I think the fact that it has been almost a month since I wrote a post here is testament to just how busy our lives are at the moment. I have found the jump up from three days at work to four rather more challenging than I thought it would be; just having one day to get things done without the kids under my feet is so tricky! I’m hoping that I will crack it this month though, fingers crossed for that one.
That said, we’ve had a lot on this month too. Both work related and just for fun.
We kicked off the month with an unexpected snow day, although even as I type that I’m thinking about the rest of the weather we had in March and realising that nothing is really unexpected anymore. I think I’ve mentioned before that we just don’t do snow in this part of the North West, it’s generally too wet and so waking up to find fat flakes floating down and sticking, actually sticking, was something of a shock. The kids ended up at home because school thought it wasn’t safe for parents to try and bring them in so we got to spend the morning having snow ball fights and making snow creatures which was lots of fun.
It was also World Book Day at the beginning of March and this year we proudly sent off two children dressed as characters from books. Meg chose to be Violet Beauregarde from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, post-blueberry transformation, and we managed a compromise with Eli that he would go dressed as Newt Scamander. Originally he had wanted to dress as a stormtrooper but with me being such a bookish soul, I tried my best to encourage him to choose someone who began their life as a literary character, rather than someone from a movie. Newt was a good compromise and with the addition of a case and a niffler he actually went to school as a very happy chap. He might actually be coming to terms with the realisation that being a Hufflepuff isn’t so bad either. Whoop.
We celebrated Mother’s Day here in the UK at the start of the month. James was, unfortunately, working on actual Mother’s Day so we headed to our local safari park the day before. The weather wasn’t great (big surprise) but we did manage to have the experience of a lioness walking right past our car. You can see that in the vlog here – it certainly gave us a real appreciation for how big those cats really are. It’s the sort of thing that you know but until you get up close it isn’t something you can appreciate. That is definitely not the case now.
Finally, we rounded off the month with the long Easter weekend. It was a washout in terms of weather but we managed to fit in an Easter Egg hunt, a visit from my parents and my sister and even some good old fashioned fun at the seaside arcades.
Now as we head into April I am really hoping for some nice weather so we can enjoy the outdoors without having to wear gloves and hats. It feels like we have had the longest bout of winter and I’m sure most of us are ready for some vitamin D from those sunny rays right about now!