The second week of Easter was the only week Meg and Eli had off together, so we were determined to make the most of it. Already since we dropped Meg off at school Eli is looking a little lost and forlorn. He does miss Meg when she is at school and he is at home. The weather was so beautiful in the first half of the week that we tried to be outside as much as possible, going for long walks, visiting the beach and so on. There was a real sense of spring being in the air and I loved it. I was so disappointed when it started raining at the weekend. I want the warmer weather to stick around! I find that being outside not only wears the kids out so much more than if we are stuck inside all day but it also puts us all in a great mood. I know when I am suffering with the anxiety I get every now and then nothing beats a good brisk walk in the fresh air to boost my spirits. The kids have a special place they like to go for walks. Every time we go we walk a little bit further before having to turn around and head back for the car because they are getting tired.
They love to measure how much further they think we’ve gone than the time before and I have promised them that one day we will make it to the end of the path, wherever that might actually be!
One of the best parts of the week was definitely going to the Liverpool Echo Arena and seeing Mr Tumble’s Circus. I wasn’t sure how interested Meg and Eli would be as these days they are mostly all about Disney Junior but they were laughing and dancing along and when Mr Tumble arrived I thought Eli was going to topple over the barriers he was craning so hard to see.
As the beautiful weather continued we found time for bug hunting and tea parties. Just two of Meg and Eli’s favourite pastimes.
And Meg found opportunity to sit and have some quiet time withouth her little brother bothering her. We are finding more and more that she needs that extra space to stop her becoming overwhelmed and heading into a meltdown.
Although we often head to the beach whatever the weather, when it is sunny we are reminded just why we made the decision to move to the coast. Choosing the north west often gets us funny looks but a beach is a beach especially when the sun is shining.
On this particular visit, I managed to find some driftwood which would be perfect as a shelf and poor James had to carry it all the way back to the car. It’s a chunky old thing and a little damp on the bottom but I am confident that I can transform it. I love the idea of using up a piece of wood which has washed up and would otherwise have just been left to rot or dragged off again when the sea came back in.
Of course, all that said, there are some days when you go to the beach and it’s cold and it’s raining and it’s miserable and you think, why did we do this again?! Sunday was such a day and although the kids loved being outside, I think perhaps the garden would have been a safer choice.
So between the visits to the beach, the park, walking in the sunshine and just generally enjoying not having to be at school or work we had a really great second week of Easter. I don’t know how I can top it this week for Eli.
And here is a little video of some of our Easter holiday fun. It’s less than two and half minutes long but I hope you enjoy it.