Just this weekend gone we woke up at quite a reasonable time (thank you kids) and we decided to get some fresh air. We are just at the beginning of spring and its slowly starting to warm up a bit which is so very welcomed.
We visited a National Trust one of our favourite things to do together. We are also members and completely recommend it, you pay a fraction of the price a month and can visit as much as you want.
We love it and its something I did often as a child too so it brings back lovely memories for me. It was actually my mum who advised me to get a membership last summer for the summer holidays and it was perfect. Over the holidays they put on great holiday activities for the children and we attended a lot over August last year. Hope to go along again this year too. I know I will visit with the kids over the upcoming Easter holidays, I think they are doing a Cadbury Easter egg hunt which sounds fun.
So yes we really love our national trust membership.
I will be the first to admit that life can sometimes be quite challenging trying to fit everything in especially when you feel a little tired and so busy with your day to day jobs and life admin. It may look like such a simple job but in reality being a mum is a huge juggle and organisation makes it all the more easier, Im still working on being organised I rely on my school mum friends for reminders a lot of the time. Especially after having Arthur, I am so busy and focused on the kids and our house, and all the after school clubs Sophia has adding all the other life admin on top sometimes tips me over the edge with things to do and remember. It can all be a little hectic when there is just one of you at home. But I do love it I love being busy and organising everything just sometimes I feel like I need a sofa day or a nice long walk or dinner alone with my husband to recharge for the rest of the month.
So thats kind of where I am at at the moment needing a little recharge so that I can start again fully ready for the month ahead. So Sunday and the long walk with my little family did me the world of good. It set me up for the week ahead. I really needed that. Do you find that a walk in nature just really helps? I do and as soon as the walk has finished I just feel a huge weight off my shoulders, its nice to walk in nature and just think, I like it.
Sophia and Archie absolutely loved it they climbed and ran which is among one of their favourite things to do if not their favourite. They just absolutely love everything about being out in nature and running around. By no means do we do long walks every single day (I wish we did sometimes) but we have always spent our weekends together walking and being outdoors.
I find that just as much as I love being outside they do too and its so nice to watch them explore through the trees and in the open area while me and dan chat and talk about life, or sometimes actually we don’t even talk and we just enjoy each others company watching our kiddos.
I carried Arthur around in his stretchy carrier and actually it still feels so new having him here. He is nearly four months old but it feels both like he has been here a lifetime and that really I have only just met him. I don’t know how that makes sense but it does to me. New life, is both amazing and exciting and also extraordinary. Here is the little guy I carried for ten months and now in my arms and while I walked my chin just resting on his head I could smell his sweet baby smell. I am addicted to his smell and I just absolutely love it putting my face close to his head to just get a tiny little dose of him.
He was looking around his little world with his curious eyes, it must have been one big beautiful blur of green. I am sure he felt comfort on my chest and hearing the squeals of enjoyment from Sophia and Archie.
We also stopped for a hot chocolate and cheese scone at the cafe, it was delicious.
Its always days like this that I love the most when all five of us are together. I am still not used to saying five and every time I write it over here on my blog I shock myself a little that I now have my own family of five. That seems really big to me. And it is just as big and full as it sounds. And I love it.
Being their mum and his wife really is the only place I’d ever want to be. Its the most important job in the world. And some days I feel like a huge failure and others I feel like I’m winning. But either way all I know and that I am certain of is how much I love them all and that will never ever change and will only grow stronger with the years we spend together.
As much as you might think we know each other I honestly believe it takes a lifetime to get to know someone. With every day and every year that passes I am shown more sides to both my children and my husband, there is always something to learn about them and who they are, what they love and what makes them happy.
I enjoy our ordinary family days together best because thats when we are all at our happiest and thats when we all have the most fun together and get to know each other even more. I am glad I have found my little tribe who I plan to grow old with just one slow day at a time, (Im willing it all to slow down because I know in no time at all I’ll be where my parents are watching my three with their own families) I’m cherishing these days.