For some reason, even though she probably won’t remember, it felt really important to make this summer count for Freya – I guess because it’s our last one in our own little bubble where we can largely go where we want, when we want without too many cares.
With the real world of nursery/school and hopefully more structured work (for me, not her) fast approaching, I wanted us to enjoy the freedom which seemed to have crept up on us in the last year. With her intolerances/reflux getting a bit better, it has been the first summer we were not as tied to home/routine – for which I am very thankful for.
I didn’t create a bucket list (I think that’s something I will try and do with her when she’s older and can have some input) but I knew I wanted her to experience lots of different things – ideally which were cheap or free (see above statement about work situation) and not too far away.
We have cooked, crafted, splashed in puddles and run in streams. She has ridden a donkey and sailed in a boat (both firsts). We have been on bug hunts, held sand castle competitions and grown butterflies to name just a few. Probably best of all, considering she asks to do it again most nights, was skipping bedtime for the first time to go to the beach at sunset.
If Freya is anything to go by two/three year olds have a rather unique approach to new experiences. She either throws herself in wholeheartedly or takes an instant dislike – often for, frankly, ridiculous reasons. For example, she didn’t like the splash park because there was “too much water”. Never knowing quite which way the pendulum will swing has been part of the fun.
I am sad, for all sorts of reasons, that September has arrived but I can look back on this summer and say it’s been our best one as a family of three so far – and hopefully this is just the start of our adventures.
What’s the best thing you’ve done this summer? With or without children.