Friday afternoons are always a bit of a struggle. As soon as I finish my last radio shift of the week, tiredness hits me like a train. I drive home bleary-eyed, battling exhaustion and longing for sleep.
But, as everyone with children knows, sleep doesn’t come to those with kids. Not when you most want it anyway. So rather than giving in to the temptation to lounge on the sofa while my 2 year old laps up the latest episode of Andy’s Adventures, I try and do something with her.
It’s an afternoon with no clubs or toddler activity groups, so we do our own thing. Sometimes it involves playdough, sometimes it involves a cake at the garden centre cafe, sometimes it involves a visit to friends.
This week, Friday afternoon was all about an aventure to the woods with our next door neighbours / wedding photographer / very good friends.
I watched as Frog and her four year old friend chased each other through puddles, hid in bracken and played in a teepee made of sticks. It’s the furthest my hypermobile child has ever walked on her own without asking to be carried. And it’s the first time she’s enjoyed the sensation of lying in piles of autumn leaves, looking up into the trees to see the sky beyond.
All photographs are by the very talented Caroline Gue at CP Photography