Lyra is almost three now and there was one thing that we had yet to do with her. Watch the sunrise. Now, we have had our share of early mornings with both Lyra and Athena. We’ve sometimes been eating breakfast as the sun has risen but we have never headed outside to purposefully watch it. So on New Year’s Day we did just that and I am so happy that we did.
We did our research before hand and chose a hill close by that we thought would give us the best view and I would definitely recommend doing the same if you’re thinking of taking your little ones out because, although the sunrise isn’t particularly early at this time of year (on New Year’s Day it was 8.15), getting everybody up and out takes some time. Well it does in our house at least! I would also recommend checking your weather forecast before hand and choosing the clearest day as it would be really disappointing to get there and not be able to see anything because of fog or rain. We had decided that we would like to start a tradition of watching the sunrise on the first day of the New Year since with little ones the chance of staying up until midnight is minimal. It also seems such a positive, uplifting way to start the new year. So, since we were set on a certain day we had to cross our fingers and hope that the sky would be clear.
We were so lucky and everything went smoothly. The weather was dry and clear and very kindly waited until we were driving home to start raining. The view was stunning and Lyra was transfixed. I was a little worried that she might get bored, as the sun takes a while to rise of course, but she enjoyed running around on top of the hill with her umbrella and watching the sky change colour. We had so much fun in fact that not only will we be trying to make this a New Year’s tradition but we’ll be going out to watch the sunrise again this year for sure.
So how about you? Have you ever taken your children out to watch the sunrise? Winter is really a good time to do it as you don’t have to get up ridiculously early to do it! If you head out please tag me on Instagram or Twitter or use the hashtag #vmsweekend as I’d love to see your sunrises!
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