Day: December 6, 2013

Burning some rubber with the kids on the Santa Barbara waterfront!

With three children constantly at home it’s not easy to fit in exercise (well, not in the way I’d like – though I do get plenty of movement cleaning up after them and running around playing crazy games… and moving the wine glass to my mouth…).

This week, with friends visiting from New Zealand, we had the impetus to have some focused outdoor fun (especially since the older children were rather hooked on Minecraft gaming action and needed fresh air and sunshine more than they realised!).

We hired a few bikes down on the Santa Barbara waterfront, catching the last of the light before sundown and pedalled like crazy for a good half an hour.

Biking on the Santa Barbara waterfront

A gentle wind even got up, reminiscent of Wellington – where you’d almost always expect to be pedalling head on into the wind (and being blown along the other way). It was a blast and made us all feel so ‘alive’ (especially me – desperate for a little exercise!). Little Miss 3 loved sitting on the back seat of a double coupe, which I pedalled with the help of our New Zealand friend. My older girls pedalled independently (Miss 10 very relieved to not have to ride a pink bike… whilst Miss 7, on the other hand, couldn’t have been happier to have some ‘flower power’ to coordinate with her pink heeled boots!).

Pedal fun at sundown in Santa Barbara

It was a great end to the day, with the daylight fading all too fast in this winter season of short days, but leaving a beautiful scene for us to enjoy.

Sun down Santa Barbara

 

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Linking up this post with other wonderful folk,
who also love outdoor fun with their children, at…

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Things I’m Loving | A little Christmas sparkle

A little bit of Christmas cheer has picked up our spirits and cast a light on the dark nights of winter. A little Christmas fairy fluttered into the house and sprinkled some magic on the Christmas tree, which will be covered in her little offerings of hand painted snowmen and snow flakes over the days of advent.

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Her shy little smile, hints at mischief too…

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And a twinkle in her eye promises all sorts of fun in the countdown to Christmas and the arrival of special visitors from England – Grandma & Granddad!

She is getting busy with sticky tape and string, so we better be careful where we step!

There’s going to be glitter, glue and lots of baking happening in the house over the next couple of weeks. Just the kind of magic we need to keep us from thinking too much of our home and friends in New Zealand.

With heavy hearts we bid farewell to our NZ friends today, but the wonderful memories will live on and on.