Watching the Sunrise | Something for the Weekend

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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  1. 7th January 2017 / 10:30 am

    Oh I absolutely love getting up early and watching the sun rise – such a simple pleasure but so wonderful and a great way to start the day

    Just popping over from Country Kids

    Laura x

  2. 7th January 2017 / 12:07 pm

    What a lovely way to start the New Year, it really does give off such an uplifting feeling for the rest of the year. It's great that Lyra loved watching the sun rising for your vantage point on the hill. This sounds like a wonderful family tradition to start and I hope it carries on for plenty of years to come.

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

  3. 8th January 2017 / 9:20 am

    That is a beautiful way to start of the new year! Stunning view, glad the weather behaved for you, I think we might give this a go too 🙂 xx #countrykids

  4. 8th January 2017 / 10:16 pm

    I love this idea – and what a great tradition for the family. Definitely one to try with my lot! Thank you #CountryKids

  5. 9th January 2017 / 6:42 pm

    Stunning photos, I love a good sunrise walk – in fact we did one on boxing day after hitting the next sales – crazy I know! #CountryKids

  6. 10th January 2017 / 3:53 pm

    We try and get down to the beach or the harbour at sunrise sometimes – it's so beautiful. I love that top photo of you – definitely one for a frame! #countrykids

  7. 10th January 2017 / 7:52 pm

    What a delightful idea! I'd not considereed this before with my little because he is still young but maybe In a couple of years! Lovely! #countrykids

  8. 11th January 2017 / 11:10 am

    What a beautiful tradition to start. I've never thought about making an effort to go out with the children to watch the sunrise but winter is the perfect time to do it with the dark mornings. Love all your photos and what a lovely way to start the New Year 🙂 #countrykids

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