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Party in the park!

Party in the park!

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!

Life's better with cake! A park day in Bristol by Mum in a Nutshell


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.

A park day in Bristol by Mum in a NutshellWith 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.

Keeping up with baby in the only mode he's accustomed to

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.

icecreams with Nanny on a family picnic

This post is an entry for #betterwithcake linky challenge, sponsored by Mr Kipling. Learn more at Facebook/MrKipling 

The week that was captured by Mum in a nutshell

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  1. 11th April 2015 / 12:03 pm

    I really enjoyed reading about what looks like the happiest of days. Your photos are wonderful too. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

    • 15th April 2015 / 8:46 pm

      Thanks Kate, having the blog to store and show days like this off is really useful

  2. 11th April 2015 / 3:25 pm

    What a fantastic time you all had. I love reunions like this and even better that the weather was fab!

    I am quite sure I’ve been to that park before, it looks very familiar!

    Thank you for linking up with the #WeekendBlogHop

    Laura x x x

    • 15th April 2015 / 8:45 pm

      It’s a fab family safe park and the kids were more than happy to stay there for the while day.

  3. 13th April 2015 / 11:25 am

    Aww! It looks like you had a lovely day! Gorgeous photos!

  4. Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    13th April 2015 / 11:45 am

    Such wonderful photos!

    Great post – glad you had such a wonderful time x

    • 14th April 2015 / 10:38 pm

      Thank you, No image of the week this week? I popped over but couldn’t find it.

  5. 13th April 2015 / 1:24 pm

    What a perfect way to enjoy a Mr Kiplings moment!

    • 13th April 2015 / 1:58 pm

      It most definitely was, even though the kids had most of the cakes!

  6. 13th April 2015 / 5:05 pm

    Aww it must have been fab to catch up with your family. So nice that the weather was in your favour!

    • 13th April 2015 / 9:58 pm

      The weather was a major plus, we had back up plans but it’s always nice to keep it simple so they kids can just charge around.

  7. 13th April 2015 / 7:19 pm

    What an amazing day hon, must have been so great to get everyone together. Gorgeous photos too. The weather was glorious wasn’t it! Best of luck with the competition xx #sharethejoy

    • 13th April 2015 / 9:50 pm

      It was, we so need to do this more often. hoping there’ll be meow days like this now my brother’s moved to Bristol

  8. 14th April 2015 / 9:36 am

    It looks like you had such a lovely day! There is always a reason to bring out the cake and ice cream.

    Great photos too, I’m trying to force myself to carry my camera everywhere now, so I don’t miss another photograph.

    • 14th April 2015 / 10:35 pm

      It doesn’t take much for s to bring out the cake! I’d love a lighter DSLR, its a pain lugging it around but like you I don’t want to miss anything.

  9. 14th April 2015 / 4:29 pm

    What a lovely birthday party!!! It looks like you all had so much fun in the sun 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to #TWTWC xx

    • 14th April 2015 / 6:06 pm

      We were so lucky with the weather, you wouldn’t imagine being able to celebrate s birthday outside in early April.

    • 15th April 2015 / 8:41 pm

      Thanks Merlinda, never been there in the sun but now we’re found a central point for family reunions we’ll definitely be returning.

  10. 16th April 2015 / 8:43 am

    Sounds like a perfect family day in the sunshine and a lovely birthday! Lovely pics.
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

    • 20th April 2015 / 10:05 am

      We were so lucky with the weather but I’m sure we’d have had a fab time regardless.

  11. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)
    18th April 2015 / 10:50 am

    What a lovely family day out for you all! And I do agree that most days are better with cake 😉 Thanks for linking this up at #sharethejoy x

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