February Half Term with Nothing Much Planned
We were staying at home this half term. Rich hadn’t taken any time off so it was going to be just me and girls. Despite this school term being relatively short, we were all in need of a rest, and I was looking forward to a relaxing week with nothing much planned. The weather in February is never that great, and throw a school holiday into the mix, and you can pretty much guarantee wall-t0-wall rain. However, considering it was a “relaxing” week, we actually managed to squeeze lots in.
Now, don’t get me wrong, we were able to have a lazier start to our days. Freyja still woke up at 6:30am, but we had lots of cuddles in bed together (usually whilst Daddy was having to get ready for work!).
On the first weekend of half term, I was helping out with the Pop-up Science Centre in Cheltenham, so Rich bought the girls to have some Science fun! In fact, they enjoyed it so much, that we visited again later in the week, combined with lunch at Jamie’s Italian.
Surprisingly, the weather was really lovely for the majority of the week (apart from the day when we went into town, so a bit of rain then didn’t really matter) so we managed to get outside. It was still cold, but we were lucky to enjoy some beautiful sunshine, so took the opportunity to wrap up warm and get outside. We enjoyed a walk, spotting birds and noticing the signs of spring on its way with buds starting to appear on some of the bushes we passed.
On one afternoon we had a visit from a friend – Emily’s ex-Key Person from nursery (and her most favourite person in the whole world), Naomi. With the weather being so nice, we headed on off to one of the local parks. The girls enjoyed their usual fun there with the added bonus of having Naomi to play with, and Freyja meeting one of her friends from school there. With the girls being completely occupied I was able to watch them play from afar. It was so interesting watching them interact with other people – both of them seemed so confident, and perhaps this is what I need to do more often with them. Maybe I should have the confidence to take a step back when they are at the park, and let them play without hovering over them.
Freyja has always grabbed out for my hand when she is any height off the ground, but here she was not only jumping from one rock to another unaided, she was also encouraging her school friend to do the same!
During half term we met up with my parents down at WWT Slimbridge. It’s one of my favourite places to take the girls as they love feeding the ducks and playing in Welly Boot Land, and as we are members, I just need to pay for duck food when we go (and usually cake to bribe them out of Welly Boot Land). Things we a little different this week as they were hosting the South-West Regional Puddle Jumping Championships. My girls love puddle jumping, so I had to let them have a go.
Again, we were blessed with a beautiful, sunny day. The puddle jumping wasn’t on until the afternoon, so the morning was spent feeding ducks, playing on the play area and also a bit of bird spotting. A lovely WWT volunteer we met in the Discovery Hide spent some time with Freyja setting up a telescope for her to see a whole range of different birds. Freyja was able to see an avocet, cormorant and oyster-catcher. After lunch, the girls got some practise puddle-jumping in before the competition – which proved to be very popular and lots of other children and their parents and grandparents descended on Welly Boot Land to take part or to watch.
Freyja went first. She was cheered on as she went through the first two practise puddles, before her final puddle-jump on which she was going to be judged on size of splash, style and enthusiasm. She was given a sticker for participation! I was quite confident that Emily would be a champion puddle-jumper. My youngest cannot resist a puddle and not only will she jump into a puddle with both feet, she will then happily crawl through it and ensure that she is completely soaked. You definitely cannot fault her enthusiasm. However, she just didn’t want to take part. Maybe it was because of all the people watching, but she wouldn’t do it, and instead, found a quiet part of Welly Boot Land to get wet in.
The only thing we did have planned in advance of half term was a couple of Pyjama Drama sessions. On Thursday, they dressed up to attend a Frozen-themed session which was full of “Anna”s and “Elsa”s, and one little boy who insisted he was Sven. Then on the Friday we did another session. This one was based on The BFG – one of Freyja’s favourite stories. Both girls had so much fun, and again it was great watching them interact with the other children.