02 January 2012

sometimes you just have to get out of town

Greetings all,
Happy New Year!!
It surprises me when mums say they can't take their children on a long trips on their own, for me, i have no choice or i'd never go anywhere or ever see my family!!  The first time i took the children on a big solo car trip (Sydney to Brisbane) was 2006 - i packed sandwiches & minimal luggage, patiently pulled over when my 3 little girls needed the toilet or my baby boy needed a breast feed.  Lots of plane trips too (Darwin to Sydney) people would stare, travelling with all those children.  The only issue we've ever had was travelling with baby twins, there aren't enough oxygen masks in the row, so strangers had to hold a baby for take off & landing.  My children travel really well.
This long weekend, i tossed Khan & the children in the car & headed to the beach (Canberra being the ONLY inland capital city in Australia) it's a long drive.  I miss my husband & i just had to get out of town.
 
 My children love swimming, we'll have a pool on the farm - we'll also be closer to the coast!!
 Moonee Beach NSW has serious surf + this quiet lagoon & sandbar.
 A couple of dads from the caravan park, with children's boats & beer.
 Glad Khan didn't take his eyes off the children, as they swam all the way to the surf beach.
 I sat under the massive pine trees with my trusty puppy, watching the children play, squeal & splash, run on the sandbar, while i was perched on the new beach towels . . . then my husband called from Afghanistan.  Could our worlds be more opposite??  I'm at the beach dipping my toes in the water, enjoying sunshine & freedom, he's in a snowy war zone, freezing & he can see his icey breath indoors.  My husband loves the beach more than any of us, he's an Inner City Sydney boy - but would drive to the Northern Beaches, my local!!  Brrrrr, Afghanistan gets down to -20C, where i'm cruising at 30C.  Good luck Adelaide with 40C+ today!!     
Thank you so much for the gorgeous new year well wishes!!  I'm loving this carefree blogging time of year.  I have some fun tips for you in your down time . . .
my favourite jeweller Emma Kidson just started a blog called Jewellery Stories.  She has an honours degree in gold & silver smithing, high end baby.  Now Emma shares the amazing stories behind the custom design pieces - the people.  Imagine making someone's engagement ring, something they will pass down through their family, it's such an honour.  She's married to a mechanic, has puppies & lives in Wagga Wagga.  Emma is about to renovate & has a wholesale/ retail range too, of course, busy girl!! 
My gorgeous cousin Alyssa McClelland created a fun series of short movies (11 episodes/ 25 minutes) called One Step Closer to Home, check it out, they are painful, awkward & hilarious - newly weds nesting.  Anything endorsed by Claudia Karvan is a winner, go watch now!!  Alyssa is so modest, so i'll tell you she as an honours degree in Communications (most difficult degree to get into in Australia, she was also school captain & dux), Hollywood movies + is so freaking nice, she's about to become an aunt, any minute now, between filming Home & Away.  
Thanks lovely folks, enjoy, love Posie

25 comments:

Bayside Rose said...

Yep! Sometimes you just have to get out of town - kids, dog and all. You are such an inspiration to all mums out there Jennie. You just get out and do it. Good on you. At this time of year when hubby is not here you are making do the best way you can. I applaud you girl.

Hope 2012 is an amazing year for you all. xx

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Happy New Year dear Jennie and to your beautiful family...Yay, closer to the coast...sounds perfect to me...Maybe see you around some time...You sure are one cool mummy...love Dzintra oxoxox

Tea for Talia said...

Love readng your posts and look forward to reading all about your life in 2012! Merry Christmas and Happy and Safe New Year.

Jan-Maree said...

it sounds wonderful Posie - cute kids, gorgeous dog, beautiful beach and lovely weather. Shame about missing hubby but at least he called and, like you, it is hard to believe he is over there freezing. Bet he was glad to hear that you and the kids were having a good time. Take care.

Ellieboo said...

Its a needs must thing - I only have the one kid but have taken her to England and back 3 times solo - it was that or not go and bugger that I say. Here's to just getting on with it :)

Amanda xoxox

Jodie said...

Hi Khan, do you swim too? Our pup seems very very keen. sounds like a busy year ahead for you and the gang .

Taylor Made said...

Glad you have been able to head of to sunnier shores and enjoy the time of the year. Every day is a day closer to that dream.
Happy New Year.

Leonie said...

It is so nice to get to the beach, it refreshes the soul I think.It looks like a beautiful spot you visited.

I hope 2012 is amazing for you and your family!

The Jeweller said...

Thanks for the shout out for my new blog Posie! Hugs to you and the gaggle of giggles. Enjoy the sunshine, hope to see you in mid January when I start the WEEKLY (eek!) commute to the ACT. xx

Jen R said...

Love Moonee, will prob head there this week for a swim and fish, just up the road, you should call in for a cuppa on the way back!

CHD said...

We're spending some much needed time away at the beach too. It's fantastic. Hope you have a wonderful 2012. Cx

Mum on the Run said...

The perfect proactive choice to start the new year.
The beach looks fabulous - and the kids must be delighted.
Enjoy.
;-)

Teresa said...

Happy new year, Posie! I was thinking of you while starring at pine trees on our way into Canberra for Christmas this year.

Can completely relate to the long drive to the beach from Canberra - we used to frequent Tuross Heads each year as kids growing up in Canberra - and I used to get car sick on the way. And after being thrown up on just before boarding a flight the last time I travelled independently with just one child - I think you are a bit of a legend!

Although travel with kids makes for such great adventures. I know I fondly remember big road trips from childhood - you are making beautiful memories for your beautiful family.

Sending warm thoughts to your hubby xo

Bree said...

Good on you Posie, positivity embodied.

Can't wait for our catch up soon.

Lark said...

Happy New Year J, can't wait to hear of your adventures this year! Allison x

Coal Valley View said...

Couldn't agree more Posie. I too like being self sufficient :-) But to do it while knowing your hubby is in a war zone, I do take my hat off to you!! Great photos :-)

Sriga Jewellers said...

Love Moonee, will prob head there this week for a swim and fish, just up the road. thank buddy.

Silver jewellery Uk

Maxabella said...

Your pragmatic, joyful approach to parenting is as refreshing as Moonee! x

Maria said...

So good to see you get on with going places with the kids when you Hubby is overseas.
My DD2's Hubby works away and she has always taken the kids everywhere.

Agnes said...

Loved this post Jennie :-)
Have an awesome 2012.

My Beautiful World said...

Sending you the Happiest New Year Wishes Ever my friend. I look forward to many more wonderful visits with you in 2012 xo

Always Wendy

TexWisGirl said...

glad you and your kids had some fun! i know you wished your husband was there with you, too! SOON!

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

Oh I have lots of reading to do on your blog! Thanks for jumping over and saying hello.
Looking forward to see how those country dreams progress too.

Tas said...

Yes, we are slowly melting here in Adelaide but the weater forecaster has forecast a cool change tomorrow...unless he changes his mind.

I think that I need to borrow your "can do" attitude to parenting. Soooo easy to get stuck in a rut of "can't do"

Happy New Year to you and yours, Jen.

Sannah said...

Happy New Year Posie! I have been missing reading your blog and hearing what you are up to! I imagine you must love the summer holidays, being able to pick up and go somewhere, do something on a whim :)
Such a stark contrast to where your husband is at the moment - I didn't realise it got that cold in Afghanistan.
xx Sannah