We have just got back home from a lovely week in Devon. Just the 4 of us which was amazing. I also got to spend some quality one-on-one time with my eldest - since having Noah in July 2013 I don't really get much time with just Finley, plus he's now at pre-school. I do miss my special time with him. I hope this doesn't make me sound awful as I love having both my boys and I wouldn't change it for the world, but I sometimes think Finley misses out on time with just Mummy. Finley is such a fun, loving little boy that is full of energy, to the point that I really don't know where he gets it from as he doesn't sleep well (Finley and sleep are not friends). And every second spent with him I cherish, but my alone time with him is so special.
It was the last day of our holiday yesterday and we were starting to pack things up ready to come home in the morning and I looked out the window onto the beach which our apartment sat on and wanted to go for a walk on it with my Finley.
View from our beachside apartment at Croyde Bay, North Devon
It was 4 in the afternoon, so the sun would be setting soon and I knew there would be great views. I know how Finley loves to run and explore so I asked if he wanted a walk along the beach. He instantly jumped up and was straight to the door to get his welly boots. We got all wrapped up, selfie stick in hand, and headed out the door just the two of us while my hubby and Noah stayed in the warm. We had the most amazing time, just walking and climbing the rocks. He is now 3 1/2 and his speech is incredible and chats constantly. He also asks questions all the time but having this time alone with him I was able to really engage with him and enjoy his company.
The start of our adventure
We started our walk by running up a sand dune, he cling onto me so tightly as not to fall and his face when we got to the top was filled with pure excitement. This for him was a big adventure with Mummy and it fills my heart with so much love.
We walked hand in hand to some rocks, taking a few selfies on the way, and climbed these rocks to see what we could find. He held on so tight on the rocks and I just thought to myself, this will be a moment that I will always remember.
Once he got bored of the rocks (as he hasn't got the greatest attention span) we both ran in the wind along the beach which was clear of people and all I could hear was Finley's laugh along with the sound of the sea. These two sounds together will stay in my mind forever, treasured. As we got to the other side of the beach the sand was pristine, untouched. So I grabbed some drift wood and started to draw in the sand, Finley did the same and started drawing a road as he described it.
Once we finished our drawings we walked along a little stream leading to the sea that was coming from a nearby fishing lake.
'A bridge' Finley exclaimed excitedly, so off we went to this bridge where he did his gruffalo impression. Stomping across the bridge (his imagination is just amazing, he is so much fun!) We walked along a path which I knew would lead us back to our beach side apartment and we stumbled across a park. Off Finley ran with a squeal to go down the slide and along the obstacle course. I noticed the time on my watch and had to cut his play short to head home for tea. As we came round the corner to the beach entrance where we had started our walk, there was the most amazing sunset. Out came the selfie stick to capture some more memories.
Finley was now hungry and asked to head back inside. As soon as we got in the door Finley went off with Daddy telling him of our adventure on the beach and finding the park, finishing with the fact I forgot to put him on the swing, oops!
This hour I had with Finley I will truly treasure for the rest of my life. I love this little guy so much and he brightens everyday with his fantastic character.