The half term break started busy and continued that way. I need a week off to recover now!
On Sunday, we headed up to stay at my sister’s house in Teddington and spent a lovely afternoon in a swampy Bushy Park, splashing our way around and creeping past herds of deer. That evening, when the girls finally went to sleep, my sister and her husband cooked me, my other sister and her boyfriend a fantastic roast and we shared a bottle of Bollinger she’d saved from her wedding. It was fantastic to all be together for an evening and catch up properly.
The next morning, after a very early start, I took the girls to the Southbank Centre to enjoy the Imagine Children’s Festival. Bear fell asleep as we arrived, so Bunny and I got lunch from the Real Food Market outside and just enjoyed the ambience inside. When my sister joined us, she took Bunny to have her face painted and then we headed outside for some fresh air and enjoyed the pink installation, had a ride on the carousel and a play in the playground under the London Eye.
On Tuesday, we took Bear’s dummy away and headed to the zoo with some friends. We were only there a couple of hours, and the car park was a swamp, but it was fun and even Bear managed to have some fun, despite her tiredness and lack of comforter.
Wednesday was our only quiet day, but also the first real day without the dummy. After the excitement of the present wore off, it became a fairly normal day and Bear was pretty good without her dummy.
On Thursday, wife took Bear to London to see her brother and a friend, so Bunny and I had a day to ourselves which was fun. We took the puppy for a couple of beach walks, did some art for her school holiday project and ate dinner in front of the TV. I love that she’s such great company for me now and genuinely enjoyed our day together.
For the final day of the holidays, I took Bunny to softplay to meet up with her friends and then we went for a walk with a couple of my friends and their sons and dog. I stupidly forgot to take a coat, but it was just about warm enough to still enjoy it and the girls loved the playground at the end of the visit. I love this photo of Bunny pushing her sister on the swing!
Then today, after a slow start to the morning, we took the dog for a long walk along the clifftop in the almost warm winter sunshine. We saw kites flying on the beach below and there were whole families out for bike rides and lots of other dog walkers and runners too. You could almost whisper that Spring has sprung!