In my (rather weak) defence, before our children came along, it is fair to say that I never really and fully appreciated a good walk, fresh air, nature and the beauty that the outdoors has to offer. Now that my life consists of routine, plenty of rushing, chores, errands and constantly taking care of someone (yes, even in the five minutes you think that you have escaped for a toilet break... you hear mini hands banging and clawing away at the door until it swings open to a rather frazzled looking Mama- One knows no peace!!!).
These days, when my family and I are all together, the absolute first thing at the front of my mind to do would be to find somewhere beautiful to take a stroll. Considering the usual and only day that we get to be all together is a Sunday, nothing shakes off the stresses of the week before and gets you ready and refreshed for the week ahead like being outside, especially on a sunny but crisp Autumn day like it was on Sunday. It is nice to be away from technology and for the children to just be children, free to embrace their wellies, jump in extremely muddy puddles, run, laugh and create a game around a twig if they want to (Sorry, Noah's magic wand actually... Oh, Yes Noah, i'm still a frog before you ask...).
Matt and I get to walk together, talk and hold hands if we want to, like sweethearts. We get to cuddle while we look out over the lake as the sunshine hits it, the light cascading all around us.
We get to observe the little humans that we love the most and smile. We are able to smile at who they are. We allow ourselves the time to just be, for five minutes or so. We don't check phones and the time. Those things do not matter to us. We are together, that is what matters. These are the things that I want to remember the most. All of us with the space to breathe yet making the choice to remain close by... because that is where we want to be. With each other.
You can probably tell from the photographs how much of a wonderful day we all had. If you are local to Capstone Park, do try and go. It really is such a beautiful place, especially if you are there with the people that you love.
Lots of Love
x Maria x