We are home safely from our beach holiday but I have felt tired this week so have failed to have the motivation to write. We enjoyed going to the beach all but 2 days due to bad weather. Overall we had more sunny days than rainy ones for which we are very thankful given the awful weather surrounding us.
Eva travelled in her car seat on the plane for both journeys. As she is now 2 we had to buy her a seat but as she is only 10kg she is unsafe in a lap belt. Jetstar were happy for us to use her car seat. We are pleased to report that she sat wonderfully still in the seat both ways!
Eva loved the sand and the waves, it was magical to watch her explore and discover the beach. Putting her fingers in crab holes, collecting shells and pebbles and especially digging sand with Daddy. We were just delighted to see Eva’s confidence with water include the waves. Mostly she was happy to stand in the breaking waves on her own except the last few days when the waves were bigger and stronger than previously. The beach was such amazing exercise for her which burnt up any food energy that we managed to get into her!
We lived in a relatively quiet beach house this year with the maximum during our stay being 16 adults and 5 children. We take turns to cook an evening meal which is just a lovely break from home routine for me. It’s amazing how much food the household can consume in a 24 hour period with daily shopping trips required.
Our friends Bridget and Ryan who were on holiday in Brisbane from Broken Hill, kindly drove down to visit us. We didn’t get to the beach together due to the rain but we did manage a trip to Byron Bay and to the most Easterly point of mainland Australia during a break in the weather. Eva wasn’t in the best of form that day with ear-piercing screaming when Mummy went out of sight (ie to the toilet) and multiple tantrums on the walk to enjoy the most Easterly point! The joys of a 2-year-old.
Eva cut a new tooth making her set complete (until the 2 year molars). She was a bit grumpy and kept Gran and Pop up and down at nights. She only wanted Mummy during the day which put paid to my plan of having lots of quiet time! The humidity made for lovely curls which were fun to run our hands through.
In our second week we watched the rolling news coverage of the floods that tore through Queensland and Northern New South Wales. And heard briefly about floods that killed over 600 in Brazil. This news did make us all reflect on just how lucky we are to be safe and well. Nothing like listening to other’s stories to remind you of the fact that human life is just priceless and possessions are replaceable. Our good friends Lauren, Scott, Ashlea, Sophie and Max had their house flooded in Toowoomba and are just beginning to piece their lives back together. Please keep them in your prayers.
Last weekend Eva got to play in the snow for the first time. She has seen snow from inside warm buildings before when she was very little. Also it was the first time that Srijana and Lokraj had seen snow despite living in Nepal where there are lots of mountains with snow!
Although the snow was not very deep at this stage of the season it was good enough for some tobogganing. Eva enjoyed the thrill of zooming down the hill which is no surprise seeing as she is a bit of an adrenaline junkie on the playground! Lokraj and Andrew enjoyed going fast on their runs without Eva. I had forgotten how much work goes into preparing and packing up snow clothes! Eva looked just adorable in her snow suit toddling around. Quite a contrast from her cuteness in the warmth recently.
We enjoyed the snow at Lake Mountain, near Marysville a town heavily affected by the Black Saturday Bushfires of February 2009. Visiting Marysville and experiencing the shock of seeing so much destruction evident 19 months later was saddening. I was amazed at how much rebuilding was going on through the town. There are lots of new houses under construction, people brave enough to move back to the land and recreate their homes. What is strange is that there are barely any trees anywhere with nothing but empty land between houses. So many businesses were also burnt down with some now rebuilt and several operating from shipping containers. There is a new modern community rebuilding project building which is totally different to the old buildings that were there. We can’t imagine what it was like to live through the fires and through the rebuilding. We are so pleased to have been able to support the community through our very short visit and encourage anyone to do the same.
We stayed in a cabin in the Caravan Park which Srijana thought was so amazing that she wanted it for her home in Melbourne. Sadly they have just moved into a very old, rundown rental house which she just can’t get clean she says! We had delicious takeaway from the only shop selling food in Marysville and watched the footy finals.
This was the first weekend that Steavenson Falls had been open for visitors. The valley of the falls and river were destroyed by the heat of the fire and have begun to regenerate but have a long way to go.
Mary Poppins the musical is fantastic. Andrew was lucky enough to be given two complimentary seats to the show for this week. We had a great time. What doesn’t make you happy about singing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, a Spoonful of Sugar and It’s a Jolly Holiday. It was fun and a delightful story that makes you wish that Mary Poppins could visit every family.
The performers were all amazing with so much energy. The sets were so clever with great use of projection and “flying” wires. The props were of course very magical. We had such a fabulous time singing/bouncing along in our seats.
One day Eva will be big enough to be taken along to musicals to appreciate the talent of people who entertain us just like I used to with my mum. I can’t wait! I really love a night at the theatre. It is just so special. Thanks to Gran and Pop for babysitting for us. We even enjoyed a delicious dinner and great conversation that didn’t solely revolve around Eva.
I would recommend a fun evening with Mary Poppins to anyone. She’s practically perfect!