Our Great Outdoors 2015 Bucketlist #1
So you may have seen if you’ve been reading the blog recently that I have set myself the challenge of going at least one place ‘outdoors’ each week. Last year I was struggling really badly with my hips after Eden’s pregnancy and as they are finally starting to not feel like they will dislocate from under me everytime I walk, I have no excuse to not take the children on some more active days out. Of course I take them to soft play and they run around like crazy whilst I sit and have a hot chocolate, but that is not going to be my go to move this year. This year, our challenge to get back into being more ‘outdoorsy’ postnatal depression in the most natural way I know how. Embrace my fears and set myself small goals.
This week was a very small goal, we went to a place near my parents house, that is literally down the road but I have never been to before. I had put it onto my ‘Bucketlist’ which I will post sometime soon, and as the weather was forecast to be atrocious after about 11am it needed to be somewhere local for us to have any time outside.
I had dropped the girls off at school then headed straight to my parents to collect my Mum and then we headed to Lowther Gardens in Lytham. We were there by 9:30 and nobody else was. It was great, we had the playpark to ourselves and Judah had been telling me all the way there how he wanted to go and find a ‘deep dark wood’ and search for the Gruffalo. Of course he 100% believed that a cluster of any amount of trees was the ‘deep dark wood’. Conversations went something like this… ‘there’s a deep dark wood, and there’s a deep dark wood, and another deep dark wood’. He was very excited and was reciting to my Mum about how a fox saw a mouse and the mouse looked good.
Eden was wrapped up thoroughly in her buggy, you could barely see her face above the cosy toes, it was just too windy to get her out of the buggy. She enjoyed the fresh air anyway and I know that next time I will be more prepared with her snowsuit to hand so she could’ve at least had a play on the swings. Poor baby. She wasn’t unhappy though and enjoyed herself a little biscuit at the cafe afterwards. I would post a picture but it’s literally her nose and eyes peeping out from a sea of pink. Oh why not? Don’t judge my poor photography skills.
Judah loved traipsing around and just getting some fresh air into his lungs. This is not something I would normally do in this wintry windy weather, it was fine to be out and about for an hour. Any longer and he would’ve been taking us back to Christmas with his Rudolf shiny nose. I really enjoyed being out with him. He had a play on their lottery funded park and I got to try and catch him in the tunnels with my camera.
We also hid from the wind at one point as Nana was getting a bit too cold. After that we nipped into the cafe for a warm drink. I am currently on fruit tea so I had a lovely lemon and ginger tea. Whilst my Mum treated Judah to a fruit shoot and them both to some yummy freshly baked shortbread. The cafe staff were very helpful.
He made my Mum laugh when I wanted him to go back to the fountain so I could take a picture of him with it in the background. Bless him, he is so used to me having my camera, he just went back, stood there and said ‘cheese’. Such a poser, yet so cute and definitely helpful. I read about so many whose children don’t like the big camera and ask their Mummy’s to stop taking photos. Mine are all ready and raring to pose all the time, I wonder if they’ll ever get bored of it, or if they’re just as much in love with the camera and making memories as I am.
So, I guess this week we weren’t exactly hiking up mountains, but we certainly defeated a mini one in my brain. I was so pleased that we achieved what we’d set out to do today. Judah thought he’d visited the scene of the Gruffalo, Eden had enjoyed some fresh air and I had manged to capture some beautiful pictures of my handsome little man that I’m saving for my ‘Living Arrows‘ page next week. Until then I’ll leave you with a few more snaps of my monkey prince being cheeky in the ‘deep dark woods’ and having fun playing with Nana. I’m really pleased with what we achieved today, like I’ve said in previous posts ‘baby steps’ and I set a goal and stuck to it. Looking forward to crossing another thing or two off the bucketlist next week.
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