We arrived at St Helens late Monday afternoon, and couldn't waste the afternoon away by just unpacking, so headed straight to the beach. Noah was so excited about it! ;)
absolutely hating it last year, and freaking out everytime his feet touched the sand. This year we had no worries at all about him. He ran straight to the beach and couldn't get there fast enough.
The boys had lots of fun climbing over on the rocks and exploring. We were both saying how Harri has grown up a lot since last year. Last year he didn't want to go over to the rocks at all, let alone climb them.
It's the first time all holidays that we really felt like were in holiday mode as we were away from everything.
It was a beautiful afternoon, to just lay in the sun and enjoy getting away from the world for just a few days.
On Monday night Chrish arrived in Tassie after having a weeks on the Gold Coast, so we convinced him and Mum to come down to stay with us for a night or two. Whenever we are down there I always think we should go to the St Columba Falls and after seeing it on Makayla's blog last week, I was keen to see if it was okay for Noah's wheelchair. The lady at the visitors centre told me she knew someone who had taken a wheelchair to the falls and said it 'wasn't too bad', so we took a drive to it. Even from the carpark was an amazing view of the 90 m falls.
The next day was Australia Day, so of course no Australia Day is complete without a day at the beach, so we headed back to one of the most beautiful beaches ever again - Binalong Bay. Noah decided to sleep most of the day away in the beach tent.
(Thanks for the photo Chrish)
Every time we go to Binalong Bay I always go for a walk from one end to the beach to the other with Jay, while Aaron stays with the other boys. Because Mum was with us, we were excited that Aaron and I could actually walk the beach together for the first time. Chrish, Jay and Harri came along and had a fantastic time playing in the huge waves around the other side of the beach.
(thanks for your photo chrish!)
When we reached the other end we went up on the rocks and enjoyed the view...
(thanks for the photo Chrish!)It was such a beautiful Australia Day and Aaron actually said it was the best Australia Day he had ever had! It was worth all the trouble of getting Noah and his wheelchair on and off the beach, for such a beautiful day.
We then headed into St Helens to do some fishing off the jetty. I don't mind fishing, but when you are fishing with a very active and stubborn two year old on a jetty, it's very stressful. I have this fear that Kobe or Harri is going to fall in, and I'm going to have to dive in and save them. It's not only scary to think that I'll most likely have my camera around my neck and I'll have to decided to jump in camera and all (haha!), but I HATE opening my eyes under water and just knowing my child was under there and it would be up to me to save them freaks me out!
Instead I knew it would be more relaxing if Kobe and I went for a walk to the playground and spent time there instead.
We missed out all the action while we were gone.
The boys had so much fun fishing (Aaron and Chrish included), that they decided to get up at 6am this morning and go back to the jetty. Harri was very upset when he woke up about 7.30 and realised they had left him behind, but we weren't keen on waking him as he had been so tired from a huge week. I was hoping for fresh fish for breakfast but unfortunately even though they caught 5 this morning, they were all too small to keep. Jay was so excited to have caught two on his own.
This morning before we packed up to come home we headed to the beach one more time, just up the road from the shack. Today was the perfect day, so it was sad to leave.
There were so many fishing boats going in and out off the boat ramps.
Pity the boys couldn't have gone out further and caught us a couple of crays!
But it's also nice to get back home. When we walked in the door at home we both said how it hit us again how lucky we were to have a new home. It felt so light, clean and big after spending 5 days in a tiny shack. Although it's tiny compared to home, we love going there and are already looking forward to next year!