I love the closeness of family and this weekend we had set up a family camping festival in my spacious garden to enable us all to take a break from our busy schedules and really just spend some quality time together. We had separate areas of the garden for different activities such as camping, a food hub and a recreation area but so many of my favorite moments of this weekend was watching my Daughter and her cousin play. They role played with sticks, climbed hay bales and really took advantage of just running free and being kids. When i set up a quiet spot under the shade of our big oak tree and invited them over for some quiet time i realised that i wasn’t just watching them play, i was watching them, bond, share and teach. These lovely toys had bought them together for some gentle play and the look on their faces were priceless.
We are so lucky that our Daughter was born in July which means every summer her parties can be held in the garden. No screeching ankle biters wrecking the house. Thumbs up.
This year being her Third birthday we had to add a little something extra to the mix. Of course we invited family and the children’s parents too and created a festival in our back garden.
We had a bouncy castle, hired hay bales for seating and threw in a few wagons! A children’s seating area was created under small gazebos and there was an area for a huge paddling pool along with a home made sandpit.
Helsinki is the capital of Finland
Helsinki was a quick stop for us as we departed from the Queen Victoria Cunard cruise ship. We took a coach straight to the center and as we drove past street markets and other non tourist destinations I was reminded that I could not wander freely or self explore due to being with toddler that day and on a strict time limit with the ships itinerary.
Taking the time to sit and write this post has actually jogged my tired memory and reminded me how much I enjoyed our short time in Helsinki visually. It was fun to see old trams and learn about the history of the harbor. I remember stopping at a street bar and ordering a glass of champagne in the sunshine whilst enjoying watching the world go by with my hubby as the baby napped. Little moments like that really put their mark on excursions.