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'Our Seeking Adventure Project' - January.

on Monday, 27 January 2014.

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There's many things I wish to teach our girls, but one big one is that even ordinary life is an adventure.  

Of course, we all get bogged down with mundanity at times- whether that be endless loads of washing, the 9-5 working week, or the fourth time at soft play in a row.  But when you are a little, everything is exciting and a joy to experience.  Playing boo behind the shower curtain, a spider crawling up the wall, or jumping in puddles are all guaranteed to bring smiles.

As a family we are very lucky that we do get to do nice things.  Not every weekend of course, but we do get to experience the odd day out, the occasional holiday and some very fun times.  We have to be careful about our finances, like everyone does, but do get to treat ourselves to an adventure every now and again.  This year is no exception, with various different dates booked into our diary- a holiday, weddings and days out with friends.  Weekends are made up of swimming lessons, parties and errands, and often we crave a quiet weekend doing nothing. 

I have always had this really romantic idea of heading to the airport and looking at the departures board and just paying for a ticket on whichever flight is leaving next.  There's something so exciting to me about not knowing where you are going to end up.  This hasn't happened in my life yet, but before our girls came along we used to love travelling. I get such a buzz from experiencing new places and going on adventures. 

Since Mads and LL came along, we just haven't had the finances to go abroad bar a trip to Spain to stay with friends.  But there are some beautiful places in the UK that I would love to see.  When you are a child, everything is magical, it doesn't have to be about spending money.  With that in mind we have decided to do a little family project for 2014 - 'Seeking Adventure.'

Once a month we are going to close our eyes, wiggle our fingers and point to a place on a map of the UK.  Whereever it is we are going to go there on a day trip.  It's not about spending money, far from it, it's about showing our girls that even ordinary life is an adventure and that we can have lots of fun whereever we go.  It's about opening their eyes to new places and making memories.  It's about just being together.

It's about taking a packed lunch, bundling two little tired sleepy heads in the car and finding somewhere new to explore.  It's about forgetting routines and structures for the day, and enjoying somewhere different.  It could be far away or just around the corner.  We won't know what we find until we get there.  It's about teaching my girls that adventures are everywhere, we just have to look for them.  

This month has been busy for us, so we decided that we would stay close to home.  We left the map on our section, closed our eyes, wiggled Mr E's finger, and he ended up pointing near to a place called Ely, about thirty five minutes from us.  So that's where we went...  

 

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Sheltering from the rain.

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A cuddle over cake.

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Checking out some fishies.

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Causing mischief.

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A stopover at Nana and Grandpa's.

The only problem was we didn't envisage the weather being quite so bad, and it rained heavily all day.  We had a look around, and settled on being warm indoors- finding a place to have lunch and a big bit of cake.  As such I couldn't take any photos as my camera would have got drenched.  On the way home we passed my Dad's house, so of course no adventure would be complete without a quick biscuit stopover at Nana and Grandpa's.

Not the best start to our first trip, but an adventure non the less!  Next month hopefully we will have the weather on our side and will venture out further.  I'm looking forward to experiencing something new each month with my little family. 

Comments (58)

  • Coombemill

    Coombemill

    27 January 2014 at 08:03 |
    Gorgeous photos and I love your pointing at the map to decide where to go for the day!
  • capture by Lucy

    capture by Lucy

    27 January 2014 at 09:51 |
    Pick Weston! Pick Weston!!!!!!! :))))
  • Lauren

    Lauren

    27 January 2014 at 10:01 |
    What a brilliant idea! Booo to the rubbish weather though.
    I love the photos, especially the one of the girls together xx
  • HELEN

    HELEN

    27 January 2014 at 11:05 |
    what a great idea..one of the days out that I remember most is when we went to Wales & were having such a good time that we decided to find a b&b & stay over....no change of clothes,pyjamas, toothbrushes, nappies - nothing...it's one that will stick in my mind!
    Makes sure you head up this way on one of your adventures! x
  • Stephanie

    Stephanie

    27 January 2014 at 11:45 |
    What a great idea to take little day trips with your girls! You will make so many great memories. These photos are all wonderful! Great B&W!!
  • Fiona Naughton

    Fiona Naughton

    27 January 2014 at 12:08 |
    Katie your pictures are absolutely beautiful! I love the black and white. Stopping by from I Heart Snapping.

    Fiona @ www.dollydowsie.com
  • Harriet

    Harriet

    27 January 2014 at 13:10 |
    SUCH a great idea! My mum did something similar when she was deciding where to live , with my stepdad, they wanted to live somewhere different, in France no less, wiggled their finger on a map of France and we ended up in the south of France, Provence then onto Montpellier for a total of 9 years! I do love a map wiggle xx
  • Donna

    Donna

    27 January 2014 at 13:55 |
    I love this idea! AN adventure every month sounds amazing. I'm actually rather envious! When Little Man is a bit bigger I may follow in your footsteps x
  • sarah

    sarah

    27 January 2014 at 18:13 |
    ah what a lovely idea! x
  • Claire

    Claire

    27 January 2014 at 19:46 |
    Love this idea... There's something so thrilling about going somewhere when you don't really know where you're going or what you're going to find when you ge there! Gorgeous photos as always.xx
  • Monika

