I love that I still live in the same small town I was born in at the local hospital and have spent my whole life. For most it sounds awful but to me it’s perfect. The town isn’t very big and I live very close to my family home which my parents purchased the plot and watch it be built, about 45 seconds in the car to be honest!!) C goes to the same school I did and we visit so many places I went as a child. My childhood was filled with such happy wonderful memories I would just love for my children to get to experience the same.
One of my favourite places that I spent a huge chunk of my childhood was Bluebell Woods (how original!) The woods are a short walk up a country lane and they back onto where Mom is; it is an incredibly beautiful and special place for us all as a family.
Our Wednesday toddler group has moved locations so we are now unable to attend so when Wednesday afternoon came I decided on a whim to take a walk in the woods in the beautiful sunshine we’ve been having. It was as I took this photo I had a very sad thought:
I felt like I’ve wasted so much time with my girls. Afternoons sat watching the tv or sorting out laundry, not appreciated how quickly the time is slipping away. It was a bizarre feeling to feel guilty that you haven’t made the most of being a stay at home parent. Such a simple thing like walking round the woods that are on our doorstep, made everyone feel so much happier and that we really had done something with our day. We were only there about 45 minutes but the girls were running and having such a wonderful time. Their behaviour too was so much better as they seemed stimulated.
Next to where you park, there are sheep with baby lambs in the field and also four small ponies are stabled there and are the friendliest little things. For almost three year olds, this place must be heaven!
You take so much for granted. This is all literally round the corner and it’s such a simple thing to do but it was such a lovely way to fill a bit of time where everyone at home was starting to get bored.
On Thursday I came home to this letter which solidified what I was feeling
I really need to up my game and cherish this time and realise it’s really not about the big moments – the ordinary every day moments really do provide the most joy.