Today sees the end of a lovely family week together. Andy has been off work since Good Friday and it’s been really lovely having him home with us. Andy works hard for us as a family and he doesn’t get much time off. It makes the time he does have even more special.
We had a nice slow start and over the Easter Weekend we didn’t do too much. I think we all needed some time to relax and we really do enjoy the simple days. We did head out on Easter Sunday with my family to a National Trust for the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. It was great fun and the only dry day we had over the Easter weekend.
The girls were turned into bunnies and loved doing the egg hunt, especially getting their egg at the end.
On Wednesday we packed up the car and headed on a little to Alton Towers for a couple of days. It’s the first time we’ve taken the girls and we couldn’t wait to have some fun.
We’re not normally a family that have lots of trips away. I’ve talked before on here about Alice being a bit of a pickle when it comes to sleeping in a hotel if we’re in the same room. She is fine staying away if she has her own room, but this isn’t always possible for short stays away and it can make it more expensive.
This year Andy and I decided that we had to see beyond this and not let it stop us from taking the girls to new places, to have some fun as a family.
We were planning a trip abroad this year, but decided that the money we would’ve spent on a week away abroad, we could in fact have a holiday in the UK and a few little trips too. This is what we’ve decided to do. Half hoping that by the end of the year, we might have cracked Alice and got her more used to sleeping in hotels. Plus it means we get to have lots of adventures and not just one.
Anyway I digressed! We arrived at Alton Towers and headed straight to splash landing, the indoor water park that they have. I’ve not been for years and only before having children. You definitely see it through a different set of eyes having children. I thought they were going to explode when they saw it, it’s amazing and lots for them to do.
We spent a lovely afternoon there and the girls had a wonderful time. After a lovely nights sleep, yes Alice slept really well (winning!) we headed to Alton Towers theme park and in particular Cbeebiesland. Where we spent another brilliant day, the girls running from one ride to the next, excited to do them all. I’ll be writing a full review on our trip away soon.
We went home with 2 very happy girls, filled with lots of lovely memories and the obligatory soft toy.
The next day for some crazy idea Andy and I had booked for us all to go to the Trampoline Park. I must admit on the drive home from Alton Towers we were questioning this decision. Anyway we went and had so much fun. Holly had never been before and was in her element. We were able to do the mini jumpers session and it wasn’t that busy, which was a bonus.
Once we finished we headed to the garden centre to get some flowers for the garden. It was such a lovely day that when we got home the girls played in the garden for the rest of the day. I planted my flowers and Andy built the swing ball we got for them, which they loved.
On the whole it’s been a really lovely relaxing week, lots of ordinary moments, with an exciting trip in the middle. My perfect kind of week. It’s only when we’re all together for a length of time, that I notice how much we all thrive on it. The girls adore having Andy home with no distractions of work.
The girls and I now have another week home together and it will be filled with days at home, days with friends and spending time with my family. Whilst we will miss Andy, I can’t wait to have another week with them, even if I will be exhausted by the end of it.
Joining Donna for The Ordinary Moments