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Picnic breakfast on the beach with three little ones – in their winter coats!Ängbybadet Well my Little Man fell asleep again before we even left the car, but I’ll count him anyway!

’But there are no beaches in Sweden’ insisted Miss 6 … Hmm, we have not done a good job revealing the diversity of our surroundings! ’How long are we going to drive? …10 minutes! …ok I’ll find a bucket!’

We cooked our Apple Cinnamon Flapjacks and prepped our thermoses, the girls running around exhilarated, or in Miss 6 case exhilaration combined with intervals of uncertainty as to whether all this was actually true! – Perfect! Not only were they loving that we were going to have a picnicÄngbybadet (it’s March, and this is Sweden!), loving that we could go straight away… Before breakfast, and loving that it was a beach.

A beach pretty much to ourselves. Not bad at all!

We ate our warm flapjacks in holes dug into the sand mounds and (my best moment) snuggled up drinking hot chocolate whilst hiding out from the strongest gusts of wind. How long will Miss 3 want to snuggle? I have no idea, so I’m making memories of every time.

There’s a little park right in the sand with a crazy rocking Ängbybadetboat & swings to try once they discovered that it wasn’t working to make a sand ’bridge’ over to the big stone 2 meters out from the edge of the water. Despite having loaded and dragged huge bucketful’s of sand over there, the waves were just washing it away. They dug out letters and filled them with water, ’planted’ the twigs they found laying around, searched for shells & of course got soaking wet!

’Did you like the beach?’ I asked in the car on the way back to dry clothes, ’Yes! …But it’s not a real beach!’ added Miss 6 ’…There weren’t any shells!’


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My Word of the Week: SURPRISE

I love when there’s a disruption to ’the routine’, intentionally choosing to do something beautiful with the kids, just for fun, just to surprise them …Especially consciously making a choice to do it anyway even when they’re behaving less than angelic, because it’s got nothing to do with them ’deserving’ it, it’s because we love them anyway!



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Like the look of that clear water? You can check out my #silentsunday shot (here)

Fancy selling breakfast instead of eating it? Check out our DIY Shop & Brownie Sale (here)

Something indoors? What about a homemade memory game (here)

Or, go on, shock your little ones! Pack up your food & have a Picnic Breakfast on the Beach 🙂


  1. What an amazing looking outing! The weather has been wonderful, you on the beach in March and we were having a BBQ! xx

    • Thank you honey!! Yes, the apple flap jacks are worthy of any picnic location, from beach to living room floor 🙂 …Recipe to come 😉

  2. What a wonderful idea! I totally agree that from time to time it’s a beautiful gesture – to do something nice for our children ’just because’ and not because they’ve earnt it.

  3. That’s just the sort of thing I’d love to do if we drove! We’re going to Eyemouth in Scotland for our little boys 2nd Birthday so we can definitely do this on the beach on one of the days! Lovely pictures too. I’m very interested in that large blue slide! Looks fun! 🙂 xx

    • I know!! We haven’t been to that pool before… It’s a must once it’s ’a little bit’ warmer 😉 Have a fantastic time in Scotland!

  4. I love this idea of a picnic breakfast. Picnics rock, but I have to admit I would never have thought of having one in March. Why not, hey! x Mel #WotW

  5. Gorgeous photos of a wonderful trip. I love this surprise! And love your reasoning about it, too. You have me wondering what I can do for my two this weekend, just to surprise them now! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  6. What a lovely thing to do. A spontaneous surprise, ’just because’ is a marvellous treat for you all. It looks like you had a lovely day 🙂 #wordoftheweek

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