I may have jinxed myself in last month’s Times to Treasure by saying April will be a lot quieter – it wasn’t! Every weekend I seem to say we’ll save a morning or afternoon, or even a day to just be at home and chill, but it never seems to happen. Something comes up and we end up going out, having fun, but wondering where our weekend went come Sunday evening. But, it’s all good as I’d rather be out making memories than stuck at home in front of the TV whilst Alfie destroys the flat because he’s bored and has loads of energy to burn off!
Here’s what I’ve been treasuring this month:
I was lucky enough to win tickets as part of Visit Essex’s Big Essex Weekend for the first weekend of April. The aim was to give away tickets to brilliant Essex attractions and let everyone enjoy the attractions we have to offer right on our doorstep. We were lucky enough to win a family ticket to Epping Ongar Railway. It’s somewhere I’ve had on my list to go to, so I was excited to be doing it! The full review of our day can be found here.
The second weekend of April we had fabulous weather, so on the Sunday we headed to Southend Seafront! We had a bit of a nightmare getting there as there was so much traffic, and then we couldn’t find anywhere to park, but once we were there it was great! We got some fish and chips and ate it along the seafront, then took Alfie down on the beach. He is a real water baby and kept trying to run in the sea, but as it had been a last minute trip, I didn’t have any swimwear for him! So we paddled for a bit but it was freezing (not that Alfie cared)!
Easter Egg Hunts
As we celebrated Easter this month, we did quite a few Easter Egg hunts. The first one was at Belchamps Scout Activity Centre. It was £3.50 per child and was great fun – it was like a treasure hunt with clues and you had to find where the egg was which then had a letter on it. This then spelt out a phrase and if you got the phrase right, you were given an egg at the end. It took us about an hour to do it, and led us all through the woods. We went with my friend and her stepson and my sister and her four kids so there was a big group of us – I must admit the dads did most of the hunting though! It was a lovely morning out.
We also attended the Easter Egg hunt at Marsh Farm which was fab. Very well organised, and lots of fun. Check out a full review of this event by Mrs Lighty over on her page All Things Spliced. There was another one I had wanted to go to, but unfortunately I was unwell so we didn’t manage to get there.
We had my parents and sister over for Easter lunch on the Sunday and I cooked a lovely roast lamb with all the trimmings! Alfie and Craig then went to visit Craig’s parents whilst I stayed at home in bed as I was suffering from tonsillitis.
I attended my second baby shower of the year for our lovely friends who are due in June. I love going to baby showers, and this was great fun! I put together a hamper for the parents-to-be, including a handmade blanket (look out for a how-to blog post coming soon!) Craig took Alfie out for lunch with the other boys, and they had a great time. All the boys commented on how adorable Alfie was, and it makes me so proud that everyone enjoys spending time with him.
A week of fun
Craig and I then had the last week of April off work. Not only is it nice to just be off work, but it’s great to spend time with each other, and with Alfie as a family. Alfie went to nursery for two day while Craig and I did some bits round the house, and also had a trip to the cinema. It’s one thing I really miss since having a baby, so we took the opportunity to go and see Beauty and the Beast which I’ve wanted to see since it was released. Then we had 6 more days with Alfie before returning to work. We went swimming, had a day in London visiting the Science Museum, lunch with friends and a child-free wedding whilst Alfie stayed with his cousins! It was fun filled and exhausting, but we enjoyed every minute of it!
So there we have it – after not having much planned for this month, it turns out we managed to do loads and have lots of fun. Here’s to an even better month in May, where hopefully the sun will come out to play a little bit more.