Enjoying the School Holidays

We have had the most enjoyable school holidays since school holidays have mattered again in my adult life.  As a general rule, I seem to spend the holidays counting down the days until the start of school again. Instead, Mr 10 informed me at some stage today that it was 94 hours until the school year started. I have been having so much fun with my kids, I almost don’t want the holidays to end.

As we went into these holidays, I was quite nervous about having such a long time at home.  We normally head away for at least three weeks, however, we have only been away for one week.  So, we have had to fill in significantly more time than usual.  I had originally planned to get the school pool key, but I completely forgot on the day they were handing them out – I’m kind of relieved because the weather hasn’t really been swimming weather anyway.

Is it the age of my children? Is it that we found plenty to do? has something changed within me?  I’m not really sure of the answer, but I can tell you, I have genuinely enjoyed hanging with my kids these school holidays.

So, I guess you are wondering what we have been up to, here’s a wee pictorial of a few the things we have done:

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We took the kids to Wellington Birdman competition, however, it was a cold, grey day and as you can see, we didn’t get close enough to really see what was happening.  We did however, enjoy a lovely lunch at Macs Brewery Bar followed by a gelato in the car sheltering from the rain.  Hmm, I thought it was supposed to be Summer!!!

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We visited Staglands.  I had never taken my children there, and if I add the years together since I last went, I must have been in standard 3.  See I’m refusing to acknowledge the number of years!  These bunnies caused great delight, as did the baby Kune Kune that were running round and the many other animals.  The children also enjoyed exploring the old “village”.

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The children decided this peacock was trying to impress the duck!

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This cheeky young goat seemed to pose for photos.

Our trip out to Staglands seemed to be a success, even if I did have to wash the interior of the car when we arrived home, thanks to a child who forgot to mention they were feeling a little unwell.

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We took a trip up the coast to the wonderful Marine Gardens at Raumati.  Right beside the beach, an easy walk to a great coffee and this fantastic water park kept the kids entertained for hours, they had an absolute ball…just a shame we left the Bacon and Egg pie for our picnic sitting on the freezer in the garage.

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Today, turned out to be one of those spectacular – You can’t beat wellington on a good day kind of days, so we headed round to the fabulous Sorching Bay and enjoyed some time playing on the beach as well as lunch at the ever wonderful Sorch-O-Rama. Not to mention, a stop at Te Papa on the way home.

I love that we have filled our holidays with visiting our region, exploring the free and not so free activities and places to visit. I love how my children have enjoyed each of the activities I have suggested. I love that the weather although not always what we wanted for the summer hasn’t been a barrier to us having an enjoyable holiday. I love that we haven’t spent hours at the shopping mall. I love that we have been able to take friends along to several of these activities. I love Wellington and the wider Wellington region….so much to see and do!

Kaitoke Regional Park

This summer, we are making a bit more of an effort to get out and enjoy the wonderful region we live in!  Wellington offers so much more than just the city.

I spent the first few years of my life in a little village nestled in the hills just out from Upper Hutt, the hills were our playground and Kaitoke was a favourite family picnic spot.  Memories of hot summers days, the swing bridge and frolicking in the river are alive and well in my head. My darling husband had never visited and neither had my precious children, so we decided that we should take them out and show them around.  Saturday morning wasn’t exactly hot and summery, but we packed up a picnic anyway and headed north on the motorway.

IMG_2470As it was a bit chilly when we arrived there, we decided it was best to go for a walk, and explore some of what the park has to offer. We opted to walk across the swing bridge, through the forest and Rivendell. Mr 10 loves The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings movies, so is quite taken with the idea of visiting some of the locations around the country.

IMG_2480We were amazed by the size and forms of some of the trees.  The children think this one must have been burrowed out by a wild boar, I don’t know, but it was impressive.

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So pretty, I find hills and rivers so much more interesting than beaches.

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Are you a dwarf, hobbit, human or elf height?

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Working out which trees made the cut

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More Rivendell.

By the time we had finished our walk the weather had cleared a little and we enjoyed a picnic in the sun.  We then played on the river bank a little before heading off to check out the camping area and a couple of other swimming holes (no swimming this time though).  We think we will plan to take the tent up to Kaitoke some time soon to enjoy some more of the park.

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