Our lives are so busy at times that it can be all too easy to focus only on the negative and tiring things that have happened during the week. To counteract this, every week I like to reflect on all the moments of the past week that have made me happy.


It’s been half-term here this week, but unfortunately other than the bank holiday Monday I’ve been in work all week and the kids have been in holiday club. In typical fashion the weather was glorious while I was stuck in an office all week, but the minute the weekend arrived the weather took a nosedive and we’ve had nothing but grey skies and rain! We didn’t let it stop us though and there have still been plenty of happy moments to remember:

  • Bank Holiday Monday saw the carnival weekend come to an end with a parade. We went along to watch and then headed down the demesnes where the kids had another go on the bouncy castles they’d loved so much on the Sunday. After a quick ice-cream though they’d both had enough and we just headed home for a quiet afternoon in the garden.

L eating an ice-cream at the carnival

L on the trampoline in her pj bottoms

  • On Friday my mum came over to look after the kids for the day and took them out to a local castle and to the park. When I got back from work they were both so excited and full of stories to tell me about their day. Their half-term had been pretty rubbish up till then and I’d been feeling really guilty so I was over the moon they’d had such a great day.

M and L at Barnard Castle

L at bottom of a slide

  • On Saturday we scoured the weather app to try and find somewhere where it wasn’t raining and headed to Richmond Castle. Unfortunately, when we arrived in the car park it wasn’t just raining, it was torrential. We sat in the car for about 20 minutes trying to think of something else we could do but came up empty. By that point the rain had settled slightly and we decided to just brave it. We did get very wet but the castle still looked beautiful and Lyla managed to climb all the steps to the top of the keep by herself for the first time (I’ve always had to carry her up at least one flight in the past). It’s not an easy climb for adults, never mind little ones, especially when some of the steps are above knee height for her, so I was very proud of her.

M and L at top of Richmond Castle Keep in the rain

L running toward the castle keep

M walking around Richmond Castle in the rain

  • On Sunday morning we went out early with the dogs to try and avoid the rain that was on it’s way and successfully avoided it. We did get a bit wet from the river though!

L and Lumpy at Bolihope Burn

L in the river at Bollihope Burn

M and L in the river at Bollihope Burn

How about you? Did you have a good half-term? What has made you smile this week?

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