The Ordinary Moments 2017 #6 – Our Park & First Swings

As I write this I cannot quite believe the vast difference in weather from earlier in the week. (Well I can, we are in the UK, but still)… it’s hard to believe that we are having flurries of snow here in Yorkshire when on Monday and Tuesday Spring felt right around the corner. It was Sunny and the weather mild, I left my coat at home and the lighter evenings beckoned us back to the park after school, which we embraced. Ethan and Megan very much enjoyed climbing, sliding and swinging about, whilst Alice had her first taste of the swings! It all made me feel both excited and happy to be there with them and to have been able to offer them a spontaneous trip to the park – it really felt long overdue.

Now that we are in Winter, we are usually seen running home to get in  from the cold after school, in a hope to thaw out as soon as possible. When in the Spring and Summer months, snacks and hanging out after school at our local Park were just what we did – it was our ordinary. I forget with each changing season those things that were an ordinary and much loved activity in our lives, we kind of just bend to something new and it just becomes another memory of Summer.  I forgot with the busyness of a new baby and the icy weather of Winter how much we enjoyed heading to the park after school and how lovely those moments between School and dinner had become to us.

Megan reminded me how we would enjoy ice creams and play all evening, how we would have an adventure everyday and how much fun it was. It really was an almost daily occurrence and it enriched our lives.

What wasn’t our ordinary though was having Alice in our lives. At that stage (last Summer), we were still very much in the anticipation and very much hopeful stage that she would arrive safely into our family and thankfully she did. Now after 6 months of hibernation, and the glimmer of Spring on the horizon, she too has had the joy of seeing what the park is all about. As we headed down there to revive what once was, she was seen for the first time sat in a swing…she saw the world and life in a new light and loved it.

This Park has seen each one of my babies take their first swing. It has seen the apprehension in their little faces as we have sat them in the orange seats, and It has heard the little squeals and seen the awe as their tummy jumps to their throats. It has watched them grow to climbing in to the swings them selves and asking for a push from mummy and daddy, and it has patiently waited for them to tackle reaching the top of the “spiders web”. It has seen spontaneous meet ups with friends, games and laughter and witnessed accidents, monkey bar successes and failures and of course dropped ice creams and tears. Above all it has seen them have fun together and become to us a place we treasure. I love that ordinary moment in a child’s life where they first get into a swing, because it is the start of a wonderful journey of falling in love with the adventure of parks.


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    • Mary @TheHeartyLife
      February 12, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      Amen – we need some sun in our lives. It makes motherhood far easier to be out all day x

    • Mary @TheHeartyLife
      February 12, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      Ahhh thank you Laura. Yes more sun please xx

    • Mary @TheHeartyLife
      February 12, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      Laura it really does change with better weather and longer light hours, you are right. Its easier and nicer x

  1. February 12, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    That’s so lovely to have taken all your children to the same park for their first swing! She looks like she absolutely loved it too! I’m so looking forward to sunnier days too – the forecast for this week is looking more promising!

    • Mary @TheHeartyLife
      February 12, 2017 / 7:48 pm

      She did Katy, and its been nice to have a park close by that has been our fave! Roll on Spring x

  2. February 13, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    Oh this is lovely. I totally know what you mean about the changing of the seasons meaning your ordinary changes until you can’t even remember what life used to be like when it was dark past 4 o clock. I think it’s brilliant though because we totally start to take those things for granted, like a warm evening at the park, it seems so simple but when you’ve been missing it for 6 months you start to really look forward to it with anticipation again. And when it gets to September we’ll all be excited about dark cosy evening snuggled under blankets again! xx
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  3. February 14, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Aww looks like the first swing ride was a success. I’d like to visit the parks back where we used to live when my baby is big enough, just so I can have a photo of each of them. 2 hour drive though!
    Bring on the Summer! But, Winter permits a healthy volume of hot choc 😉

  4. February 15, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    You really can’t beat a day at the park and the weather has definitely improved! The first time on swings really has to be documented – and your photos are beautiful – a not so ordinary moment that will soon become ordinary x
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  5. February 15, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Lovely photos. I know what you mean about the weather. The blue skies were putting me in such a good mood but it’s so grey again now, boo! X x
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  6. February 15, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    Aw this is so cute Mary, she is growing up fast. W has been on a swing but only briefly. You can’t beat a bit of sunshine, it’s been so grey recently. x

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