30 July 2011
i'm grateful for . . . 'the park of all parks, best playground EVER'
Well you are probably getting to know what kind of family we are . . . outdoorsy, active & all about our children. There are terms like 'unplugging', 'free range parenting' & the 'let your children climb trees' movement - or you could just bloody well raise your children how you were raised - without technology, with parents saying "go outside & don't come back until it's dark" & allowing them to use their imagination & siblings for entertainment!! Doesn't that make sense?? It's free & you'll find your children at their best, it's the greatest investment of everyone's time & energy.
I'm not even going to tell you how high this branch was!! I don't worry or hover over my children, even as babies - yes, they were exposed to parks as new borns & loved spinning, swinging & crawling around . . . they knew their strengths, they don't fall & if they ask for help, i explain they are trying to do something beyond their skill or size, i'm not giving them a leg up. To us, the park is their natural habitat (read: Army housing usually has crappy small 'rental' style backgardens of nothing).
I love that i have a high schooler who still loves climbing trees . . .
& a non-Avatar fan squealing with delight that this was the Navi forrest . . .
it's actually the Cotton Tree Forest at the Pirate Park at Scarborough Beach near Redcliffe Qld, a short drive up from Brisbane & you pass all those Queenslanders to get here.
Very glad this girl had leggings on under her skirt . . .
she was practically doing hand stands on those big tree limbs.
They climbed so high & right up the top . . . is my husband!!
Our children started creating their own 'tree houses' & inviting each other over to visit . . .
i took 80 photos here, it was hard to limit them for a blog post.
This is the top of a cotton tree . . .
& the children worked out how to get down themselves!!
Maxabella Loves, this week I'm Grateful For . . . the most amazing park find in the universe (& we've been to Disneyland) we only dragged ourselves away due to aching hunger, it was the true highlight to our school holidays & best of all, we had no idea this park even existed!! Love Posie