Prior to having children I wasn’t really what you would call an outdoors type of girl. Yes I enjoyed horse riding, sitting in the garden on sunny days and days out to the beach but it wouldn’t occur to me to just go for a long walk or to join the National Trust (that’s what old people do right?).
Since having children my mindset has definitely changed. We started off enjoying trips to the park or local farm and jumping in muddy puddles but I quickly learnt that getting outdoors at weekends meant a calmer and more peaceful home life. These days we are out and about most weekends on family adventures and days out. We love exploring new places but have our old favourites which we return to over and over too. If it’s wet and muddy we just wear our wellies but still try to get outdoors for a little while. Yes we are even National Trust members and thoroughly recommend for families with young children.
These three girls have made me realise that the best things in life really are free! It’s not the big, expensive days out they remember and ask to go back to again and again, no. Believe it or not most of our days out are free or pretty cheap. They are truly happiest when outdoors and allowed to run, enjoying the games we grew up playing and sometimes having an ice-cream treat. They happily explore hand in hand, climb trees, play hide and seek in the woods and throw pooh sticks off bridges into streams:
It really doesn’t take much to keep them happy and that makes me happy too. The best things in life really are free 🙂
As always linking in with the lovely Fiona from Coombe Mill our inspiration behind our outdoors lifestyle.