Of all the school holidays in the year, I find the February half term an odd one, it’s not a holiday when a lot happens and pre children it was simply spent pottering and relaxing whilst Mr S worked. Our half term this year was one full of simple pleasures, there was no big day out or special event just local activities. The weather was pretty awful, so cold and wet and this affected our plans too.
As Mr S wanted to decorate our bedroom, I took the children away to my parents for a couple of days at the beginning of the week to give him some time to do the job without distractions. I had great plans and was very excited to have been able to organise for my parents to take the children out so I could visit the big shopping mall with a long list of shopping. Unfortunately I had a horrendous migraine for the days we were at my parents and spent the two days in a darkened room alternating between being sick and sleeping, so not quite my anticipated visit but a lot cheaper! The children loved the day out I had planned for them in Bristol as they got to visit the local Air Hop and try out all the trampolines and rides.
We were back at home for a pancake tea and it was nice to have Shrove Tuesday fall in the holidays as it was more relaxed and fun. I did take the traditional toss a pancake photos, I have one every year of the children and they’ve become one of those measures of the children growing up.
Ash Wednesday was also Valentine’s Day this year. For personal reasons I find it a tough day so whilst Mr S and I do exchange cards and a little gift, we don’t really do anything lovey dovey on this day. The weather was so awful we spent the morning watching the children skoot around in an indoor skate park and then drove out to a pub for a lazy lunch en famille.
Thankfully Thursday was a gorgeous day, the best of the week with bright blue skies and warm sunshine. We ended up on the beach and met lots of friends who had the same idea too. The trip to the beach was one of the highlights of this holiday, watching the children skimming stones with their friends, running up and down the beach and laughing. I have a lovely photo of a whole gang of children balanced on the groyne, the bright colours of their wellies beautifully contrasting the blue skies. Simple pleasures can be the the best.
On Friday we had a few jobs to do over in big town and whilst they were not the most fun for the children we stopped off at the country park on the way home to run off some energy and explore the woods and fields. I do find my children need a good walk or exercise every day to keep them more relaxed and calm.
Whilst most of our week was spent together, I did take both children alone on a mummy date each to a local cafe. Both really appreciated this time together and I learnt a lot of how they’re feeling about things. It’s surprising how chatty the children can be with cake and a hot chocolate!
Although half term was quiet and full of little trips, it was relaxing in it’s own way. Sometimes you just need to stop and enjoy the little things, a trip to the beach, a walk in the park or a homemade cake in a cafe.