Our Great Outdoors 2015 Bucketlist #3
Today I hadn’t planned a specific place to visit as I had no idea what the weather was doing this week. It was raining, snowing, hailing, a blizzard. Just didn’t know what we would find on this winters day. My Mum had plans to see a friend near to one of the places on my Bucketlist, Yarrow Valley Country Park. I decided that although we may only get about an hour outside, we could kill two birds with one stone, and as this is quite local to my brother, it’s somewhere we’ll probably come again and again as the year goes on. It was so lovely to find that the snow hadn’t melted here yet when we arrived. It was a lovely wintery wonderland. Judah just decided it was a Gruffalo Trail again. Poor child, didn’t get out and about too much last year, so anytime we go to a park now, he decides that it must be a Gruffalo Trail.
I loved seeing his happy face enjoying the snow. I’m not sure Eden knew what to make of it all. She wasn’t feeling her best (she had been unwell yesterday with sickness), so she wasn’t her usual smiley self. She’s walking quite a bit now, but would not have the first clue how to get her some shoes for outdoors as she’s still as size 0. Any tips, please comment below. It was wonderful having Nana with us. Even though it wasn’t for long, they were so excited to see the snow, it was lovely to share the memories with my Mum.
We found a little path with fresh snow that no-one else had trodden on. Judah loved making footprints in the powdery snow. I was lingering behind to take pictures, but would’ve loved to run through it. Guess that’s a simple illustration of motherhood, watching your little ones enjoy the things you know you would love. We’ve been nappy free out and about the last few days. I had to keep my eye on where the nearest toilets were at all times. I have been so impressed with how we’ve finally cracked the potty training malarkey. Judah is great at dealing with it himself. I panic when we’re travelling in the car or out and about, and I know when we’re out in the cold as humans it gets our lymphatic system going, but we’ve only had successes so far this week. So I know it’s a strange thing to say as all children get there eventually in their own time, but I’m really proud of him.
There were some beautiful swans in the lake and Judah was unimpressed that I hadn’t brought any bread. Probably just as well though as it would’ve been very precarious to get close to the water in the slippy, slushy snow. I had such a lovely time and am so pleased that we are doing this weekly. Even if we only get to steal an hour, I am just enjoying the fresh air and I know that it is helping me battle the PND. Seeing the children’s enjoyment, knowing that it’s so good for them, helps me to get out there and I know it’s helping me too.
I love joining in with the Country Kids linky and find it a great reminder to take our little ones outdoors whatever the weather. Click on the badge below to find out what wintery fun others have been up to this week.