22 July 2017

A Week of R&R



We have just arrived home from one of the most relaxing weeks ever.  It's been a rather intense and busy year, especially the last few months, and we just desperately needed some time away together as a family to rest, relax and recoup.

Growing up, I have such warm memories of family camping trips up to Cape Reinga (Tapotupotu) and also in later years staying at a classic kiwi bach at Pataua.  I am so thankful to my Dad & Mum for those fabulous memories of exploring beaches, the ocean, eating seafood and of course a whole lot of surfing.  Once we became parents ourselves, with 4 children camping seemed a bit overwhelming, and a super tight budget meant the bach experience was out of our reach. I often felt rather sad that I could never give our children some of the experiences that I grew up having.



All that changed in recent years with my amazing Uncle & Aunt's beach house.  This place is set in a local beach in our area and is surrounded by so many places to explore.  They have generously allowed our family to stay there numerous times and the memories made have been so precious.



This last week had one goal - relax.  It took us a day or two to unwind (the flu and a head cold for Symon & I didn't help), but by the end of our week we were all declaring it the most restful week away ever.  We read, did puzzles, explored local beaches and walks, played board games, watched DVD's and most importantly spent time with each other.

The views were amazing...





The people we hung out with were the best...





We explored...









And made new friends...




I found some old posts from previous trips to the beach house and loved seeing how much the kids have grown since (here, here, here and here).

It was hard to leave, but good to get back to reality (and WiFi 😂).  I have come away so thankful for this beautiful area that we live in (Whangarei is the best!) and so thankful for generous family.



p.s. Boo had the best week as well...







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