FAMILY TIME

FAMILY TIME

I love where I live! Especially when the sun is shining. The weather really makes a difference to the most simple of outings doesn’t it? That little ball of fire in the sky really can put you in the best mood!

Since Jamie and I separated, we’ve still been making a conscious effort of still spending time all together with Evie, so she still has a strong sense of a family unit.

Even if it’s just a couple of hours a week or a fortnight, we really feel that it’s important for her to see us both getting along and also gives us the chance to see her more, as our time with her is stretched now we’re co-parenting.

This week we went for a lazy walk on the beach, followed by a delicious warming lunch.

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The weather was on our side and it was glorious enough to not need a coat.

Even though we’re spoilt for choice in Cornwall, this beach in St. Ives is Evie’s favourite. She’s been coming to this beach since she was a newborn and it’s gotten to the point where she says hello to all the locals she knows as they walk past. It’s so cute!

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How excited are you for warmer weather? The warmth from the sun has got me really excited for Spring and Summer. I can’t wait for the days when a summer dress and a bucket and spade will suffice, and when we can actually dip our toes in the sea rather than looking at it longingly when we’re all wrapped up.

My favourite time of year is April/May. The schools are still in but the days are warmer, which means that we normally get the beach and the sun to ourselves.

When you have a toddler, you really understand the need for space to run around don’t you? In Summer, our beaches gets so packed it’s rare to even find a spot to sit, so we do tend to avoid it then. We really make the most in the lead up to the school holidays.

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Today Evie insisted on wearing her sunglasses and her Trunki backpack, refusing to remove the bag even when we sat down. She is determined to be a ‘grown up’ and insisted on walking around with her own ‘handbag’ like Mama. It’s far to big for her, and was full to bursting, but she was so proud to be wearing it.

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I can’t get over how much she is growing and developing. She’s always been advanced in her speech and language, but slightly behind on physical attributes, such as climbing.

 This beach seems to have developed a bit of a ledge at the moment with the sand. I was the only one that wasn’t paying attention on the way down and ended up falling down it.

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We couldn’t believe how tall it is and measured against Evie. As you can see below, it’s literally the size of her! I was so impressed that Evie attempted to climb back up it by herself and with how far she got. After many tumbles back down she still kept trying again and again, determined to make it. 

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She really seems to be playing catch up now with things like climbing and understanding what her body can do. She’s starting to be less clumsy but at the same time is becoming more adventurous. It’s so lovely to see.

I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed lately so today was much needed. I’m trying to balance my full time freelance work with a part time evening job, housework and Evie. It’s not been easy.

I constantly feel exhausted and like I’m playing catch up. Moments like this where I can slow down, breathe and just watch my daughter grow, are so appreciated. I always feel so calm on the beach. It makes me feel so peaceful and relaxed. Plus nothing beats beautiful moments like this:

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With the delicious smell of the sea air, the calming sound of the waves, the warmth of the sun beating down on you and the opportunity for Evie to burn off some energy, it’s always the perfect time out.

I don’t think I stop to appreciate where I live enough. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I sometimes take for granted what is on my doorstep. It’s a beautiful place to make memories and it’s a wonderful place to raise a family.

What’s frightening, is that Evie is two in a fortnight. I’m not sure where this year has gone, but I’m looking forward to this Summer and getting to show her more of the incredible place we live in, especially now she’s old enough to explore it more and take it all in.

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I’m also excited that she will now be old enough to play on the beach properly and for longer. I can’t wait to make some more sandy memories and to watch her grow and develop whilst having lots of outdoor fun.

If you liked this post, be sure to check out our days out in Cornwall. Including our trips to Newquay Zoo and Paradise Park.

Have you spent any days in the sun this week? Are you excited for the warmer weather or do you prefer the cosy Winter months?   

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  1. Dancing dandelions
    March 16, 2016 / 7:23 am

    Wow that weather looks amazing! Lucky you.

    Carbis bay in St Ives is my favourite beach in Cornwall. White sand and turquoise sea, it’s like being abroad!

