New Family and Fresh Air

AdventureAwaitsThis last weekend we had a very special first meeting in our family. My cousin and his wife have also adopted a little boy. He’s been with them for nearly 6 months now and we hadn’t as yet met him, rightfully so he’s been settling in. However this weekend, a family birthday gave us all an opportunity to get together. My boys have been very interested and pleased to have another adopted child in our family and much discussion was had as to how he might be feeling and how best to approach him during this meeting.

We need not have worried too much as this adorable little boy seemed to take it all in his stride and was chatty and engaging with everyone. I suppose the knowing eye recognises the other side to his familiarity with those he’d not met before, but he still managed to very much charm everyone. I must admit I found it all a little overwhelming, meeting him and seeing them together as a family, it brought a tear to my eyes.

So an enjoyable lunch was had seeing family, my boys coped well, although Stig had a little wobble at the beginning when lots of people were arriving, but we managed to pull him through.  So to let off some steam, after holding everything together for a couple of hours, we visited a favourite stomping ground after the meal.

This National Trust property and grounds has been a favourite over the years, with plenty of different things to do, varying walks and a great adventure playground. We always take the woodland walk to get to the play area to ensure we’ve had a bit of a run out first. The weather had obviously put a lot of people off, but a slight drizzle, cold wind and dark skies doesn’t discourage this family, so the children had a lot of the apparatus to themselves. A relief really, means I’m less likely to have to apologise to some other parent for Tink’s bad language or blatant rudeness.

So here it is in pictures, our Sunday run out, and as a fantastic bonus to end the outing, the park deer came bounding over a hill very close to us, a really wonderful site to behold.


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  1. Frogotter January 6, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    Hooray for the National Trust!
    I love the way that these huge, beautiful properties and grounds that were once owned by individuals are now open for everyone.
    Wherever you go there’s always an NT property where the kids can run riot for a bit.
    Congratulations to your cousin.

    • thepuffindiaries January 6, 2014 / 10:25 pm

      Couldn’t agree more, well worth the yearly membership.

  2. neil brooks January 7, 2014 / 1:47 am

    hope you all had a good time outside in this wet weather we have been getting alot, not nice, roll on the summer lets hope its nice this year, happy new year to you all for 2014 from neil

  3. Coombemill January 7, 2014 / 10:22 am

    What a perfect idea to take you all out to somewhere like this. I think space and play equipment is a great way for the boys to bond while doing something. The national Trust really does have some great places and looks like a break in the weather to enjoy your day too. Thanks for joining me on Country Kids

  4. Alison Bates January 7, 2014 / 11:14 am

    What a refreshing thing to be able to do, looks as though much fun was had by all. And fabulous photos, as always.

  5. rh January 7, 2014 / 11:48 am

    We are finding National Trust properties useful as well – been members for years as we both enjoy visiting places as it us. Met Sqk’s paternal grandparents for first time in NT place with plenty of room to run. I know for us as first time adopters having my sister & BIL to turn to for advice has been brilliant. It us good having other people who understand in family.

  6. Honest Mum January 10, 2014 / 12:47 am

    Just beautiful, nothing like being out in the open in breathtaking surrounding-an adventure indeed!

  7. Suddenly Mummy January 10, 2014 / 10:52 pm

    Oh my, I wish I was a resilient in the cold and rain as your family – I’m sure OB would benefit if I wasn’t so ‘made of sugar’! Congratulations to your cousin :)

  8. Lindsay January 11, 2014 / 6:39 pm

    Looks like a beautiful park! I’d take some rainy drizzle over our 4 feet of snow we have right now;)
    Glad the boys will have a comrade in adoption and that the introduction/birthday went smoothly.

  9. older mum in a muddle January 12, 2014 / 10:32 am

    How lovely, and how wonderful that your have adopted another child – a very big day for everyone. Happy New Year! X

  10. Three Pink Diamonds January 14, 2014 / 7:05 pm

    Fab read, lovely to hear that the latest member of your family is settling in well. Loved the pictures too!!

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