Such a lovely weekend. Helped by the fact that it was a five day weekend for us, it has to be said.
Thursday saw one of my daughters become seven and the day passed in a blur of frenzied present opening, birthday babyccinos, birthday pennies burning a hole in her pocket, Moshi Monster buying, extensive Lego building, the most amazing cake and balloons ahoy.
Then Friday was Mr Mostly’s turn for the birthday celebrations. Although he is so old now that I think he would rather not have any more birthdays so there wasn’t quite as much fuss. It was a lovely lazy day at home starting with a big fat Full English for brunch and cracking open the chocolate bunnies in front of Hop in the afternoon.
On Saturday we went up to the Lake District and had a lovely, if not rather chilly walk at Fellfoot then on to Wray Castle before a wander around Hawkshead. Chilly I can cope with though, I’m just glad that the white stuff has stopped falling out of the sky for now. Who ever heard of a white Easter, honestly!
Sunday we were at home and started off with eggs (of the free range hen type) poached to perfection then Mr Mostly took charge of the roast and we had lamb and all the trimmings followed by sticky toffee pudding and lashings of custard. Stuffed doesn’t come close. That afternoon called for nothing more taxing than snoozing in front of Miss Potter. Bliss.
On Monday we headed off to Sizergh Castle at the request of the little people and it was freezing but sunny. Sunny on an actual bank holiday. I know! Then later we headed over to Brockhole on the edge of Lake Windermere before taking a slow drive home.
I loved that we had enough time this weekend to have that perfect balance of birthday excitement, lazy days at home and long ruddy cheek making days out. I absolutely love that the children are at such great ages that life is easier than it ever has been. I really am so very thankful for every single weekend like this as I know they are almost certainly numbered. My teens are not quite at the age where we have to force them to spend time with us although to be fair, they prefer it if we don’t talk to them in public. What is that all about?! But I do know that it probably won’t be too long before they slip away altogether and ditch us for a much better offer of course.
But the best thing about this weekend? It was the start of the school holidays of course. And I plan to enjoy my full nest while I can.