A bank holiday weekend and the first day of the school holidays both notorious for wind and rain. Today however was glorious and when I woke up to the sun fighting its way through the gap in the curtains I jumped out of bed with a spring in my step. Without fail the sun instantly lifts my mood I become excited like a child. With it being the day before hubby’s payday today’s day out had to be a cost free one. The boys were keen to have a picnic today so I saw it as another opportunity to get in some running time. We agreed that DS1 and DS2 could take their scooters to ride and DS3 could take his balance ‘motorbike’. I wasn’t worried that the boys weren’t able to complete the 1.5 mile walk/scoot to get there as it is a sunny day favourite of ours and we have done it many times before. DS3 had great fun speeding through the woods and I must have said the word sorry at least twenty times as people jumped out of his way to avoid crushed toes. All three boys found every surviving muddy puddle to skid through so when we reached the country park the boys were squelching mud with every step to reach the picnic bench. While we were eating lunch children were walking past with a map and an Easter treat and the boys quickly realised we had just missed an Easter egg hunt. I was so relieved I had, in my good mood this morning, already bought along a chocolate bunny each as a surprise and, so they didn’t feel they had missed out, we found a quiet spot and I hid the bunnies. I put them in obvious places for the boys to find quickly to avoid the uncomfortable upset that would be caused if another child came along and found the treat first. DS2 and DS3 found them almost instantly and tore off the foil. DS1 made me smile, with no prompting from me he pretended he couldn’t find them straight away so he could give his brothers a chance to find them before he did. We stopped off on the way back at the big park and the boys spent a further hour playing together calmly and happily, not unheard of but not very common for more than a ten minute period.
It was a great start to the Easter holidays and all three boys are thoroughly exhausted which I plan to take full advantage of with an early bedtime. With the Easter holidays being two weeks long I need to get thinking of some more good cost free days out.