I am very lucky that I grew up in South Africa, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I grew up living just a two minute walk from the beach. The soft sand, the blazing sun and the soothing sounds of the ocean was very much how I remember my early life. And still now I feel a very powerful connection to the ocean and all that I was able to experience growing up. I love nothing more then feeling my body wrapped in her arms and carried by her strong and powerful caress. I had the ideal ‘holiday lifestyle’ growing up, and I am very thankful for that experience. It is inspiring to me how much beauty exists around us and I want to share this beauty with my children, I want to share the beauty I see with them.
There is nothing more exciting then packing your bags and getting ready for a holiday knowing you are going to experience something you don’t do everyday. As much as I love my home comforts I look so forward to going away with my family. There is something so new and exciting about being away together, going exploring, seeing other countries and other climates.
For this reason our perfect family holiday would be one with water, sun, and filled with time as a family, as well as time for just me and my husband to relax, to recharge. Something we truly value is to be in each others company, dine together, talk, cuddle, laugh and have fun in every moment.
It would also be lovely if there were activities for the children but all the same they are very happy to be with us, they have a great thirst for life and tend to make the most out of every situation they are in, which is what I am most intrigued by as I watch them navigate this life.
We were very lucky last year to go to Turkey. It was our first family holiday just the four of us and Archie’s first time abroad. It was so much fun and so needed. To be together with no worries and have an escape from the busy life we lead here at home.
We spent most of our days lounging in the sun, enjoying the water, and eating ice cream.
We had the most amazing time together, and it is just the small things like being together that make us a stronger family unit. It brings me so much happiness to even think about our holiday last year and I can’t wait to do it all again. It reminds me how lucky I am to spend my life with these wonderful people. They make me so happy and I hope they know that.
Regardless of what life throws at us, the good, the bad, and the completely amazing I know I will always have them and their love, and that means the world to me.
The creative act of writing it all down and putting our memories together in the form of writing and photographs is something so special to me. I don’t recored everything, I don’t have enough time for that, but I recored the moments that pass us by that have real meaning to us as a family. Life after all is all about the simple things, our relationships; holding hands, passing smiles, and baby dimples. Its makes the load lighter, it makes the days brighter and sure does make me think more about how their happiness is paramount to mine in every single way.
I remember watching Archie fall asleep on the sun lounges, carrying him on my back as we walked the sites, I remember how cold his little legs were after he had been for a dip in the pool. He would come for a cuddle straight after holding his arms up to me. I remember his cold skin against my burning hot stomach and legs. When it is summer we take moments like this for granted but of course in the winter it is the memories we have that remind us what it is we love most about the summer.
Just watching my husband enjoy his children, watching them laughing and smiling together gives me the greatest happiness. My husband has given me one of the greatest gifts anyone has ever given me; my children. And on top of that he gives me more, in the way that he swings them high and guides them gently, the way he offers his hand and gives the best cuddles if either is upset. He ignites a magic so deep within my soul just for bringing these two bundles of joy into the world with me and cherishing them with me too.
And while I look at the beautiful photograph of my husband and son and I wipe away the falling tears of gratitude, I dream about soaking up the sun and splashing in the water with my family.
Life is beautiful and we enjoy every moment, writing this post has reminded me why I blog, the memories we have captured are priceless to me. The photos have made me feel so completely blessed, I love my little family so much, they bring me so much joy. They bring a magic to my life that was never here before. They are my little bit of magic, my little bit of heaven in this very busy and very crazy world that we live in.
*This post is our entry to the Mark Warner Holidays’ Family Ambassador Programme 2016. Our entry is for the creative writing category. You can find out more about the competition here.