Sometimes the unexpected can be the nicest - like a handmade bunny from a friend. Also when you have no expectations of something you cannot be disappointed and the only way from there is up! Conversely when you have high expectations of something, it can be hard for it to live up to them.
Paul and I went to Barcelona in 2005. Everyone had said what an amazing place it was and, whilst we had a brilliant time and I would go again, I don't think it quite managed to live up to the hype.
In September 2006 Paul and I went to Ireland to watch a couple of days of the Ryder Cup and I went expecting the worst. Two days of watching grown men trying to get small white balls in holes didn't strike me as a great way to spend time. As it was I couldn't have enjoyed the Ryder Cup more as my expectations, which were admittedly very low, had been far surpassed.
On Sunday we took Max to the new Lego shop that had opened in Liverpool. After much deliberation he decided not to get the Lego fire boat (mainly because they didn't have it) and got the Police lorry. Here he is building it with Daddy, and Penelope trying to emulate her big brother!
After we had spent some time (and some cash!) in the shop, we took a walk down to the Albert Dock. It turned out that the Mersey River Festival was on and all sorts was happening. We wandered all around seeing different types of ships which kept Max fascinated, water skiing displays and street entertainers. Max and Paul had a visit on to the Zebu, an actual pirate ship. A small boy's day was complete with a visit below decks and some chocolate eggs. We then saw an acrobatic plane display before making our way home.
We had some lovely family time and made all the nicer because it was completely unexpected.