they spell love… TIME

Time I sense that I am competing with it constantly.  I feel I have so much to do but don’t have enough of it.  To some extent, I find it a luxury to have.  If I can buy it, I will certainly be out of pocket as I’ll definitely be purchasing loads of it.  Do you seem to run out of time too?

I came across this quote which moved me and made me put my thinking cap on about work-life balance.

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I must admit I’m somewhat bad at uttering to myself that I’m always busy… I kept moaning that I’m busy with work, busy catching up on chores at home, busy with my driving lessons and busy with blogging too.  It appears to be my endless battle and I do believe parents out there are probably on the same boat as me.

Nevertheless, I’m too preoccupied with the above mentioned that I sometimes forgot I am a mum too.  I am a mummy to two kids… yes two young kids who are growing up so swiftly, two kids whom won’t remain little forever, two kids who need my love, care and warmth.   Two kids who continually yearn heaps of my utmost attention and time the most.

Last Saturday was a perfect day to spend time with them, me and my husband were off work so no more excuses whatsoever.   I had my driving lesson cancelled that day as well due to my instructor’s car problem so I was free the whole day to dedicate it with the family.   Dropped the chores aside, laptop was shut for the day too to avoid distractions.  Best of all, the weather was brimming with glory, very well-timed.   Hence, we hit the road at around 10am and went for a drive to a place we had in mind.

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park has a family-friendly trails which starts from The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, which meandered through to a waterfall and a wildlife hide.  This place actually brings back first time memories for Reimer, this was the first place we visited a few days after he was born.   I can’t quiet believe that it was almost 6 years ago, time passes by so quickly I suppose.

peaceful wooded trails
peaceful wooded trails

We popped by a shop on our way to buy some food and brought it with us to have lunch at the park.   When we’re all stuffed, we then started our little adventure in the forest park.

Here are some of the photos we took.  As usual, I was always behind the camera which is why I was not even present in any of the pictures taken.

Reimer and Ruby got overly excited at the start of the trek.
Reimer and Ruby got overly excited at the start of the trek.
Their Dad's idea to hop on these, not mine.
Their Dad’s idea to hop on these, not mine.
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They had good fun on these wee tunnels.

 

Reimer having a go at the hammock in the middle of the woods.
Reimer having a go at the hammock in the middle of the woods.
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Ruby confidently walking far ahead of us on this wooden trail.

 

Spectacular view of the waterfall.
Spectacular view of the waterfall.

After our nice leisurely walk, we head back to the car.   We then drove towards the Three Lochs Forest Drive.  The Forest drive takes you past three picturesques lochs namely Loch Reoidhte, Loch Drunkie and Loch Achray.

Loch Drunkie
Loch Drunkie

It was a lovely little drive which brought us to the heart of the forest without having to walk and tire ourselves.   We just sat in the car and went on a slow drive following the path which soaked us up with the stunning Trossachs views.  As we exited the tranquility and serenity of the forest, we started heading home.

With the scorching heat, we decided to popped by in one service station to treat ourselves with an ice cream…  Absolutely perfect for the hot weather!  Of course, Reimer and Ruby were extremely blissful.

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I have to say, feeling lack of time dealing with our busy lives is normal and rather typical.  Albeit there’s nothing wrong having a respite from our household and work responsibilities as it could be a downright excuse to have a lovely day out with family.

Sometimes even the littlest time we give to our kids is more than enough for them to be at their happiest.  It’s so true that kids equates love with time and I agree with it to a certain extent despite knowing that the word love have a very broad meaning and could mean anything to anybody.    However, the more we spend quality time with kids, the more they feel loved and the more we make beautiful memories together…. To me, that’s all that matters.

How do you spend quality time with your kids?  What can you say about the quote?

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63 thoughts on “they spell love… TIME

  • Gosh those photos look blissful!

  • There never seems to be enough time. Time and health seem to be the most important valuable aspects of our lives and yes I too feel guilty that I don’t spend enough of my time with my kids even though I’m with them all the time. Yesterday I took them to the state fair. I only used my phone to text their daddy and other than that my full attention was on them and all the fun they were having. Love all the great photos you took! #candidcuddles

    • ReimerandRuby

      So true, we can’t always give them our full attention and time as we do other things too. I’m sure they enjoyed having a lovely day out with you and won’t mind being on the phone with their dad. Thanks for dropping by!

