I have decided to go old school and do an update on what we got up to this past week, if you didn’t know it was half term so the kids have been off school and I planned a few little treats for the girls so we could spend some quality time together.
We spend 24/7 together almost apart from school hours so knowing they had a week off coming up I set about making plans to take them out for some day trips etc. Since I don’t drive I have always put off going places but since this is my new reality I grabbed it with both hands and we had a really good week! (My new pjs in all their rose gold glory gave me the umph i needed to go for it!)
First up we went to see Coco at the cinema and since it was both of the girls first outing to the pictures I was unsure how it was going to go. I needn’t have worried though as they were as good as gold and Amelia was even dancing to the songs as they came on, she was so animated and thoroughly loved it all. They argued over the drink but that was more my fault for not buying one for each other them and thinking they would be ok sharing a large – noted for next time….2 smalls will be better!
This is now my favourite movie by Disney Pixar and we have all been obsessed by the songs since we got home, the girls are asking for the Pop Figures of the characters and we are thinking of going to see it again soon. Evie also has her eye on the movie Early Man and Monster Family so I can see us visiting the cinema quite often.
Monday I took the girls on a bus ride to the sea front and judging by the weather the rest of the week we picked the best day to go! We went with the intentions of having a quick look around the shops and then heading for ice cream sundaes at Lickity Split, Amelia chose a banana split and Evie chose Fairy Fizz which was a huge sundae glass filled with sweets, ice cream, cream, popping candy – you name it!
After stuffing their faces we headed down to the beach and the girls spent an hour or so throwing stones in the water to see who could make the biggest splash. The waves were getting bigger each time and the noise was deafening at one point, we had to dodge a few cheeky waves that crept up on us too!
The girls love crafts so we headed on Tuesday to the shopping center to stock up on bits and pieces as the weather was looking bad for the rest of the week. We bought lots of paints, brushes, paper, Easter themed goodies to paint and make as well as some play dough and magic sand. The rest of the day was spent painting and making with 2 very happy little girls!
Wednesday I had the day to myself as the girls were out with daddy! After Slimming World me and mum headed into Sunderland and had lunch at Port of Call – after hitting the 1 and 1/2 stone mark and getting my certificate that morning we splashed out on loaded fries and pulled pork brioche…and for some reason the best cup of tea ever!
With it being Valentines day I was a little spoiled too 😉
Thursday we woke up to snow falling! Not ideal but a great excuse to have a movie day and do more crafts! I had an invite to a VIP night at Fat Buddha Newcastle so the girls got to spend some time with my mum and Quinn (my sisters dog), they got to take him for a walk and they played games with Nana. My mum had also bought them colouring books and pens so they were resisting coming home when I finally got to pick them up!
Friday we ventured into Durham for the Fire & Ice event which is a yearly display of fabulous ice sculptures and ending with a huge flaming display. This years theme was literary characters and there was everything from Game of Thrones to Peter Rabbit. Our favourites by far were the Tin Man with his beautiful red heart and the Worm from James and the Giant Peach….there was even a peach embedded in the ice block! The girls loved spotting the sculptures from afar and were so excited to watch them start to carve the Peter Rabbit.
We took a break in Krispy Kreme where I think it is evident that Amelia loves donuts, I broke my Slimming World plan and had a Nutella donut – it was SO nice! lol
Saturday was spent visiting Ben, Lauren and Milo to pick up a crib that I am renovating for baby E. So excited to make it over and really hope the image I have is how it turns out. Of course a highlight was having Milo curl up in my arms and refuse to leave me! Usually he is a little shy and takes a while to come around but he wanted to come home with me – can’t wait to have them come and stay again so we can spend some real time together. Family is what its all about! 🙂
And so it is back to school this morning, and as much as I am looking forward to getting some routine back I have to admit this has been one of my favourite breaks with the kids in a long time. We are planning the next one already and so far we have decided on bowling, another trip to the beach and the girls have requested a theme park so I’m going to research which one is best for little ones – any recommendations?!
Hope your half term has been exciting too! Let me know what you got up to below!