Thursday, October 27, 2011

Just the two of us

I'm telling you now - when the sun is out in its full glory, puffs of cotton clouds scattered across the pale blue sky, sitting on a blanket playing footsies with sand, waves are lapping loudly, a toddler making engine noises while scooping thimblefuls of sand with his digger, and there's nobody else here except the two of us and some seagulls - this NEVER gets old. My little slice of Nirvāṇa!

I sat there breathing in the salty air and I felt so lucky and privileged that every Tuesday I get to do this (or something similar to this) with my son - just the two of us.

We were alone on the beach for ages, then this young guy came down the stairs and Kien went running over to him laughing. They walked down the beach and sat down, and I could hear them jabbering to each other - Kien doing his toddler talk with some recognisable words thrown into the mix as he attempts to string sentences together, the guy chatting back to him. I could definitely hear "more" and "again" echoing as they drew in the sand and threw rocks into the water. It was great - free baby sitting service on the beach!

The guy would have kept Kien entertained for at least 45 minutes. When he finally got up and waved good-bye to Kien as he walked away I thanked him, and he said he had a lot of fun, and the kid was just too cute. Aww, perfect words for a mother's ears.

As the afternoon became late a few people showed up to soak up some rays and enjoy what was left of a glorious day. The tide was coming in fast carrying with it some plump seaweed. Kien was keen as anything to look for seaweed so he could squeeze them.

He enjoyed being in the water. This is actually the first time he has voluntarily waded into the sea by himself. If I had gone for a swim I bet he would have wanted to come along too. I took off his sodden nappy and he was happy to go deeper. We jumped and splashed together, and it was glorious. We finally had to leave as the beach was running out of sand with the tide being so high.

Musician in the making

Remember this clip from last year? I thought he had some cool rhythms back then. Well check out his latest trick.

If you can't see the video (those of you getting this blog feed via e-mail) then go to my blog post on the web and you'll be able to see it there.


Michelle MacWhirter said...

That video was great! Sounded a bit like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in bits.

"Twinkle twinkle...more?" haha!

You have the most busy blog I have ever read. I don't think you guys ever sit still.

Lien H said...

Yeah, this is his version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. He calls the song "ubb-a-bub" (Kien speak for "up above") when he asks us to sing it to him. You can actually catch him saying it at the beginning before he launches into the song. Good times for you to look forward to!

We sit still when we get to a destination :-)

Sarah said...

Awww, adorable and beautiful photographs of your very gorgeous part of Aotearoa with your son. Days like that really are perfect (as are friendly young people who actually LOVE to play with little people and drop flattering comments when the leave!) x


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