{The Ordinary Moments 2015} #21 – Sun, Sea and Sinking Sand

{The Ordinary Moments 2015} #21 – Sun, Sea and Sinking Sand

Yesterday I looked around our home that clearly needed tidying and then looked at the weather app on my iPhone.  It was only about 16 degrees, but apparently there wouldn’t be a cloud in the sky until around 8pm.  I looked around the house again, and thought about our empty bank account (my husband’s agency had some mess up and hadn’t paid him), we had enough petrol to get to Nana’s in the car, and just enough money in the bank for train fare.  We don’t all fit in the car (until we buy our second car which will be a 7 seater) so I was driving to Nana’s with the children and James was going to get the train.  We had 40 minutes if we wanted Daddy to make the train (which are only hourly) so we just decided Carpe Diem and went for it.
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As soon as we hit the road, we were stuck driving at 10mph…. fear struck as we had enough petrol to get to Nana’s but  maybe not enough petrol for a traffic jam… Yay!  This didn’t last very long at all.  Once we made it past the junction that turned off to the Lake District we were cruising.  Isis was filming herself dancing and singing in the car, she’s such a funny character.  Totally used up all my phone memory though haha, little monkey.  I’m really fortunate that all of ours are good travellers, they don’t need anything to entertain them, there’s no iPad’s in sight, we chat, we’re silly and most of the time..they sleep.  Shayla, Judah and Eden (and James) pretty much sleep any car journey.  Shayla will fall asleep in the ten minute journey home from school at 3pm.  She’s so like her Daddy, any chance she gets to rest she seizes it.  Isis is a die hard and unless it’s late at night, she’s always awake and chatting.

We had some lunch at Nana’s and headed out to the beach with Auntie Jenny and her dog ‘Lady’.  My Mum had to go visit an elderly friend so she wasn’t able to join us, but to be honest, we’d have never got up to our next antics, if she’d been there to advise us against it (so I’m secretly glad she didn’t come, not too secretly though as she’ll probably read this – Hi Nana).

I decided as it didn’t look so far away that we should go and put our feet in the sea.  Daddy was tired so we left him and Eden dozing on the beach, and the rest of us headed off to the sea.  Very quickly we realised this was not the best idea.  What I had thought was a grassy area turned out to be marsh and sinking sand.  From eye level on the horizon it just looked like grass, not the case.  It was maybe 30cm’s tall grassy knolls just big enough to put an adult foot on separated by lots of little sandy traps.  If you put your feet on the sand (which I thought would be safer for myself and my dodgy hips) then your feet sank so quickly and you would lose your shoes.  I, for some reason had put my Uggs on (don’t ask me why, they’re comfy and were lying around whilst we dressed 6 people and packed a baby bag in 40 minutes) and absolutely destroyed them.  They got stuck in the sinking sand, I rescued my feet and then Auntie Jenny had to rescue my Uggs out of the sinking sand as I kept slipping (it’s a good job I’m hypermobile and can do the splits).  We were in hysterics, especially at the irony of my telling James off for spraying them with the water pistol earlier in the day haha – ooops!

After a lot of effort, we made it to the sea.  Now, if you’ve followed my blog at all, you will know that I really struggle with walking just to the corner shop since having Eden.  My hips lock, they cause me great pain and my back is weak due to the excessive weight I’ve put on not being able to exercise and spending so much time in bed.  This was THE MOST FUN I have had in soooo long.  I felt like me again, it seemed like an adventure.  Maybe a bad idea to take a toddler along, especially when about half way to the sea we remembered a fire engine had to come and rescue someone a few weeks ago for getting stuck out where we were (again, would never have got past the grass on Nana’s watch).  It might seem like not a big deal for most people, but I was so aware of how as little as a week ago, there’s NO way I would’ve been able to do what I was doing in that moment.  I was loving it.

Undeterred by the muddy Uggs we proceeded bare foot and eventually found a part of the sand that didn’t suck us in, and we made it to the sea.  Yay! Success.  The children and I were so proud of ourselves.  We then spent a lot of time running, jumping, splashing and doing cartwheels (Isis) in the sea.  It was so beautiful I took a LOT of photos.  Once we were sufficiently soaked through and I felt like uber cool Mum for letting the kids get filthy when I’d not packed clean clothes or a towel (yes, stupid but the kids thought I rocked) we then made our way back to Daddy and Eden via a much safer route.

I was so proud of Judah, he is usually scared of everything, and in a ridiculously short time, he went from clinging to Auntie Jenny’s leg and refusing to stand on the sand (understandably as we were screaming when it was sucking us in) to running on it (when it was much safer) and jumping in the sea.  He then walked all the way home barefoot like the rest of us, as our feet were FILTHY there was no way we could put them back inside our shoes.  James would never walk barefoot as he hates the feel of gravel etc on his feet.  I can’t say I’m the biggest fan either when the ground isn’t always smooth, but Judah just got in with it.  You could see he felt like he was enjoying the greatest adventure.

We had an amazing day.  Just to make sure they were incredibly filthy when they were soaking wet through the girls decided to lie down and be sand angels, so we were all desperately in need of a bath.  Nana had put some bowls of water out in the front garden for us to wash our feet before going in the house (I’d called ahead and prepped her for our messy arrival).  The girls had to wear what we could salvage as spares from the car, Shayla had James’ shirt on (she looked like she was going to go rob the local Spar haha) and I remembered how much fun can be had when you can move without pain.  Eden is now 18 months old and I’m hoping that finally my body (that the physio had said would take a year – I was beginning to lose hope) is starting to heal.  I’m of course a bit sore today, but nowhere near what had become my normal.

I still feel excited thinking about yesterday, because I had SO MUCH FUN, it was free and around the corner from my Mum’s house.  I am really looking forward to Summer and feeling grateful that we live somewhere that allows us to enjoy such moments of pure joy and freedom.  We are truly blessed.

We have been experimenting with vlogging a lot recently, talking about our children, making videos of our little memories, and yesterday we tried a video diary.  If you brave heading over to our YouTube channel to watch our footage from yesterday (or click on it at the bottom of this post below) please comment and let us know if you like the video diary style posts or prefer the music video versions.  Maybe you like a mixture, or maybe you’re like stop spamming my instagram and twitter feed telling me about your videos?  Please let us know what you think.  We’re very interested.

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As always we’re linking up with the beautiful Katie at Mummy Daddy Me, so make sure you click on the badge below to go see all the other wonderful Ordinary Moments.

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4 thoughts on “{The Ordinary Moments 2015} #21 – Sun, Sea and Sinking Sand

  1. Such an absolutely beautiful post Alexandra. I loved the video, I watched it last night and now have read your post too. The photos are gorgeous too. The fact you had such an amazing day totally comes across in this post and in the video, it’s lovely to read. I really love the fact you are experimenting more with YouTube, I am really enjoying watching them. You are far more confident in front of the camera than I am! x

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    1. Aww thank you Katie, that means so much especially coming from someone I respect so much. We are definitely learning as we go but I’m enjoying it. I hate seeing myself on camera but I don’t want to be held back because of my weight. It’s stopped me hanging out with friends until just recently as it was getting so embarrassing for me. I really pray that my body is healing and I can get back exercising, but if I waited until I was slim to start with YouTube then I may never start haha. X

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