELF! And that because I am just relaxing, I'm not really using my 'things'. I'm not sure I will ever learn.
Anyway, right now, this place sure is one of my happy places.
Do you have a happy place?
And tell me, do you pack a craft kit, an iPad with about 10 iBooks, 10 other actual paper books, crochet basket and not use any of them, like me? Or are you far more sensible?