I count it such a blessing that we are so close to my family. We share similar values, in all aspects of our lives, and are able to approach our differences with tolerance and humour. I watch my children grow in confidence with the support of grand parents, aunts, and uncles who love them, and cousins who are close friends. It is exactly what I hoped for my kids.
We are back after a fabulous time in the mountains with my family. Our kids are so close to their cousins, so every time we see each other they just pick up right where they left off and keep on going. As Toby says ” J and E are my best friends”.
Because we love spending time with the cousins, we took the opportunity to pack in as much time with them as we could.
My sister and I spent a child free afternoon shopping, and catching up with friends while all the kids played together at my parents. On Sunday we had a big family lunch which rolled into an afternoon of playing, a Skype session with my other sister in SE Asia, and then into dinner.
On Monday we caught the train to Sydney and went to Tumbalong park and Darling Harbour. Tumbalong has the best park, complete with a huge water play area, which the cousins all enjoyed. An icecream, some boat watching, a ride on the old fashioned Merry Go Round, and then finally a walk back through Chinatown, finished the day off nicely.
If we hadn’t already had enough cousin fun, on Tuesday we took the three big kids to Ikea where they proceeded to play house in all the displays whilst my sister bought what she wanted and I impulse bought a few bits and pieces too. I’ve never had to be the one who nagged to hurry up in a shop before!