My boys are 160 weeks and 1 day. Three years old. How did that happen so quickly?
It’s been birthday central for us this month. It’s my big, man-shaped, boy’s birthday at the beginning of March— which has always been cause for celebration — closely followed by the twins’.
We had a pirate party for the littles — SUCH a fun theme for a child’s birthday —and it gave mama the perfect excuse to go a *little* bit crackers with decorating the house in all things pirate (OK — so I went quite a lot crackers but it was so worth it!).
Then last weekend was Easter. Cue an egg hunt for the twins, followed by a lovely weekend in Yorkshire, visiting my brother-in-law and his family.
So nice to get away.
We live in a beautiful part of the world, as it is, but the part of Yorkshire that we visited —Hockney country — has the most amazing ‘big skies’.
Beautiful vistas, great expanses of moor and grassy hills.
It was lovely to walk in unspoilt countryside and gulp in lungfuls of fresh, clean air. Walk along windswept beaches and eat salty chips with our fingers.
We ambled through villages and saw little newborn lambs and met a couple of friendly donkeys.
And of course — which is obligatory at Easter — we ate enough chocolate to sink a ship.
We were lucky enough to have been sent some gorgeous jackets from a lovely new company too — Lighthouse Clothing — which was pretty apt as we were beach-bound one afternoon. Gorgeous quality — the perfect springtime outerwear as they’re fully waterproof — and bright enough to give a much-needed shot of colour to the greyest of days.
Even though they’re lightweight, they did a fantastic job of keeping us cosy, against the chilly cold north wind that was howling around our ears.
And, my gosh, did it howl. Storm Katie was battering the UK and we nearly got swept off our feet at times!
On Easter Sunday we climbed to the top of a hill.
I sometimes forget how little the boys are — it must have been like climbing Snowdon for them. Their tiny little legs gave out at times and they had to have a little bit of help from daddy and Uncle Mike.
It was really worth the walk though; the views were stunning.
Back down in the village we met wildlife of a different variety.
Two little donkeys — a mum and her baby. So sweet and quite appropriate given it was Easter.
We had such an awesome weekend.
So lovely to spend some quality time with our extended family and a real treat to hang out in such a beautiful setting too. We’re so lucky to live on this little island. Brits love to moan about the weather but actually I think we all secretly like the wind and the rain, at times.
It’s lovely to wrap up warm and get some colour into our cheeks. Plus it gives a good excuse to retreat and hunker down inside afterwards with blankets and hot chocolate.
March has been such a great month. Happy birthdays, high days and holidays. Perfect.
Fingers crossed we’ll have more like it as the year rolls on.
So in a nutshell:
This month’s lows ~
• Nada. Zip. Nothing, thankfully :)
A big thanks to the lovely folk at Lighthouse Clothing for our fabulous jackets. They were very welcome attire and perfect for keeping us all toasty and warm in the wind and rain.
If you’re a fan of the great outdoors you’ll LOVE what they’ve got to offer. Pop along and have a look at their range.