It’s the Simple Things

It used to be all about having leisurely lie ins, pampering, coffee catch ups, going out for meals, cinema dates, and perhaps even sitting in the house putting my feet up all centred around rest, relaxation and recharging batteries. There may even have been a point where I became bored doing nothing. Oh how distant these memories are now!dsc_9104When a holiday period approaches much time is spent thinking about those things on the to do list needing attended to and time given to getting them completed where you would not usually have the time when at work. Yet again these things are brushed to the side and rolled over until a later date. It is all about the children these days. We discuss and deliberate about what we should do, where we should go and who we should visit. However, decision making is difficult at times. I find myself getting worse at being able to make my mind up and perhaps it is because of having children to consider there are so many factors to weigh up. It doesn’t help of course that my husband can be indecisive as well on the given day!dsc_0044Having spent a wonderful half term break filled with fun and frolics, adventure and activity, family and friends, and only a little rest and relaxation, we have concluded it is definitely the simple things; a lot of the time with no price tag, which has brought the most enjoyment to our little ones and become their favourite things. Taking time to remember the lyrics of ‘My Favourite Things’ from the Sound of Music (one of our favourite songs to be singing at the moment) it is clear how it is the very simple things in life.dsc_0117

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens

Brown paper packages tied up with strings

These are a few of my favourite things

Cream coloured ponies and crisp apple strudels

Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles

Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings

These are a few of my favourite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes

Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes

Silver white winters that melt into springs

These are a few of my favourite things

When the dog bites, when the bee stings

When I’m feeling sad

I simply remember my favourite things

And then I don’t feel so bad

For us at the White House it has been about getting outdoors with plenty of walks in the wood, each carrying a stick, gathering leaves, collecting conkers, and finding pine cones. It has been racing along forest paths, splashing in muddy puddles, playing hide and seek amongst the trees. It has been balancing on fallen trunks, singing out loud, shouting and waiting to hear the echo in return. It has been spotting squirrels, climbing trees, and escaping into a world of imagination and creativity. It has been baking and making, choosing pumpkin designs and carving (me that is, not the children or father for that matter!), dressing up, having faces painted, listening to stories about the Gruffalo, hiding under weeping willows, making shapes and shadows, being with little friends, helping to hold sparklers, eating lots of candy and staying up late. It has been crunching through fallen leaves and tossing them up in the air to land on each other’s head. It has been about smiles on faces, laughter in bellies, and creating memories.dsc_9080dsc_9081dsc_9076dsc_9086Although neither of us could say we are rested, relaxed and recharged we have helped to create magical memories for our children. Its not only for them however, the magical memories are likewise ours to treasure of our family time together which is precious and few in these busy days that we now live. The experience has taught us that it does not need to be a week full of day trip adventures, or travelling far away fields to make it magical and fun, it can be on our own doorstep. It can be the simple, basic things. There is a quote that says “enjoy the little things in life because one day you will look back and realise they were the big things”. Down the line when the children grow up, I know I will think back and remember this quote and only then will I perhaps understand the accuracy and meaning of these words. It’s the simple things in life which mean the most.dsc_9096dsc_9506

 

 

 

 

 

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