At times its felt like Spring has been getting through as we’ve managed to catch some great weather during the last few weeks. Yet at other times it’s been feeling so cold and wet like autumn all over again. Oh how I long for a long spell of sun and warmth! I can’t really complain though, as we’ve managed the beach and the moors this month, we love being outdoors!
1. Paddling in the sea! Who would have thought given some of the awful weather we’ve been having, that the kids would be paddling in the sea! We had a wonderful afternoon at Milbay one of the beaches near us with my sister in law and kiddies. The kids all stripped down to their undies and ran around on the sand and ran in and out of the sea. I got some fab photos, one of my favourites below. Can’t wait for more days on the beach like this as the weather slowly improves (hopefully!).
2. Sport relief mile. I was so proud the whole family joined in with sport relief to raise some money for a wonderful cause. My hubby, son (5) and daughter (23 months) all ran 1 mile and I ran 6 miles. It was so cold, a million miles away from our day on the beach (above). I knew it would be my last run before my operation, so I was so proud to have made the 6 miles. All together we raised £55 for Sport relief. It was lovely to see my son enjoy running, hopefully it will be something he continues and my daughter made a good effort in too, even if she did get carried some of the way!
3. My operation. I wouldn’t say this was a highlight, but it has been an eye opener! I had an umbilical hernia repair, quite minor surgery, in March. The recovery has been so much harder than I ever could have imagined and I had a bit of a bumpy ride. It’s been so hard not being able to look after the children like I normally do. Strictly no lifting for 6 weeks will be a challenge with my toddler! You can read more about my hernia experience in this post Why I’m putting my feet up
4. Easter! Easter coincided with my op this year so I was more reliant on hubby to play the Easter bunny role! I’m normally out in the garden at night all weathers hiding the eggs, but it was hubby’s turn this year. I did manage to arrange the egg baskets and hide some eggs around the house though. The kids loved coming downstairs on Easter Sunday to find the Easter bunny had visited and left them their Easter baskets. So cute. My little boy ate far too much chocolate though and woke up being sick in the night! Poor hubby had to deal with it (shame that) and my son is now put off chocolate! I’m sure he’ll regain his love for it soon enough!
5. Family Easter dinners. It was great to catch up with all the family over Easter weekend, although I probably could have done with a quieter one! The kids as usual loved being together and playing. The adults enjoyed some great food, thanks to my mother in law, aunts and mum. We even managed an Easter egg hunt or two I between the march showers, which the kids loved (below). They got more chocolate than anyone could ever need or want. In fact I’m still getting through it now (!) and even thrown some of it away. The kids haven’t even noticed! Wish I could get it to the children refugees in France somehow.
6. Ladies that lunch! My lovely mum came and took me and the little lady out for lunch a few days after my op and Easter, whilst my hubby took my son for some boy time at Woodlands. It was nice and relaxing and I even managed a little walk in the meadow which my daughter really enjoyed. The weather wasn’t too bad either! My mums helped me so much whilst I’ve been recovering and taken the kids and I out so we’re not stuck in (I haven’t been able to drive) bless her. My mum is amazing.
7. Proud work moment. I attended a work award ceremony this month with my colleague who had been nominated for an award. She was nominated for the nom-clinical individual award, for her contribution to supporting the health service. I was so proud to accompany her and then watch her get awarded in her category! So proud of her, it was well over due and so well deserved! We enjoyed a lovely meal and a couple of drinks too!
8. Dartmoor walk & picnic. We met our lovely friends for day out on Dartmoor for a walk and picnic. We were so lucky with the weather, it was dry and the sun came out! We walked a goof few miles across the moor alongside a river (this was pre op of course!) and found a lovely spot to enjoy our picnic. It was great to see my son running around, picking up sticks and clambering across the rocks. My little lady did manage to fall in to some cow poo with beloved teddy, so teddy (actually a rabbit) had its first wash in 2 years that evening! That was interesting!
9. Mummy & daughter time. At the beginning of the month my daughter and I had a morning out just the two of us. It was such a lovely morning and we had nothing planned, so I thought, right that’s it we’re going to the beach! So I packed us some snacks and warm clothes and off we went. We are lucky there are beaches just 10 mins drive away so we can pop there any time. Although the sun was out, it was quite chilly and we sat on the beach cuddled in eating our snack! Afterwards we went for a walk in some woods that are just behind the beach and looked at the wonderful views across the beach.
10. Family and Daddy time. It’s always lovely when we all get to spend some time together as a family! We went to a garden centre for a bite to eat and then went for a walk along the river and around the meadow. Again , the weather was on our side and we managed a lovely walk. I really did try to cram in as much walking as possible before my op! The kids love it when daddy and I are both with them. It’s so important to spend quality time together.