A prince, a princess and a castle

Yesterday afternoon was so lovely we decided to venture out and rather than the boring old park (for mom that is) we thought we’d try something different… hence the old castle in Berkhamsted was our venue of choice – I though it was safer than the canal walk we were initially going to do!

The kids loved it! Jenna especially is loving the magic of castles and princesses! Carter just loved the space to run and kick a ball and Tamsin well she just enjoyed bouncing around in the buggy with lots of little giggles!

We got to walk around on the hill/wall around the castle, the kids loved being up high and seeing stuffs down below. It might be a little treacherous if wet though, and I’d advise a smaller buggy for the trail or a 3 wheeler if you have one!

As usual of course we forgot the camera at home! Thank goodness for new phone technology!!

I’d love to see this place in spring when all the flowers were in bloom, especially in the “moat”.

The kids as usual loved collecting leaves, sticks and acorns!

Ok so we didn’t brave this high hill in the middle with the kids! I was convinced one would go sliding over the edge and there was NO WAY I was pushing/carrying a buggy up that!

We made it all the way round in one piece – here’s the proof!

Time for some rolling fun (attempting to)… or sliding down on our tummy backwards… as you do!

We love the stairs!

Poor Jenna kept trying to find her way into the castle… gotta admit there were a couple of tears on explanation that it was a broken down castle that we couldn’t go into! She tried sprinkling some pixie dust which disappointingly didn’t work either!

This is our bedroom in the castle mom!

Some space to run and some benches for mum’s bum!

Trying to teach the kiddo’s to roll…. mmm…. the hill was little steep…. hello grass stains on elbows, that’s the hubby not the kids!

It was a great time somewhere totally free so if you have an hour or 2 to kill and are in the area check it out (it’s right at the station). Pack a picnic, take a ball and learn to roll!

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I love my JM …

Everything to her is magical!

I love that she believes she is a princess! And that being a princess means only wearing a dress/skirt and having her hair down. That she needs to dance with her prince (preferable William if you ask her!).

The her imagination can create food, houses and people out of ordinary things!

That she adores her little brother and sister even though she occasionally gets a little over enthusiastic about it! And they occasionally annoy her!

I love that she is such a strong-willed little madam who knows exactly what she wants – and always has! Ever since she was born!

I love her energy and that given a chance she will keep going like the energiser bunny until way after I need to go to bed!

I love her honesty! “mommy you’re breath smells”, me “thanks Jenna, I’ll brush them when I get out of bed!”, Jenna “gross”!!

I love they way she say she loves me back! The whispered “i love you’s” at night, the sincere thanks I get for doing something mundane for her like filling up her water bottle.

Most of all I love the fact that the reasons why I love her far outweight the reasons why she annoys me
and even that the things that annoy me are in fact some of the reasons exactly why I love!