Do you remember our first family trip to Coolangatta? It was 2005 ish…the kids were almost two and we spent two weeks with them playing on Greenmount, Rainbow and Kirra beaches on the beautiful GC. The first of many family Gold Coast holidays to come. You were up early each morning to check which beach would be the best one for our little family to play on that day. (Previous years you’d have been up checking the surf) We had the best holiday ever…who would have thought with baby twins in tow! It was far from our spontaneous, child free holidays of years gone by, but there was something more wonderful about holidaying as a family.
Fast forward to 2018, and we have just returned from our first Gold Coast holiday without you – physically … there was no doubt that you were there with us in spirit. Thank you for sending us a rainbow every day. But I have to say it was achingly painful and incredibly lonely being up there without you, even in a crowd. And more so when surrounded by family, as I know how much you would have enjoyed being with us all.
This was the holiday we tried to take two times while you were still with us, each time cancer got in the way. So I was really glad, especially for the kids, that we got there this time. Thank you for making sure we made it. And what a time they had.
They owned Coolie with their crew. More like locals than holiday makers, they enjoyed everything on offer from catching up with family, the beaches and shopping to the pool, spa and private cinema our accommodation had on offer. But most of all they enjoyed the freedom of surfing, skating and hanging out at the Quicksilver / Roxy Pro. Not to mention meeting all their favourite pro surfers.
It wouldn’t have been the holiday it was without the Saunders and Brauder (including Hayden) families … and I want to give an extra special shoutout to Gregg for not only being my navigator, but also being there to catch me when I fell apart just a little on the first night. He is wise beyond his years and I luv him. I know you are as grateful to him as I am for the support he gave me.
There were too many highlights to list here and I’m sure you had a hand in most of them, especially all of the kids ending up on Kelly Slaters insta as well as Quicksilver and WSL social media feeds … they were all over it! But for me it was sitting on the balcony watching the ocean and the changing weather, spotting rainbows, a road trip to Newrybar with Deb and Gregg and all of the adults ditching nights out together to hang in our PJs with the kids in the cinema, that were my favourites.
You were missed but not forgotten and I know you appreciated how all the adults up there with us took our kiddos on as their own…we are so very lucky in all ways but one.
Love ya truly madly,
Feature Photo (the Kids meeting John John Florence world #1 ) curtesy of Kelly Brauder