Outdoors: me and my girl

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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.

Okay then!

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!

Me and My Girl 1

Me and My Girl 2

Me and My Girl 3

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!

Me and My Girl 4

Me and My Girl 5

Me and My Girl 6

Me and My Girl 7

Me and My Girl 8

There was of course time for music (loud), a puppet show (hilarious) and the swings (always the best!).

Me and My Girl 9

Me and My Girl 10

Me and My Girl 11

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.

Perfect!

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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38 thoughts on “Outdoors: me and my girl”

  1. Oh that’s so lovely and I love her start of the day – there is something addictive about dunkin donuts!
    It’s the everyday moments that are special, and you’re right they’re made even more special when that time is limited because of school/pre-school and other siblings.
    Whilst it’s great to be together as a whole family it’s also lovely to spend time just the two of you
    Lovely post & yeah to the sunshine!
    xx

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      I think it does make them more special, and perhaps that’s a good thing, how it’s meant to be x

  2. I love this post! That park really does look awesome. I had a day like this with Bella recently and it involved painting nails, watching Cinderella and making cakes! I am only too well aware that our days before school are coming to an end, and when it happens I’m going to miss her so much! xx

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      It was lovely, I forget sometimes just how much she’s grown up this past year, being at preschool x

  3. My kids will do exactly the same; “What do you want to do today? Go to the park? Go to a museum? Go hang gliding / parachuting / meet Elvis?” “We want to play on the trampoline in the garden daddy.”

    Then again, those simple days often turn out to be the best. Glad to see your little one wasn’t put off by the bigger items in the park. They are a challenge after all! #CountryKids

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      It’s always a good reminder that kids don’t need a lot to have a great time :) And, yes, my little girl does love a challenge!

  4. I really enjoy it when you get special times like this with one of your children. Its wonderful to be able to really listen to them without others interrupting and you can really play with them too. On days out with three you have to have eyes all aver the place trying to watch them all as they run off in different directions so its a pleasure to just focus on one of them. Lovely photos of your daughter as always, she’s just gorgeous #countrykids

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      It is lovely to be able to focus, isn’t it, so hard to do when you have all three talking at you, or running off!

  5. Oh it sounds like you had a wonderful day together. That park is amazing. Really fantastic and very well thought out with the differerent parts of the park testing different abilities etc #countrykids

  6. So pleased you managed this time together and I really understand the stage you are at. I remember my triplets reaching this stage and valuing the odd day at home with them between nursery and school. There is something about your last one moving on that makes you appreciate the stage you are at more than ever. A lovely looking park and a fearless adventurer indeed. Such a shame about the allergies, Jed suffers in our family and it is the once downside of summer. I on the other hand am delighted to have my flip flops out again. I envy you the park time and watching your daughter at play. The only girl time Clio now wants involves Primark and New Look! Thank you for sharing your lovely 24 hours with me on #CountryKids.

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      I think you’re right, I definitely savour the moments with her more. I’m very aware of how fast time is moving! The allergies have been such a pain, it’s the first year she’s suffered, awful. I know the shopping days are coming, not sure whether I’m looking forward to that or not :)

  7. Sorry to hear that your little one has allergies bet the donuts cheered her up. The park looks great and its always lovely to spend time with your children. #CountryKids

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      The park is very cool, lots of good stuff, and only a few minutes from our house which is a bonus! She likes to be in charge, and it’s fun to let her take the lead sometimes :)

  8. What a lovely day out together and that park looks amazing! So many fab shots capturing her in action I love it. It’s so.easy to take time like that for granted isn’t it. Tuesday morning a is my only 1on1time with Monkey and with school in September I am trying to make the most of it while I can!xx lovely post xx

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      It’s very easy to take it for granted, so good to be able to take a little time to focus :)

  9. Kellie Kearney

    Beautiful day out together, and what a fabulous park you guys have. Total park envy here. Ours is practically falling apart!

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      Our town does have good parks! Each school has one, and then there are several community ones too. We’re never far from a park :)

  10. Looks like an amazing park. It’s so hard not seeing them when they are at school/preschool – I am the same as you in wanting to make the most of every moment. It’s also lovely to have time just with one child. I have three too, so having time just with one of them is so precious, and lovely for them to set the pace for the day x

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      I really appreciate one on one time so much, it is very tricky to find when you have three :)

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