This plus that equals…. Easter Holidays
Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about back how we spent our Easter Break. Not that I’m sat on the sofa waiting for him to finish school, no, not at all.
For the first time ever we sent L to a holiday camp. I was really worried about how he would react to it. Not being the best with new experiences, especially when they don’t include me.
There was no need at all to worry though, he adored every second of it and I wish I’d signed him up to more days.
He went with his best mate, they used the go carts, bouncy castle, played football, learnt fencing, painted, played and had a blast. It meant I got to go to work for a few days and then book time off for the rest of the break. Win, win.
We popped to one of fave Norfolk attractions, Roarr! To soak up the dinosaur fun, enjoy the Easter activities and catch up with a friend. Perfect.
We headed to Earsham Wetland Centre, something we hadn’t done as a family. That was fun. A nice, free, day out with a pleasant walk, animals including deer you can stroke and amazing cake.
He’s had a couple of birthday parties, so there has been soft play fun with his school chums and we spent a lot of time in the garden.
Whilst we had a huge amount of fun over the Easter break, it was really bittersweet as it was my grandads funeral.
The knowledge of it hung over me the first week and then I actually had to go and the shock and sadness of it rolled through me during the second week.
We didn’t take L to the ceremony or wake. It wouldn’t have been right for him, there was too much going on, family drama, emotion and I wasn’t in the right place emotionally to help him as he would have needed.
L spent the day playing with a friend, they had an Easter egg hunt and he was fed, looked after and loved. I’m eternally grateful to my friend for taking that burden off my shoulders and offering to have him for as long as was needed that day so I didn’t have to worry.
We’ve all been dealing with a lot of emotion from his passing, but L has had nowhere to channel it yet. He goes to sleep with a picture of his Great Mond each night and has had lots of questions. Hopefully after the ashes have been interned I’ll be able to take him to visit and that will help him a bit.
We took a trip to London, just the three of us and it was brilliant.
We went by train, thanks to the guys at Greater Anglia, so travel was easy and relaxing.
We had booked our hotel using Tesco Clubcard vouchers, so we had a brilliant central London base at the Doubletree by Hilton Victoria, they treated us brilliantly with plenty of cookies and activity packs for L. We were able to leave our luggage with them which was helpful.
We had fun at The Natural History Museum, ate out, with some help from Shrek we escaped Rumpelstiltskin and his witches, strolled through St James Park, tried to spot the Queen at Buckingham Palace, we were on a hiding to nothing as she wasn;t in residence, but L was not to be deterred.
It was a lovely break and good to get away, L was sad we weren’t away for longer, he wanted at least 7 nights though 51 was his true aim.
We had a lovely Easter. Unusually for me working in retail I managed to get a three day weekend, only having to work the Bank Holiday Monday.
We hung out in the garden enjoying the sun. Had a picnic lunch. L got some lovely gifts from family and we had words with the Easter Bunny about an afternoon egg hunt which went down a treat.
After we’d got an exhausted child to bed husb and I had a more traditional Easter Roast, too flipping hot to have that at lunch time, enjoyed a bottle of prosecco and chilled with Netflix.
It really was lovely. Just super chill and easy.
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