Lets face it, August bought with it some really cruddy weather. We spent most of our weekends chilling out as a family instead of the mad long days out at the beach which we seemed to do pretty much every weekend in August last year
September arrives, and by magic the sun starts shining pretty much as soon as the children have gone back to school…I’m sure I’m going to be one of those mums cursing the weather during the summer holidays!
This weekend we decided to enjoy some more time as a family, we had a birthday party and some errands to run on Saturday but on Sunday we decided to visit the hubsters family in Lancing for some lunch, which is approximately an hours drive away from us (but only if the dreaded A27 is clear which most days it’s not!)
After making good progress in the car we decided to stop at the seafront in Lancing for some fun in the water and to let J stretch her legs and burn off some energy before heading for lunch. We knew that she would be sat again for a few more hours and would be climbing the walls if she didn’t run about beforehand
The sea was beautiful with the sun glistening on the waves and it was so enticing for J that she kept asking to go in. As our stop at the beach was a last minute decision and she was in a pretty outfit ready for lunch (with white shorts and no change of clothes in the car or towel), I was a bit apprehensive!
I reminded myself that she’s a child after all and who am I to deny her the chance to play in the sea on a sunny day in September as it’s so rare? As soon as I had I whipped off her shoes and socks she instantly ran into the sea and had a great time running to the stones, running back to the water, running into the hubster and I and just enjoying some happy freedom in the sun
I wish we had some more time at the beach but the lunch slot was waiting for us and our stomachs were starting to grumble so we had a quick stop at the play park, some exercise equipment and a run in the field
We were the second members of the family to arrive and J was a perfect little girl sat outside in the garden waiting for our table. Pretty soon she was met with family members she had never seen before, and family members she hadn’t seen since she was a baby. J didn’t actually remember them aside from her Nanny Iris, but she took it in her stride, only getting a little shy and snuggling into me when they tried to approach her for a kiss or cuddle – I think every child does that and it’s just so adorable
Lunch was a couple of hours long and I honestly cannot say just how proud of my little girl I am. She ate perfectly, coloured, talked to the family, and kept telling people about her impending trip to Disney on an aeroplane (the biggest news in the Cook household at the present). It’s so hard for a little child to sit still with a table full of adults for a prolonged period of time, but it was so worth it and everyone sang her praises after the meal
One of the things I am missing on my mums side of the family is a family photo of the generations. My great nan passed away in 2011 and my nan passed away in 2008 so there’s currently only 3 generations. Realising this, and just how rare it is for 4 generations to be present I pushed for the hubster to have a photo with his mum and nan outside in the sun after dinner before we bid farewell
I’m not sure how long it will be before we see that side of the hubsters family again, but 2 years is a long time so hopefully we won’t leave it that long next time!
Linking up with the very talented Katie at mummydaddyme for the Ordinary Moments linky