Is it really that time of the week already? We seem to be rocketing through the last half of the year at warp speed. The kids have already been at school and college a month, so half term is almost upon us and before we know it it’ll be Halloween. And then of course the rapid slide into Christmas begins. Not that I’m complaining as such. I love this time of year. But sometimes I wish time would slow down a little and stop moving so fast. Especially where my kids are concerned. I guess that is why I love writing these weekly reminders of things we’ve enjoyed so much. It helps me remember the little things, the seemingly unimportant things that might pass me by otherwise.
Anyway, enough rambling, here’s what I’ve loved this week:
Any excuse for the little dude to sing his heart out in church he’s there. This year it was a song about beans. I can’t quite remember it featuring in my hymn book at school, but I guess times have changed. It was a lovely celebration of all things harvest, with each class singing a song, they’d been busy rehearsing over the last few weeks. My mum came along too and his face just lit up when he saw us.
I enjoyed a little trip down memory lane at the weekend. On Sunday, we headed to Hastings in East Sussex on the spur of the moment. The little dude had been reading yet another dinosaur book which mentioned a dinosaur fossil had been found there and kept badgering us to go. So we thought why not. We jumped in the car and made our way along the coast, arriving just after lunchtime. We visited the aquarium and a few little museums on the seafront, wandered through the pretty old town, had lunch in a cute cafe, played in the arcades and went on the rides, before heading to the beach.
Hastings is a place that will always hold a special place in my heart. My nan and grandad had a caravan there when I was a child and I spent so many happy summers paddling in the sea and begging for yet another go on the carousel. I’ve visited with the teen when she was younger, but had never taken the little dude, so it was lovely to see how it had changed since I was last there. A repeat visit is definitely on the cards.
My little niece turned ten. How she’s that old already I’ll never know. I still remember seeing her making her way into the world as if it was yesterday. She is of course way too old and cool for a party these days. Instead she opted for blowing out her candles at home before we made a trip to the local McDonald’s. It was a proper family outing with my sister’s lot, my lot and my mum and step dad. Kind of cringe worthy all rocking up at McDonald’s together, but the kids absolutely loved it. Especially as that particular McDonald’s has a play area. As we left she said it was the best birthday she’d ever had. I guess she’s either really easily pleased, or she really does appreciate the small things.
Short and sweet and hardly an extraordinary round-up this week. But special nonetheless. What have you enjoyed this week?