Country Kids: Sports Day

Today started with the rain pelting against the bedroom window. Marvellous! After such a lovely day yesterday we were going to have to put up with rain spoiling our plans to work in the garden. I may as well just give up trying to sort out any weeds or plants, as it will be October before it's dry enough to make it look vaguely attractive.

After a leisurely morning pottering around the house, we headed out to one of The Boy's favourite places; the local softplay centre. Never again! The less said about that, the better.

When we emerged from the dingy, smelly pit, it was brilliant sunshine and glorious blue skies, so we headed to a beautiful park in a nearby town that I haven't been to for twenty years. While there, The Boy was able to practise his bike riding a little more. Considering it's only his fourth time riding it, he really picked up speed very quickly and scared the hell out of me in the process. I was so impressed with him for pedalling and steering so efficiently, he only had one tumble and that was because of a small pothole.

After he'd had enough of pedalling (and my stress levels couldn't take anymore), he decided to have a race with daddy, competing in the 100 metres with a good time of 37 seconds. Clearly going to be a cross country runner like his daddy.

A potentially boring day was saved by the Summer sun, it makes you realise how much better you can feel with the sun caressing your skin and bird song in the air.

God only knows what's happened to the sound on this video, apologies.

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  1. says

    Oh I love this post. I am with you all the way on soft play centers, I get a headache just thinking about them and I was always told off for one of my children swinging from somewhere they shouldn't! The Sun really did save the day. Your video is lovely, brings the time at the park to life from the speedy cycling to that fun race where the spec in the distance crosses the finishing line with a triumphant beam! thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      My pleasure, it's actually a brilliant prompt to make sure we get out and have some outdoor time a few times a week, even in this grotty weather! He really enjoyed running the race, although I don't know how his little legs carried him all that way!

  2. Jennypaulin says

    I do love his stripy top!
    Word to the wise: NEVER visit a soft play on. Weekend (or school holiday weekday) when it's wet it is like hell on earth!!
    He is doing so well with his cycling – go that boy! And how cute that he ran all that way and then collapsed in a heap on the grass!
    Sounds like a lively and lovely afternoon! X

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      I've been to soft play before and I do know this. I always vow 'never again' and then three months later I forget why and so we go again! It wasn't wet but it did have two big boy birthday parties going on, nightmare!

  3. Lauren says

    Aww that's lovely. I ran the 100m in 14seconds when I was at school….. my dad was gobsmacked until I told him our sports field was on a slope and the 100m went downhill…….!!!!! ;)

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      I think I ran it in 19 seconds, I was not sporty at all. My husband ran cross-country and was quite a skinny 16 year old, I think that The Boy will take after him.

  4. says

    This is lovely. You are so right about the sun and birdsong. Makes a massive difference. Soft play is my own personal nemesis. I always end up there with the girls but it can get so busy it's unbearable. They love it but I loathe it!

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      Exactly, he loves it and so I thought I'd be a good mummy. Thank God I took Mr. TBaM so that he could do the chasing around.

  5. says

    I have heard some scary stuff about play centres at weekends! Could you send us a bit of sun please, I think we're going to wilt away in this permant darkness. The Boy looks like he had a lot of fun in those pics!

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      Don't go there, don't put yourself through the stress! It was a much welcome few hours of sun but I'm sorry to say that it's actually rained ever since :-(

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