Breathing Space at the Beach {almost wordless wednesday}

My words below are from a Facebook post I wrote on 1 October, accompanied by the photos I took that day. Thank you for all the comments I received that day, the encouragement and the “me toos”. We’re all in this together. An extra special thank you to my beautiful sister-in-law (one of the four I’m lucky enough to have in my life) for inspiring the visit to the beach and letting me vent. I think it’s always important to acknowledge the challenges as well as the joys x


I do not feel as though I’m winning at parenthood at the moment.

It seems like a lot of repetitive, relentless, really hard work and some days I’m not sure I’m up to the job, despite how much I love those three boys. And there’s nothing like spending 24/7 with all three of them together on school holidays to make that even more apparent.

I analyse constantly over what my parenting strategies are, what I can do differently, what’s working and what’s not. But some days it feels as though it doesn’t matter what I do, it’s just hard.

Yesterday afternoon, I packed up all the boys and we headed out to Shorncliff to meet my sister-in-law and two of her daughters. It was just a couple of hours of fresh air, sandy feet, interrupted conversations and cousins playing, but it made a world of difference to my headspace.

I came home calm and happy, rather than frazzled and exhausted.

And tomorrow may bring more parenting challenges, but it was nice to have a breather today.

Hope your soul gets a breather today too xx

So fiercely determined, this boy. He walked out a mile with the boogie board, ready to take it for a ride. The water was cold and it was short lived, but I felt he deserved it after the trek.
So fiercely determined, this boy. He walked out a mile with the boogie board, ready to take it for a ride. The water was cold and it was short lived, but I felt he deserved it after the trek.

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Exploring the blue jelly fish on the sand
Exploring the blue jelly fish on the sand
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One in, all in.
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Who needs to dig or be entertained when there’s a stick to play with.

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Cranky face. Contrary to the stereotype, he’s definitely not “always happy.”
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Sam digging to China, with the new Shorncliff jetty under construction in the background.
This boy is growing up before my very eyes. Seven, going on 18.
This boy is growing up before my very eyes. Seven, going on 18.
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Beach and cousins. Winning combination.

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