    Monika

    27 January 2014 at 20:21 |
    I've set ourselves the same target- more adventures this year. We have a National Trust membership and I'm hoping that will provide us with lots of fun things to do this year.
  • Multi Layer Mummy

    Multi Layer Mummy

    27 January 2014 at 20:26 |
    I love that photo with nana! I was going to do this last year but my then 2yr old used to love pelting off in any direction (kept me fit!) so trying this year now she is 3, we will be just mummy & me, I want to make memories with her before school beckons in September! x
  • brinabird and son

    brinabird and son

    27 January 2014 at 20:51 |
    Great idea. Scotland is good for that actually but yeah depends on the weather. When the nonni come to visit we get some good days out and go a bit farther afield. I think I have been to Eli...close to cambridge? with the cathedral? I remember it being very nice.
  • Double Trouble

    Double Trouble

    27 January 2014 at 21:29 |
    Lovely idea, I have always said to have fun you don't necassarily have to spend money and it's always great to be spontaneous. Lovely photos, shame about the weather :(
  • Notmyyearoff

    Notmyyearoff

    27 January 2014 at 21:47 |
    What a brilliant idea for some new adventures. I love little and big adventures but everything at the moment is planned and thought about for ages. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun when you're being spontaneous about it :)
  • Katie

    Katie

    27 January 2014 at 21:57 |
    Such a fun idea Katie - I'm just the same, spontaneous adventures are so much more fun. Having kids does get a way a bit - but i guess only as much as you let it! xx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      04 February 2014 at 20:04 |
      It does a little, they all need routines and structures and I am a stickler for nap time, but hopefully we can have a little more adventure doing this once a month. x
  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure

    Bex @ The Mummy Adventure

    27 January 2014 at 22:01 |
    Great idea, I think you should come down and see us for ice creams on the beach! x
  • Ritz

    Ritz

    27 January 2014 at 23:14 |
    Stunning pictures! I can't get enough of your pictures…We love traveling too and as you said we as a family are lucky to enjoy certain things in life on the daily basis, but want our children to grow up seeing adventures and excitements can be achieved in every possible way! Its so amazing to read this post because hubby and I love doing day trips getting lost and exploring places and haven't done so in a while…
    I must say , buying a ticket and ending up somewhere not planned sound super exciting and i so hope my controlling nature will let go at that time :) thank you again for lovely post…so looking forward to reading your next adventure xx
  • Jenny

    Jenny

    28 January 2014 at 08:53 |
    Katie these pictures are STUNNING!!! Life is a great adventure. Lovely post. What a great fun idea!!! Money doesn't always buy fun we can make it instead for free and those are the funnest moments ever!!!!
  • Franki | Little Luca & Me

    Franki | Little Luca & Me

    28 January 2014 at 09:59 |
    I love this it's such a fabulous idea and I have such fond memories of doing this when I was a child. When my parents couldn't afford a holiday or my dad couldn't take time off work my mum & aunt would take us on adventure journeys! Loved everyone of them.
  • Mammasaurus

    Mammasaurus

    28 January 2014 at 12:47 |
    What a smashing idea - and I love your photos as always!
  • Carin

    Carin

    28 January 2014 at 14:01 |
    I LOVE this idea! If you ever pick Luton, you have to come see us for lunch and playtime fun! Oh, and those pictures are stunning!
  • Kirsty

    Kirsty

    28 January 2014 at 14:37 |
    Really good idea, we often used to break away on shared days off when I was on maternity leave and just to places we hadn't been before it's all to easy to go to the same tried and tested places but it's great to find new adventures.
  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome

    Hayley @hayleyfromhome

    28 January 2014 at 20:09 |
    What a fab idea - you'll have so many new adventures!
  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    28 January 2014 at 20:26 |
    This is a good idea! There are many days at the weekend where if we haven't arranged to do something we just umm and ahh about it all then do nothing. This would be a good way of leaving it to fate to decide! Think we will be doing it with our map on somerset for a while though as travelling too far in the car with the two kids is stressful!! x
  • LauraCYMFT

    LauraCYMFT

    28 January 2014 at 21:17 |
    What a brilliant idea! I'd love to be able to do that once a month but every day life just gets in the way! x
  • Karen

    Karen

    28 January 2014 at 21:49 |
    What a lovely idea. We are having more local family adventures each week this year. We are making sure at least once a week we get out & have proper family time outside, at the moment it's making use of all the free stuff around as weather bad but we have lots of plans for spring & summer! Good luck with your adventures & beautiful photos as always xx
  • 3yearsandhome

    3yearsandhome

    31 January 2014 at 20:39 |
    This is such a fantastic idea. If I didn't have such a long list of places to visit this year, I'd insist that we give it a whirl. One for next year x
  • Richmond Mummy

    Richmond Mummy

    01 February 2014 at 23:50 |
    What an absolutely lovely idea, I look forward to reading about all your adventures in 2014 xx
  • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

    Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

    04 February 2014 at 22:13 |
    Thanks lovely lady, I hope we stick at it, it will be nice to have some adventures to look back on. Although we have already got a busy year as it is! x

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