Last week I had my first experience of "school holidays" since I was at school. It was Max's first half-term holiday and fortunately I had enough holiday to take the week off too. After Paul and I had been to Windsor we still had the rest of the week ahead of us and it went something like this:
Monday - return from Windsor. Paul off to play golf with my Dad and I took Max and Penelope to see some friends of ours that used to live near us but now live near my Mum and Dad. It was nice to see K and her children E and S.
Tuesday - mess about in the morning with my niece M and the kids before getting in the car and driving back up north.
Wednesday - Paul had the day off so we took Max and Penelope to Knowsley Safari Park. I was quite surprised at how much Penelope seemed to enjoy looking at the animals and giving the lions and tigers her best lion roar. To be honest though her best lion roar (whilst very cute) sounds like a lion that has lost its voice!
And the obligatory "monkey on the car" shot - although technically it's actually a baboon - that's me ever the pedant!
Thursday - Paul was back at work and I packed Penelope off to nursery. It was nice to have a day with Max on my own, something that I've not really been able to do since I had Penelope. We made cakes, although halfway through making cakes I realised I couldn't find my muffin tin so a quick visit was had to the shop to buy one. Note to self - must remember to check kitchen equipment! After we made cakes it was off to the cinema to see "Dolphin Tale". Now this was Max's choice of film, chosen because "The Lion King" looked "too scary Mummy" and so apparently did "The Smurfs"! We were duly entertained with the tale of Winter the dolphin and her prosthetic tale. Afterwards we enjoyed looking at Winter's website and the webcams of her there.
Friday - a morning visit to Coffee-au-Clay was had followed in the afternoon by a Halloween party at V's house. Penelope made a slightly grumpy cat and Max refused to dress as anything remotely Halloween related on the basis that "it's a bit scary" - hmmm I sense a theme here.
Saturday - a visit to see Paul's Mum and Dad in Sheffield
Sunday - a day of rest or, in my case, a day of being covered in vomit by a poorly Penelope!! Yuck!
Phew - I think I need another week off to recover....