Friday, February 10, 2017

A NIGHTLY VISIT TO SEE THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS.....

Just four doors down from my dad's house was a lovely house all decked up with Christmas lights for Christmas...
It became a nightly walk for us to take Willow and Max down to visit the house and enjoy the lights, Santa, the reindeers and the spirit of Christmas...

These evening adventures worked a treat.... I had no trouble getting her to take her bath and eat her dinner, because the reward was a walk down the road to see the special Christmas lights...

Dancing with Santa
 They had a super big Santa too that was filled with air and stood taller than the house...


 Perhaps one of Willow's favourites was the snow machine....
She loved it and would run under it and let it blow all the bubbles all over her...
 She was keen to show Max all the different displays....
Beautiful Christmas Star

 Max loved this little lantern that had snow falling it it... He was quite mesmerized by it...
Visiting Santa's world at the North Pole...
Willow dancing with Santa..

 The owner of the home was wonderful....
They have been doing this for 14 years and all children get a helium balloon when they visit...
Willow loved this...
Max with his balloon...
More dancing with Santa just before we went home...

 We did this everynight we stayed on the coast...
Seeing Christmas Lights through the eyes of a child is quite different to seeing it as an adult...
I love going to see the Christmas lights...
Hoping that we can make it a real tradition with our grandchildren...

HIS FIRST MEAL AT MACCAS...

Because we had spent so much time on the beach, we were well past the kids bed time, so thought a quick visit to Maccas for dinner would be a lot quicker than trying to race home and prepare a meal for them....

Max had never had a meal at Maccas before, so he had his first chicken nuggets and chips and he quite enjoyed them... He ate his whole three chicken nuggets and most of his chippies....

 Willow had nuggets also, but she is at an age now where she enjoys getting the kids pack and collecting the toys that come with them....
Willow with her Moppy
Max sharing with Poppy


 Time to head home now for baths and bed...
Love having the kids come away with us for a little break...
Makes us feel really young again.....
Meanwhile it gives Sarah and Colin some much appreciated couple time...

A FEW DAYS AWAY TOGETHER ON THE SUNNY COAST...

One of the things we enjoy doing is taking our grandchildren for a few days and taking them away with us for a little holiday.  We have taken Willow away now a few times, but never little Maxie...
I was a little nervous taking him as he was only 11 months old, but Sarah thought he would be OK and since we were only going up to the Sunny Coast, we risked it, as it was only an hour out of Brissie, so if he did get upset it wasn't far to take him home...

We took them up to visit their great grandpa for a few days.  Dad was so good with the kids and they just loved him, happy to give him cuddles, and Max would lay on the couch with him to drink his bottle....

In the car all ready to go.... we are going on a holiday together....
 By the time we arrived on the Sunny Coast, Dad was ready to go down to Macca's for his morning coffee so we joined him....
Max got to have his first baby chino

His first baby chino

 Not sure he loves them as much as Willow does and did.....
He wasn't too sure about them...

Willow is right into reading at the moment and wasn't too interested in me reading to her,  she wanted to read me books which I think was super cute.  She points to the words as she makes up the story on each page... You can really see that early literacy kicking in....
Reading her Moppy a story
 We went shopping together.....
She came with me to do a grocery shop whilst Steve and Max spent some time out in the garden...
Max just loves to be outdoors....
Out shopping with Moppy
 We spent time at the beach,  the kids loved it, although Max was a little unsure of the sand and the waves.....

Our little super model

 Heading down to the beach with their Poppy....


 Beautiful beautiful Warana....
We pretty much had the beach to ourselves...

 Toe dipping in the Ocean....
Loving being on the beach......

 I think 4 is a magical age...
I am loving that Willow is having so much fun and gets so excited about life...
Grand children are wonderful,  they keep you young and bring back so many special memories...

 Loving this special moments.  Kind of makes me want to do a photo book up for our grand children of all the special moments and holidays we have had together......

Love this photo of Steve and the children.... just shows the real closeness of them all
 There were quite a few jelly fish on the beach so it was a real teaching moment for the kids...
Steve spent time showing them the jellyfish and telling them all about it...
Max was keen to watch them but not touch them...
Willow touched them with Steve...
a thick round jelly fish that you can see through....
a long jellyfish..
 We had a good time chasing Poppy up the beach and running down the sand banks. 
Oh to be four again....

 Then we had fun building sand castles...
Max wasn't too sure about the texture of the sand and getting it in his toes...

discovering cuttlefish.....
sunset at the beach...

 Willow loved the sand dunes and happily run up them and jumped down....
Everything is fun and exciting when you are 4 -  maybe this is why I love this age so much,..
So much joy and excitement to life....
Not a care in the world.....

 I love this country that I live in...
I love our wide open spaces...
The lack of people around....
The flowers and the fauna....

 It is actually the kids bedtime and we are still down on the beach...
We still need dinner and  baths....
Think we might need to head to Maccas for dinner tonight otherwise it will be very late before we get them to bed...
Still it has been a magical afternoon on the beach with the children...
Makes us feel alive


 Off to find a tap to wash the sand off our feet before we get into the car...
She is still singing her way and skipping along the path...
Not a care in the world....

 Heading off to Macca's for dinner before we take the kids home...

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