These last Easter holidays ended up being slightly strange ones for us, of course the weather didn’t help anyone and looking back now I can only really remember this one day at Formby when the weather was good. It also felt like a it was going to be a long break but my husband only had the one week whereas the boys had the two so it felt like we had to cram all the house jobs we needed doing into that first week as well as keep three boys entertained.
We started the holidays with an amazing visit to Chester Zoo which is always a family favourite. Lucas absolutely loves The Secret Life Of The Zoo so he usually has a list of animals we have to see. We were there for nearly seven hours and it was amazing but pretty full on! Then we had a family Easter Egg hunts, catching up with friends and I finally made a start with decorating and got our hallway painted.
In the middle of it all this one day at Formby was just glorious. I’m so glad we did it, took our chance to get outside when the weather was nice, and left the house jobs for another day. We set off so early which was good as it gets very busy later on but the boys then thought we could tuck into the picnic at 9.30 in the morning. We got a good look at the red squirrels and spent ages running around the woods before wandering down the beach and through the sand dunes. It’s such a beautiful place, even if here in the North West we aren’t in quite the warmest spot for paddling in the sea!
I love that we can visit places like this and the boys will play just for the fun of being out in a wide open space on a sunny day. I say all the time that as they’ve gotten older it’s become infinitely easier but it becomes all the more obvious on days like this when they don’t need the constant supervision and hand holding. It’s lovely to sit back and watch them climbing trees or build dens, although my husband will never sit back when it comes to den building! We must have walked for miles and as long as there was plenty of snacks on hand they were happy enough. We came home with pockets full of shells and stones, they’ll hoard anything that looks even the slightest bit interesting.
I should know better by now but we get often get too caught up in things we want to get done at home; my husband always has so much work he needs to do in the school holidays so sometimes it seems like the easiest option to stay in. I forget just how much we need days like this, even when it can feel like such an effort to go out for the day when there is a list of jobs mounting up at home. It clears our heads, we can more easily forget about the things to do and just concentrate on each other. Me and my husband have been joking recently that we’re rubbish at being grown ups but I know it’s because we can’t be ‘on-it’ all the time. We need to give ourselves a chance to step away from it all. This day was a little wake up call that we really need to make the time for these days, they’re the ones that keep us going.