Having four kids means it’s not always easy to be spontaneous. Everything has to be accounted for. Nappy changes, diabetes stuff, food for baby, food or snacks for bigger kids/adults – change of clothing, depending on where we go and what we do, what about dinner? What about bed time? We have to get everyone ready and the more people we are the longer it takes and the more stuff needs to be figured out. We also tend to have our days filled with dancing and choir and other arrangements which means that at the end of the day, it ends up being just the end of the day.
I love it when we have a chance to be spontaneous though. Like today.
Simon went to pick up the girls from school today while I was shopping, and when I came home there was a message from Melodies violin teacher saying it was cancelled today, meaning our evening was open. Sure, the plan was to make lasagne and have a lovely dinner and whatever but we swapped it for an easy, not very healthy stop at Ikea for some quick hot dogs and a few hours at the beach😅
All day had been hot and sticky and being tied up with appointments and nursing a sore throats that’s hung around for over a week all I wanted to do was to jus get out and enjoy the sunshine. When Simon and the girls pulled up in the driveway I told them plans had changed and we all ran around getting changed into bathers and packing some clean undies and towels. We were out on the road before 4 and after our hotdog pitstop we landed at West Beach, my old beach, and all was good in the world.
Nothing beats the smell of saltwater, splashing kids and their excited laughter over the noises of dogs and seagulls while digging your feet into the sand with the water up to your knees. It always helps resetting everything inside me. If things are tense at home or stressful in other ways, the water just fixes things. Maybe we’ll revisit the idea of visiting all the beaches again this summer?
I do have, by the way, lots more to share. I’ve kinda disappear from here for a while, but not to worry, I’m back!