Over last weekend I came to realise two things: 1) that the wee community we live in is awesome and 2) that it doesn't have to be high tech, flashy or expensive for kids to have a blast.
Last Friday our local school had an Eat, Meet and Greet family picnic. This was primarily a chance for families to get together and meet each other and also have an informal chat with the teachers etc at school. So off we trundled up the hill with our picnic blanket and picnic tea and found ourselves a spot in the corner of the school field. To be honest I couldn't really be bothered going and had Mr A not hounded me constantly from the time he got home from school I probably wouldn't have, but I am so glad we did. In the simple environment of a picnic we got to meet so many other kids and families. There was a big trolley of sports stuff out for everyone to play with (frisbees, balls, skipping ropes etc) and that was it, we chatted, ate and all had a blast. Yes it was a fundraising event for the school, they had a sausage sizzle and a jaffa roll, but it didn't feel like it was all put on to grab money. Unfortunately we didn't take many photos while we were there as we were too busy playing but here is Miss M, not to be left out of the fun.
Here is what it looked like on the night.
It was so nice to come away from a weekend knowing that you don't have to go overboard to entertain the kids and you don't have to spend lots of money either. And probably most importantly loving the wee community we live in more and more all the time. We are not a huge suburb and only 10 mins drive from town but up here with our wee dairy, school and community centre, and where all the local kids come out and ride their bikes in the street and run between each others houses, it feels like we could be miles away in both space and time. And that can only be a good thing :-)