Hello! I’m back after a half-term break with my boys. I always mean to be a blogging superstar and schedule lots of posts in…but it never quite happens. Real life gets in the way, which is just as it should be. But I’m so pleased to be back here in my happy little space .
Half-term with two growing boys is always a bit mad. They don’t really get tired anymore and just keep going and going. The holiday is a great time to let them have plenty of unscheduled time to do exactly what they want. Luckily, they were getting on brilliantly and enjoyed sharing each other’s company in their joint magical world.
The highlight of the week was a day out in London. We avoided the museums as they’re always so packed in half-term, and planned a simple day of pottering. My youngest loves Paddington Bear, so we took them to Paddington station to find his statue. The boys love navigating on the tube and are surprisingly good at it! We stroked Paddington’s nose and visited the (actually quite sweet) shop to buy postcards and badges.
We then hopped back on the tube to take them to Trafalgar Square for the first time. It’s amazing how much children pick up about London just from the stories we’ve read together over the years. My youngest was only slightly disappointed that the lions didn’t get up and fly like the ones in Katie in London.
After Trafalgar Square we walked along the South Bank. It’s such a great place for children: bridges, boats and lots of things to spot – the perfect place for a wander. We had lunch at the BFI cafe (who do a great children’s menu) then pottered back to Kings Cross and home.
It was a great day and proved my theory that low-key trips to London are perfect for children. It’s tempting to cram lots in, but I much prefer to keep things short and sweet.
Later in the week we were in snowdrop heaven at Anglesey Abbey. The whole place was a awash with them. Even the hardest heart can’t help but skip a beat at the sheer prettiness of it all. And my heart is definitely very soft when it comes to signs of spring. The boys ran off into their own magical world, while I was left to admire the beauty of it all.
All in all, we had a really happy week. February half term feels like a bit of gateway into spring, doesn’t it? We’re not quite through the gates yet, but they’re open a crack. There’s a different feeling in the air and it’s like we’re beginning to shake off our dusty winter layers. The first half term after Christmas is always hard and now I feel like it’s downhill all the way to Easter!
Were you on half term last week? Do you feel like Spring’s just round the corner?