Sometimes the most magical moments are the extra-special ones. The ones where you head off on an adventure together, doing something completely out of the ordinary. A magical experience that stays in your memory for years afterwards – a moment that you look back on and think ‘wasn’t that amazing?’
This month’s photos are taken from one of those moments. One of those moments when I am immensely thankful for the experiences that blogging has given me. A trip to Chessington World of Adventures, where we were invited to try out the new Gruffalo ride before it opened to the public. Not only did we get to meet the big hairy Gruffalo himself, but we also got to meet his creators, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, and have our books signed. Truly an unforgettable experience.
This month has also been a reminder though that there is also magic in the ordinary moments. Moments of just being at home together as a family, enjoying focused, quality time together. Ordinary moments when everything just falls into place. A moment when I realise that I have everything I want. Just being there with my family around me, soaking up the pure joy of being together with no distractions – even if it is just for a short while.
These are the moments that I look back on afterwards too. Not with a feeling that they were extraordinary, but with a warm glow of contentment. There might not be a family photo to look back on but the memory remains.
This is the other memorable moment from the month. Just sitting in the garden together on a sunny Saturday afternoon, enjoying a picnic lunch. Not having to rush out anywhere, not feeling distracted by a to-do list. Just the four of us, together. A moment that was every bit as magical as any adventure because in that moment, life was completely and utterly perfect.