52 Weeks of Happy: 30/52, 31/52, 32/52, 33/52

School holidays are here, family birthdays are here, it’s been busy, busy busy in my household so I’m going to try to choose one picture for each week. It won’t be hard. The last few weeks have been great.

IMG_7775Babykins enjoying filling his shoe with gravel after a hard day exploring The Forbidden Corner near Middleham. If you are in need of a family day out, The Forbidden Corner is a lot of fun. We took Son Number One’s Godmother, who is 20 and I think she enjoyed it. I really don’t think I can describe it very well. It’s partly a beautiful garden but it has lots of strange, surreal, underground sections, some of which are quite scary for little children.  Son Number One and The Middle Miss had a whale of a time exploring it, dodging the unexpected squirts of water and trying to find all the ‘landmarks’ on the leaflet you get at the start. It’s expensive, but well worth a visit. Just remember you have to book in advance.

IMG_7824Son Number One requested a party at the local climbing wall to celebrate turning eight. We took four boys and two girls to RockAntics, who gave them an hour and a half of climbing fun. First they warmed up with some bouldering (climbing without ropes above big crash mats) then they each did three climbs roped up, with an instructor holding the other end. Son Number One got braver with each climb and managed to reach the top on the last one. The Middle Miss was a natural and scampered up to the top each time. Even Babykins sneaked in on the bouldering. Not for the first time I was grateful that I could hold onto his dungarees!  We ended the party by scoffing a load of Dominoes pizza and birthday cake. Good times – not cheap but relatively low on stress levels.

IMG_2923It’s the time of year for family holidays and this is the first time we have been away for more than a week. It’s also the first time we have been on a family summer holiday without any input from a charity! We have benefitted from the generosity of various groups over the years of Son Number One’s leukaemia treatment but this year, we were on our own! Well, we were in my Mum’s caravan. So it’s thanks to her generosity in loaning it to us, along with her car, that we were able to chill out on this lovely campsite in Somerset. Here we are on ‘hay watch’ as the farmer unloaded his wagon full of towering round bales by pushing them over with a tractor.

IMG_3298The Middle Miss turned six the day after we returned from our holidays. It was a bit of a last minute dash to get her birthday presents organised. I didn’t even get around to decorating her birthday cake. Not to worry, Grandma had lots of little cakes just ready for embellishing. The old tin of candles and decorations came out and some new tubes of ready-made icing were cracked open and ta-dah! All three children had fun decorating their own cakes. The look of concentration on babykins’ face was priceless as he squirted and squeezed the icing. A ‘magic moment’ according to Grandma. Here’s to more Happy Days.

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4 thoughts on “52 Weeks of Happy: 30/52, 31/52, 32/52, 33/52

  1. I loved Forbidden Corner but DD3 and DD4 hated it and were totally freaked out by it! Would love to go back as I didn’t really get to experience it properly due to dealing with traumatised kids lol. And yes, it is hard to describe isn’t it!
    Looks like you’re having a fab summer! xxx

    • How old were they when they went? Babykins was pretty freaked out at times but because he was still small enough to be held it was ok. The older two were fine, they coped with the scary bits but much younger, and I don’t think they would have. You need to be sure your children have a good understanding of the difference between ‘fantasy’ and ‘reality’ before they go there!

  2. They were 6 and 10 Rachael. DD4 had been previously on a school trip and we thought we would be able to help her overcome the fears she had from that trip but we couldn’t even get her through the gate! She ended up sitting in the car with our then 14 year old who was being stubborn and wouldn’t come in with us. Actually thinking about it the whole trip was a disaster Lol. I was still with their dad back then and there was a lot of pressure from him to enjoy it which just made it worse. Just makes me appreciate the serenity that our family outings have adopted since I met J 🙂

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