It's Jan 13th and it's now 2 weeks since Sam was in Starship - that's the longest time out of hospital in about 4 months.... and we are enjoying it by lounging by the beach 1.5 hours north of Auckland in a paradise called Mangawhai. We are staying in a holiday home provided by the Kids Foundation, which is a beautiful and comfy unit where we can bbq on the deck whilst watching the girls on the playground and trampoline, or wander 1 min to the beach front of the river....and about 5 mins drive to 4 other beaches.
It's lovely to see the girls just be girls, giggling as they're crashed into the waves off their boogey boards, great to have time to read, rest and recover from a hectic and stressful few months, and lovely to be having lots of fun family memory moments. Sam is loving his 'pool', which is basically a large mop bucket that he can sit in without fear of sliding or tipping over. He can get wet, splash in the water but manage to keep his central line clean and dry as we wrap his top half in cling-film...so he looks like he has an off-the-shoulder see-thru bikini top on! But he loves the water and can be screaming with glee for about 2 hours before he wants out.
I'm off to get the steaks ready for the bbq and then shower off the inevitable sand that ends up everywhere on a beach holiday, before hooking Sam up for the night.
We are so grateful for this week - the first holiday we, as a family of 5, have had together since this time last year. It's just a treat.