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Back to school, back to reality

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.

Europe Eiffel Tower

We loved showing the children the famous sights.

Europe family Eiffel Tower

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.

Europe San Cassiano

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.

Europe skiing

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.

Europe Trento

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.



Hi Kristine, I've been thinking about you the last few days, wondering about your trip & how your new home was coming along. Gorgeous family shots, the kids are so big and so handsome/beautiful. They look like they are such good friends, especially in the last photo. We're planning our trip to France at the end of this year for some snow and museums & I really hope that they experience the magic of Europe as your children have. In the meantime it has been a new school for Luke (yr 3) & Jack (yr 1) still at his Prep school till yr 2. This means 2 drops off for me in opposite directions, at least until Luke & I are confident he can handle the train on his own, hopefully in a few weeks. Cheers


Beautiful photos Kris, glad you had such a wonderful family holiday - you'll have built a lot of memories for your 4. Hope the house renovating is going well, and you find your back to school equilibrium soon! Hx


Lovely to see you posting again. And such special memories.:)

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