With siblings scattered over three counties, it’s rare we ever get us all together but with my Teaching Sister and Student Brother having some school holiday spare time on their hands we finally got round to organising a meet up in Bristol. It was a beautiful day so rather than hide away indoors we took our reunion to the park. All our children want to do is chat, run around and just spend as much time together as possible, armed with picnics, balls and rugs, we kept it simple giving them space to play and adults to chew the fat.
It was bliss.
Our get together also coincided with one of my nephew’s birthday, so cake, upon cake, upon cake was the order of the day, not that we need much excuse, we’d have worked an occasion to bring out the goodies regardless, life’s so much better with cake!
Even Baby R joined in with the celebrations despite Nanny trying to follow my healthy eating lifestyle by offering some fruit but this boy’s clearly got his mum’s secret cake habit, it must be in the genes.
With the sun high in the sky and the park alive with families the atmosphere was electric. As a seaside, village girl, city park life is a while new phenomena. I’m used to seeing the beach buzzing with families but our local parks are a little more sparse even on the sunniest of days.
Baby R had his first grassy ramble, no picnic rug can contain this little explorer although I did draw the line at letting him eat it.
Even cake’s a healthier option compared to what he was trying to shovel into his mouth. ( as modelled perfectly by Willbo here)
My niece, BellyBoo, was clearly loving the sunshine and her cousins company. She’s a little camera shy at the moment but I managed to catch a cheeky smile.
No birthday celebration would be complete without presents
And a round of singing happy birthday or “da da daaaa” as Baby R likes to call it. With our picnic finished we packed up and headed over to the park, where the boys played hide and seek, which was more like a game of Where’s Wally amongst the sea of children, and Baby R had another first trying out the sandpit.
And finishing off with ice creams.