We’re making memories

When C and I were dating she told me about her favourite family memory from when she was a child.

It involved her mum packing them into the car late at night, covering them with a duvet and driving down to Brighton beach. She would then buy them fish and child which they would eat on the beach, before driving home and jumping in to bed.

C’s face used to light up when she spoke about this memory. Something as simple as visiting the beach has formed one of her favourite memories.

When C was pregnant we used to lie in bed at night feeling M kick and discuss the memories we wanted to create for our future children.

We both agree that something so simple can mean the world to someone. You don’t have to lavish a child with gifts, take them on expensive holidays or spend out on pricey days out to create memories that will last them a lifetime.

Even though Monkey is only 11 months old and probably won’t recall this year, we wanted to start making memories we could keep as a tradition.

The other night, just after M finished his dinner, we packed up the car and headed to the beach.

We are lucky enough to live about 30 minutes from a gorgeous sandy beach. The weather wasn’t as hot as previous nights, but the sun was still quite high and it was warm enough to dip bare toes in to the sand.

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We grabbed some fish and chips, a must for a trip to the beach and strolled out on to the sand.

Very soon we were surrounded by greedy seagulls, M was mesmerised with how close they were. I placed a chip right by me so that he could see one up close and he gasped as it grabbed the chip and flew away.

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We taught M how to make sand castles, I won a sandcastle making competition as a child. So I consider myself a bit of a pro. He enjoyed patting the sand down and even got the hang of tapping the top of the bucket before we lifted it up.

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We're making memories - mytwomums.com

We're making memories - mytwomums.com

We're making memories - mytwomums.com

Soon it was time for his bedtime bottle, luckily we’d packed it. Once he’d finished we had a quick play in the park and then set off home.

As I glanced up at him in the sun visor’s mirror I watched him slowly drift off to sleep. I couldn’t help but wonder if he was dreaming about the fun evening he’d just had.

 

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Lauren Reply

    This is so beautiful. You can’t beat evening trips to the beach. In the summer this is our favourite time to go, most people have gone and you have the beach to yourself.
    The photos are beautiful too, especially the first one of his toes poking through the sand.
    It almost looks like we were at the same beach from our photos ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  2. Katie @mummydaddyme Reply

    This is beautiful and something I feel really strongly about- it’s not about the expensive days out or gifts, the simplest moments are what count. ‘The Beautiful Ordinary.’ And lovely photos. x

  3. 2 Aussie Mammas Reply

    That sounds Famtastic!!! Can’t wait for the warmer months here again. I’m not much of a beach goer but can’t wait to take E back again.

    Ps not sure why my last comment posted before I was done writing nor why I wrote mums instead of mammas lol (tired?)

  4. Claire @ Great British Family Reply

    What a beautiful post. I am sure M loved it. This is exactly how I feel about being a parent, it is the time you spend with them not what you buy them. I can’t wait to build sand castles with my little one.

  5. Fivegoblogging Reply

    What a lovely thing to do for you lovely boy and for yourselves. I’m a big believer in memories rather than souvenirs ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Brinabird and Son Reply

    A perfect memory! I love the photos of his feet in the sand and my what a trendy bucket ๐Ÿ™‚ We have had a few late lingering evenings walking the park while my wee man sleeps it’s so hard to resist!

  7. Sonya Cisco Reply

    We are lucky to have such wonderful beaches nearby, we too love an evening on the beach, it is more pleasant than in the heat of the day!

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