Yesterday we had one those rare days where it was just the three of us together all day. We gave Little Bear the choice of what to do but after he said “just stay at home” we took the situation into our own hands!
After a lovely breakfast we did his latest magazine and checked the growth of our caterpillars (we’ve got one of those “grow your own butterfly” kits) before getting dressed and heading out.
We visited a local nature reserve, Woods Mill, and it was brilliant. Little Bear had a map and a stick – he was in his element! We spotted dragonflies, beetles, worms, and pond skaters, and a butterfly even landed on Little Bear’s chin.
We spent the afternoon at home, checking in with the caterpillars at regular intervals! We made a Pirate Cove and had some swashbuckling pirate adventures, then Little Bear helped to cut the vegetables for dinner.
It wasn’t a particularly exciting day, nothing particularly funny happened, but it was pretty close to perfect. Everyone liked each other, everyone was happy, and everyone got lots of cuddles – it was one of those days you dream of having but seldom achieve!
Little Bear stayed with Nanny and Grandad last night so we had the luxury of a little lay in and then blitzed the housework without any of the extra “assistance” that usually slows proceedings, then we were ready to hit the day…
We decided to head to the park and bundled Little Bear and his scuttlebug into the car. We passed a couple of parks en route to our park of choice and this did not impress him, cue extreme back arching, wriggling, and attempts to break free from the car seat – nothing a quick rendition of Old MacDonald couldn’t solve!
He was desperate to ride his scuttlebug as soon as we got out of the car so once we were down the steps daddy unfolded it and he clambered on and went…no where!!!! It took a lot of encouragement to get him to do the very thing he had been so desperate to do, I struggle with toddler logic sometimes. But then he was off and going “really fast”, gravitating towards mud and puddles as only a child can, hunting out doggys, and chasing daddy! It was lovely to watch him having so much fun, and for us to be able to share it together.
Then we went to the playground for a quick swing and slide. I love the slides at this park, he is able to climb up and come down them all independently. I find that too many parks have toddler slides with ladders or climbing walls…just give them the option of steps as well, they want to be in control. He had great fun spinning down the slide and swinging high, he drove the wobbly jeep to the farm, and tried to stroke a seagull. And then he happily came away with the promise of beans for lunch once we were home.
This afternoon we have played games together as a family, daddy with half an eye on the football, with Little Bear winning Pirate Lotto every time and mummy failing miserably (I think daddy made sure of it!!). We’ve had family cuddles and played indoor football. We’ve shared snacks and talked about our weekend adventures.
It’s been a wonderfully cosy, happy, family day…the type of day you dream of having (with just a little hint of a tantrum thrown in for realism) and I can’t wait for it to happen all over again next Saturday!
The Day Dreaming Mummy
Quite a lot of fun!
On a miserable afternoon at the end of November what else is there to do but visit a garden centre along with every other baby and pensioner in the local area and browse to your hearts content…ahem, sorry, I mean stop delicate displays from crashing mercilessly to the floor.
I always think a garden centre is a good option, and I’m usually wrong. But today, little bear had an amazing time! The Christmas display of penguins and seals at the entrance had him captivated and eager for more, and also gave us the chance to perfect our seal impressions. He loved looking at all the decorations and was cooed over by many other browsers as he stopped to stroke the polar bears and wave at all the father “mismas” figures – he was in an exceptionally cute mood! The lights were another source of amazement, and better still, an illuminated polar bear – he got a few strokes and cuddles as well. Whilst he was looking at the Christmas train set with my mum I did a little browsing and found a pretty cute cuddly elf that I was contemplating getting for him. He saw it, cuddled it, then put it in the basket…oh I see, you’re making the decisions here now are you?!
And so the good natured shop continued. We looked at books, found more lights around the shop, identified vegetables on the packets of seeds, and cuddled cushions on shelves…yes, cuddled cushions on shelves, and it wasn’t even a nice cushion. This did attract several “aaaah bless him” and “how sweet” comments which is always lovely but for me, it just got better when he pointed to the next cushion along and said “nanny’s”. My mum looked slightly hesitant but I jollied her along and soon there she was, on her hands and knees, laying on a cushion on a shelf in the middle of a garden centre…priceless entertainment!
We were even afforded the luxury of a drink a mince pie (first of the year) by little bear who sat like an angel quietly making his way through an apple.
Given that this happened on top of such a lovely family morning and was followed by an equally calm and loving evening, I have to say this has been an amazing day to be a mummy with every dream met and surpassed.
Happy Saturday everyone!
The Day Dreaming Mummy
We have had a lovely family morning today, we stayed in our pyjamas and just played. Daddy has gone to football for work now and won’t see either of us until the morning so we thought stuff the housework, let’s just have fun!
Little bear thought it was amazing having both of us to play with for a few hours, undisturbed by phones or chores. He was so happy and even let daddy play cooking with him – he’s never allowed to do this! We have pushed cars up and down the lounge, under tables, under sofas, into boxes, into toes…you name it, the cars have been there.
And then he got really excited and made himself dizzy…he was spinning round in circles so quickly that we were in fits of laughter watching him, which of course made him do it even more until we were all in a heap on the floor.
Then he wanted to jump…he can’t jump, but he thinks he can. He’s at that clumsy, lumbering stage where it’s more of a hop/stumble/hop/stamp kind of thing. Before each jump he would shout, “aaaand JUMP!!” which was quickly followed by “more”! And so the cycle continued until 10.45am when we decided we really should get dressed before we ended up having lunch still in our pyjamas.
It was one of those perfect family mornings that you always imagine but rarely get…and daddy even managed to buy some new trainers in the Black Friday/Saturday/Until we run out of stock Sales whilst we were at it!
The Day Dreaming Mummy