We have just got home from what can only be described as an amazing day. We set off early to pick up my Mother-in-law to go on a road trip to see my Grandad-in-law who lives in Swansea, a 2 hour drive from us. The boys are brilliant in the car, thankfully, as long as they have their DVD players and a wee break half way through the journey.
We were making good time so we stopped at the Bridgend Designer Outlet to stretch our legs and to have a little look around the shops. The boys didn't actually let us have a proper look around, because what 2 & 4 year old likes shopping, and this was made quite apparent to us when Finley said 'I hate shops!'. After I grabbed a Costa we were back on the road and on our way to see Grampy Doug, the boys were so excited!
We arrived just after 11.30am and the boys couldn't wait to get up the stairs to see Grampy Doug, until we actually reached the stairs where they halted and didn't want to move. After a little persuasion we were up the stairs and greeting Grampy Doug and giving him his Easter Egg. As the time went on the boys warmed up and they really wouldn't leave him alone, giving him lots of attention and wanting to eat all of his food. Typical children!
After lunch we left Grampy Doug to watch the cricket and headed off down the beach which was a 5 minute drive away. The boys couldn't wait to get on the sand and as soon as their wellies were on they were off. Seeing them running along the sand in the sun is just what I needed after a stressful few weeks. To see the happiness on their faces and to hear them laugh together was truly beautiful.
We walked along the beach looking for shells and just enjoying the sun. Swansea beach really is such a beautiful beach and the scenery surrounding it is incredible.
The boys had so much fun running up the sand dunes and then sliding back down them on their bottoms like a slide. Normally I would be worried about their clothes getting dirty and covered in sand but not today, today was a day to let things go.
When we reached a little stream of water that led down to the sea the boys obviously had to run along it, where they both got soaked but still had smiles beaming across their faces. They spent some time digging at the sand on the side of the stream and throwing it into the water, such simple things brings the biggest joy.
Then we made our way back to the car, but before we could the boys had races up and down the sand dunes and ended up rolling about in the sand.
Upon getting back to the car we had to change the boys as they were soaking wet and covered in sand ready to head back to Gramp's to have a cuppa before heading home. On arriving back there, the boys couldn't wait to tell him about their fun on the beach and proceeded to climb onto his lap to tell him the story. Once our tea had been drank we were saying our goodbyes, which took a while as the boys kept going back for more kisses.
Today was a good day, today was amazing. It was full of giggles, smiles and love from my little boys. It involved family and that is one of the most important things to me.