    Glad you had a lovely time x

  2. March 16, 2016 / 8:20 am

    Gorgeous photos and I have beach envy!!

  3. March 16, 2016 / 9:45 am

    Gorgeous photos Chloe, you are so lucky to have that beach at your doorstep – I really need to make my way to Cornwall! And I love how you and Jamie are staying strong and united – my parents separated when I was 2, and because they’ve always stayed good friends, none of us suffered from it and it was just how our family was, it was our ‘normal’. xx

  4. March 16, 2016 / 11:28 am

    Teehee… it made me laugh when you said you fell down the ledge, hope it was soft sand and not compacted. The beach looks stunning! #whatevertheweather

  5. March 16, 2016 / 11:41 am

    So cute! He love St Ives so much. Last summer we went to Charlestown and Fowey and loved the little beach at Charlestown. I hope we can managed to get down and visit Lee’s parents this summer too. Sarah #WhateverTheWeather

  6. March 16, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    Lovely post. We’re very luckily to live near a beach too. So many family possibilities.

  7. Kelly Robinson
    March 16, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    I think what you and your ex do is wonderful. I have friends and family who have had awful breakups with children involved but all have made the effort for the children and that is so important, even though I imagine it is very tough. You live in a beautiful part of the world and Evie is a lucky girl to be able to spend time at this glorious beach. #Whatevertheweather p.s My daughter is also called Evie, beautiful name for two beautiful girls 🙂

  8. March 16, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    That beach is stunning! I really miss be able to take the kids to the beach and busy places out of the school holidays. It is so much easier and more relaxing!

  9. March 16, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Bless her, she’s adorable. I’m so envious of you being near the sea, gives a child some extra special memories. Longing to return to Cornwall in the summer seeing your photos #WTWW

  10. March 17, 2016 / 3:50 am

    There’s just something about the beach isn’t there? Doesn’t matter if it’s warm or cold. #whatevertheweather

  11. March 17, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    oh she’s so cute!! We live in the desert so although its a mild winter its the time of year we start to dread as each day gets hotter and hotter – prefect beach weather so lapping it all up – by may its just too hot.

  12. March 17, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    Aww this is so lovely – I can’t wait for warmer days! It’s still pretty cold up North even with the sunshine but the beach is still one of our favourite places to be 🙂

  13. March 17, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful day out. And well done you for handling your seperation like adults and putting your child first. Many parents could learn from that.
    I feel for you trying to balance everything. I find it very hard. Caspian is now at nursery two days a week, which really helps, but I work both of those and then still need to try and find time for the blog, social media and house work on the other days. #whatevertheweather

  14. March 17, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    You’re so lucky to live where you do – we’re very land-locked in Nottingham, and on sunny days I long to be closer to the coast. We were in North Wales last weekend, our first day was gloriously sunny and we spent a lovely few hours on Llandudno beach. Like you I realised we need to do this kind of family time more, it’s so hard fitting it all in and I don’t think I’ll ever feel like we’ve cracked it, but we’ll keep trying! 🙂 #whatevertheweather

  15. March 17, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    That beach looks amazing, such nice white sand! Lovely pictures #whatevertheweather

  16. Jenny Eaves
    March 18, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    It looks like a gorgeous beach for a day out together and great that you’re all getting on so well too. Jealous that you live so close to the beach, ours is too far to get too often. Great that Evie is getting more adventurous, I love watching my two climbing about. Our A is the opposite to Evie and has been always much better at the physical, climbing as soon as he could crawl, but only in this last few months has his speech taken off. Hope you’re having a lovely holiday! 🙂 x

  17. March 21, 2016 / 3:05 pm

    It reallys is stunning down there and you capture it so well in your shots. It is lovely to see you still spending time as a family for Evie and great that everything is amicable enough for that to work! xx

  18. March 29, 2016 / 6:37 am

    It’s so nice to see people being sensible after splitting! How lucky you are to live somewhere so beautiful too!

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