The Adventure of Parenthood: Forget the routine

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Forget the routine

Our lives are mostly ruled by routine.  Our mornings are spent between a variety of playgroups and the odd morning at the beach.  We come home for a picnic lunch on the living room  floor and then nap time for the littlies and a bit of work (or a nap) for me.  Our afternoons are about play dates and trips to the park and dinner is followed by a bath (sometimes), book and bed.  

Every now and again, we break the routine, and these days are the most exciting.  We woke up yesterday with plans for playgroup, but blew them off for a train ride into the city, armed with a bag of stale bread, plenty of sunscreen and a camera.

It took twice as long to get to the train station as we stopped to sniff flowers, entertain Archie and let Dylan walk along every wall he could manage.  A quick train ride into the city and a short walk to the beautiful gardens that run along the river.  We fed the ducks with our slices of bread, taking it in turns to throw chunks in, watching the ducks swim towards us, huddling in anticipation.

When our bread ran out, we went on adventures, through 'the deep, dark woods' (can you guess which book we have been reading recently?) and into 'the jungle'.  Dylan loved exploring the different areas and finding flowers hidden in the bushes.  Archie loved the pine cones - mostly throwing them to be honest.  

They ended up muddy, with leaves in their pockets and smiles on their faces (and they took a lovely long nap together in the double buggy whilst I shopped!).  Our day carried on with babyccinos and gingerbread men in the cafe and a wander round the town before meeting Daddy from work to travel home together.

feeding the ducks, baby in fedora




feeding the ducks












It is days like this that I love being a parent, that I love getting to spend these precious days with my boys and that I love that they each have a brother to play with, share with, fight with and make memories with.  








19 comments:

  1. Lovely post the unplanned days out are always the best

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  2. This is exactly why I love summer best, excuses to chuck the routine out the window and enjoy the great outdoors. x

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  3. I was so sad we couldn't meet you. Bex you inspire a great deal as a mother. The way you are so off the peg and make beautiful memories for your boys. I need to follow your example x

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    1. Next time we will plan a bit further in advance and do it together :)

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  4. Aw it sounds like a lovely day! These days are the best x

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  5. Gorgeous photos, your boys are both looking so grown up now! I think sometimes it's a bit scary to break routine with more than one child but totally worth it if you get a day like this! xx

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    1. It is soooo much easier with one and I can imagine three is even more tough but it is so rewarding too!

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  6. I walked past you in h&m yesterday, oscar was having an epic tantrum :(

    Sounds like you all had a lovely day.

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    1. You should have said hello! One day we will finally meet x

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  7. What a lovely day! I envy your sense of adventure, we would never do anything like that, spur of the moment. Beautiful photos x

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    1. Do it, you won't regret it. We love changing it up sometimes

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  8. You are so right, it's days like this you remember how special being a mummy is.

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  9. Archie looks SO grown up Bex- his hair is so long! I love to chuck the routine out the window every now and again- summer is the perfect excuse for it. Gorgeous photos too. x

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    1. He is getting so big! I can't bring myself to cut it although I know I really should

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  10. Sometimes it's nice to break with routine and take a spontaneous trip! It looks and sounds like an idyllic way to spend the day and you have such cute photos of the boys enjoying their adventure. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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  11. Those smiles are so priceless! Routines are there to be broken anyways =) #countrykids

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  12. Sounds perfect, I love those unexpected days. We haven't had one for a while so think it will be on the cards this week x

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  13. Beautiful photos, Bex. Your boys are growing so fast and are completely gorgeous. We only have two routine points in our day - afternoon nap and bedtime. We keep to both because the boys really struggle if we don't. However, the rest of the time, I make up. We often decided that morning what we're going to do. I know life doesn't work like that for some but it makes me happy.

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