Family bonding

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Yesterday was an amazing day for us as a family. Hubby had a day off and had the brilliant idea of a bike ride along the sea front. We weren’t sure how DS2 was going to get on as the day before was his first time back on a bike for him since last year. He learnt how to ride without stabelisers but once he grew out of his smaller bike and was on a bigger one he found it tricky and kept falling off which meant he lost all of his confidence. We were really surprised at how well he did and he was so proud of himself. We rode on the path along the seafront for around 20 minutes until we found a large rocky bit. It was just us there and the boys were really enjoying exploring and climbing the rocks in the sun, picking up shells and trying to crack open rocks to see what was inside (DS1 having just had volcanos as his topic at school now believes every rock has some kind of fossil inside). They were excitedly showing each other the ‘treasures’ they had found and were all getting along nicely. After a long while we rode back along the path to find somewhere to get fish and chips. It was amazing how quiet it was where we had just come from and how very busy it was just a 5 minute bike ride up to the food stores. It was a long wait for food so by the time we found another quiet spot and unpacked the food we were all pretty much inhaling our lunch. The spot we found for lunch was again quiet but this time nothing but sand. DS1 was using the spade to make a ramp for his bike to jump over and we all joined in skidding through the sand and trying (and failing) to do some kind of wheelie. DS3 was just so happy runing around on the sand making foot prints and rolling around getting sandy but soon enough tired himself out and was in his seat again on the back of hubby’s bike for the ride back to the car.
Today wasn’t amazing because something unbelievable or out of the ordinary happened. It was amazing because it was a lovely day where we all got a long, had fun and spent quality time together. A day where we will think back as a family and say ‘remember that day when we had a bike ride along the beach’. Of course when we got home three exausted boys were squabbling like they often do but it was nice while it lasted and a day to remember.

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I am a 28 year old mum living in Kent. I am totally outnumbered living with my husband and 3 boys but I love the fun and adventure they bring to my life. As a family we enjoy being active and to get out and about as much as possible. A little about us Me- My husband and I met 12 years ago when I was 16 and him 19. Being so young I don't think either of us expected a nervous first date at the cinema to lead to marriage and 3 children but we soon became inseparable. It can be hard staying 'girlie' in a house full of boys. DS1- DS1 is very sporty. He enjoys football, rugby and swimming but his real passion is motocross. I think hubby would have happily had him on a motocross bike the second he took his first step but he first started to ride when he got his first 50cc bike at 6 years old. Now, aged 8, he rides with complete confidence on his 65cc and is desperate to start competing. As his mother I will always worry about him no mater what he does but seeing how happy this sport makes him makes me want to support him 100%. DS2- DS2 is a real animal lover. He would love nothing more than to have a house full of cats and dogs but unfortunately for him the only pet we have is our goldfish named 'Goldie'. When we visit family who have dogs DS2 will happily sit there for hours talking, stroking and trying to teach them tricks. Computer games is DS2's favourite pass time. He was gifted a tablet for Christmas last year and now, at 6, he has my husband bugging him on tips to get new levels. To keep active DS2 really enjoys swimming. He is not afraid of the water at all and would swim every day given the chance. He has such a loving, caring personality. DS3- DS3 is, well, a real handful as most 2 year olds are. He is never short of energy and zooms everywhere at a million miles an hour on his favourite balance 'motorbike'. Much to my husbands joy DS3 is also obsessed, yes obsessed with motocross. All he wants to do is play motorbikes, wear DS1's helmet and boots at any given chance and watch the videos of DS1 riding. DS3 learns so much from his older brothers and he surprises me everyday with how daring and forward he is in so many ways.

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