Wild Ones

January 13, 2016
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Oh my wild ones. I never knew how much fun being outside with these boys would bring me. I don’t think I was a particularly outdoors type of person before I had children. We used to live in the country which we loved and although we did the odd trip to the beach or woods I would never have thought of myself as someone who craved nature. Now I have children I can’t help but think of what I was missing. I don’t know why it all seems so much more spectacular when I see my boys outdoors. I notice things that maybe I wouldn’t have before.

We went to Calderstones Park at the weekend, we love it there. It isn’t anything extraordinary and yet seeing it though a child’s eye makes it seem like a total wonder. All three of the boys always seem on the go and sometimes it feels like our small house just can’t contain all their restless energy. When I see them outside, looking totally free, running though trees, collecting pine cones and splashing in puddles I feel at peace. Some days it all falls in to place and they would stay outside for ever; we went off the path, looking for a Gruffalo. The boys ran and hid in the trees, chasing after each other and finding routes through the branches together. Lucas would go through and show them the way, helping them step over branches. They didn’t need any entertainment and they made their own fun, they are my wild ones.

Lucas chatters so much about nature now and all the things he sees changing around him, he was able to introduce the twins to pine cones and they stuffed them in their little pockets as treasure to bring home. I remember doing the same when I was young, I collected all sorts of treasures from walks and me and my brother would run through the woods with sticks and hide in the ferns. We would go and look at the frogspawn in spring, walk through the corn fields in the summer and pick the berries in the Autumn. When we lived in Wales we would climb the hills and sit amongst the heather or walk along the stony beaches whatever the weather. Actually, maybe I am an outdoors person afterall, so much of my childhood was spent doing the same things I do with my boys now. It must be engrained in there somewhere that being wild outdoors is the most fun when you’re a child.

2016 really feels like the year we are going to be able to do more of this. Each weekend I’m thinking what we can do to get outdoors, dodge the rain and breathe in that fresh air. As much as I love cosy days in I do think some of the best family time is spent on days like this one. Of course our day finished with an ice cream. It doesn’t matter what season we are in, it isn’t a proper day out for Lucas if he doesn’t have an ice cream.

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  • Notmyyearoff

    I love those photos, how are the twins growing up so quickly? It’s like they’ve had a huge spurt in the blink of an eye. Some of our best days out have been a run about the park and ice cream. They are such simple pleasures x

    January 13, 2016 at 2:51 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      They do look so big when I look at these photos, I think it is because they are outside running around. These really are some of our favourite days 🙂 xx

      January 14, 2016 at 2:10 pm Reply
  • Donna

    Your boys are going to have so many adventures this year – it makes a big change when they’re confident on their feet! x

    January 13, 2016 at 6:32 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Definitely, I am really excited that we can do so much more with them this year! xx

      January 14, 2016 at 2:11 pm Reply
  • Katie @mummydaddyme

    They are all looking so similar now- almost like triplets! And I agree, you can’t beat the fresh outdoors and even better if you can finish with an ice cream afterwards. x

    January 13, 2016 at 6:41 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Haha, they are so alike, I think because the twins are tall and Lucas is short they look even more closer in age. They will definitely catch him up xx

      January 14, 2016 at 2:12 pm Reply
  • Not A Frumpy Mum

    Gorgeous pics Hayley and it looks like your boys are having so much fun. I can’t wait for O to have a playmate to run around with, although he’s going to have to wait a little for that. The park looks lovely too. xx

    January 13, 2016 at 8:48 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Yeah, we are just starting to get to the age now when we can let them all loose together and it is so lovely. The baby stage is nice too but I think this time is the most fun, you have so much to look forward to Jo xx

      January 14, 2016 at 2:13 pm Reply
  • Kat | Beau Twins

    You should definitely be more outdoors, it suits. Although I’m pretty sure you are outdoorsy as you have so many beautiful pictures of the great outdoors. Gorgeous boys and what a fun day you had ending off with ice cream is an essential. When we are all feeling better, we will be back doing our usual – zoo, parks and woods. Xxx

    January 14, 2016 at 7:30 am Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      I think over the last couple of years we haven’t got out as much as we would have like but now I can really see how much easier it is getting. I used to so admire you with your girls getting out there and doing so much and I feel like we are finally at that stage which is so lovely xxx

      January 14, 2016 at 2:15 pm Reply
  • Emma T

    I’m like you. As a kid I was always outdoors exploring with my friends but if it weren’t for N now and getting out with him, I’d rarely leave the house.

    January 15, 2016 at 9:59 pm Reply
  • Jenny

    Oh hunny I am the very same I never thought I would be the woodland type either having grown up on a mountain in the middle of nowhere I wanted out but now when I visit with the kids we never come inside. It’s heavenly. Lovely post and photos. Glad you are getting out and about despite the bad weather lately. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    January 19, 2016 at 7:59 pm Reply
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