Saturday, 22 November 2014

Adventures in scooting and climbing

You know when you have a perfect Sunday? Bacon for breakfast. Coffee and the papers. A glorious day in the park. Wine while you cook a comforting dinner. An *amazing* dessert. Yes, last Sunday was one of those. I'm starting to feel a little sad that autumn is coming to an end  but we are making the most of getting out there to enjoy it's splendour while we can...

I wrote a little about the stage of parenting we are at for the gallery this week. It is a lovely stage that our girls are at able to enjoy going off on adventures together. Exploring, scooting, climbing. Of course it means some tense moments on the parenting front watching them taking corners at breakneck speed and climbing everything in sight! 

Ah Autumn you are so beautiful and I will be sorry to see you go...

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Being a Parent

As parents we are always there for our children. Nurturing them, helping them to grow, to learn and discover new things. We hope to give them the best start in life so that when it is time they will be ready to make their own way in the world. Sometimes we just have to stand back and watch them as they test their limits, being there to help them when they need it and catch them if they fall. At the moment with two little girls aged five and two this is quite literal on adventures out scooting and trips to the park but I know our role is the same as they grow older, just perhaps more metaphorically. Will I always feel my heart in my mouth whether my little girls are jumping off a climbing frame or taking a leap into the unknown?!

At the moment their demand for attention can feel relentless. Their unwillingness to stay even a night away at their grandparents, their want that we lie with them until they go asleep, then little visitors in the night kicking us in the ribs and punching us in the eyes! But on the plus side of course there are the endless cuddles, the little hands in ours as we walk down the road and the smile on their faces as they run to greet us when we pick them up. This is what being a parent is to us at the moment.

Sometimes I have to remind myself to cherish these moments when their worlds still revolve around us and they are so happy to spend all of this time with us. I know that this will change all too quickly. Already I have seen them grow from newborns to bouncing babies to toddlers to a little school girl right before my eyes and I wonder at how that has happened so quickly. Yes, most of the time being a parent *is* the hardest job in the world but it is also the most amazing and special thing that can happen to you too. When I heard this quote in The Happiness Project (on Audible) it really resonated with me:

          "The days are long but the years are short"

 It is too true.

This post was written for week 209 of The Gallery for the theme 'Being a Parent'. Head on over to see all the other lovely entries.