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Exploring with growing confidence.

I can’t wait for the good weather to start being a bit more constant… hopefully. I love nothing more than getting out and about exploring places around us with the kiddos, hubby and pup. Something about being out in the fresh air, enjoying each other’s company, throwing stones, building towers, climbing trees and just ignoring everyone else around us and forgetting everything that is going on just makes me feel so refreshed and like a weight has been lifted for a while.

My pair are both full to the brim with energy and love running free, Dylan has started to be a bit more adventurous when we go to places he is familiar with now and often heads off the path so I’m glad that we have many walks around us that are away from the roads and that he is safe when he does charge off in a random direction. Not so great for me because I’m then having to chase after him dodging tree stumps and everything because he doesn’t respond to his name or have danger awareness but also it is so amazing to see him actually enjoying something and looking forward to it when you tell him where we are going.

 

I have looked into those things that you tie around the child’s waste and then around yours, but I’m really not sure Dylan would tolerate it at all and we would end up going opposite directions around tree or clothes lining some other innocent person out on the walk. I’m hoping that over the summer we will be able to help him learn to respond to his name by doing lots of fun games but for now we are just over the moon that he is actually enjoying being outside.

Another favourite place for us all is the beach, if you get up nice and early like my pair do then the beach is empty so they get the run of the place without having to keep a close eye on them as they all go different directions. Lilo charges off to smell every single bit of seaweed, Amellia normally hightails it straight for the sea no matter the weather or how cold it is and discards her shoes and socks while running down the beach and Dylan plonks himself down on the sand right by the step to dig holes and draw in the sand. Sometimes Dylan will then run to the water to wash the sand off his feet but quickly comes back out to start his drawing in the sand again.

The beach always reminds me of my childhood, growing up with the sea as my back garden was incredible. We would always be out climbing on the rocks, hunting in the rockpools and seeing who could find the biggest crab; then as I got older, I started to really appreciate the beauty of the sea and taking in the view. When times get tough, I always go and sit by the sea, it’s my happy place.

I’m really looking forward to this summer and spending quality time with my kids and as a family, I live for the holidays from school.

 

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Delamont Park

Today we had a lovely family day out, and you are from Northern Ireland or are over here visiting I really suggest visiting Delamont Park! It’s just a thirty minute drive from Belfast center and a five minute drive from Downpatrick It’s also a very affordable day out, we have found that many places you will go and visit cost rather a lot of money for a family of four to get in, but to get into Delamont Park was a tiny amount of £4. Which is amazing considering all that is there!

There are several different walks and are all sign posted and you also get a map whenever you go into the park which shows you where the routes go, how long they are and what you can find along the way! We opted for one of the shorter walks because we had the children with us, and we didn’t fancy having to carry little miss around the walk when her legs got tired! We went for the 4km walk, there are ones which are also shorter than this and also longer so there is a walk for everyone to do! The only thing I would say is that on the map you are given it doesn’t give you any sort of idea of the terrain, the path was excellent and very easy to push a pram along, though is very stony. I think having our baby jogger GT made it easier to push with the big wheels I’m not sure how easy a pram with slandered wheels would have been to push! My little girl found it a little difficult as a lot was uphill which we hadn’t really thought about, but she kept going with a bit of encouragement! She particularly loved seeing the sheep along the way and stopped at every one to try and entice them over with some grass..this didn’t go in her favor! Along the walk were some incredible views, and things to stop at. Several little stone beaches, a bird watching area, and many more but we were enjoying the walk so much we didn’t stop at these things, though I will make a point of ensuring we do this when we go back!

When we first arrived we started with our picnic, there was so many benches and open bits of grass to sit on so lots of space for whenever it is busy to enjoy you picnic without many around you! My little one was eager to sit on the grass and have hers, so this is what we did and had some lovely little sandwiches before we headed off on our adventure! #

After our walk we went on this wonderful little train which is designed to look like Thomas, it runs along a 1KM track and was really enjoyable! The little ones loved being on a train and really enjoyed it and I took in some of the wonderful views around while really cherishing the time we were spending together!

Next stop was the play park, what little ones don’t love parks right! Well this is one that is truly going to be enjoyed by any park lover. It is just wonderful, lots of wonderful wood climbing frames, slides, puzzles and much more. I really liked that they had a climbing frame for all ages! There was a big and a little one like you would find in more parks, but also a medium sized one too, which my little girl really enjoyed. She likes the big ones but wants you to go up them with her and with it being a bit busy, I wasn’t for climbing up with her and getting in the way of everyone! She went off and enjoyed the big one for a short while but wanted to play with her brother so spent a lot of the time on the little one with him, which was great as there was no one else on it! There was also a zip wire which she really enjoyed. As well as there being some great climbing frames/ balancing things/slides etc there was also a lot of open space to run about. My little boy really liked this as he likes to just potter about and explore the world around him rather than climbing on climbing frames and going on swings etc!

 

Beside the park there was also one of those metal gyms that are becoming increasingly popular, and there are also some of the single gym items placed along the walks too! Just in-case you were wanting to go there to jog/workout ..

We ended our day by then going out for dinner and coming home and having a lovely bath! Both the kids are now fast asleep in bed, and we are just about to settle down to watch a move! All in all we had a fantastic day and will be back to Delamont Park very soon; in fact we enjoyed it so much we are going to get the season pass so we will be visiting it many more times! I will let you know if we find anything else about in Delamont Park that we think is a must see while there.. but for now, you should really go there, enjoy the peace, views, beauty and nature. Oh & the park and the train if you have little ones with you!

Let me know if you go for a visit and what you think! =]

WeeOhana xx