One of the frustrations of writing an anonymous blog is the lack of opportunity to post photos of our family. Its been a terrific half term week, I feel rested and relaxed and we have enjoyed lots of special moments. My nourish list may be a little longer this week, but holidays give us the chance to get out and explore.
- Swimming at the Splash Centre. When I was growing up a trip to the Oasis swimming pool in Swindon was a big treat, the wave machines, slides etc.. We go to Butlins at least once a year so my children get to experience similar at their pool. However we found a pool with slides, disco and rainbow, a water play pool and large pool near my parents and enjoyed a morning there. My parents watched whilst the children and I had lots of fun in the water. My two both love the water and it relaxes and calms them.
- A quiet read. This week I devoured a book, Still Me by Jojo Moyes in a few days. For me there is nothing quite getting lost in a book and the joy of a great story. Following the book, I’ve been dreaming (and writing a bit of a plan ) of a visit to New York and vintage clothes.
- Grounded by Nature. This week has been a fantastic week weather wise for half term, bright sunshine and a little warmth. On Wednesday the four of us went to the local forestry commission and cycled for a few hours in the forest. Yes the uphills are hard but the joy of cycling down a hill, wind in your face and legs out is one of the best feelings.
- A sleepover. This week we held our first sleepover at our house, 2 girls stayed overnight whilst one just joined us for the daytime activities. I was a bit worried but it turned out really well, we started at the park, home to ‘hang out’, made homemade pizzas and ice cream sundaes for tea and then chilled with music and films. I was asleep at 12 to a quiet house.
- Old friends. None of the friends I was closest to at school live in our home town and we are scattered across the continent. I love my friends from school, they helped to define the person I became and whilst we stay in contact through email and cards and letters, its not quite the same as seeing them. At Christmas I wrote to a friend and said that if she was ever in England to let me know and we would try to meet up. She did respond to say she was visiting family this weekend, in a town 2 hours drive from me and by coincidence the same small town where one of my lovely aunts lives. As our boys are away at Grandads, Little Miss and I went on a little road trip. We met up with my aunt first, she has lived in the same house for the past 35 years so it was full of memories of growing up with my cousins, its quite a feeling to be transported back to your childhood. It was lovely to see my aunt and spend time with her, worth the trip in itself. We then met up with my friend who was accompanied by her eldest daughter who is a similar age to Little Miss, they hit it off so well and we had a brilliant time together. Whilst we might be older, greyer, we’re still those 14 year old girls.
- Time Out. With the sleepover on Friday and a road trip on Saturday, I knew today needed to be quiet. I planned our week so all my housework is done, the children’s homework, projects and all, were completed by Thursday, PE kits and school bags are packed and my Sunday ironing was done on Friday morning. I even popped into a M and S food shop yesterday for our lunch today (this is a big treat) Sometimes you need a day with nothing on the to do list.