Sunday 9 April 2023

Easter Sunday

This beautiful little lady turned 5 yesterday so it's been a little bit of a topsy turvy Easter. We spent the morning at church for the Easter service where we'd been asked to run the kitchen at short notice. DD's 1 & 2 were wonderful helping me set up everything and serving the guest while I prepared over 100 hot cross buns. I was sick of the sight of them by the time I finished 🤣

Once church was finished we were back into birthday mode with cake, presents, and birthday treats. Miss W was well and truly spoiled with visitors and birthday wishes all day. 

I can't quite believe how fast 5 years have gone.

 Today will be spent having a late Easter. We held back the children's Easter gifts to give Miss W the focus for her birthday. Obviously we couldn't move the church service though.
It's about 5.30am as I write this so shortly I will be sneaking around the house setting up a little pile of eggs and gifts for the children to find when they wake up 🥰
 Happy Easter everyone ☺️
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Wednesday 5 April 2023

Sunday - Wednesday


 Sunday's mean church for our family so that's where we spent the morning. We were all invited to take communion which isn't something we regularly do during our services, but we were in preparation for the Easter service being held this Sunday. 

On Monday we went to Marwell zoo. It's almost time to renew our annual passes again so we had a brief discussion about maybe getting tickets for different attraction for a year. It was soon decided that we just plain love the place to much to leave it so we will sort that out when the time comes. DH reminded me that in September when DD4 starts at playschool that he and I could have nice romantic walks and coffees up there together child free during the day. It's sounds a bit fantastic after 14 years of having at least one child at home at all times but I know a new season is on the horizon. 

Tuesday was spent in the New Forest visiting some of our favourite little places including the always lovely Lyndhurst. The children were spoiled rotten with both a cake each from Tasty Pastries and then a visit to the old fashioned sweetshop Futher up the high street. 

We popped in Hoborn Naish to wave hello to DH's parents and spent the evening in the clubhouse enjoying the kids entertainment. This year one of the team members is particularly good and had the many children on the dancefloor in the palm of his hand. He had that perfect blend of taking no nonsense but being incredibly silly too. I'm in awe of people like that.

Today has been a quiet relaxing day after two days travelling around. Last night ended up being quite late for everyone so we were in no mood to wake up early for another trip anywhere. A late lazy breakfast and some art at the dining table filled the morning happily and the afternoon has been filled with movies, video games and encouraging each of the children to take a nice afternoon bath. 

 Soon it will be my turn to enjoy some scented bubbles and read a few chapters of my book in peace. I can't wait.

 There's two plans for adventures tomorrow depending on how the weather is looking. Either a rainy day visit to soft play or a sunny adventure on the beach. Personally I'm hoping for beach. I haven't been beachcombing in forever. 

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Saturday 1 April 2023



 Today we all took a soggy walk into Eastleigh for our first free event of half term. All 5 of the children happily joined in with the Easter wreath making, I couldn't resist a photo of them taking up a whole side of the craft table to themselves. Every so often I look at them doing something like this and realise that 5 is a lot of children 🤣 and yet at other times it feels like just enough children or even not enough children 😂. 

 After the craft session we took a nice long walk around the shops taking part in an Easter trail. We found all of the bunnies hidden in shop windows eventually and returned our completely sheets to enter a competition and receive an Easter chocolate each. We were one of the first 75 to take part so we also were given a cute blue tote bag and some Easter themed stickers. 

 After the trail we headed to Macdonald's for a Happy meal each. The price of the meals has increased dramatically along with everything else so I think that will be our only visit this half term as I'm sure there are cafes we can go to with cheaper children's meals. When you are buying 5 at a time the costs really creeps up 🤣

 We are all now home for the afternoon. DD1 and the two smallest are happily snuggled together watching a film together and DD2 and DS1 are playing video games. I'm hoping for a peaceful cup of coffee and a chapter of my current book before anyone needs me.

Fingers crossed.

X X x


  Friday was spent mostly at home. 

 A neighbour of our has been struggling a little with life lately and I've been trying to help out. So on weekdays once I've gotten up and sorted my own household out, I then pop next door and get my neighbours children up, dressed and fed. I often pop the laundry on and set up the slow cooker while I'm there as it's nice and early in the day.  To say thank you they gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers for my dining table 🥰

 There seems to be so much struggling and worry around at the moment I think it's really important we all try and look after each other. Goodness knows no one else will at the moment. Times are hard indeed. 

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