Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Quality Time

Last Saturday Milord, myself and the kids went off to try out a playpark I'd spotted while out walking with Mom. It is on the shores of a huge lake, but set back in the trees beside a carefully designed water feature of streams, bridges, rocks and pools that will be great to splash about in when it gets a bit warmer. There are also grassy areas where we should be able to kick a ball around.

We parked about 10 minutes walk away so that the kids could have a ride on their new bikes on the way. They are still getting the hang of pedaling, so this is just the right distance to practice.

Then we had a little play on the baby structure, went over to the the water feature and explored and threw sticks and paddled (very briefly because it was freezing!), and then wandered over to the play structure for bigger kids. This was quite challenging, with rope ladders and climbing walls and steep ladders the only way up. I was quite proud of how bold my kids were at scrambling up and then coming down a spiral slide. There are a few more challenging items in the structure that they didn't want to attempt, but I'm sure they'll get braver the more often we go.

After an hour or two they got back onto their bikes and Milord and I pushed them back to the car as they were too tired to pedal!

On Sunday, after swimming, Milord and I went out alone. This is most unusual, and it is something I asked for in the TALK - quality couple time. We hardly every get time alone. We went to the shops and ended up beside the same lake for a beer in the sunshine. It was very pleasant!

So, a weekend with quality family time and quality couple time - the first in many months and hopefully the first of many more.

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