So it’s been one of those ultra busy weeks again that I like to set up for myself and then moan about how tired I am during it. It was a lot of fun though, so sometimes it’s worth it. This was the first week of the school Easter holidays for H.
On Saturday we’d arranged to go to see the new penguins at Sea Life in Birmingham. We took H and his friend along and they had a lot of fun. Every time we go I’m amazed at H’s knowledge of the animals that live in the sea (all down to Octonauts I think). H’s friend was pretty knowledgeable too and they spent a lot of time discussing sea horses and rays. For some reason we’d never been to the 4D cinema there on previous visits, but this time we went in as a showing was about to start. The boys thought the Sponge Bob film was really funny and they loved been sprayed by perfume during the performance.
Thankfully, Sunday was a quieter day as we needed to store up some energy for the week ahead. On Monday we went to Birmingham Airport for a blogger event and tried out Frankie and Benny’s restaurant at the airport. H enjoyed meeting Zoom and Sketch, the airport and restaurant mascots, and naturally he posed for his picture with them. I think the biggest highlight for him though, was getting to meet up again with his friend from ET Speaks From Home again. The boys met up a couple of times last summer at events and were clearly glad to see each other again.
Tuesday saw us heading east to Leicester to go to the Next Kids event at Next Head Office. We both had a lot of fun there. I got to browse around the new collection of clothes in peace while H played. There was plenty of time for me to catch up with fellow bloggers too, including some who had travelled quite a way to come. H made some new friends quickly and was soon in full-blown construction mode conjuring up all sorts of creations, with the various bricks and things to hand. It’s lovely the way a seven-year old boy can make instant friends with another, especially when they have interests or a shared task in common. We were even able to do some multitasking by watching a film we were reviewing in the car on the way to another blogging event.
So on Wednesday we decided to crank up the pace even further. We started the day meeting up with friends at Blist Hills Victorian Town in Ironbridge, Shropshire. We had a lovely day exploring there and eating fish and chips in the sun. Mid afternoon we set off for our second appointment of the day: Tea with the Easter Bunny at a nearby garden centre. We really enjoyed the tea and I think we might well book to go again next year.
By Thursday we were worn out and badly needed some time at home to recover. So Thursday and Friday were quieter days, but we did fit in some activities at home: hot cross bun baking and Easter egg making.