The Easter holidays were really a revelation for me. Having started a new job a few weeks back this meant I worked Monday to Thursday until 12.30pm during the holidays. By the time I got home all I wanted to do was spend time with my children.
I think this is something I previously took for granted. You see I used to work two days a week and then I was lucky enough to have the rest of the week with off the girls.
Having less time with them now during the holidays has made me realise just how important it is to spend every minute with them. I hate the phrase ‘quality time’ but I guess that’s what I mean.
During the Easter holidays we’ve had some lovely days out. We went to Amelia Trust Farm, went into town to do some shopping so the girls could spend their pocket money and we also spent the day at the beach. It was so much fun building sand castles and paddling in the sea. Naturally we had to end the day with an ice cream!
In addition we’ve been on lots of bike rides, trips to the park and we’ve played in the garden right up until bed time. It’s been truly lovely. What I found amazing though was how children see the joy in the simplest of things.
What I mean by this is that they don’t need expensive toys or gadgets etc to make memories and have an enjoyable time.
Whilst in the garden last week we played tennis, football and some other games. When we stopped for a break the girls decided that we should have a leaf collection. They spent ages trawling around the garden looking for leaves. They found leaves of different colours, sizes and textures, and then they gathered them all up together in a plant pot in our greenhouse and decided that that is where our leaf collection would live!
Natures playground really is the best in my opinion, and that’s why this year we’re getting back to basics by spending more time outdoors.
When we were at the beach we searched for shells and pebbles. When we went on a walk the girls picked some flowers (they might be weeds I don’t know, but either way they’re pretty!) for me and I thought it was such a lovely gesture that I’ve pressed them so I can frame them.
As a family we’re really trying to move away from ‘things’ and focus more on spending time together.
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