I recently wrote about our Holiday to Cyprus, but one post was not enough to share all my thoughts and our photos. So here I am with Part two of our trip. The trip was filled with so much goodness. The sun shone for us every single day and we were lucky enough to find some beautiful places to spend our days.
Every morning the children slept in till about 10 am which was lovely. Our wake ups were relaxed and most mornings I was able to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee before they woke for the day.
Most days were slow starts which is always so lovely on holiday and a nice change from the school run when we are home.
On our second day we headed out late afternoon after enjoying the earlier hours at the pool, and we found a beautiful beach. Those thatched umbrellas make me feel so nostalgic and warms my heart in every way.
All of it, the Palm trees, the sun, the smell of the ocean, soft sand between my toes, reminds me of when I was a little girl. It brings back memories of long days spent at the beach, salty hair blowing wildly in the wind and bursts of laughter escaping my mouth. Running on the beach as fast as my 8 year old legs could take me, letting the sun breath life into me. One of my favourite things to do was put my sandy feet into the shore line and watch the sand wash away from my toes. I loved picking up the wet sand and feeling it slip through my fingers, I loved throwing it into the ocean. I loved watching the waves crash on the rocks. It was all so beautiful and all so ordinary for me when I was a girl.
When I come on holiday to far away beaches and I see the ships sailing on the ocean, the waves crashing on the shore and my children running and laughing, I am reminded of my childhood and how extraordinary it really was.
It warms my heart to watch my children enjoy some of what I had. Even if only for a few hours or days just to see them and know that what they are doing is what I experienced as a child.
To remember the happiness I had and to know they are feeling it too makes me the happiest mum on the planet. The love and appreciation burns brightly inside me and my heart, it lights up. It all stirs so much happiness within me I am almost lost for words. It has a way of bringing tears into my eyes every single time I see my children in the same happy situations that I used to be in.
The beach is my special place and although in England I don’t live near the beach I am happy to know that for a little time throughout the year I get to spend time at the beach. I am all the more grateful and all the more filled up with love for the beautiful life I have lived and continue to live. I feel truly blessed. My children carry this lantern for me that not only reminds me of my life growing up but sets a light a new path for me as I watch them grow and experience life and all it has to offer them.
There is something so beautiful about growing up and even growing old, especially having your siblings grow with you, watching your parents grow and having them by your side. And then of course best of all having your own children and not only watching them grow but nurturing them, loving, teaching, and helping them grow into humans that you are proud to call your own.
We spent a long time at the beach soaking up the sun. We swam, I took both children into the ocean and Archie didn’t stop saying: “ocean mummy”. He also kept asking me where the sharks were which did make me wince a bit. There is nothing quite like someone mentioning sharks while you are swimming in the ocean!
While we were swimming in the ocean a wave crashed into Archie’s face! He was okay. It gave him a chance to taste the salty water. He pulled the cutest face, still imprinted on my memory is his crunched up nose and eyes, and his little tongue sticking out of his mouth licking the salty water from his lips.
Sophia was jumping through the waves as they floated past us, you know how they rise above the ocean bed just before they crash into the shore? She laughed and splashed, her hair was wet with the sea water and I was in heaven watching her. There I was standing in the middle of the ocean, the waves passing me, the sun warming us, and my children with me, one on my hip and the other right next to me. All this space all this beauty and all the people. It was just pure goodness in every way.
Much of our holiday was spent like this, at the beach or by the pool. We did spend one afternoon at our villa. We had such a beautiful view from our balcony. It looked onto the ocean and the building and scenery was so picturesque.
The children did some colouring in and we chatted about our favourite parts of the holiday. Sophia’s most favourite part was the beach and the pool of course.
All I know is these two little munchkins of mine make me so happy, each and every day. It was a complete joy to take them on holiday and to be with them. I enjoy basking in their happiness and giving them experiences to grow them as people. I want to invite them to have a love for life so deep that they are happy children and happy adults. I want them to be able to experience as much as I can possibly help them to experience. And this holiday was one small part of that.
They are five and two now and although a little exhausting at times they are at an age where I feel contented I feel like we have made it. We have achieved a happy medium as a family a place at were we all feel comfortable. Their personalities shine through everyday and everyday we become closer as a family by spending time together.
My two most precious gifts in life.