Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Things I have learned this holiday...

So it's been really quiet here but we have just returned from a wonderful holiday, much enjoyed by all. Our best family one ever.But yes, once gain I have learned a lot.
  • It is possible to have a puking kids on the way down (L) and on the way back (C). And no, we doubt that it was motion sickness because other symptoms followed the next day or so.
  • It is bloody freezing at the top of Van Reenen's pass if you have to clean a kidlet and car.
  • Coming back from subtropical Natal into almost winter in Pretoria is too fast a transition into winter.
  • Meeting blogging buddies from far away is fantastic. Shayne, I wish we had many more hours to chat.
  • If moms like each other the little girls are likely to follow into friendship.

  • Our kids love water and rowing on it. It was by far the family favorite this time around.
  • The Princess will swim in the sea whenever she has the chance - regardless of the time of day and attire.

  • The Princess has NO fear of heights or climbing endless stairs and a little ladder to get to the top of a light house.

  • We can actually fish with the whole family in tow. It was great fun.

  • Bubbles stay a favorite with the kids and are brilliant on the beach.
  • The weather is fantastic at the South Coast, even at the end of April.
  • Late afternoons at the beach is just magical - even the kids love the sunset magic.

  • Meeting a school friend by chance at the beach is a lovely surprise. We bumped into one of the Princess' school friends at the resort an they had so much fun. I bumped into two old school friends and it was also good seeing them.

  • Meeting up with an old school friend can be so great. Some people stay exactly as down to earth and wonderful as they were more than 20 years ago.
  • Never assume booking a stay over at a farm actually involves a farm with animals. Some farms only have airplanes- and two dogs - kid you not. My kids were not impressed with me.
  • Even after 3 visits, San lameer still surprise us with new things to enjoy and do. 
  • The Easter bunny can bring too many eggs - they did not finish half (although we helped a lot). Maybe I just let them eat too little.

  • The boys will not nap every day any more - I guess it was expected. They are on their way to 4. The Princess however, enjoys a nap hugely every now and again.
  • What starts out as a terrible holiday due to grumpy, tired and ungrateful kids can turn into the best ever after a stern talk by the parents.


  1. Sounds awesome :) Lovely pictures!

    Glad it was good!

  2. Sounds like a perfect holiday. :-)

  3. oh wow, sounds like you had an awesome holiday!
    Love the pics as always :-)

  4. What beautiful photos and YOU look soooo relaxed and happy. I can't wait to meet you :)

    Glad you had a lovely holiday but agree, the cold up here is fierce!

  5. I am so glad you had a fantastic time. I love that photo of the princess in the sea. You met Shayne! She is wonderful isn't she.

  6. Ha! Your last points sums it all up hey? Our kids often struggle with the transition from Home to Holiday Destination so we have run this gauntlet a couple of times.
    Looks like you had a fantastic time and shared it with many special people along the way.

  7. As always gorgeous pics. Sounds like a fantastic holiday :)

  8. I'm glad you had such a good vacation!! the beach looks great - as do all your photos!

  9. It sounds like you had a fantastic break! The weather down at the coast at this time of the year is always good...we got married 8 years ago in Ballitto and the weather was perfect.

    I love the picture of your daughter in the sea :) Its beautiful xxx

  10. Oh Lynette, she is! It was great to finally meet her.

  11. Stunning photos! It seems like such a great time! Love the beach as well! Especially if you beat some of our winter blues on this side :-)

  12. Finally I can comment! My slow connection dislikes your disqus thing!

    stunning pics. Love the one of you and i! Pls mail it to me at shaynesheard@gmail.com? Much nicer than my one.

    Yes we too had too many eggs. Isn't that always the case?

    And I gave our girls a stern talking too just after seeing you actually - that evening as they became quite me me me which I have no time for.

    Glad you had a wonderful time and it was so so fab to meet you.

    much love xxxx

  13. AM thrilled that you had a fabulous break. And your pictures, as usual, are absolutely beautiful.x

  14. well, aside from the vomit, it sounded pretty wonderful.
    ps I am in LOVE with that bubble blowing photo <3

  15. Gorgeous pics! Makes me want to break out the camera and play! And I have to say I recently have been thinking about how nice it will be when the boys don't need their afternoon naps anymore. We're planning our annual trip to a fancy horse race (wear your hats, girls!) and I realized we'll probably have to leave early as the boys won't sleep in their stroller anymore. They'd rather be exhausted and entertained. But we'll have to leave when they get cranky.

  16. I am actually crying my eyes out about the naps. I love them. And I am sure I 'know" you but with disqus now, I can not see your blog. Please tell me who you are?

  17. awesome holiday memories :)
    I'm sad we missed each other @ the coast. Next time we will have to coordinate a bit better... I think our troops will dissapear together and we"ll have much time to natter x


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