You can probably tell from this blog that we are a family who love to have adventures. Whether that’s close to home or far away, like any parent I absolutely love to make memories with my girls and to give them new experiences and help them see new places. For someone who actually thrives on routine and being at home, I also love to get out and have impromptu trips and fun- those kind of memories are often the best ones.
Back in the Summer we got contacted by Subaru to work with them on a very special project. The Subaru XV is their family car. It’s an adventure car. It’s made for families exactly like ours- families who like to go out, have fun, and make memories. Whether those are big or small, ordinary or not so ordinary. Subaru challenged us to go on an adventure, that adventure was entirely up to us, and they lent us an XV to test out for the weekend. We decided to go to Pembrokeshire in South Wales, and experience camping for the first time, albeit we may have cheated slightly and gone down the glamping route. We had so much fun as a family on our little adventure and Mads still talks about the time we ‘went in a tent’ to this day.
And that’s the thing. That’s why we do these things. For our children to have fun experiences and to remember the family times. They don’t have to be expensive or elaborate. Some of our favourite family times are just popping down the road to the local country park to feed the ducks and splash in muddy puddles. Or to head into town, have a cake and wander round the shops. We invent our own adventures and the ordinary moments can be an adventure too when you have small children with very big imaginations.
That is what the Subaru XV is all about- it’s about having family time. Exploring off the beaten track. Handling the roughest rural terrain. Even nipping to the local shops. Compact when you need it for winding country tracks, but hugely spacious inside, to take whoever and whatever you care to bring. Umpteen pairs of shoes, the kids, the bikes. On journeys only you can invent. We loved the car back in the Summer and were so sad to give it back at the end of our adventure- it suited us perfectly as a family and was similar (but SO much nicer) to the car we already drove.
So when Subaru asked us if we wanted to have a ‘year of adventures’ we couldn’t actually believe our luck. In fact we have had to pinch ourselves a few times- it couldn’t be a more perfect partnership for us as a family who love to make memories. Subaru have loaned us a beautiful white XV (they are going to have to come and physically wrench the keys out of my hands at the end of the year) and have challenged us to have twelve adventures as a family. They don’t have to be big, they don’t have to be expensive, or they can be something exciting we have never done before- it’s just about how we see life. It’s about having fun and enjoying these moments together, and that’s exactly what we intend to do. And of course they want us to film it and take lots of photos along the way.
I don’t do a huge amount of brand partnerships on my blog, this blog has first and foremost always been about documenting our memories and our family life. But to work with a brand who completely sum up and share our ethos on what family life is all about is really exciting and I am honoured to be working with them. I can’t wait to drive the XV around in our every day life, our ordinary moments and our fun adventures. I couldn’t be more excited to have this car as another member of our family, albeit just a temporary one.
Just after Christmas, Subaru asked to come along and film one of our family adventures. Being that it was absolutely FREEZING and with two small children, there isn’t much we could do just three days after New Year. So we decided to do something that’s entirely normal to us as a family- we went on a bike ride. We love to go out on our bikes and in the Summer we are out on them most weekends, but in the Winter it’s a little bit harder. However once the girls are bundled up in hats, gloves and under a blanket, it’s actually great fun to go out, even if it is cold. It was a little surreal to be followed round by a film crew, certainly something that has never happened to me before, but we all had a really good time.
The result is this rather lovely little introductory film to our year of adventure’s with our XV. I find myself a little bit cringey in parts, (I don’t think any casting directors are going to be knocking on my door anytime soon) but it really does show the kind of stuff we get up to as a family- and it just shows you that you don’t need to do anything massively exciting to have fun and have adventures together. About how when you are four and one, getting snuggled under a blanket on a family bike ride and eating ice creams outside when everyone else is indoors is the perfect kind of day.
The film guys also took some still photos of our day, and I took a few on my phone too. We are really looking forward to a year of adventures with our XV and we will be sharing them on here once a month or more if we have them. You can also follow our adventures over on twitter or instagram by using the hashtag #XVAdventure, and of course can follow Subaru on twitter, facebook or instagram.
Being followed by a film crew is a total every day occurance for me. Not. Now we know what Kanye and Kim feel like. Except we aren’t rich, famous, or even the slightest bit interesting. Oh and we could probably fit our whole house in their downstairs toilet. 😉
Standard Mummy photographer.
NB: We are working in partnership with Subaru for twelve months and they have loaned us a Subaru XV for this time period. All words, opinions and adventures are entirely up to us.