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HERE COMES SUMMER


I'm loving having my own car again, having the freedom to go where I like...when I like. Being able to pack up the car and head to the beach or simply popping to the shops to feel normal, it feels good to be able to have some independence once again and not having to rely on car sharing which would leave me without a car five days of the week! We live in such a beautiful area of the country where there's so much to do from various parks, beaches, forests, lakes, to choose from the options are limitless. 

This summer I've made myself a promise to do as much as possible with the kids and not spend it indoors every day. I had gotten myself into a habit of hibernating indoors and would only venture out of the house on Andy's days off. Partially because I don't like walking anywhere with both of the kids and it's easier to go places in the car, but another reason because I became lazy. With Amelia starting school five days a week in September I want to make the most of the summer and cross off as many activities on our bucket list as possible. 

Today I woke up and decided hey lets go to the beach! The sun was shining, although there were clouds in the sky it appeared to be a nice day. I rushed round the house gathering towels and got ourselves ready to leave the house. Once the car was packed and a pic-nic at the ready off we set. The only decision I needed to make was which lovely beach we would go to! With so many to choose from locally all within a 30 minute drive we must have at least 20 different beaches to choose from. For complete ease of taking the kids to the beach on my own I decided we'd go to a beach where we were able to drive onto which was about half an hour away. This would save me having to carry everything from the car as well as getting the kids down to the beach as some beaches can be a nightmare for that even with help of others. 

When we arrived the sun had disappeared and it was pretty cloudy and slightly breezy but I decided as we had driven all that way we were going to stay! Amelia was wearing a denim playsuit but it was pretty cold, so it was lucky that I had a spare set of clothes for her in the boot. Harry was still asleep when we arrived so Amelia and I made sandcastles for a while and played on the sand dunes. The sun did make an appearance for a short while so it wasn't a wasted journey after all. When Harry woke we sat down to have lunch and Amelia played some more before it was time to pack up and head home...once I'd managed to get all the sand out of Amelia's mouth!

It was actually easier than I had originally thought venturing out to the beach with both of the kids on my own. Something I had never done before, simply because Amelia is such a handful and likes to run off. I even took them out for lunch the other day on my own too which was a first, they were both so well behaved so I don't have any worries about taking them out anymore...until Harry is older as it may be a different story then ha ha! I'm even debating whether or not to take them both away somewhere for a short break sometime soon. I don't think I'm brave enough to take them abroad on my own yet though, I'll save that until they are both a little bit older! 

Here are some photo's from our afternoon at the beach, I've missed taking my camera out and haven't used it as much as I would have liked this past year. So this summer I'll be taking it out with us a lot more. 


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10 comments

  1. Nothing compares to the freedom of having your own car back. And such gorgeous photos of the little ones!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  2. There is such a feeling of freedom with having yours own car.

    I can relate to your resolve to get out more. I have definitely become super lazy in recent months and get put off by the thought of wrangling all three of my kids outside of the home. I am definitely making and effort to get out of the house with the kids a lot more often this summer.

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  3. Oh summer really is on it's way hunny. I am loving the sunrays. Gorgeous day at the beach. can't believe how grown up Amelia is looking lately. They really change so much so fast don't they? Lovely post.

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  4. These are such lovely photos Kerry, it looks like you all had such a lovely day out together. You're so lucky to live so close to so many beaches. I really love being at the beach, but our nearest beaches are hours away sadly! xx

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  5. The beach looked fab! The best thing i ever did was learn to drive- it brings such great freedom. I love your daughters hat- so cute. Angela x

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  6. Is that in Port? Looks like you all had a lovely time Kerry. Gorgeous photos.

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  7. Hi Kerry, I don't live that far away from you (near Prestatyn), and was wondering whether you could tell me which beach this is? My husband and I have a VW camper van, so it would be ideal to take my seven-month old to, to spend the day :-)

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  8. I love that you can park on the beach and that you took her chair with you - and the Bumbo! Harry has got so big. Here's to many more days at the beach x

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  9. Love beaches where you can just drive on... we went on one in Aus with my parents the other year, so easy! Looks like a lovely day, despite the weather x

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  10. What gorgeous pics Kerry! It must be lovely to have a car and have the independence to go out and enjoy the summer! xx

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