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