Today has been a busy day: nursery pictures followed by play group followed by a nap followed by a visit from Grandma and Grandad. However, once they left and I was then faced with an afternoon of even more Kung Fu Panda (3 times already by that point) I wrapped us up warm and we headed out for an Autumn walk.
The idea was simple, head out for a walk toddler in tow, collect as many pretty leaves etc as you wish, come home to get warm and make an awesome picture out of your findings. Simple right?!
It ALMOST went to plan, however the reality was a little different:
- We went out and a few bits are collected
- Dolly and pram came with us
- Toddler demanded we walk through the housing estate rather than the trees (“this way!”)
- Said toddler has to be blackmailed to come back to the trees
- Mummy is picking most of the nature while toddler strides around with her “baby”
- Finally we make it back to the trees and real collection begins
- Toddler starts to have meltdown because her toy pram keeps getting stuck in the grass and roots
- Toddler refuses to go in the house and instead strides off next door to the community centre
- An hour after going out, toddler is finally *coerced* back into that house (kicking and screaming) so mummy can start tea
- Toddler demands tea within 5 minutes of getting home because she’s starving
- 5 minutes after that she’s back to being a happy girl and wants to do a picture
- Said picture is created
- The real baby sleeps through it all (thank goodness!!)
Although the toddler drama that comes with it is sometimes enough to put you off going out and instead take up camp in front of the TV, the truth is we love being outside so it’s worth the effort. Today we even have an amazing piece of art to show for our efforts.