Family Time

Family Time

In our house family time is very limited what with me at work Monday to Friday so when the weekends come around we try and make the most of it. Saturday’s are all about me and my two girls as mummy works so this is our time to go exploring.

Like most young families we don’t really have much money so can’t go to various places so we try to make the most of free places and places nearby that is why one of our favourite places is our local woods. The woods themselves are no more than a 5 minute walk and it’s so quiet the girls are pretty much free to run and explore as they like with me trying to keep up.

With Alyssa being five and noticing the difference between the seasons and how the woods change it’s a joy to teach her and help develop her mind. Mia, who is two, mainly loves looking for various animals such as rabbits, squirrels and the doggies that are being walked.

As I love taking photos and Aly also seems to be getting into photography it’s a lovely place to take a camera and catch some lovely photos of the girls just enjoying nature.

When Sunday comes along both my wife and I are off and we normally have very little to do apart from enjoy each other’s company and this tends to be when we go out to a special place with the girls.

The places we always seem to end up at are farms or zoos, the girls and my wife love looking at the various animals and it’s a great place to learn about nature. Once again these places don’t have to be expensive you just need to look for them, a lot of the places just ask for a small donation or a minimal entrance fee and as we will normally take a picnic it can be a cheap day out.

If we are really stuck for something to do we are more than happy to spend the day in the garden either playing or planting things in our vegetable garden and both girls really love getting their hands dirty. Aly has always enjoyed digging in the garden and it seems Mia has also picked that up. It doesn’t seem to matter what the weather is they will happily spend hours out there and when it comes to digging up the vegetables or planting new seeds or flowers they grab their little spades and put on their wellies and head off into the garden.

Spending time with the family doesn’t have to break the bank. What do you think?

Darren Coleshill