There’s always one. But why is it always mine?! 😂🙈)
As parents, we’ve all had that thought, haven’t we?!!
Picture the scene… beautiful weather, calm waves lapping at your tanned toes.. Pilot Bay is a gorgeous family sandy beach: shallow blue water, kids playing happily with spades and sandcastles, tinkling children’s laughter in the air while the adults relax in the summer sun…
Then your second child thinks it’s funny to yell, “SHARKKKKKK” 😆🙈🦈 as he splash-runs his way out of the water.
I can look back and laugh now, but FFS in that moment, your stomach still drops and the Jaws music still plays in your head 🙈 😂 and a split second later you need to track down your joker of a son to give him a slap for being embarrassing 😆
So this week, we’ve explored a bit more, in our efforts to find a place to live. We’ve been up to Katikati and Waihi Beach, and driven through many suburbs of Tauranga, it’s all beautiful and we’re still kinda homeless. The good news is that we have got the beachfront property to rent for 3 weeks, so Santa has somewhere to visit. The bad news is that we still need to find somewhere from mid January. Other good news is that our surfboards arrived! Other bad news is that the courier dropped them in transit and they’re broken 😭 Even more good news is that I’ve ordered some beds to sleep on when we move into the new place next week. And the bad news is that as they are oversized items, they may not arrive until after christmas 🙈
As you can tell, this has been a week of ups and downs. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve seen photos of the UK snow and we’ve felt a bit homesick. It feels a very long way away right now and I’m so thankful for the awesomeness of FaceTime to keep us in touch.
On Friday, the older boys all had a family surf lesson with Marc the Spanish Surf Instructor.
One by one, they all caught some waves, and Joe and Tom are getting pretty good at standing up, the jammy natural dudes.
I kind of loitered around at the side of them with my board during the lesson, in case Fred needed any help, catching a few waves and feeling pretty smug as I surfed my way in. Marc waved me over at one point, and I thought maybe he was going to compliment me on my immense technique.
Nah. But I’ll take his constructive comments ‘on board’ (get it? 😂) as he told me that I need to bend my legs more and lift my arms, because I look a bit like a surfing gorilla. Thanks dude, thanks. I guess I’ll try to take my knuckles out the water and shift my bum closer to the board.