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Today the March Photo Challenge theme was Fruit and I managed to capture Hannah holding a Lemon that had fallen off the Lemon tree at playgroup. It is so lovely to be able to take the children places where nature exists naturally; where trees grow fruit, there are tyre swings hanging from branches and there are chickens to make friends with. We need to be in touch with nature more, with grass, with sky, with dirt and with children who really should revel in everything the earth has to offer.

Later today, we made our way to the Gold Coast for a weekend away. The kids had a ball on the beach this afternoon. The ocean was warm and it wasn’t too windy. Even I got into the water – albeit to save Blake from drowning in the waves!!

As I have mentioned before, he is absolutely NOT afraid of just running headlong into the surf and seeing what happens! Being dumped and knocked over did not faze him one bit, he just kept wriggling out of my grasp and walking into the sea until a wave came over him and let him know just how powerful the ocean is. Of-course I was right next to him to help him up, and we repeated the process many more times until he was done, satsfied and spent.

My other child, the calmer one, the one who walks with determined purpose but then cautiously dips her toes in the water before getting too excited; the one that knows the power of the waves and who asks Daddy to hold her hands as she jumps the waves – she was watching her brother and shaking her head. She is older and wiser and she even likes to wear her swimming floaty in the sea, just in case ;)!

(Note: Yes, that is a cigarette butt. No, I did not let him put it in his mouth. Why do children always want to play with such gross things?!)

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About hippyhappymama

I am a wife and a mama to 3 delicious children, Hannah (31-08-2008), Blake (12-10-2010) and Daisy (11/08/2013). I am in love with my family, writing, photography, travel, and all things related to active birth and natural parenting.

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