- Ted & Debbie (Photographers)
True confessions time-I have never liked taking the kids to the park. There is something about pushing them on the swing(endlessly) or being asked(constantly)to climb the jungle gym,or even just sitting on the benches with otheer moms and nanny’s that I detest. Simon,who will be 3 in a few weeks was only taken to a park and “swung” earlier this year,for the first time,by a friend. Yesterday however, on my own accord,offered to take them to the “park”.
The “park” is Tunnels Beach, a 5 minute walk past a reef full of sea turtles from our house. Ted and Sam had decided to do the 1/2 mile paddle out from Tunnels to the surfing spot and so I asked the younger set it they wanted to walk down with them to go to the “swings”.
Theo,Ollie & Simon spent 2 hours creating a park of their own. They swung,climbed,jumped,dug in the sand,made a boat out of a log and surfed.
I sat on the beach and took in the beautiful scenery. Nicest trip to the park I’ve ever had.
Simon turned two this past September. Every day he wakes up from night time sleep(and nap) looking taller,older, saying more words, doing more things, growing into himself and our family with amazing ease. With all of this beautiful growth we are also saying goodbye to many things that we have taken for granted over the course of fourteen years and five children. One of them is little baby feet. (Not that any of our children have little feet, they are all frighteningly large considering their size. A dominant gene they have inherited from shoe size 10, 5’5″ me). A tradition that all of our children have shared is wearing handmade,customized,cozy,comfy shoes from an amazing company called Soft Star Shoes in Oregon. Tim,the head elf and owner,has shod all the boys exclusively for their first two years of life. After that they seem to start having opinions of their own about what they will wear on their feet. I’m hoping Simon lets me keep putting them on him for a long time to come, after all, he’ll always be our baby.