I just love a Bank Holiday weekend, who doesn't. It's the thought of Mr C being home for 3 whole days and just having some time together as a family, this Bank Holiday was no exception. It has been filled with love, family and laughing which in my eyes is the perfect weekend.
The weekend started with going to see a friend of mine and her little boys as they had been on holiday and it had been her youngests 1st birthday while they had been away. It was just Finley and I so that he could have a proper play and there could be a proper catch up for us mummy's. The sun was shining and the boys were reunited after a week apart, there was squabbling as there always are with two friends so close but they were happy to see one another. We then headed back home mid morning as we had my Mum and Nan over for the day.
They arrived and after some lunch Mum took the boys off to the park while Mark, Nan and I headed to a local nursery to pick some flowers for our little flower bed in the corner of the garden. Nan knows everything about flowers so she was joining us to help us choose which ones would be best. We needed low maintenance plants that only need watering on the odd occasion as I am known for forgetting about them, or drinking too much Gin once the boys are in bed that I can't be bothered to venture back into the garden to water them! We picked some lovely shrubs and on our way home stopped at the local bakery for some cakes, as it had been my Mums birthday the Tuesday before, so we needed to celebrate with cake, obviously!
Tea and cake consumed, Mr C and I did the gardening with lots of giggles and 'I hate gardening' moments with the boys, Mum and Nan watching on finding it all pretty hilarious. It is done now and we have a pretty looking plot that we are proud of! Once that was finished we had a couple of games of Twister in the garden, which doesn't really work with a 2 & 4 year old but it was pretty funny to watch.
Saturday was then rounded off by an awesome tea, even if I say so myself, to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary which was last Thursday.
The boys woke early on Sunday which I was a little, only a little, pleased about as I had a 10k race with my running group which I was leaving for at 9am. It gave me time for breakfast and to get prepped. The sun was shining so it was perfect conditions for a run. The race was amazing and I ran it in a new personal best time of 55 minutes and 31 seconds, this was with the help of another flyer member who we were pacing each other and encouraging each other along the route.
On arriving home it was a quick bath and tidy of the house before my Dad & his partner arrived about 2pm. We had a cup of tea and then headed out on a walk as they had their dog, Benji, with them. We walked a route I hadn't taken the boys on before and one which I had only known existed from running it with my group a week earlier, it was stunning! We ended up in town to enjoy an ice cream then walked back along the river to home. On arriving home we decided the beef stew in the slow cooker wasn't what we wanted so we ordered in pizza's from the local pizza place, which are incredible, and sat around in the sun eating them and sipping on wine. The boys played happily while running back and forth to their pizza. Dad & his partner headed off just before bedtime and we spent the evening chilling in front of the tv with a cuppa.
We had planned to go to a local event which we go to every year on Monday but we decided to try something new, so with the plan changed and not needing to get to the new event, the duck race, until 1ish we headed out to look for a sofa bed. Our spare room/office/play room is looking very bare without a sofa and we needed a sofa bed for when people come to stay. After a look around a well know sofa shop we had lunch at M&S to think about what we wanted to do and then headed back to the shop to purchase the sofa bed. I can't wait for it to come and to finally be able to have people stay over!
|Someone was happy to be sofa shopping!|
Once we had parted with our money we headed over to the duck race. It was a little chilly but the sun was starting to show. On our arrival we took a vintage bus the short 2 minute ride to the street fair which was filled with stalls and lots of street entertainment. The boys loved it and after a wonder round and purchasing our ducks then ice cream we made our way to watch the race. We found a great spot right on the edge of the bank near the start of the race where we sat and messed about for half an hour, but it was just lovely to have time just us four and to enjoy the boys.
The race started about 3.30 and the boys were so excited to catch a glimpse of the ducks, there were near 2000 so they weren't to be missed. We unfortunately didn't win but it was a brilliant day out and the boys were relatively behaved, as far as boys go! With the race finished we headed on home, back on the vintage bus to the car park only for Finley to have a melt down, over I really am not sure what. But after a little sleep in the car he woke up in a bit of a better mood, I expect it was all the sugar and excitement that had started the melt down!
We finished the weekend off with our first movie night in the new house watching The Peanut Movie. The boys sat there with popcorn and about 5 jelly babies each and watched the whole film! I was amazed as not once did they get distracted. They cuddled up to each other and just watched, it was lovely to see and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy! The film finished just after 8 so it was bath and bed, which was no hassle at all as they were knackered, and then it was wine and a box set for Mr C and I!
It really has been the perfect weekend and I am heading off to bed with a huge smile on my face.