For those of you that know me, you know I am always doing 5 things at once. The beauty of being on holiday is that I allow myself to focus on one thing, and that is currently having quality time with family and friends.
The past few days we have spent time in Mallorca with some amazing friends and had so many laughs, but it’s the boys that have given me the most joy.
My 5yr old is simply ‘attached’ at the moment, wants to do everything I do and just chatters the whole time, and he is hysterical. The other day, my friend asked him if she could keep him and they came to an agreement that he would live with her in the holidays, I would still be his mum, but my friend would buy him a horse. That night he started to worry that he would actually need to go and live with her. I explained that she was just teasing him, and that I would not let anyone take him away….his response, “Oh ok thank you mummy…. but I’d still like the horse!”
The 8yr old is a typical boy, and thrives on competition, in particular with his brother, but actually anyone he happens across….I believe, I may have found my first employees.
The past couple of days I explained to the boys that we are going beach combing but we are only looking for sea-glass, bright white pebbles (be that bird!) or heart shaped stones. The challenge was on, and their employee package included not only quality time with the boss, free food and water till they were 18 and life protection, but also an ice cream a day.
The boys were star employees on the first day although they went a little off track and found some ‘angel wings’ too. I am thinking nice gifts in memory of someone who has passed on, and I am loving the coloured glass in the shape of a heart. The 8 year old was enthralled when he saw the heart and decided we needed more…day 2 planning already good lad!
Yesterday afternoon we set of to the little beach beside Marineland in Puerto Portals. As we were climbing over the rocks to get there, we came across the back of the bird enclosure at Marineland. You could only see the very top of the cage, but there was a beautiful white cockatoo, just looking out to sea.
The boys and I went over to him and with the youngest on my shoulders and the eldest in my arms we strained to get eye level with him. He was beautiful, the boys were an inch from him. He cocked his head and mimicked our actions, and as we went to leave, he ran down the wall to follow us. We went back, and it sounded like he was saying “Get me out…”. It seemed so sad to be just sitting there looking out to sea, but not being able to fly about. We have all seen Rio right? The eldest decided we needed to release them all in the dead of night…..”we’ll get scissors and just cut the cage after midnight, then release the birds!” (that’ll be another blog!)
A little saddened by the bird, we moved on and finally got to the intended beach. The sea-glass was in abundance, and the boys were phenomenal the eldest even found a rare blue piece (he had therefore won of course!).
I am thinking anniversary hearts in colours of the precious stones (jade, emerald) or even just a colourful mosaic one – need more blue.
We did well on the hearts too…..
Granted you have to stretch the imagination for some, but in context I think they may work.
So a successful two days, this week I have learnt that focus is really good. Spreading yourself or your search too thinly isn’t ideal and tends to get weaker results and my boys are awesome at spotting tiny bits of sea-glass. Thank you boys.
Thank you also to my friend (you know who you are) who has offered to send my sea-glass from his strolls along the beach in Jersey – love that!
Finally, for those of you who are not so lucky, a little beach stroll for you too…..