  • Wow! This looks so beautiful. You are right it is very easy to get caught up in life. But this looks like the perfect escape. I wish I could go there now! Sarah #mg

  • Wow, looks stunning and like you all had a lovely day! 🙂 #TuesdayTreasures

  • Lovely post – that forest/trail etc looks fab, and it’s so true, we need to MAKE the time for these beautiful moments 🙂 #KCACOLD

    • ReimerandRuby

      Absolutely, because these beautiful moments are the ones that would linger in our kids memories. Thank you!

  • I adore these photos, they are so beautiful, as are your children! Looks like you had a lovely day, there’s nothing better than getting outside with your children is there? Raining here today, we have resorted to Disney films and baking! #TwinklyTuesday

    • ReimerandRuby

      As long as the weather is dry, going outside is just lovely. Same here today, it’s wet so we also end up watching films. Thanks for dropping by!

  • Oh ya time goes by way too fast! It’d be amazing if you could buy more of it. You had a lovely family day out in the woods. There are such great obstacles for the kiddies to enjoy too! Thanks so much for your continued support of #candicuddles x

    • ReimerandRuby

      Those great obstacles is actually a bonus in the middle of the woods, didn’t expect it at all. Thank you for stopping by!

  • What a beautiful place.
    I’ m recently a new mummy (my baby is nearly 5 months old) and I love to spend all my time with her. Watching her grow and develop into a perfect little lady. I try to fit my blogging aroound her naps or at night when shes sleeping. I know time is precious when they are young as they grow so fast. Plus I’m making the most of our time together before I have to go back to work. The two words love and time are very special.

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    Rachel xx

    • ReimerandRuby

      If only we don’t have to go to work and be with them all the time, but at the moment, I’m financially better off with working, so a little sacrifice for the welfare of everyone at home. Hope you have more lovely moments with your baby before you go back to work again. Thanks for dropping by!

  • I love the sentiment of your post and what beautiful scenery you came through. quality time with your kids is special for them and for you. For me, there is no where better than exploring nature together. Please do join me for Country Kids, it is for outdoor family fun just like this. Popping by from #TwinklyTuesday

    • ReimerandRuby

      So true, exploring nature is even lovelier when spent together as a family, isn’t it? Thanks for inviting me to join country kids, I’ll be linking up later. Thanks for dropping by too!

  • What a stunning place to visit, I think time is against us all sadly #whatevertheweather

    • ReimerandRuby

      So true… if we can only stop time and still carry one doing our things, that would have been awesome, isn’t it? Thank you for dropping by.

  • Looks like a lovely place. I always find kids are MUCH better behaved when out in nature rather than at some of the crazy, over-stimulating events that I often drag mine too!! #BestAndWorst

    • ReimerandRuby

      I noticed that too.. I think they’re also swayed by the tranquility of the place, lol. Thanks for dropping by!

  • It looks like you had proper family time – priceless! #bestandworst

    • ReimerandRuby

      Oh it’s definitely called a proper family time… Thank you!

  • Yes! Life never seems to slow down, I’m always working on trying to slowdown, though I’ve started coloring in dedicated family time in my calendar and my boys are starting to do the same in theirs. I’m glad they’re learning it’s a priority too!

    • ReimerandRuby

      I think family time is a priority, however, most of the time, it’s the one given the least time unfortunately. Thanks for dropping by!

  • This is the kind of thing childhood memories are made of 🙂 A simple walk is such a great way to spend time with kids and really those are the fun times. Your photos are fantastic.
    Thanks for linking with me on #daysoutwithatoddler – see you next month .

    • ReimerandRuby

      Oh absolutely… little walks can definitely bring some great childhood memories. Thank you!

  • so true, they do just want and need our time and our attention. We just enjoyed a weekend away and it was great to have loads of time for hugs, exploring and board games. Lucky you with that warm weather and ice-cream too. Beautiful photos. #mg

    • ReimerandRuby

      Family time away is always great, isn’t it? The cuddles, exploring and games moments with them are priceless and the best. Thank you for dropping by!

  • Your photos are amazing. The quality and the shots are so good!

    And the words resonated with me. As a Mom theres just neverending things to do and finish and yes we sometimes forget to take time to be with our kids and even have a us time. This is such a lovely way to spend time with your family! I can tell they love it!

