The Easter bunny has been and gone and we now have at least a year's supply of chocolate currently taking up space in our cupboard causing us to have a tremendous amount of lost willpower. Our four day weekend was just what we needed, a chance to relax and have some quality time together as a family. I couldn't have asked for anything more and I am sad it is over for another year.
I have been feeling really emotional this weekend, I don't know if it was seeing the magic on my girls faces while out hunting for eggs, seeing my 90 year old grandparents and creating memories that I treasure so much each time, or just spending time with different members of my family but I have had to blink back tears on a few occasions as I have sat back and watched the people I love having a good time.
It was a quiet yet subtly hectic weekend- Friday was spent over at my grandparents having slow roasted gammon and hunting for eggs on their farm, Saturday we went over to my Dad's where my other grandparents were visting, Sunday we went to a local farm for a day out with my sister before going over to my Mums in the evening as it was her birthday and Monday was spent being lazy and doing some tidying and baking. It was just a laid back lovely weekend with two little girls who were on their best behaviour considering the amount of E numbers consumed. (Although on Thursday night Mads drew a masterpiece on my new wallpaper with biro and we can't get it off but I couldn't hold a grudge with a three year old all weekend!)
Below are some photos and a (rather long) video of our bank holiday weekend together. Why can't every weekend be four days long and full of chocolate?
A little early Easter treat.
The girls Easter baskets- a gorgeous Jellycat bedtime bunny and mouse, the obligatory bunny ears, chocolate friends and marshmallows. We normally have them on Easter Sunday but we had them on Friday this year as we went over to my Grandmas for an egg hunt.
The little hand knitted chicks from my Mother in Law had kinder eggs hidden in them- Mads loved them and said 'Wow' when she realised there was her favourite treat inside.
The cheekiest Easter bunny that there ever was.
We went over to my Grandparents for lunch on Good Friday with my Mum and the rest of the family.
Ready for egg hunts.
Some new friends guarding the egg bucket.
Mads had a great time searching for eggs in Great Grandma's garden.
'Found one Mummy!'
Checking out her big sisters loot.
My Mother in Law made the girls these gorgeous 'matching but not matching' bunnies and my Mum also made them a lovely Easter basket each. They were very spoilt with little treats.
Mads went for a walk with Great Grandma (they live on a big farm with lots of gorgeous land) and picked me some flowers. Her little face was so cute, she was so proud to give them to me.
On Saturday we went over to my Dad's as my Grandparents were visiting from Wales. Nothing is more special to me than these family times, we are aware how lucky we are to be able to make these memories.
Digging in the garden with Grandpa.
Sharing a joke with Daddy.
On Sunday we went to the farm that we went to last year, Mads loved feeding all the animals. I didn't take many photos while we were there cause I didn't want to get my camera wet (obligatory British bank holiday rain) but I took some quick video clips.
Because when my girls are grown up they will really want an awkwardly posed photo of their Mummy and Auntie in front of a ridiculously old fire engine. Who wouldn't?
Mads and I did some Easter baking on Monday because with all the mountains of chocolate we had in the house we just needed that little bit more sugar.
I love this photo of my Nana and Mads. I will treasure it for all the happy smiles.
A little video of our weekend too. It is rather long, anyone who gets to the end can have a leftover Easter egg. Maybe.
All in all it was a lovely weekend. One of those ones where you just feel thankful to have a slightly boring ordinary life. Roll on the next bank holiday!
NB We were very kindly sent the Jellycat bunny and mouse for Mads and LL's Easter Basket. Thank you! :)