Times to Treasure – Week 4 and 5

Welcome back to my Times To Treasure round up! You may have noticed I didn’t post an update last week. This is because I was having a break from work and after my little meltdown (as written about here) I decided to take a short break from blogging too.

I’ve missed blogging so much, but am glad I took some time off as I got to spend lots of time with my beautiful family and catch up on some well needed sleep!

So, back to my Times To Treasure update!

The weekend before last was a busy one! On Saturday my friend threw a birthday party for her stepson who just turned 6! It had a last minute fancy dress theme so I quickly threw together a little outfit and the boy went as Captain Alfie!

Captain America

Party fun during the day, then picking out his Chinese takeaway in the evening!

Alfie had lots of fun on the bouncy castle and playing with the balloons (I hated them though as kept thinking they were going to pop in his face!). Unfortunately we had to leave a bit earlier than we’d have liked as Alfie needed a nap and was getting extremely grumpy! He slept for almost 2 hours as soon as he was in the car though.

On Sunday we headed up to London with my sister and sister-in-law and her family to take part in a Pretty Muddy Race for Life 5K event at Olympic Park. We all know someone who has suffered or passed away due to cancer and it was a great way to raise money for a brilliant cause whilst having fun.

Cancer Research UK

Supporting Cancer Research UK at Pretty Muddy

I was back at work on Monday (and a little sore from the run!) but happily had the rest of the week off.

On Tuesday Alfie went to nursery as usual so Craig and I could have some time together as a couple. We went to Chiquito’s for a fabulous breakfast followed by a trip to the cinema to watch Suicide Squad. It was a lovely morning and I’m glad we did it. We picked Alfie up early from nursery and then spent some time in the park with him.

Yummy breakfast at Chiquito's

Yummy breakfast at Chiquito’s followed by fun at the park

On Wednesday we went to a local lido called Stay and Splash in Canvey. It had been recommended by lots of people but I thought we’d missed our chance with the colder weather settling in. So I was very pleased when we had an unexpected heatwave and we were able to go! There is a big outdoor pool area – more like a giant paddling pool than a swimming pool – which was perfect for Alfie. He could stand up in it very easily (couldn’t quite sit in it without swallowing a load of water though!) He had a fab time splashing on the raised platforms and playing with a bucket of water.

Stay and Splash

Stay and Splash fun

There was also a huge sandpit and a small playground area. We got there about 10 and stayed till about 2 when Alfie needed his nap. You can’t take your own food in but they did have a big variety of reasonably priced food to buy so we happily stayed for lunch. We then drove to Canvey sea front for a walk along the sea bank while Alfie slept.

The weather was brilliant again on Thursday so we decided to drive to Frinton-on-Sea for some fun on the beach. Alfie loves the sand and water so was in his element crawling and walking around the sand and splashing in the water.  The sea was a little cold but he wasn’t bothered one bit!


Fun at the beach

We then walked down to Walton Pier (which is a fair old walk!) while Alfie slept in the pram and Mummy and Daddy enjoyed an ice cream without having to share. We spent most of the day in Frinton as the weather was so lovely which meant lots of fresh air to wear Alfie out for a full night’s sleep!

Great Nanny Badger and Alfie Bear

Great Nanny Badger and Alfie Bear

Friday was a miserable day. After the previous hot and sunny days, it was a shame the weather turned so horrible on our last day of holiday. However, we had already decided to go and visit my nan so we weren’t that bothered. We call her Nanny Badger as one of her dogs was called Badger and that’s what my nephew started calling her when he was little. She hasn’t been very well recently and I think a visit from her cheeky great-grandson really cheered her up! I realised that I have no photos of my nan and Alfie together, so I made sure I got one on our visit, and it was a lovely one!

360 Basildon

Climbing and sliding on the soft play

We then stopped off at our local soft play on the way home for a few hours. Now Alfie can crawl and toddle around, he enjoys it much more as he can do more. Mummy and Daddy get really worn out though!!

We had such a fun packed week, the weekend was spent doing chores to sort the house out before going back to work on Monday. Not as exciting for Alfie, but a necessity to keep Mummy on track during the week.

I have decided for the moment not to continue with my Times To Treasure community on Instagram. I am so grateful for everyone who has joined in, but I just don’t have the time at the moment to promote it and keep it going. It’s not gone, just postponed for a while. Thank you to all who have joined, please do keep tagging your photos as I love to see them, but I won’t be doing any community posts for a while.

I’ll definitely be back next week to share our weekend adventures:-)

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  1. Ah no, gutted about Times to Treasure! You’re going to keep doing the posts though, right? I realised when reading this that when I get my bum in gear and write my week off its going to sound like I was following you around to a certain extent, ha!! ? Xxx

  2. Isla Smith-Ogg

    Hi hun
    Love to read ya blog as feel like I’ve watched Craig grow up lol and now u have a lovely family . U make me smile when u write and cheer me up . Sorry to here u are gonna stop but can understand as u r taking on a lot . Being I suppose an older mum I feel everyone thinks it’s should be easier and u should be abe to cope and I think some of it I put in myself especially when I read blogs of other parents doing so well lol so it was nice to see u r honesty the other week . We all go through rubbish weeks and ur doing so well don’t be too hard on yaself and rest where u can . I thought I was superwoman when I had my first now nearly 3 . Went back to work full time and did most of the baby stuff too . Me parents helped while I was as work which made me feel guilty as they not of best health . Then I fell pregnant again with me Lil girl now nearly 2 ! It takes its toll working pregnant and coping with a baby . I’ve had to leave work as we could not afford the child care which maDe me sad . But am trying to get back to work now a year on . So all I’m trying to say is ur doing great and have enjoyed u r posts but please take care of ur self I didn’t and am now having to take tablets as my energy has completely gone xx just know ya a great mum and big hugs to all of ur family x

    • Thanks for your lovely comment Isla! It is hard being a working mum, and like you say you think it is going to be easy because so many people do it, but it can be tough at times! Congratulations on your little ones – I remember Craig saying about your first one, didn’t know you’d had no.2 as well! I am making sure I look after myself though, I know I need to be healthy to look after Alfie. Thanks for reading xx

  3. Such a lovely post with lots of lovely memories to look back on. We all need a break sometimes I think, from work, blogging, life even! I do love chiquitos and wish we had one closer. #marvmondays

  4. What a lovely week. I cant believe you guys managed to cram so much in. Weeks like those are the best, even if they are a bit exhausting. Your local lido looks amazing! We dont have anything like that near us unfortunately, so definitely something to be treasured I think. Pretty perfect timing for a mini heat wave 😉 Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays, lovely weekly round up post. Emily

  5. Wow I can’t believe you’ve done all this in just a week…my little girl would be in her element having a go on the bouncy castle and huge sandpit! Sounds like such a lot of fun and a lovely update to share. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam Hope to see you next time x

  6. Looks like you guys had a really great time. I wish I could have a week like that! Looks like brilliant fun! 🙂 this is my first time reading your blog and I really enjoyed it so thank you.

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