I always love the return to the school year. My boys don't get quite as excited as I do about all their new stationery and fresh notebooks. I guess it's not a boy thing.
My head is spinning though. Normally a long, lazy January at the beach gets me ready to start February with a bang. This year was very different because of our very special European Christmas.
The coat I made for Adelaide came in extremely handy. She wore it every day we were out and about.
We loved showing the children the famous sights.
Anything with an engineering angle was of great interest to the boys. Things like the Eiffel Tower, the Tower of London or Venice stirred their curiosity and led to hundreds of questions about how things were built, why, who, when. Nothing like seeing things in person to awaken an interest in history and languages.
Travelling with four children can have its challenges. Not everyone is up to queueing for three hours to see a famous painting. So we packed our trip with lots of skiing which was so much fun.
We've returned home with some fabulous memories and a list of favourite places that one day the children might be lucky enough to return to.
But that won't be happening anytime soon. We've told them they'll be lucky if they get to eat out at the Flinders pub next summer. I've certainly had enough German sausages to last a lifetime.