So what did we get up to in last month? Here are a few of our collected moments from March.
My daughter is still working on her reading journal for school. She has a list of activities that she can do and record evidence of them in her journal. This week she wanted to try reading a recipe. She loves baking but I usually measure everything out and read the recipe but this time she did everything by herself, I only had to put the cake in the oven. The end result was pretty impressive too and we agreed that we would try and bake something most Sundays.
I love this photo as it also shows her marvellous toothy gaps which will soon be gone.
Easter came a little early this year as I was busy writing up some Easter reviews and we had a gorgeous afternoon in the garden having an egg hunt and generally pretending it was Easter. The sunshine was lovely and it felt nice to be out in the garden again.
The next photo might seem like an odd moment to record but it was one of those small parenting victories which, in my experience, you have to celebrate when they happen. I am notoriously bad at doing my daughter’s hair and I try so hard and usually fail. This isn’t a particularly exciting hair style but it was what she asked for and I managed to do it. I’m not sure who was more surprised, me or her.
Fed up with grey days, A and I decided to go out for the day one Saturday and we took ourselves to the Cotswold Farm Park. Famously owned by Adam Henson (of Countryfile fame and you often see him there when you visit), we love a day there as there are lots of animals to see along with a whole range of different play areas and activities to keep you and your kids busy. We are lucky that it is only about 25 minutes by car and I have been a regular visitor every year since my eldest was small. We had a lovely day and there were lots of smiles when my daughter discovered old favourites such as the bouncy pillow, ride on tractors and a maze.
The following weekend was dreary and wet so we sought solace in the cinema as it was the opening weekend of Beauty and the Beast. We both loved the film and everyone stood up at the end and applauded which I have never seen before in a cinema.
Other highlights from the month were Red Nose Day and the children all donned their noses to go to school.
And of course, Mother’s Day which was a beautifully sunny day and so we took the opportunity to spend an afternoon in Stratford-Upon-Avon which is one of my favourite places to spend time. We had a wander along the river and finished off at the park. It was a lovely family day with my mum coming along too and it was nice to have some screen-free time outside together for a change. The perfect Mother’s Day.
That was March with lots of lovely memories and with Spring very much in the air, it has been amazing to get out and sort the garden and enjoy some much needed fresh air. Lovely to see the children outside too and we dusted off the trampoline ready for another summer of fun.