It’s been a little while since I’ve done an ordinary moments post which is strange as we have so many of them but this one is an ordinary moment that we don’t do as much as I’d like. When it was just me and Lucas nearly every day we would visit the park; we’d go as early as we could so that no one was around and he’d have it all to himself. Afterwards we would go and feed ducks or look for squirrels and run down the big hill. Since having the twins and Lucas starting nursery we haven’t been able to do this very often so it is quite a special ordinary moment.
We set off early-ish in the rain but it soon went off and it had obviously put others off going as it was completely empty when we arrived. I let the twins out of the pushchair which is something I never do on my own but as we were all alone and enclosed I thought I’d risk it. They ran round everything so excited and I felt pangs of guilt because they didn’t really know what to do on anything, by their age Lucas was scaling the wooden pirate ships! They were so excited and it was a moment of perfection to see their little faces light up as they made it down the slide themselves.
It didn’t last long as Boo decided to bail out on the roundabout and bit his lip, as that happened I turned around to see Bear climbing higher than he should and panicking. A few other children were arriving and I couldn’t keep track of all three so I got them back into the pushchair and halted the tantrums with a biscuit before heading off round the lake. We stopped and fed some of the ducks and treked up the hill to find the trampoline; this part is always so much fun and I loved taking photos of Lucas bouncing on there. I even let the twins out for a little bounce but they weren’t too sure.
I always feel like I breath a sigh of relief when we get outdoors. With having all three at this age I’ve had to make my peace with staying in a little more. Lucas is at an age now where he will do as he’s told but the twins both run off, usually in different directions, sending me into a panic. Going to the park is something that used to be so ordinary I didn’t really think much of it but now I really appreciate the simplicity of it. I think I underestimate how much fun it is for the boys, even if the twins are in the pushchair there are different things to see and chatter to. We were there for nearly two hours in the end as we were enjoying it so much.
It was one of those mornings that I really don’t want to forget. This is what it is all about for me; getting out and having fun, taking in those smiles and giggles then hugging them tight when they get scared or hurt themselves. Being a Mother means I’m the one they turn to and grin at when they’ve done something new and I hear Lucas shouting ‘Mummy’ from all over the playground as he climbs up the frames all by himself. They make me so truly happy and sometimes that is lost when I’m busy and we’ve been stuck indoors. Sometimes I lose sight of the fact that the boys can have fun doing anything and all they really want is for me to be there alongside them. It felt good to just go and have fun and make memories.