03 March 2014

Back to Basics


No TV and remote to argue over who watches what.
No games consoles to fight about which character they want to be 
No board games to stress about who goes first and which colour counter they wish to control.


Going back to basics brings the Mini Mes together.







They helped each other climb the frame.
They played in the sand pit and dug holes.
They took it in turns to push the other on the swing.

I sat in a chair by the window and watched for what felt like a wonderful eternity.

I witnessed them laughing, having fun and sharing.
Simply enjoying the company of one another.

They didn't need me as referee.
They were playing freely and naturally in the great outdoors.



“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.” 

-Charles Schaefer



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45 comments :

  1. I am very jealous of that amazing play frame in your garden!

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  2. I love getting outdoors - so good for the soul! I feel sad listening to my neighbours' kids stuck inside all weekend playing on their PlayStation. There's a huge park at the end of the street and we have a lovely woodland area where we are too, perfect for exploring. "When I was a kid..." is my phrase at the moment! I used to always be outside. I wish we had a bigger garden with more grass so we could get more equipment. It's all concrete so not very "kid friendly"! Enjoy the sunshine when it's here. x

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  3. It's so important to turn off all the electronic stuff sometimes, especially after a busy day or week. And I agree with rachel- v jealous of the climbing frame!! x

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  4. I used to be outdoor all the time when I was smaller, didn't have all those devices and I think I was happy kid :) But when I look at my little half brother he seems to live for tablet and phone games!

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  5. What a lovely swing set I'm sure they love it. I love that it's being a lot less wet out. I miss the outdoors!

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  6. Perfect photo that wins any argument about children playing indoors or out!

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  7. My boys played lovely with Lego at the weekend when they had nothing else to play with. Seriously thinking of getting rid of half their toys as they have so much they don't know where to start x

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  8. Great post. Perfect for children. I love seeing them having fun outdoors entertaining themselves. This would be perfect to link up to my let kids be kids linky on a tuesday if you fancy joining in?

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  9. Wow, their own mini-playground! I wish that we have our own house with garden by the time A. grows up... Thankfully he's still small, and I hope to teach him to play outdoors whenever he can - so far he doesn't even show much interest in noisy, flashy musical toys but prefers basic, simple things, so maybe we can keep it up :)

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  10. Very jealous of this! Looks amazing and now the weather is picking up I am sure its going to be a lot more!

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  11. It's so lovely to see your children connect isn't it. Thank goodness for good weather!

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  12. I can almost hear the laughter through my computer screen! #MagicMoments

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  13. It's amazing how much fun and enjoyment can actually be had when technology is removed from the picture and they look like they've had a blast out in the garden. Totally jealous of their play frame too xxx #livingarrows
    Vikki @ Love From Mummy

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  14. Isn't it great when the weathers good and the kiddies can play outside. Lovely, fun picture!

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  15. Your children look like they are having a great time. We often turn off all electrical stuff (except my phone obvs) and chuck the children into the garden. They run around quite happily until they are exhausted, it is so lovely to watch.

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  16. My children have loved the better weather recently too. Let's hope we have a lovely summer!

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  17. I love that quote, so so true. And going back to basics sounds like a great idea. I can't wait for more nice weather so we can do it more often. x

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  18. Just being able to get outside and enjoy some fresh air is so wonderful, my kids love it too - they can amuse themselves for ages, with no fighting! Great photo x #WhatstheStory

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  19. Love your quote!!!! I love the sound of going back to basics. It's about quality time together that matters. What a lovely post and picture to cherish forever. ;)

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  20. I think we could all do with turning off the electronics every once in a while! Amazing how much fun kids can have when they can just "be kids" x

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  21. It amazing how toys and technology cause arguments isn' it. Mine to play so much better just being outside. Lovely picture

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  22. That quote is great. They look like like they are having so much fun x

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  23. always nice when children get on with each other, and fun! especially if they're your own, haha.

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  24. Its so lovely when the kids play nicely together

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  25. That is one brilliant swing set you have in your garden. They seem to be enjoying themselves playing on it.

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  26. How wonderful to get out in the fresh air and just have a loads of fun whilst blowing away those cobwebs! That quote is very true as well! What a lovely post, thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory (hope you're feeling a bit better too lovely x)

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  27. It's so lovely when they get outdoors and play and jus appreciated each other isn't it? x

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  28. I love throwing my two outdoors to play together. They always seem to have more fun outside than they do indoors.

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  29. There is something so thrilling out being in the outdoors zooming on a swing. x

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  30. The simplest things are the best aren't they. My two love playing outside together and it definitely causes less arguments!

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  31. We occasionally have no TV days and the kids really get on well. Think we are in need of another very soon

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  32. awww thats wonderful and those smiles really do say it all!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

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  33. Lovely post - outdoor play always seems to bring about the best in kids :) x

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  34. I love watching the children play - they always seem to get on better when outside song they!

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  35. Mine play much better when they're outside playing together than when they're inside. They seem to be constantly bickering at the moment but get them outside and they're nice as pie!

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  36. It's great to get outdoors and connect with nature and ourselves without the distraction of technology! No wonder they're loving being outside with that fab climbing frame x

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  37. There is nothing quite like siblings playing together, happily, and not fighting. A true heart-melt moment.

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  38. That climbing frame is amazing! I always wanted one like that. I cant wait till the weather improves.

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  39. Nothing better than going back to basics - children who visit us just love being outside - on the trampoline, in the play area or with the animals ... and mine are so much less argumentative when outside ... or maybe I just don't hear them!!

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  40. That looks lovely. We are trying to reduce screen time a lot at the moment. So worth it x

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  41. What a lovely photo! It is always lovely when you just get out and forget about modern technology x

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  42. Fantastic - it looks like they are having a brilliant time, I agree with others - I would love to have your garden! Fresh air and sunshine are just what we need at times :-)

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  43. This post really made me smile, that's just beautiful :)

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  44. Is it a novelty because the weather is suddenly better or are you away at relatives? I only ask, as if it is your own garden, hopefully there's lots more of this to come, as it is planned to be 18 degrees this weekend :-)
    We are fingers crossed going to get a new garden soon - it would be a dream come true to be able to get something like that. xxx

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