One day when we were on holiday our step-nephews were water-skiing on the big lake and we decided to sit on a mini beach just at the side.
We hadn't had breakfast so I popped to the supermarket with Charles and we picked up some croissants, pain au chocolat, fruit, drinks and muffins and also stopped by the gift shop to get a little present for each of the boys as we had some Euros to use up.
We went back to the little beach and sat on the sand to watch the bigger boys, and a nearby dog who was clearly enjoying his swim in the water and fetching a stick.
Charles and Harry took their shoes and socks off and paddled in the water. It wasn't the cleanest and they got quite dirty and their clothes got wet but we didn't care. We decided to just let them get on with it.
That was one of the best bits about our holiday, being able to sit back and relax and just let the boys do whatever they want. I wish we were like that more often.
The previous day (I think, I've lost all sense of what we did on which days) we let the boys go for a swim in the bigger lake. We were quite unprepared as it was a spur of the moment thing, so they started off paddling in pants and a nappy with their tshirts on, then the tshirts came off and eventually, so did the nappy and the pants.
This is something I wouldn't normally let them do. Charles went paddling in a river in Norfolk in the summer and just had pants on and I felt incredibly protective and uncomfortable. But this day I just thought that we were on the beach with only a couple of other families all spaced out basically with our own piece of beach each, they were all busy with each other, and I didn't want to hold the boys back from having fun.
They were doing nothing wrong, they weren't being offensive, and they did look incredibly cute.
I went to get my camera, although I wouldn't have shared those photos publically, but by the time I got back they were both out and wanting to get dressed.
I don't usually take advantage of the Black and White option on my camera but I did this day, and I think it really adds to the purity and simplicity of this moment.