Such a stunning day at @pensthorpe_natural_park today! Getting annual passes here was totally the best decision...We have already made more than our money back and we are only 2 months in! Every time we visit we find something new to see or do and the boys are totally in their happy place here! #thelifeschoolers
3 weeks to go to the final @intothewildexperience of the season. The Woodlands ft Gaudium 🌳✨ ___________________ For me personally it’s a special moment as we celebrate 3 years of wild times together 🌺 so thank you for being apart of the journey! ___________________ 📸 @the_jay_yuno
There are many days in a mumma's life when she doubts herself. Many times when listening to someone else's opinions hurts or is taken too seriously. Sometimes it's the simple things that centre you back into your reality. You know; the place where YOU want to be for YOUR family, not where you think you should be or where someone else thinks you should be.... When my 8 year old told me she had an interest in cake decorating, I was kind of gutted because she can't eat any of the ingredients and I was worried it would make her feel more isolated or weird. When she told people that's what she was learning about at home, there were many opinions about how this wasn't real learning and plenty of eye rolls and judgement. Now let me set the record straight. There are numerous things my kids do every day that may look like traditional 'learning' but my focus has been on their mental wellbeing. It's not news to us in New Zealand that our Christchurch kids have crazy levels of stress and anxiety. We have already seen the results of pushing and forcing, instead of releasing and relaxing. So for us, if she wants to learn these skills, good on her. She is learning tonnes of resilience through making mistakes and gets to see her own efforts improve all the time, she is back to the confident and determined kid we knew her to be. She is now ready for an actual official cake decorating course! I have doubted the decision to homeschool her every.damn.day. I have answered awkward questions and felt isolated and we have been excluded from things because of our choices. But when I see this kid being brave, strong and kind and when I see how she is Thriving, that's when the doubts disappear; even if only for a few minutes. That's when I find my reality again, my centre. It's so hard to block out what others think, but their truth is not mine. Their journey is not mine. Their understanding is not mine. So why let those things bring me down?
The calm among the storm. I'm always so humbled by the power of the ocean. As a surfer, I've felt this power to some degree but I know it's Sooo much more powerful. It's scary and oh so beautiful at the same time. It's the one place where all other thoughts leave my mind and I feel truly relaxed and in awe of the beauty that surrounds me.
We couldn't understand why the water wasn't running out of the sink in the downstairs toilet, that is until we discovered someone had been stuffing wet wipes down the plug hole.....🤦♀️ Does this face look guilty? 🐒 It's actually just as likely that it was her sister .......They just seem to have been particularly naughty this weekend! #wildlings#backtoschooltomorrow