Half term bought some much needed rest and relaxation round here. I was initially disappointed in the weather, the wet and windy chilly days were not what I had in mind when I planned picnics in the parks and woodland walks! However, it did make for a more relaxing week, there was lots of ‘wearing our pyjamas until lunchtime’ and ‘board games’ and ‘films with popcorn’, ‘indoor picnics on a rug’ and no rushing out and about. More and more, Pip and Bean seem to relish mornings where we don’t have to rush out the door, they are always making pacts with each other like ‘we will not leave our bedroom today because we are pretending we’re on a plane.’ The pacts never last but they have fun creating them.
We did brave the rain on Bank Holiday Monday and headed out early to Greenwich for breakfast where the children ate croissants the size of their own heads! Bean was super excited that we let him choose his own breakfast from the bakery and eat it in the park- he found this very novel!
To embrace the rain we did some making and flapjack baking. (The flapjack disappeared too quickly before I could snap a photo!) We made some cute smily rain-clouds using baking paper with melted crayons for the rain drops. The kids had a LOT of fun sharpening crayons and then ironing them until they melted. I think they thought I’d lost my marbles when I suggested it, they couldn’t quite believe I was letting them melt crayons!
The sun shone finally at the weekend for my cousin’s wedding, which was a delight. The kids had been beyond excited about their first proper wedding. Pip had been a bridesmaid before but she wasn’t even two then so remembers very little. They all got new little outfits and Pip spent the week in the run up to the wedding checking on her outfit everyday! They all managed to sit still during the service (thankfully) and enjoyed the meal with goodies that my cousin’s new wife had carefully put together. That along with the sweetie stall and the pampering station in the girl’s toilets – Pip was in her element! Their only gripe was that it took soooooo long to get to the best bit of the day- the cake and the dancing! But it was a really special day and I was happy they had a great time too. Lots of happy memories!
The half term already seems like an age away and Bean, particularly is finding it a struggle to get up every morning, I think he really needs another holiday! I forget that he is still only in reception and has only just completed a year at school.