A new year really is great for new starts and for putting things into perspective.
As some of you may have read, my only new years resolution this year is to ‘enjoy the little things‘.
I’ve been putting that new years resolution into action lately and I’ve seriously noticed a difference. I’m finding it so much easier to find happiness in everyday life and not to wait around for the big things to happen.
This way of thinking is slowly seeping into every aspect of our life, and I’m finding myself more and more relaxed. I must admit, sometimes I do put a little too much thought into everything, including our days out. It’s rare to find me simply at a park or a duck pond.
I always feel like we need to do something spectacular or different. Mostly because I get bored really easily.
But if there is one thing I want to teach my daughter, it’s to find excitement in everything, and after todays little outing, I really don’t know why I don’t do these things more often.
The weather has been so delightful in the last few days. It’s been so, so cold, but the sun has been shining and the torrential rain pours have finally passed through.
Wanting to make the most of the sunshine, we headed to our local boating lake for a simple afternoon of feeding the ducks and playing in the park.
Evie’s never really been old enough to feed the ducks before. She’s never quite grasped the concept of it. It was so adorable watching her try and throw the feed into the pond, although much to the ducks dismay, she insisted on only throwing one grain at a time.
I must admit, I was terrified when lots of birds suddenly started flocking in all around us from above. Seagulls can be quite vicious in Cornwall. But Evie’s squeals of delight made me embrace it and try and ignore my fears, and I found myself really enjoying the moment with her.
Sometimes the ordinary moments really are the special moments.
The duck feed didn’t last long, but grabbing a takeaway hot chocolate and taking a stroll around the beautiful lake, was seriously refreshing. You can only imagine how crisp and fresh the air was and there is nothing like a bit of sunshine and blue sky to put you in the best mood.
Seeing Evie happy to be outdoors, despite the chill, was so heart-warming. I’m not really one for cold weather and much prefer the summer months and beach days, but seeing Evie just happy to be running about, really made up for our recent time stuck indoors because of the storms.
Our local boating lake has a huge play park attached to it. Being the helicopter mum that I am, I tend to leave the park outings to nursery or Jamie, else poor Evie has me hovering over her constantly.
I’m always so terrified she’s going to hurt herself. She’s always been very clumsy and after a few ‘head over heels down the slide’ moments, I’ve tended to avoid taking her to the park alone. If I had it my way she’d be going around wearing a dress made of bubble wrap.
But, I embraced the dangers of the worlds tiniest slide (yes I’m that bad) and the swings for little people and realised that despite my fears, I really need to let Evie challenge herself more.
She needs to decide what she can and can’t do. My ‘be carefuls’ won’t change the fact that she might fall. My hovering will only make her more nervous. I can only be there to give her a kiss and a cuddle if she hurts herself, and I need to remember to let her fall (within reason), and to work out dangers for herself.
Hearing her squeeling with excitement on the swings and cheering when I let her go down the muddy, rainy slide (she didn’t fall) was so beautiful.
We’ll definitely be returning here a lot more and I’m very excited for Summer when the boats are out for hire again, and Evie can experience the water for the first time.
Have you been on any simple days out recently? Do you tend to over complicate days out? Or are you happy with a simple play in the park?