These 3 crack me up! They are so much fun, even though they can’t stay still for a sensible photo. I love that they are able to have such a great time together like great friends.

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A blissful Easter holidays, lots of just hanging out together, content with the simple things in life; lego, reading, baking, swinging in the hammock, dancing to some funky tunes. Grateful that these things are enough.

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Living and learningĀ 

Parenting is all about new experiences, some good, some not so good. However, something is never in doubt, those experiences are just going to keep on coming.

A few weeks ago we had one of those new experiences suddenly take hold when little Miss E fell and broke her arm. She screamed, one of those cut to the core screams, and yelled that she had broken her arm; so amazingly self-aware, she was right! (Confirmed hours later in a very busy A&E).

Like all life’s little curve balls, there is something to learn from it all and I have been surprised how much I’ve observed from one broken arm.

  1. At the top of the list has to be how amazing the NHS is! How lucky are we to have an fabulous service whenever we need it. The staff were so kind, it made all the difference.
  2. I wasn’t expecting how much pain there would be for poor E. She was exceedingly brave throughout it all, which meant I had to suck it up and be brave too!
  3. The dynamic at home between siblings. E is so helpful at home and she was very upset that she wouldn’t be able to do all of her jobs while in a cast. I thought that her older sister would step in, but it was actually her younger sister who has been doing a lot to help. It has been very sweet to see her looking after her sister.
  4. Once the pain subsided, it hasn’t been as restrictive as I thought it may be. Although I fear after the cast is off E may find it more frustrating that her activities will be restricted for a further 4 weeks.
  5. Adults worry about things way more than children! Once they adjust, they just take it all in their stride – I could definitely do with some of that!

Time flies and soon the cast will be a rather smelly memento, under her bed in her special memory box, just one of life’s little bumps in the road.

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A Taste of our Easter Holidays

I read an inspiring blog post about creating short films to capture the fleeting moments and memories of family, which reignited the desire to try to do this again. A couple of years ago I enrolled on Xanthe’s Creating Time Capsules online film course. I learnt a lot about various methods of making and keeping memories through film and photography, but for one reason or another, only created a handful of my own little films. So here I am having another go, dregging the cavities of my brain to put those lessons into use once again, to capture memories that would otherwise be long forgotten.

This was created using my iPhone, as this is something I have with me most of the time. I’m still getting to grips with filming with my DSLR, it may take a while!

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It has been a wonderful start to the first week of holidays. We have been working in the garden, reading in the hammock, walking in the woods, painting, making Easter cards, starting a spring clean, watching movies, had our first BBQ of the year and went on an Easter trail. Looking forward to another week of this!

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Super Speedy Easter Trail

Disclaimer: the only reason this was ‘speedy’ was because we ran the whole route. Walked at a leisurely pace this would last double the amount of time.

Easter trails are so much fun and this was no exception. I haven’t taken the children on a National Trust Easter trail before, but I would definitely do it again. It was really well laid out and suitable for all ages, if it’s the type of activity that floats your boat, with a chocolatey treat at the end…what more could you ask for?! 

It’s a great way to tour the grounds of the property. We have been to Newark Park a few times, so we know the grounds fairly well, which may have added to the speed element; with the change of the seasons there is always something new to see even from week to week.

I think we might be able to squeeze in  another trail over the Bank Holiday weekend at a different National Trust property, there’s always room for a bit more fun. We might even beat our personal best next time!

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Practising their wand skills at the Harry Potter studios. We all had an amazing time!! So much to see and do and learn, it definitely reignited the magic of their imaginations.

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Getting 2 children in a photo seems achievable, but 3 is almost impossible (without some kind of bribery anyway).

This weekend in question turned out quite differently to planned when one of our children broke their arm. It’s a totally new experience as this is the first time anything like that has happened. It was quite stressful, but the staff at the hospital were amazing and made the whole experience much easier to cope with. Isn’t the NHS amazing!

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There’s magic out thereĀ 

We have a Harry Potter whizz in our house. She has read all of the books at least 5 times and is now taking full advantage of the Easter holidays to read them all again, inspired by our recent trip to The Warner Brother Studios.

I really enjoyed all of the films, but I admit I’ve only read the first book; so I was unsure about how much I would enjoy the day wandering amongst all of the film paraphernalia.

It was amazing!!! I was blown away by the amount of people, skills, creativity and vision that went into each film, all for the joy of creating something magical for an audience, when often props and sets only lasted for moments in the finished article. I learnt so much about the huge range of expertise drawn upon and the impact they had upon the end result.

It was a good mix of interactive and factual activities, which provided something for all age groups, I think we could’ve easily spent a lot more time there.

How wonderful to be part of something so amazing, no matter how small their role it added significance and value to light up the imaginations of millions of people across the world.

I would highly recommend it, especially if you have a Harry Potter fan in the house!

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