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 freakin’ love the summer holidays!! We are having an absolute blast. I mean I’m so tired I could cry and I’m existing almost solely on gin and cheese strings but still, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Here are my top ten moments from the last week:
1 – Wednesday afternoon L and I chilled at the park with some school friends then we all headed to our fave hang out spot, Blakey’s Bus Cafe for an ice cream and a drink. Lush.
2- We’ve been having fun in the garden with our new bubble gun. A bargain £3 from The Works but it has provided us with hours of fun and is still going strong!
3 – Heading into Norwich to explore Strangers Hall. The Norwich Freemasons have funded free entry to the museum so anyone can visit which is a fab idea. I hadn’t visited since I was a child so it was nice to go back. L wasn’t feeling it though so we mainly enjoyed playing connect four in the garden.
4 – Seeing the giant Helter Skelter in Norwich Cathedral! It is awesome. I wasn’t interested in actually using it, neither was the kid, but I’m so pleased I went to see it. What a fab idea. There is a lot to see at the Cathedral and I have always loved to visit as it is so calm and I feel relaxed as soon as we enter. I think it’s the cloisters I like the most, just getting to sit and watch everyone.
5 – Taking the kid for a bike ride. We headed to Sloughbottom park as it is a lot quieter than a lot of the other parks in Norwich. It is also perfect for cycling, with long and even paths and joining the Marriotts Way which we walked a few miles of as the kid cycled ahead. Best yet they have a BMX park which wasn’t being used so L decided to give it a go, so much fun! Obviously we then headed out for an ice cream to cool down.
6- Friday we headed to Gressenhall for a rather fabulous Once Upon a Time press day. We listened to stories, crafted, had a horse drawn cart ride and generally explored. I even found some of my great grandfather’s wheelwright tools on display. Fabulous!!
7 – Being understandably exhausted from all the fun L wanted a home day. So Saturday we had a chilled and calm day in our PJs, watched 3 movies and played train tracks all day. It was nice to just chill and make the most of the weekend meaning no builders!
8 – Sunday L and I headed to BeWILDerwood to meet up with a few of his school friends. We had a great day. The weather was fab, the kids were all on good form and there was enough adults to wrangle them all in the right direction. We had an absolutely brilliant day.
9 – Monday was a very exciting day for L. After months of doing chores to earn money and saving all his pocket money he had finally saved enough to buy a huge Bin Lorry he had seen in the toy shop. I had told him if he got to £40 I would give him the last £10, thinking I was safe. No way could a five year old save that much. Well I was so wrong. He has been helpful making beds, sorting laundry and running little errands around the house for me. He gets 10p a job and was getting nearly £2 a week extra. He wouldn’t spend money in gift shops when we were out knowing it would come out of his savings. He was just patiently saving. So when he finally got enough he was so excited to go and get his prize and he hasn’t stopped playing with it since.
10 – As if visiting on Friday wasn’t enough Tuesday saw us heading back to Gressenhall to meet my sister and niece. We had kindly been given a free entry voucher to use another date in our press bags on Friday and when I said to L we were going to go out with his Aunt and Cousin he asked to go back to the farm with the horses, so we did. We had a fab day and for the first time L actually worked out what being a cousin meant. Previously he’s been nervous of the baby, not liking the noise and generally unimpressed that she couldn’t play with him. Not to mention more than a bit jealous. Not this time though. He worked out he could make her giggle and that she like to hold his hand. He is now smitten and just wanted to be with her. Holding her hand as we walked and generally watching out for her. Even asking to hold her for a cuddle before we left. Truly heart melting.
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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