Sunday 5 May 2013

"It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped."

Have you ever decided to do something and then half way through said activity wish you hadn't have been so stupid? Well that was me yesterday.... What an idiot, More from that later in the post though.
Seth has another life away from us and sometimes that can be quite difficult. We really miss him when he's not with us and sometimes its just not the same when we are doing things without him. This weekend Seth had a choice of where he wanted to be (which doesn't happen very often) and being the very caring and grown up boy that he is he decided to split his time equally so that he could spend his time with everyone.

We asked Seth what it was he wanted to do yesterday and he told us that he wanted to go somewhere where he could put his wellies on and go splashing in a stream. No problem i thought although on Friday night as we were heading to pick Mrs M up from work i was about to tell Seth that he was in charge of making sure the wellies were packed when i realised i hadn't picked up his wellies from school, Oops. Seth's idea... Break in to the school and retrieve them! As i didn't want to wind up on next weeks school news letter i thought i better not. Instead i quickly popped to the shops to get him a new pair (and that's why they call me super Dad).

We reached our destination and put the blanket down on the grass, it was lunch time and i was marvin. Unfortunately the great British weather had other ideas and although I'm happy sitting in a bit of rain Mrs M ran back to the car locking me and the boys out. What a sweetie. Thankfully it didn't last too long and after having a party in our tummies (Opeie's favourite phrase), we changed in to our boots and headed to the nearest water for adventure.

Seth was having a great time looking for wildlife and Opeie... well he had found the magic of Moss and was really investigating it.

After  a little more stream adventuring Opeie made it clear that the nap he should have had on the journey there was due now and as the sun was out and it was warm we all sat on the grass and Opeie drifted off to sleep. Seth dragged me back in to the water and was desperately looking for fish, unfortunately all we found were rocks. so after half an hours disappointing fishing we headed back to sleeping beauty who was still fast asleep. Mrs M had sat down opposite a huge hill and as we all sat there staring at it i said those stupid words 'I reckon i could climb that no problem' what an idiot! 'go on then' Mrs M replied, so thinking i now had something to prove i jumped to my feet and trotted off confidently over the stream and to the bottom of the hill (i wanted to put 'mountain' here but i think that may have been a slight over exaggeration). I looked up and thought 'easy' and i began to climb the hill. Using a lot of energy to sprint up the first part wasn't a great idea and as my legs started to ache my motivation was the next thing to go. Who did i think i was, I'm not a fit person!

I managed 3/4 of the way before realising what a fool i had been and going any further wasn't an option. It was a lot higher than i had thought while looking up it and it was really windy. I sat down and had a little bit of a panic, i couldn't see Mrs M or the boys now and i knew if i didn't head back down soon Mrs M would freak out and probably do something crazy like call mountain rescue (are they on 999 too?)

 Can you spot me???

I'd love to say that i came down gracefully but the wind was blowing me all over, i slipped on some wet animal muck, tripped on a vine and sat on a prickly bush leaving spikes in my bum which wasn't pleasant, cut my ankle and my hand and almost sprained my other ankle. By the time i reached the bottom i was a bit of a wreck and every muscle in my legs seemed to be aching. Ive never been more happy to see my three favourite people. There was no rest for poor daddy though as i had to carry the little prince on my shoulders back to the car.

A valuable lesson was learnt that day, lets just say i wont be running up any valley hills any time soon, the boys seemed impressed though and as they are unaware of my panicking up there ill take that as a win. Soon after that it was obvious that Opeie had had his fill of watery excitement and his entertaining moss so we headed home (i was thankful of the sit down even if i was driving).


Laura G (Petit Moi - Big World) said...

Ach, oh dear. At least the boys had a nice time, though.

I was just on zulily's sale and I saw this and thought of your boy:

Jenny at The Brick Castle said...

What gorgeous weather! It was blinking raining here in North Manchester - I couldn't even put the washing out... :D

GiftsFromThePirates said...

Oh no that's rubbish, we must have got all your good weather too then. It's been glorious here. hope the rest of the weekend wasn't to rubbish xx

GiftsFromThePirates said...

yeah they did and the weather was fab for the rest of the day. how was your weekend? ooohhhhhh...... opeie loves a good seuss toy, thanks xx

Em @ snowingindoors said...

Looks like a great day out, splashing, moss and a challenge for you, hope your ankles and weary muscles are all better now ;-)

I love the boys matching tops and stripy trousers, and that last photo of them having a hug is so cute! xx

Rebecca Beesley said...

oh dear! Hope you are ok and your ankle recovers quickly! xxx

GiftsFromThePirates said...

It was fine once i'd driven us home. I won't be doing that again in a hurry though. Thanks for reading. x