Monday 2 September 2013

Staying In

I am really good at getting out and about with the boys, and despite not having a car, I am not afraid to take them anywhere.  Everyday we are at the park, the beach, a baby group, the shops or out on a play date.  I want them to grow up having a natural childhood and we spend as much time as we can outdoors whatever the weather.  After a busy week followed by an even busier weekend though, I decided it was about time we had a day IN.

It is not often that we slow down the pace, forget about routine for a little while and just go with the flow but that is what we needed to do for a little while.  No structure, just a calmness that our days often lack.

It reminded me quite how much I love playing. Sitting on the floor doing Duplo with Dylan, singing silly songs to Archie and crawling round the house being the tickle monster.  Little things that put a big smile on my childrens faces also put a big smile on mine.  No distractions, travelling or friends, just our family of four all together.

It was a beautifully hot day and we set out blankets and the paddling pool in our little garden.  We got out Dylan's teepee, his mini motorbike and a football. We didn't bother getting dressed all day and we didn't care.  We had a BBQ outside followed by frozen frubes as ice lollies and chocolate & marshmallow stuffed bananas slowly melted on the coals.

We spent the day just being us, just being together and I remembered how much I love their company; my three boys.  My boys love their busy social life, seeing new things and exploring their world, but they also love spending quality time with our undivided attention.  They love playing with their toys, helping cook dinner and just being a family together.

Rather than vowing to do more, my new resolution is to have more days in, days where we just enjoy each other with no distractions.


  1. We have been so busy working on the house this summer we have become masters of staying in. I love day like this, just you and your children with no interruptions x

  2. I love this post! I wrote something similar last week about slowing down and just appreciating the stuff around you. Time does go so quickly and you look like you had a fab time. x

  3. Great post! Looks like you had some fab family time :) x

  4. I'm a bit like you, Bex. I don't pack too much in to the boys' days but I almost stress and panic if we're not outdoors. If the TV's been on for more than an hour, I can't stand it. However, I'm learning that a film afternoon, or just a morning spent drawing and building is sometimes really needed and appreciated.

  5. Great post - it really resonates with me as i am forever out about about with my two boys are rarely spend much time indoors. I often think it drives me insane being copped up but every once in a while it is really nice not to be watching the clock and keeping to schedules :)

  6. Days in are lovely! Sometimes it's nice to enjoy home! x x

  7. My boys actually asked for some days at home in the holidays. I like playing with Duplo but the boys get in the way ;-)

  8. LOVE! Isn't it funny how the most difficult thing to do in life is just relax?! We ALL need this every once in a while - from the youngest to the oldest! Bravo that you took the time to do this! :)

  9. I love staying home with my little boy! Some days we will have pyjama days and watch a film, play hide and seek, we dance, make up songs.....can't beat it! X

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