I have never really been a fan of spring. I am not sure why, but it is the one season tinged with sadness for me. It doesn’t make sense. Everyone loves spring. Something that should signal bright days and gentle warmth just makes me think of all that is changing. Change is not my best…
I try to battle that movement through time by constructing routines that we can return to year after year. And for spring and summer, I base it around the sea. I always return to the sea which is forever in motion. It is a stable sort of change. I mean, you find the beach where you left it even if it is a completely new body of water.
So here we are, the sixth spring that we have spent in Melbourne and the children I bring to the beach are, like the sea itself, the same, but completely transformed.
We can (and do) spend hours here. We bring snacks and water and towels.
The kids wander and play. They explore alone and then come together to build castles. Alec naps while I read.
When our hair is tangled with salt and the sun behind us we gather the toys, roll up the rug and head home. We will do it again as a family as many times as we can before the chill keeps us indoors and other routines take over.
I am grateful for kids who are big enough to carry their own stuff, for snacks that come in their own single serve packs so there is no fighting over “the bag” and for dolls with built in bathing suits that can’t come off in the waves.
As a Kidspot Voices of 2014 finalist, I have been given a supply of Healtheries brand snacks to test. I will tell you what we think over three blog posts in the #snackosphere!
Thanks to Healtheries for providing us with the snacks for this beach trip. While there were individual bags to hand out, I had to fight the kids to get my fair share of he cheese flavoured Rice Wheels. They are super yummy little mini rice cakes with the perfect amount of flavour. It is so nice to have a savoury treat with no artificial colours or flavours…ZERO orange coated fingers here! And with bathing suit season here, I appreciate that they have 65% less fat than regular potato chips! No matter the season, I love knowing that these haven’t any MSG nor palm oil!