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Monday, 12 March 2012

A Beautiful Family Day

Yesterday we went to visit my eldest son Joe in Northampton.  I haven't seen much of my son this year as we've not had any matching free weekends.  It is one of the unavoidable side effects of your babies growing up. On one hand, I feel massively proud of Joe for making a life for himself with a good job, a nice home and a lovely girlfriend.  But on the other hand, I miss my little boy!

It was a particularly lovely day because my eldest daughter Megan came home for the weekend from university and was able to join us in visiting her big brother.  Having all five of my children together again, is one of the things guaranteed to make me happy and guaranteed to mean fun.  Add blues skies and sunshine to the equation and I had the recipe for a perfect day.

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The McDonald Kids
One of the things I love about where Joe lives is Salcey Forest, which is an area of woodland with a treetop walk.  Last time we visited, Freddy was still in his buggy, so visiting with a proper walking, running, jumping and climbing toddler was a completely different experience.  There was so much for him to explore and discover in nature's playground.  The children all joined together and there was great examples of family teamwork as they built dens, climbed trees and jumped over ditches.

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Woodland hideaways
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Working Together
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Riding on Daddy's Shoulders
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My Boys
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My Big Kids and Jade
We spent a wonderful afternoon walking through the woods and having some great family fun.  I have really missed doing this!  It was exactly what I needed to put a spring back in my step.  I love how we can enjoy wonderful days together as a family.  Whether we are doing something major or just enjoying the simple things in life, we inject love, fun and laughter into the proceedings.

Today I really do feel blessed.  I have a family that fills me with huge amounts of joy.   The sun shone down on our wonderful day together...and Freddy wore his glasses all day long!!  Things are definitely looking up :)

9 comments:

  1. Ah, looks like you had a really lovely time. 5 children though, are you crazy??! ;) I was one of three and I know that having us all together is what would make my mum really happy too, but it does get difficult when you're all grown up. Still, makes it all the more special when it does happen, eh?! x

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  2. Haha...five kids is quite a handful, but it is brilliant when we all get together! Although the bill for our meal out yesterday was massive!! We've definitely stopped now! x

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  3. perfect day out - these really are the best family days aren't they????

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  4. What a lovely day! Sounds perfect, lovely piccies too x

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  5. What a lovely family day. A bitter sweet read for me though as it means you're going to leave me but make sure there's an annex on your new house for us xx

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  6. What great pics - your family look really fit and well. What a good boy Freddy was to wear his glasses all day. I am so glad that you had such a wonderful time with your family and that the sun shone so you were able to go for that brilliant walk.
    Although I will be personally devastated when you move I think you are doing the right thing at the right time, good luck with your plans - I hope everything turns out exactly as you hope it will.

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  7. Francesca Gaffey12 March 2012 16:58

    such a nice story and lovely pics!

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  8. I'm being realistic enough to think that my house might not sell...but we've got to take the chance. Don't think for a second that even if we do move, that you'll be getting rid of me!! xxx

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