Holidays drawing to a close

Sunset over Hardwicke Bay

I’ve got less than one week of my long holidays left although I’m already looking forward to the next one as I’ve paid a deposit to go to Bali in the middle of the year!

Last week a couple of friends and I (and associated kids) hired a holiday house on Yorke Peninsula for a few days. It was a bit windy the first couple of days but then the wind dropped and the weather was lovely for the last two.

I’m not sure what it is about staying near the beach that makes you tired, but it does. I think packing for the holiday, driving to the destination and then settling in has a bit to do with it.

One afternoon we went to a local swimming beach and the kids had lots of fun jumping off rocks while I photographed them.

I love that my camera will let me take continuous photos. It works really well in capturing a sequence like the above, and like this.

See the rest of the photos here.

It’s going to be hard to get up next Wednesday morning, see my son safely off into grade 3, and then toddle off to work to trawl through a whole bunch of mostly meaningless emails. I’m going to have to put on a good act to make it look like I’m happy to be back at work. At least it will only be a two day week for me before the weekend.

Any tips on how I can motivate myself are very welcome.

Becoming more confident

Yesterday JJ and I had a morning to kill in the city while my car’s air conditioning was being fixed. On our way to the River Torrens to have a paddle in a boat we went via the Festival Centre.

They have a bunch of blocks that are perfect for climbing and jumping on.

JJ climbed up on them easily enough.

Getting acquainted with the blocks

But then he needed my help to go from one to the other. I held his hand for a little while as he got more comfortable with the process.

Then he started doing it by himself – hesitating at first.

Not holding my hand anymore

Then he got quite comfortable and more confident and went on the slightly higher blocks and got much faster going from block to block. As a mum, I put my visions of seeing him fall inbetween the blocks and banging his head and having to accompany him to hospital in the ambulance aside, and let him go for it.

On the higher blocks by himselfOn a roll

Yee hah

That’s my boy, getting more self-confidence all round. Can’t remember if I mentioned that he got put up a level in his swimming classes this summer. He initially didn’t want to go up a level, and no amount of persuading on my part made a difference. He had to make up his own mind to do it and in his own time. He went up the level and did very well, except for the infection he’s now got in his ear!

Full-on holiday mode

As my holidays roll into their fourth week I’m finally properly relaxing. It’s been quite warm here,  and in fact the heatwave has been replaced by rain and humidity so swimming lessons this morning will be wetter than normal.

On Saturday I’d arranged to visit some friends who live about an hour down the coast. Some other mutual friends had also made similar arrangements so we all converged at their place early Saturday afternoon.

After a lovely lunch we spent about four hours at the beach and I had my first boogie boarding experience and I can’t wait to get more. I bought my son a boogie board for Christmas and he actually let me borrow it a bit.

Middleton beach

Not sure what this look is all about but it’s the only photo like this that I took which is a lesson in taking more photos of the same thing!

By the time we got back at 7pm and had dinner it was getting quite late so my plans of driving the hour home were thrown out the window and I sat back, relaxed some more and spent the night there (along with all the others). Bless my friends for being so accommodating.

Tourist in my own town

Water fountain

We are in the middle of our holidays and in full holiday mode. We’ve had time to relax, Christmas and New Year are now over and all we really have to worry about is hot weather. As we are now at the beginning of yet another heatwave – we have three days of 41 degrees coming up – I thought we’d better get out and about before this hot weather hits.

So the other day we headed off into town on the tram to have some lunch and browse around the art gallery and the museum to get some cultcha you know, and to drag the child away from his DSi.

Art Gallery of South Australia

As soon as we walked into the first gallery in the art gallery JJ informed me that he was quite bored and asked when we were leaving. The colonial art didn’t really interest me – I’ve discovered I’m more of a modern art girl. Although I did start a bit of a game to try and find the oldest piece of art and we found some from Italy that was about 600 years old which I found interesting too.

I therefore didn’t bother paying to see the John Brack exhibition as it wouldn’t have been worth my while with a whingy guts hanging off me telling me he was bored every minute.

In the museum we had to trek all the way up the stairs to see the top of the giant squid but didn’t spend that long in the museum either.

I managed to get some photos along North Terrace.

North Terrace

Water sculpture

Water sculpture

After a milkshake I was allowed to go to an op-shop to get my fix while closing my ears to every other complaint that he managed to come up with.

On the tram on the way home he somehow managed to work into a conversation with two German woman about how old I am. One of them told him that her mum is 95. After we got off the tram I explained that it’s not the done thing to just blurt out how old your mum is. He couldn’t work out why it was okay to say someone’s mum is 95, but not talk about my age. I tried to explain that if you make it to 95 then you deserve bragging rights but if you’re only in the middle of your life then there’s not too much to say about it really.

To get some piece and quiet from all the questions I flaked in front of the tv and let him play his DSi for a while when we got home.

Lego Land

Tree people guarding the fortress

Yesterday JJ had a friend over after swimming in the morning. They were glued to the Nintendo DS’s for too long until I made them turn them off, and put a box of Lego in the back room so they could make something.

They occupied themselves for at least an hour and would have continued but JJ’s mate’s mum came to pick him up. The Lego is still out there ready to be added to or whatever.

Not sure that the tree person at the top of the castle is part of Lego but he was in the box so he features. He looks like he’s the king of the castle.

Afternoon at the beach

West beach

Just to get out of the house yesterday we went to the beach. This served three purposes in addition to getting out of the house:

  1. Exercise the kid
  2. Exercise the dog
  3. Take some photos

Jules at beach

Apart from calling my dog Monty (as is her name) I also call her Lady Monty. Note the crossed paws at the front. She is wet but not because she swam with us but because she’d go into the water to follow us then the slightest wave would break and she would be off to go and roll in the sand.

Monty resting at beach

While I’ve got some time to take photos and then blog about them my 2010 affirmation of taking more photos is absolutely fine. The proof in the pudding will be when I go back to work and the daily routine starts up again.

Cupcake

He helped make them

JJ got a cook book for Christmas and today we tried a recipe for cupcakes from it. I got him to read out the ingredients to me and he got them out of the cupboard. Again, I made him look for the labels of the ingredients as it’s really easy to get someone else to do it for you.

With only a mishap of spilling the sugar all over the floor, the sugar that I’d forgotten to put into the mixture the cakes were cooked.

I’ve only got blue and red food colouring so JJ said I could make purple if I wanted as that’s my favourite colour. Bless him. It wasn’t quite enough to cover all the cakes but I don’t mind if I give those ones a miss and let JJ eat them.