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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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?