The Perfect Sunday
Today has been the perfect Sunday. It doesn’t happen very often so I want to hold onto the magic of it for as long as possible. Of course, there were tears and tantrums but overall, it has been a lovely day.
It started early, obviously (!) but because Bethany has rugby tots on a Sunday morning, that’s not a bad thing. After rugby tots we decided to pack a picnic and went to Alice Holt Forest in Hampshire. We all love it there, there is so much to do and it’s not too massive for little feet.
We hadn’t really planned what to do but when we arrived we were redirected to an overflow car park because there are major refurb works going on there at the moment. This meant we actually did something completely different to our usual route (the habitat trail or stickman trail) and followed the purple trail. Daddy and Bethany were totally prepared wearing walking boots and wellies but I looked like a proper rookie in my converse (whoops, mummy fail!) so I ended up walking most of it in my tiptoes, think less ballerina and more clown-esque.
Thank god we have an off road buggy, that’s all I can say. We were definitely cross country, which was stunning but Charlotte definitely put the suspension to the test over the tree routes and windy paths. We collected leaves, pine cones and acorns. We hunted for conkers but it’s much too early yet. We looked for fairies and found a den, which Bethany absolutely loved. We climbed tree stumps, mud hills, rocks, anything we could climb really. It was awesome. Even Charlotte loved it and she hates being in the pram now she can crawl / toddle about.
We had our picnic lunch on a bench in what felt like the middle of nowhere, even though we could only have been about 20 minutes from the car park (a long time when a 3yo is walking).
We followed the trail after lunch and it brought us out onto our usual trail (which was fantastic as Andy and I were beginning to worry we were lost!), and it was great for Bethany as she was ready for something more interesting. From the wooden owl, to the woodpecker tower, butterfly and bat and finally the wooden tunnels, she loves every part of it and we have to drag her onto the next one every time. She was shattered by the end of it so we headed home.
After our big walk we were all starving so we made a roast dinner, complete with apple crumble, then to top it all off, we watched the Minion movie before the girls’ bath and bed.
We didn’t plan today at all but it was so perfect, I feel like I have just walked off an American sitcom. Honestly, it doesn’t happen very often but today was so lovely, such a laugh. The girls were good fun, polite and nice to be with. It made me so proud.
Holding on to this fuzzy feeling for as long as possible before the bubble is burst (probably at 3am…)