My husband and I took the kids out for a little adventure. The stormy weather had cleared up and we were keen to soak up some of the delicious sunshine.
We headed over to Point Walter Reserve, in Bicton, where there is a sandbar that stretches out for about 1km into the river.
It’s a good walk for the kids. And my big bigger boys and I took the opportunity to run too.
The sandbar is only a couple of metres wide, so it was very cool to have water splashing on both sides.
We stopped to build sand castles, pick up shells, dig a trench from one side of the sand bar to the other, and examine the slight difference in water temperature on either sides.
There were even parts of the of the sandbar that were covered with water.
We gave the kids a big lesson about the rising and falling tide… and possibly getting stuck “out at sea”. Always check the weather radar and tide charts before heading out on “sea adventures” kids!
However, my 4 year old took our lesson the wrong way, and decided that WE WERE ALL GOING TO DIEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!
WAVES WERE GOING TO SWALLOW US ALL UP AND WE WERE GOING TO SINK TO THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN.
Naturally, my two older children couldn’t help themselves and made up stories about terrible disasters that could befall them while out at sea… like giant squid monsters with sticky tentacles that wrap around the ankles of little children and hold them down underwater so they can’t escape.
They were actually very funny, entertaining, and they delivered the stories with theatrical flair. Like a duo comedy act.
However before I could stop them, the damage was done. My 4 year old was suddenly terrified of the double-beached sandbar.
He threw a HUGE TANTRUM and refused to walk. He demanded to be carried! He demanded that we all turn around and go home! He demanded that we all stop having fun!
It took a long time for him to calm down.
Anyway, after all that, I took my two comedians for a run in the sand… and we swished happily through the water and reached the end of the sandbar.
Look at my boys lifting up their shorts to wade in the water! That image alone sums up much of my childhood. As a kid, I too would tuck my skirt into my knickers when I was playing at the beach.
We all finished the morning walk with takeaway coffee and ice cream.
We didn’t get swallowed up by the ocean. And we didn’t meet any giant squid monsters. It was a good day.
Hope you all have a fantastic week ahead!