For my birthday a couple of years ago I was given a great book ‘Calm’ and a journal from my friends. To help me find some calm in my life and to de-stress a little. I have been writing in my journal everyday since and on Wednesday’s (or late on a Tuesday) I go through the daily highlights I’ve written down and pick out my 10 favourites.
I’ve had a nice week and have been able to enjoy the last week of the Easter Holidays with the kid. We’ve all had some time off and were able to do some lovely family things and make the most of the good weather.
Here are my top ten moments from the last week:
1 – We took the train to London and had a little mini break. Taking the train works really well for us as L is automatically occupied, he just loves rail travel, it’s exciting and fun for him. It is way less stressful for us too. So straight away our break started well.
2 – Exploring The Natural History Museum with L. He was a bit of a nightmare to be honest, he was so excited and didn’t quite understand the concept of staying with us and not darting off into the crowd to witness the next amazing thing! He loved the giraffe skeleton, the dinosaurs, the blue whale, the escalator through the planet, the earthquake videos, everything really. He was just so filled with wonder it was amazing to watch.
3 – After a lot of walking it was lovely to have booked such a central and comfortable hotel. We were staying at the Doubletree by Hilton at Victoria, it was the perfect base and the staff were brilliant. It was so nice to have a cosy comfortable bed, a few gins and to watch a film as the kid slept. Admittedly I wasn’t watching the same film as my husband, he wasn’t entirely up for watching Lilo & Stitch, so I left him to it and enjoyed my Disney fest.
4 – We had planned to walk from our hotel to the Shrek Adventure, which we did, but I didn’t realise we would go right by Westminster Cathedral, I had never been to it before and it was wondrous. I’m so glad we stopped in for a look, the mosaics were fabulous, the rich history had been condensed into lovely bite sized chunks as we walked round and they had managed to get the balance between a place of worship and a tourist point of interest just right. I would highly recommend you stop in, it is one of the most interesting cathedrals I’ve visited.
5 – Going on a magical bus ride with Donkey! Flipping brilliant, don;t need to say much more than that really.
6 – We found a random farmer’s market with some epic street food, so stopped for lunch and just relaxed in the sun next to the Thames. It was lovely and far less stressful than trying to find a restaurant. L had some freedom to play and we had a chance to relax. Plus the food was really cheap, these guys had missed a trick!
7 – Meandering through St James park and watching the pelicans, enjoying the sights and playing hide and seek with the kid. He had wanted to go and see where the Queen lives so it was the perfect route to take from Westminster. A very pleasant walk and we did get to see Buckingham Palace, though I fear after the Pelicans it was a let down.
8 – A relaxing day at home, just enjoying the garden and the weather. It was nice to not do anything after a few busy days.
9 – We had a lovely morning at Earsham Wetland Centre, it’s not far from us and has a lovely riverside walk and deer so tame you can pet them! Plus the cafe have epic cakes. Then the boys popped to the driving range, we had a walk to the park next to the golf club and explored the woods. Lovely, lovely day.
10 – Easter eggs!! Mmmmm. We had a lovely Easter Egg hunt and another day relaxing at home. The weather has just been so lovely there’s been no need to do anything other than chill out in the garden I’m really missing my chair swing though, we don’t have any relaxing seating in the garden and I need to fix that!
I’m really glad I write down a few positives from each day and then go back through them each week. It helps keep me focused, calm and therefore happy. It is also a great way to keep a note of the things we’ve done.
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