Max and I have been blessed with a couple opportunities to be at home on the weekends while the rest of the gang is off running errands. Last Saturday morning, after completing his Skeletal System poster for his PDH (personal development & health?) class, we were sitting in the family room, looking at the gorgeous view when I asked a question that I really wasn’t sure I wanted to know the answer to. Here’s how it went…
Wendy - “So what do you think so far of our time in Australia?”
Max - “Pretty good.” Then adds, “But not exactly what I expected.”
Wendy - “What’s different than you expected?”
Max (with tears) - “I thought it would be less work and more adventure.”
Naturally, I felt incredibly guilty. Immediately I start making plans. I’ll ask everyone and anyone what there is to do in Australia that the children will love. Make a schedule so that every weekend we are off to the bush or driving to the mountains or seeing another part of Australia. That’s what I’ll do!!
Before I got too far with the plan, Mike and the others arrived home and we headed down to Balmoral Beach which is less than 2 km from our house (picture below). We spent hours climbing on the rocks at one end of the beach (2nd picture below). It turns out these rock formations are the perfect spot for finding sea glass. But that wasn’t even the best part. The best was when we found a tide pool with sea anemones, star fish, minnows, etc. One of the boys yelled “This is better than the touch tank at the aquarium. And it’s free!”
Shortly after that, Max turned to me and said, “This is our greatest Australian adventure yet.” This was his way of reminding me that we don’t need long car drives or expensive excursions to have an adventure. Daily life can be an adventure; you just have to have your eyes open to the beauty and the opportunities that surround you. Still, a little balance would be nice.
So my newest motto (right after “Say Yes to Every Invitation”) is “Less Work, More Adventure.” We hope we’ll get a chance to share some of our adventures with you when you visit!
View of Balmoral Beach from across the Harbor
Sea glass haven (aka the rocks at one end of Balmoral)