We've been very spoilt with 2 long weekends in a row. It has meant that Daniel has been home for much of the School Holidays and we've been able to enjoy quite a bit of family time together. As you can see - and I do apologise for the photo overload - we've just returned from the little piece of paradise that is known as The Bay of Fires. It is one of my most favourite places in the world. It's only a few hours drive up the East Coast of Tasmania but you feel like you're a million miles away from everyone and everything. The weather was at its Autumn best - cold but gloriously crisp and sunny - and apart from an innocent faux pas at the Indian Restaurant on Saturday night, we had a gorgeous few days together. Sometimes I can foresee a potential misunderstanding before it happens but entering the Indian Restaurant with my 5 year old asking the Indian owner in a really loud voice "where are all the Indians" was clearly not one of those times. There were a few giggles from the tables and a quick discussion on the distinction between people from India and Native American Indians before we settled into our delicious curry and rice.
I'm really enjoying this current phase of parenting and I think it has a lot to do with the ages of the Children. I'm loving the current dynamic of having four of the children between the ages of 5 and 9. I'm enjoying their conversations, their growing independence and I love that they all get along really well and enjoy doing a lot of the same things together. All of the micro management that needs to be done with very little ones has almost gone and Daniel and I are both noticing how nice it is to take a teeny step back and watch them enjoying themselves. At the same time they are still young enough that they want to spend lots of time with us which will no doubt change in their teenage years. Even though there is little Flynn, he tends to include himself in their group whether they like it or not and they are very good at indulging him anyway. I don't know how things will change as we enter those tween/teen years but right now I'm soaking this up and enjoying this new phase of my parenting journey very much. Has anyone else noticed a similar shift moving into the School-age phase? Where are you all at on your parenting journey? I'd love to know your thoughts.