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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