We are slowly returning to normal after the Christmas madness, all the decorations are down and the new toys have found places. I always think it is quite nice as the weeks go on that you get the excitement from those presents that weren’t quite the big hit when they were unwrapped. As a parent you buy them as you know that they will be used with great enthusiasm over the year even if they aren’t the ones to be played with instantly. One of the presents I was most excited about was a den-building kit and I’d had it hidden away since the summer. Finally once a few of the decorations were down and there was a little more space we built our first den. As soon as it was up they all scrambled underneath it so we filled it with blankets and cushions, their favourite teddies and books. Quite amazingly they all sat it in happily reading for longer than I imagined possible!
I stepped back to take a quick snap of them all quiet, looking over their books with Daddy. It’s not a great quality photo but I love the way they are all close together and the joy of just being under a bit of fabric! Before I had children I had ideas in my head already of the things I wanted to do with them; the special things I remember from my childhood and this was one of them. Me and my brother used to turn our dining room into a den, turning all the chairs round and pegging a bed sheet to them. It was the perfect way to spend school holidays and rainy days. We would fill it with our favourite treasures and eat our meals in there; so simple but so much fun. The boys’ den stayed up for a couple of days and it won’t be long before it is constructed again; it’s so sweet to see little faces light up as they all sit together in their own little hideaway.