Round here, the woods are growing greener every day, the blossom is just starting to fall, and I am giddy with the thought of two whole weeks at home. No travelling up and down the country, no house guests, just the children and I (and John for some of the holiday) and all of spring out there to enjoy.
I asked Bella and Angus what they'd like to do over the Easter holidays and this is what they said (brace yourselves):
- go to McDonalds
- go swimming as a family
- visit the Natural History Museum in London
- go to the library
- take a picnic to the woods
- go to the beach
- visit the Submarine Museum
- get a Dominoes pizza delivered and eat in on the sofa while watching a film
I like the last one best. A pizza delivery and being allowed to eat in the living room is pretty much the most exciting thing to happen when you're seven and ten I think.
Not to be outdone, I have written a list of the things I want to do this Easter holiday. Some are boring, some are necessary, some quick and some time consuming. Some are jobs I just don't get time to tackle when I'm working, others are for fun:
- look into and possibly change energy supplier (yawn)
- ditto mobile phone contract
- make dentist appointment (they keep cancelling the ones I make, grrr)
- paint the planter in the garden
- do some gardening, generally
- go to the tip
- wash all bedding, rugs and cushion covers
- clean the windows
- sort out all the winter coats, boots and hats in the hall cupboard
- wash and pack away woollen jumpers
- new school shoes for Bella
- re-pot all my indoor plants
- finish my crochet cardigan
- clean behind the cooker (you have to drag it out, it's really heavy....)
- do some yoga every day
- do sit-ups every day (feel free to laugh at me)
- crochet a basket of play fruit and vegetables
- read some books
- cook lots of amazing food
Oh yes, and decorate Bella's bedroom. So not much then. And if I get that lot done, I'll have a crack at world peace. What are your plans for the Easter holiday?
I'll leave you with this photo that popped up on my facebook timeline from seven years ago - a one year old Angus and three year old Bella, just after her nursery Easter bonnet parade. I can remember going and taking that photo when we got home. Angus - teething - can't quite believe he's holding an entire chocolate egg and Bella was unbelievably cute at nursery age. It's one of my favourite pictures of the two of them.