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 join the #HappyDaysLinky run by the lovely Katy (whatkatysaid.com) and Sian (quitefranklyshesaid.com) to reflect on all the moments of the past week that have made me happy.

It has been half-term here this week and it’s most definitely been a week of two halves. The first was action packed and full of fun, the second involved pain and taking it easy. On Wednesday morning I somehow hurt my neck, possibly a trapped nerve, and this sent all the muscles into my neck, shoulders and back into spasm. Not only has it been extremely painful but the limited mobility meant we weren’t able to do a great deal during the second half of the week. It’s also put me severely behind on the blog, even with taking time off from the Words To Live By Series this week. If you have left me comments/messages I promise I will catch up over the course of the next week. Pain aside, there have been plenty of happy moments to celebrate this week:

  • On Sunday we went to visit my parents and all went out to lunch. Afterwards we went for a walk along the river and to a nearby park. One of M’s best friends also happened to be in the park too so they had great fun together and L discovered the sandpit. She spent ages filling up a bucket with her bare hands and getting me to turn it out before quickly bashing it down and starting again. She put so much concentration into it and must have repeated it 50 times. I think she would have stayed there all day if we’d let her.

Happy Days: L building sand castles at the park

  • On Monday I downloaded a Treasure Trail for a nearby town and we set off on what should have been a two hour treasure hunt. As soon as we left the house though the heavens opened and we were drenched in seconds. I did think this might put the kids off but they were still happy to carry on and we had a great time. After two hours though we’d only completed about a third of the trail owing to the fact that L insisted on walking everywhere despite being so tired after the first hour she could barely move. M had a hospital appointment later in the afternoon so we had to abandon the rest of the hunt and will pick it up from where we left off another day. I’ll be sure to write a post about it when we complete it.

Happy Days: L dancing in the rain

  • When I came downstairs after putting L to bed I discovered that M had not only cleared all the toys away, he had also left me this message with his Kapla blocks:

Happy Days: M left me a message in Kapla Blocks saying 'mum, i love you"

  • On Tuesday we went to Richmond Castle. It’s a place I used to visit quite a bit as a kid but haven’t been in years. I did worry it might be really busy with it being half-term but it actually wasn’t too bad at all. The kids had a great time and ran themselves ragged all day. We took a picnic too and ate it in the gardens where the kids spent ages running and rolling up and down the hills. I had planned to post about it this week but my neck had other ideas, hopefully I’ll have it up next week once I’ve sorted through the hundreds of photos I took! UPDATE: This post is now up and you can read all about it here – Richmond Castle: A great day out for all the family

Happy Days: M and L sitting in a window at Richmond Castle

  • On Wednesday the plan was to drop L off at my parent’s house and then take M out for the day just the two of us. He came downstairs so excited that morning that when I hurt my neck I didn’t have the heart to cancel. It wasn’t easy, and there may have been a few quiet tears, but we did have a lovely day. We went to Pizza Hut for an all you can eat buffet lunch (what’s not to love about that?), then a little wonder around the shops to get him some new jeans. There were a couple of fairground rides in the town so M had a go on the teacups and as he was the only one on the ride the attendant gave him lots of spins. We then went to the cinema to see The LEGO Batman Movie which was brilliant.
  • On Wednesday night I picked L up from my parents and M stayed there for a sleepover. It was the perfect end to the day for him as he got to stay up playing computer games with my Dad!
  • My Go With The Flow post was picked as the #FamilyFun Number One over on twotinyhands.co.uk and tammymum.com
  • On Thursday L had a routine hospital appointment and made friends with another little girl in the waiting room. It was so cute seeing them run around and play together.
  • My Go With The Flow post was featured on this weeks #SharingTheBlogLove Blogger Showcase over on dearbearandbeany.com
  • On Friday M had his best friend round for the day. It was originally planned for 10am-1pm but they were being so good we extended it to 3pm. That one earned me some serious mummy points! They spent pretty much the entire time building lego models up in his room. It now looks like someone threw a grenade in there and you can’t actually see the floor but it was great seeing them have so much fun and get so involved in what they were building together.
  • Today we are having a lazy day at home and although it has taken me a few sittings to be able to write this, the pain in my neck is easing slightly and I’m regaining a bit more movement so that’s a good sign.

What has made you happy this week?

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12 thoughts on “Happy Days: Half-Term Fun

  1. Gosh hope your neck is ok now. So painful I bet 🙁 Sounds like a good week regardless with lots of getting out and about. Love the “I love you” message. What a lovely surprise. Well done on your blog bits too xx #happydays xx
    Sarah Howe recently posted…My Happy Week #50My Profile

    Posted on 25 February, 2017 at 4:30 pm
    1. Thank you. It’s starting to get better now, unless I try and sit at a computer 😂. I just have a monumental amount of catching up to do! x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:41 pm
  2. That message! Oh my goodness how adorable!

    Posted on 26 February, 2017 at 7:14 am
    1. Thank you, it was super cute x

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:43 pm
  3. Hope your neck is getting better, literally a pain in the neck hey!!? Can’t believe you still managed so much considering. I love Pizza Hut not been in many years, shame!! I love the I love you pic from your son that is a cute thing for him to do! Thanks for the shout out xxx #happydays
    Karen | TwoTinyHands recently posted…Happy Days – A Whole YearMy Profile

    Posted on 27 February, 2017 at 7:40 pm
    1. Thank you, I’m getting there now, just have sooooo much catching up to do 😬

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:46 pm
  4. Apart form your neck (Hope it’s better soon!! It sounds like a really lovely week!! I love the idea of a treasure trail! I was getting excited when we visited a garden centre this weekend and they had loads of easter knick knacks that would make a lovely egg hunt! I think she’s still a bit young though. Congrats on your posts too!! 🙂 Have a fab week! #HappyDaysLinky x
    Emma recently posted…Baby Sign – I’m sure we all have a lot to sayMy Profile

    Posted on 27 February, 2017 at 8:21 pm
    1. Thank you, it was a lovely week. We love a good treasure hunt, if Easter eggs are involved it’s even better!

      Posted on 3 March, 2017 at 7:47 pm
  5. I love how children just aren’t fazed by the rain! I wish I was like that. Thanks for sharing with #HappyDaysLinky x
    Sian QuiteFranklySheSaid recently posted…Happy Days: Colours, Coffee & CalmnessMy Profile

    Posted on 4 March, 2017 at 1:36 pm
    1. Ha ha, my son wouldn’t leave the house if it was raining at that age, he’d go into full on meltdown mode at the very mention of it. In fact it took till he was about 6 for him to move past it. The fact L loves it so much is a revelation to me. I put it down to Peppa and the puddle jumping!

      Posted on 4 March, 2017 at 6:21 pm
  6. Oh I hope your neck is better! How awful! How sweet is that message!?! Thank you for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x
    Katy (What Katy Said) recently posted…Happy Days: Rainbows, Parties And My BirthdayMy Profile

    Posted on 4 March, 2017 at 7:03 pm
    1. It’s much better now thanks, just the odd twinge. He can be so sweet at times, love him x

      Posted on 6 March, 2017 at 8:43 pm