    #whatevertheweather

    • ReimerandRuby

      I think being a mum equates with being busy at all times, lol. Thank you for dropping by and for your lovely comment!

  • I absolutely love this area. So beautiful and tranquil. There never seems to be enough hours in the day but the kids seem to grow so quickly. I can never keep up. Love your pictures, definitely need to take our boys here. #whatevertheweather

    • ReimerandRuby

      The place is nice for a relaxing walks, fresh air and tranquility whilst enjoying the beauty of nature. So so true, kids grow so quickly and we struggle to keep up with them, we always ran out of time, don’t we? Thanks for visiting!

  • Sarah Ella (Mumx3x)

    Aww, what a lovely adventure and such precious memories made! We often go on adventures around and about where we live! It’s great fun! Lovely photos, too! The waterfall is SO pretty! #KCACOL

    • ReimerandRuby

      We try to do the same when me and husband are both off and the weather is great, sometimes its difficult to get the right timing. Thanks for dropping by!

  • Honest mum

    So beautiful and a day out makes such a difference. Thanks for linking up x

  • I doubt I would have enough money to but time either, it just goes so fast doesn’t it! Your pictures are beautiful it looks like a great place for an adventure #kcacols

    • ReimerandRuby

      I believe we all have the same issue with time… how fast it flies and we struggle to catch up. Thank you!

  • What an amazing day out! I totally hear you! I am always moaning about not having time to do things (like house work or gardening) but it is having time to do things like this that are important! It looks wonderful! #kcacols

    • ReimerandRuby

      House work is constant, whereas our kids are growing so fast, when they’re older and have their own lives, we won’t anymore enjoy this kind of bonding with them… So yes, time like this is very important. Thank you for dropping by.

  • m

    There really aren’t enough hours in the day. I’m guilty of constantly moaning about how much I have to do or how I feel like I haven’t stopped etc, I need to learn to just leave things be and concentrate on spending my time with the kids. I’m starting to do that more and love it. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous- that waterfall looks amazing x #KCACOLS

    • ReimerandRuby

      So true, I’m also trying to spend my time with them too as it’s priceless. Thank you for dropping by!

  • That looks such a lovely place to spend time as a family. Love that part of Scotland.

  • Looks so nice. I would love to be in their shoes right now #FabFridayPost

  • What a great place, it looks fab with a great play area. #daysoutwithatoddler

  • Ah it looks like you had a really fab time. It is nice to get out of the house and just enjoy time with the family 🙂 #FabFridayPost

    • ReimerandRuby

      So true… perfect excuse to have a fab family time too. Thank you.

  • It truly does seem like there’s never enough time, and that’s why I think days like this are so so important! It looks like you all had a wonderful day, and we’re really able to get in some quality time. Beautiful photos! Next time, give dad the camera for a bit (: Thanks for sharing! #FabFridayPost

    • ReimerandRuby

      I should have given him the camera, seems like he enjoyed being present at photos while I’m not, lol Thanks for dropping by and for the lovely comment.

  • Your pictures are so nice! It looks like you had a great time and the kids enjoyed it.
    #fabfridaypost

    • ReimerandRuby

      Thank you and yes we did have a great time. Thanks for dropping by!

  • What a truly lovely post. Sometimes it defintley feels time is running away from us. Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst

    • ReimerandRuby

      That’s how I feel at the moment, so glad to hear from you too so it means I’m not alone. Thank you for dropping by and for your lovely comment.

  • Yay! The lodge at Aberfoyle is a favourite place for us, we go there so often as it’s perfect for kids. My two especially love the channels of water and sluice gates to play with and I love watching the squirrels at the hide. Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather x

    • ReimerandRuby

      It’s a lovely place, isn’t it? it’s perfect walks for the kids too. Thank you for dropping by and for your lovely comment.

  • Aww… what a beautiful piece of writing. It is so so true. I am always busy with blogging and other stuffs going on, and I just love to buy more time. It is so hard being a parent. You so want to spend time with them before they are too little to hold. Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost Xx

    • ReimerandRuby

      Exactly, I just want to spend as much time as possible with them while they’re still little. These are the nice moments they keep in their memories too. Thanks for dropping by and for your lovely comment too.

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