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A Rainy Day.

on Tuesday, 18 February 2014.

I am so fed up of Winter now.  When Autumn is imminent I generally look forward to it- it's the anticipation of the golden afternoon light, beautiful coloured leaves on the ground, the thought of wearing snuggly jumpers and eating massive hot chocolate's with cream and marshmallows.  I love December, with it's birthdays, wedding anniversaries and of course Christmas.  But once December is out the way, I start dreaming of days at the beach, Mr Whippy ice cream and flip flops.  I am yearning the arrival of Spring.

It's feeling especially long this year, I think it is this horrendous wet weather we have been having.  The cold I can just about deal with, but rain with it's frizzy hair inducing capabilities is just not fun.  And don't get me started about how often I have to wipe up muddy footprints in my hallway.  We go out most mornings but with the only options really being soft play or the garden centre, it doesn't do our social life much good either.  We are all going a little stir crazy and getting a sense of cabin fever.

We were talking to Mads about the summer the other day, and what fun we would have.  We talked about picnics in the sunshine with friends, and lots of swimming when we were on holiday.  She is doing swimming lessons at the moment and is so excited about the fact we will be able to swim outside when we are away.  Then at the weekend the weather was just non stop rain all day long again and it got me thinking.  Why not bring the outside indoors?

So we donned our smartest swimming cossies and went 'swimming' in the bath.  According to Mads we filled 'the most bubbly bubble bath ever' and we splashed and played for ages.  Their little faces were a picture, so excited to be having a bath in the middle of the day.  They loved every minute- such an ordinary thing to do but the fact that they were in their swimming costumes made it an adventure.  

We then got into our PJ's and got out the picnic blanket from the garage and had an 'indoor picnic'.  We brought some friends along to join us, and all sat on the blanket and had a lovely picnic in the middle of our living room.  LL was a little confused as after bath and PJ's she thought it was time for bed, but they both thought it was a real treat not to eat their food at the table.  

I love how through the eyes of my girls, even the most simple, ordinary activities are an adventure.  We do these things every single day, but by thinking outside the box a little, it became lots of fun.  It was a lovely way to spend a rainy day.  

We can't wait for summer so we can do it for real though.

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Bath time Bubble beard.  Standard.

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So Rosie Rabbit likes One Direction.  No judgement here.

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'Daddy's crisps taste way better than the ones Mummy gives me.'

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Comments (38)

  • Lauren

    Lauren

    18 February 2014 at 07:54 |
    Awwww what a lovely idea. The photos are so cute. Mads always makes me smile because you can really see the excitement in her face.
    My boys have always loved a bath in the middle of the day and see it as a real treat.
    I might steal your picnic on the floor idea for one day this week :-) xx
  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    18 February 2014 at 08:14 |
    Ahhh what a lovely idea! We have been stuck in the house so much but this is an amazing way to make it fun xx
  • lucy at dear beautiful

    lucy at dear beautiful

    18 February 2014 at 09:22 |
    We have carpet picnics when I have mummy-son dates and the little guy gets so excited. And I definitely agree that sometimes making a little effort to make something ordinary a bit special is so great with kids. We do candle baths some evenings where we put those flashing ice cubes in the bath, light cuddles, stuck the bubble machine on and turn the lights off. They love it! x
  • Carin

    Carin

    18 February 2014 at 09:39 |
    We love carpet picnics in our house. The kids usually choose Friday dinner, and mostly choose carpet picnics. They are so special when the weather is the way it is. Love the wearing of swimming costumes in the bath too- such a fun idea.
  • Harriet

    Harriet

    18 February 2014 at 09:44 |
    Aww what a sweet idea! We love carpet picnics in our house too :) xx
  • Little Miss Alba

    Little Miss Alba

    18 February 2014 at 10:30 |
    LOVE this idea - I have now run to the cupboard got my swimsuit out in the hope mummy will take me swimming in the bath.....xxx Ax
  • Katie

    Katie

    18 February 2014 at 11:12 |
    Such a lovely idea Katie - i am SO looking forward to spring now and spending a lot more time down at the beach.
    Do you know i have never had a carpet picnic! I think i am going to have to remedy that - thanks for the idea xx
  • Mummy Muncher

    Mummy Muncher

    18 February 2014 at 12:28 |
    Carpet picnic has been added to my bucket list! I love the simple things that make fabulous memories. You have it down to a T! x
  • kara

    kara

    18 February 2014 at 12:28 |
    What a lovely day. I wish I thought of such fun xxx
  • Double Trouble

    Double Trouble

    18 February 2014 at 12:44 |
    What a lovely idea, I think I will have to try the indoor picnic idea, its been so miserable, I'm running out of ideas. Girls look so adorable in the bath in their swimsuits, they look like they had so much in the bath.
  • Donna

    Donna

    18 February 2014 at 13:22 |
    This post is lovely. It made me think of the post recently where you questioned your mothering abilities because you weren't crafty etc. Posts like this show that you are an INCREDIBLE Mum! How fun to go swimming and have a picnic in the middle of winter, in the comfort of your own home complete with swimming costume and PJs! Love it! x
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      23 February 2014 at 20:36 |
      Aw thanks so much Donna, I really appreciated that comment especially after struggling with a poorly big girl today. x
  • mylittledreamworld1

    mylittledreamworld1

    18 February 2014 at 15:26 |
    Love the swimming in the bath idea! My 4 year old loves picnics, we have an indoor picnic quite often at lunchtimes - she loves setting everything our herself. Xxx
  • Lisa

    Lisa

    18 February 2014 at 15:45 |
    What a lovely idea. It's so true that even simple everyday activities can be made fun in the eyes of children. Still can't wait for the summer though! X
  • Stephanie

    Stephanie

    18 February 2014 at 16:05 |
    What a brilliant idea! Looks like your girls loved it! These photos are really great too - love the B&W!!
  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure

    Bex @ The Mummy Adventure

    18 February 2014 at 23:43 |
    They look so happy in the bath!
  • mirari

    mirari

    19 February 2014 at 12:40 |
    genial idea (and photos!). if summer's still far from now, you did a great simulation ;)
  • capture by Lucy

    capture by Lucy

    19 February 2014 at 17:41 |
    As a summer baby I definitely feel affected by the Winter blues1 Roll on sunshine, sunglasses and flip flops! Love the bath swimming! xxx
  • Mammasaurus

    Mammasaurus

    20 February 2014 at 16:42 |
    Such a fun idea and something I'll do here tomorrow if it rains - Kitty and Ozzy have been managing ok indoors but I get a bit stir crazy after a while!!!!
    Beautiful shots as always, I'm such a sucker for black and white x
  • Michelle Twin Mum

    Michelle Twin Mum

    26 February 2014 at 13:05 |
    My girls love a bath in the middle of the day too, such a great rainy day activity. mich x
  • Jenny

    Jenny

    28 March 2014 at 19:58 |
    You are so creative and a fun mom! I will have to keep this in mind for a rainy day for sure. i see why this is one of your favorite posts. The photos are amazing. Your daughters are so beautiful you wouldn't have to be a good photographer to capture their amazing-ness I know not a word but it is now. Love this. Makes me want another girl so MM can have a sister! Shhh dont tell Mr P

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