Well we are back my friends. We flew in from Tasmania, via Melbourne late Wednesday night and after 10 days of fabulous family fun, a gorgeous wedding and heaps of exploring, we are absolutely exhausted! I am incredibly glad to be home though, especially given the awesome things that have happened while we were away.
Now I love a good holiday as much as the next girl, don’t get me wrong.
Especially if said holiday involves lazing by the pool/beach, with an endless stream of cocktails and daily massages (all sans child of course!). Oh wait, wait, that was a dream I had!!
In truth, those kinds of holidays can be fabulous, but family holidays can be just as awesome too. Family vacations tend to be rather stressful though (as I’m sure most of you are aware), but what it really comes down to is a chance to reconnect, have some innocent fun and to open up your children’s eyes to a whole new world of experiences.
For us it was taken to a whole nother level, with the main purpose of our trip to be there for a family wedding. Naturally this meant grandmothers and aunts flying in from all over W.A. and we all know what happens next….. chaos!! No, honestly it wasn’t that bad. We had our fair share of moments like any family does (let’s not even talk about the flight over to Melbourne. Note To Self: NEVER FLY THE RED EYE WITH AN 18 MONTH OLD EVER, EVER AGAIN!)
But like any family vacation it balanced itself out, there were some truly awesome moments. Like seeing how excited my munchkin got every time he was able to hang out all day with his Grammy and Grumpy (my hubby’s parents) or the absolute spaz attack he had at the chocolate factory after devouring a whole choc frog in one mouthful, or just Mr D and I, driving around, enjoying the beautiful, peaceful country side while he slept in the back seat!
No matter how much fun you have though there is always a point where you just want to be home. (I find it around the time when I start packing up, or waiting around airports with a million other people). It’s that moment when you just wish you could be home, comfy in your own bed.
It’s the moment when you just want to be in your own space, surrounded by your things and familiar scents.
It’s being able to follow your usual routine (you can’t half tell I’m one of those people huh!), and have your regular morning coffee and flick through the news.
It’s coming home to a furry someone with a wet nose that is always glad to see you, no matter the kind of day you’ve had.
It’s your fluffy, perfectly molded to your head, pillow.
Or maybe it’s the simple comfort of a home cooked meal.
All of these things and so much more can ignite that yearning for home and your usual creature comforts. It’s wonderful being able to travel and share new experiences with our son, but nothing and I mean nothing, beats that heavy sigh of relief, of the weight lifting from my shoulders when I walk through the doors of our home.
So can you imagine the excited, butterfly type feeling I got sitting in Melbourne airport when I suddenly realized we would be coming back to our new home? Our finally finished home that we’ll be able to move in to within the next few weeks!
I actually don’t think I have any words to describe it, to be honest.
It probably didn’t help matters that my mum and dad were over at the farm while the plumbers were finishing off their final bits and pieces. The fit-off that they naturally had to photograph and send through to me of course!
Now that I am back in our temporary home I still feel that big exhalation, that sense of relaxation and safety. But it’s also made me realize how much has changed while we were away. It may of only been 10 days but so much has changed in Mister L and the world around us, and us as people too. I think I really needed that break, I was starting to burn out and I feel so much more rejuvenated and energized now I’m home. I simply feel different.
But I suppose that’s the beauty of travelling isn’t it.
Coming home is just as sweet as going away, especially when you get to rediscover all of the wonderful things you have waiting for you.
So with that in mind here is a quick look at our so close to being finished home!
So the stress and craziness of the last few weeks has finally dissipated. Instead now all I’m left with is a heart filled with joy and gratitude for being able to follow our dreams, move home to build this wonderful house and start the next chapter of our lives.
Oh and don’t forget the excitement! Every day I wake up with a thrilling jolt thinking that in only a few short weeks I’ll be coming home to this!
Be sure to stay tuned folks, the next few weeks are going to get very interesting!! With floors being laid, painters getting to work and much much more, who knows what craziness will unfold.
Ciao for now xx