Our Great Outdoors 2015 Bucketlist #5
It has been a bit hectic for us recently for various reasons, but this has meant that we haven’t really been keeping up with our adventures. This week despite my still being unwell, the weather looked a bit brighter on my weather app one day so we seized the opportunity to go out to a local park. Worden Park is literally 10 minutes drive from where we live now but this is the first time I have ever taken any of the children. I think last time I was at this park I was pregnant with Judah, and that was after a long time, many years in fact.
Martina loved it, she explained to me that in Italy, parks like this were very rare, she would need to travel for over an hour and it wouldn’t be as beautiful. I think it’s very easy to take for granted how green and luscious our country really is. She’s often mesmerised on the motorway at how green everything is and all the sheep in the fields. This is just a local park in one of my least favourite towns but it is breathtaking, and I certainly have taken it for granted.
Martina and Judah started climbing various places on the hunt for all the squirrels they were seeing. It’s so helpful having another able bodied person with me, especially when I have the buggy with me (you can see the top of the buggy bottom left). He has been obsessed with ‘squiddles’ ever since. We have spent a lot of time drawing them and everytime we go out in the car I’m asked if we’re going to look for squiddles again. Well, I say asked but it’s more like he tells me ‘we go to the park, then have a play, then some lunch then look for squiddles’. I like that he’s bossy, can’t imagine where he gets it from.
This little girl adored soaking everything in. I get annoyed when I leave her pacifier in too much, not long after this photo I removed it. When she has it in, I sometimes almost forget there’s a baby in the buggy that I’m pushing. It’s like she’s gone to sleep, but if I take the pacifier out then she’s humming and singing to herself. I know that she’s happily enjoying her surroundings. Her feet are getting to a size now where we should be able to get her some outdoors shoes. Now that she’s walking I can’t wait for her to be able to follow Judah running around chasing the ducks.
We had a great time on the play area, if you follow my instagram you will have seen some lovely videos of our time there. Judah chasing the ducks and Eden enjoying the swings. Eden was so giggly on the swings, she absolutely thrives on undivided attention. Martina was playing with Judah in the sand pit and Eden loved her Mummy just pushing her, only having eyes for her (apart from the cursory glances across to where Martina and Judah were).
Judah really enjoyed the dual control digger, he couldn’t quite master it so he was frustrated with it often, but also determined to work it out. To be fair, he didn’t quite have the strength to lift once it was stuck in the sand. We kept helping him, I know that it won’t be long though until he’s a pro, he’s very quick at figuring things out.
I love having this time with them. We had been stuck in the house for the best part of 10 days I’m sure and when it was time to go home Judah just didn’t want to. The sun was going down and the wind was picking up a chill, I remembered that as usual neither of them had gloves on and we didn’t have too much longer left on the car parking. So nice when they’ve had such a lovely time they don’t want to go home, even if I try bribing with promises of chocolate munching whilst watching Fireman Sam. It just shows that with children you can’t beat being outdoors. He loves watching Fireman Sam, I really work at not having the TV on often (we’ve come to an agreement with our schedule that they watch it for an hour before Daddy gets home so I can potter tidying the toys and preparing dinner) but if we allowed him he would watch it all day every day. When push comes to shove though if it was Fireman Sam or going for a walk, being outside would win everytime.