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Before my daughter started preschool, every day was a day for me and my girl, and it was very easy to take those days for granted.
Now, with preschool four days a week, Friday mornings are our time and they very quickly get eaten up by school runs, dance classes and play dates.
So with the boys away at scout camp a couple of weekends ago, we had a whole 24 hours together. Just the two of us.
My daughter took charge of planning our day. And even though I suggested shopping and the zoo, she just wanted a simple day enjoying the sunshine and having treats.
As soon as the boys and their dad left for camp, our day began with a walk to Dunkin’ Donuts! I had been told that we were having doughnuts for breakfast, that we were going to walk there as it was sunny, and that we were going to eat the doughnuts at home. Together.
To be fair, that was a good way to start the day :)
Instead of heading straight back out to the park, as had been requested, we found ourselves on the sofa waiting for my daughters eyes to calm down. Allergies have struck hard this year, but watching a movie, snuggled up on the sofa, was not a bad way to spend some time.
The park was still calling though, and as soon as her eyes had cleared enough, we walked to one of our local parks.
I can’t tell you how lovely it is to see the sun AND feel warmth in the sunshine. Flip flops are finally back out of the cupboard!
It’s a great park. It’s based at a school so it’s aimed at slightly older children, but my girl is fearless and determined, and was not put off by ladders or stepping stones meant for longer legs.
In fact, the stepping stones were the favourite of the day, with lap after lap completed!
There was of course time for music (loud), a puppet show (hilarious) and the swings (always the best!).
We headed home, hot and tired, but having had a wonderful hour playing. Back home we pottered in the garden, did puzzles and played all my daughters favourite card and board games! Our day ended, eating pizza and snuggled up watching another movie.
When everyday was a day for me and my girl I often took our time together for granted. Now, although our days are just as they should be, with preschool and activities and sports, having girl-time was special. My little girl is such a chatterbox, and really good company. We had fun; I had fun.
We had a lovely day, just the two of us, and I don’t take that for granted at all.
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