...for a day of catchup and recuperation at home while Mr FGB and his Mum take the kids to the snow for the day. Before Mr FGB's change in work situation earlier this year, a few hours on my own, let alone a whole day, was unheard of! I am not taking this day for granted. This change has meant a dramatic drop in work hours for a few years, and while this may be difficult financially, the benefits are enormous.
I am grateful that last weekend, while spending a few days at our favourite beachside destination, I got to spend some one-on-one time with each of my kids.
"Running for our lives" on the beach, collecting 'pink' seaweed, chasing seagulls, getting wet & sandy and building sandcastles with two year old Frog.
Walking on the golf course collecting piles of pinecones for the fire and future projects, spotting some confused blossom in the middle of winter and running from the rain with an almost 4 year old Bear.
Flying kites, collecting driftwood and trying to spot a Hooded Plover, while disagreeing over it's correct pronunciation, with 7 year old Goose.
Then time as a family playing Yahtzee and Twister, eating popcorn and MasterChef style dishes.
In our ridiculously busy lives, these times away are all the more savoured.
It's the small things.
This Saturday, as always, I am truly grateful for my lot.
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P.S. I'd be remiss not to say how grateful we are for our wonderful friends who let us use their holiday use so regularly. Or for how grateful I am for my sister Lou who did some last minute babysitting for us last night way past her bedtime. Above and beyond the call of duty - thank you.
P.P.S. I am also rewinding this post today over with Multiple Mum at Weekend Rewind...