Since our little man came into our lives, we’ve tried our best to make the most of every bit of family time we get. With us both working full time, weekends are the days when we pack in as much as possible to give our son the best memories we can. It can be easy to think that paying for a day out at a local attraction or booking tickets for an activity will be the best thing to do and sometimes this can be fun, but also expensive. What we’ve discovered is the days we spend the least amount are the days we have the most fun. It seems to be all about the experience and not the expense.
We are very lucky to live in a location not too far away from beautiful beaches, wonderful woods and fantastic farms. With many of our Summer weekends being spent on the beach, our Autumn weekends are for woodland walks and finding forests. It’s great to live near some friends who share the same interests as us and agree that it’s not about how much you spend, but how much fun you have.
The New Forest is about 30 minutes from ours and was the perfect location for a trip the other weekend. Our boys were able to run within the trees, hide in dens and climb trees, we may have even attempted some tree climbing ourselves. The smiles the boys wore were huge and to be honest, we wore smiles just as big, whilst watching them play freely.
The great thing about a day in the forest is, you create your own adventures. The limits really are your imagination. The boys pretended a den was their cave, we all hid whilst they found us, sticks became dinosaur tails and logs became giant pieces of apparatus to jump off. There were a few times we said to each other “Who needs a theme park?”. Our boys were whooping and giggling as they created some pretty awesome memories. No souvenir shop? No worries, pockets were soon filled with pine cones, giant leaves and other various nature assortments.
M was very impressed that Clara couldn’t resist a little tree climbing. You are never too old to experience fun memories.