Thursday, 25 April 2019

A Holiday of Firsts

It's the school holidays! And not just any school holidays, mind you - it's our first one as a family with only big school kids. No more kindy kids around here!

Someone recently graduated from kindy!

So while, in the past, school holidays meant, in reality, that I still had to get up early to pack a lunchbox and get Bear ready for kindergarten, this time it's a holiday in the proper sense of the word. The kids and I get to lie in whenever we want to, proclaim pajama days whenever we feel like it and basically just laze around in true holiday fashion. It. Is. Glorious!

But perhaps even more glorious is the fact that Bear mastered the art of riding his big boy bike during the first few days of the holidays too. Which means that - in another family first - we all get to go on our bike runs together now. No more scooters or jogging strollers to lug along - just pure, happiness-inducing freedom for all. My mother heart sings!


Cheese!!

Our first bike/run excursion was extra special since it was a public holiday and Will was able to join in too. J Bear took the lead, charging up the river track like a fearless little warrior. No muddy puddle or patch of loose rocks was too much for him to handle - he skidded, bounced and bolted over it all like a boychild in his element. Miss K, on the other hand, wise beyond her years, knows and understands that the true joy of a journey rarely lies in rushing to its end. She spent the excursion embracing and appreciating the small delights along the way - all while humming a happy tune. Will and I brought up the rear, occasionally calling out reminders like "steady steering on the downhill!", or "keep left and make space for that oncoming poodle!". But we mostly just hung back and reveled in the moment: It was a prize family memory in the making.

And, with that, this spontaneous little family jaunt snuck its way into my Top 10 runs of all time. You just can't beat doing what you love with the ones who matter most!



8 comments:

  1. My hart sing saam met jou, Mamma! Xxxxxx

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    1. Dit was in die siel in lekker vir ons al vier, Saar - wat 'n heerlik voorreg! Xxxxx

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  2. What a beautiful family! All together to play sport. Great photos.

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    1. Thanks so much, Stefano - we're richly blessed!

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  3. I've just found your running blog through Stefano ... great post about your running and biking together with your kids.

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    1. Thanks very much, Giorgio! I've been following Stefano's running journey for some years now - it's always amazing to see the beautiful places he runs in!

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    2. I also like to know places where people run. I used to follow running blogs from Ireland, South Africa and Australia (Brisbane). I noticed a lot of people aroud the world love running and biking. Happy running :-)

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