With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can sometimes be hard to fit in quality family time. I wrote recently about how I am always in such a rush both physically and mentally and it can lead to feeling really stressed.
Every now and again, when the opportunity arises I think it’s so important to take a day and run with it. Do something special. Spend a day with your family and have really good, special, quality family time.
We did that last weekend. As most of you will be well aware, last Sunday was the hottest day of the year so far. A couple of days previous, when he’d heard it was going to be a pretty nice weekend, the Husband decided that he wanted us to go to the seaside for the day. The blogger in me panicked – Sunday is my major catch up day! But then I had a stern word with myself. Beautiful sunny days in April in the UK don’t come along every year. We needed to make the most of it. I could catch up another time.
So that’s what we did. Living pretty much, the furthest away from a beach in the UK sucks in all honesty. Our nearest is Weston Super Mare and that’s about a ninety-minute drive. We left home around 8.15 am and were parking up by 10 am. Little Man didn’t even need a wee stop – bonus!
We had a really lovely day. Little Man couldn’t contain his excitement so we headed straight to the beach after buying buckets and spades. After we got our spot we stayed there for a couple of hours. Sandcastles were built and knocked down. The boys went off to the arcades and I got some people watching time in and took a few photos. It was just really lovely to be somewhere totally different for just a few hours.
We had a wander and queued for all eternity for the fish and chips that are necessary for such an outing. I didn’t take a photo because I was so hungry I wasn’t prepared to wait a minute longer. The sea air had clearly got to me!
We took a trip to the pier and paid for the privilege (new £1 machines already – I was impressed!) It was so, so busy by this point. I have to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the arcades, but the Little Man loves them and his face lighting up when he wins loads of tickets which he knows he can exchange for toys at the end of it, is worth all of the pushing and shoving.
By the time we had done all of this, the fresh air had obviously got to him, because he started to get a tad niggly. You know how they get. We decided to head back to the car and make our way home. We had had such an amazing day, we weren’t going to risk stopping any longer to encourage a meltdown that could be avoided.
And so he fell asleep for about half an hour on the way home and on this occasion I didn’t care. Any other day, if he falls asleep in the middle of the danger zone, I panic. Not today. I had had such a nice day and he was clearly worn out – it didn’t bother me in the slightest. This proved a successful day out had chilled me out – and it was needed.
The husband and I agreed that we had actually had the most successful day out as a family since Little Man had been born. There wasn’t a single tantrum. No upset. No silly disagreements. I can’t tell you how happy I was coming home that day. Quality family time was perfect and just what we all needed. As a result, I came home and booked a hotel for a mini weekend away to Bournemouth in August. You always need something extra to look forward to, right?
Do you get the chance to get quality family time? Do you struggle to fit it all in? Let me know in the comments.
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