So the last few weeks have been a little rubbish. I was hampered with some form of actual flu a couple of weeks ago, which led to two weeks of me being completely out of action. We didn’t leave the house, we didn’t do anything fun, I didn’t do any writing. It was miserable.
One of the big things I missed was going out. I leave the house to go somewhere with the kids daily. We often go out a couple of times in the day, and I won’t tell you that we always do something exciting. For the most part, it is trips to the playground, a walk along the river and/or a trip to the shops while we’re at it. Sometimes we drive further out. The kids enjoy the fresh air, they enjoy spotting a little bit of nature and they enjoy being out of the house.
I missed this aspect of our lives while I was stuck on the sofa, especially as our trips out break up our days nicely. The days at home seemed to drag on, meal times were more awful than ever and bedtime couldn’t come quickly enough. Wow, that really does make parenthood sound like a drudge doesn’t it? I guess it kinda was while I was ill.
Anyway, once I was better, it was great to get back out and back into our usual routine. One of the things that I really enjoy doing is packing a picnic and eating al fresco with them. Meal times at home can sometimes be fraught, with the kids’ attentions wandering to all the stimuli around them, resulting in a stressed me and a hungry them.
When we head out just before lunch and pack something to eat, the kids seem to eat far better and they enjoy the experience which makes everyone very happy. So this week, we have been heading out with our sandwiches and other treats (anyone spot the homemade chocolate cupcakes?), happily combining leisure and lunch in one fell swoop. I took a few snaps of our time out on the big camera and on the phone to share with you all, and especially to link up with Coombe Mill’s #CountryKids linky.
I thoroughly recommend taking packed lunches out with the kids whenever you can. They really do make lunchtime fun and a lot easier, in my opinion. It never has to be anything fancy. Our usual menu usually consists of peanut butter sandwiches, bananas, homemade cakes occasionally, savoury snacks by Organix (this is not a sponsored post) and chopped salad vegetables. There’s also every excuse to get out now that the weather isn’t quite as bitter as it was a couple of months ago.
Do you picnic often? What’s on your picnic menu?